|They line up down the block the Halal Guys Chicken and Rice|
Chicken and Rice in one form or another may be one the world’s most ubiquitous foods. You can find it in many guises. Claypot Chicken Rice is popular from Southern China to Singapore and Malaysia. The latter two countries join Thailand in loving Hainanese Chicken Rice from Hainan Province in China. On to India where Chicken Biryani rules the roost. In Central Brazil, Galinhada is topped with hard-cooked eggs. All over Latin America, Arroz con Pollo is a beloved staple. And closer to home, The Halal Guys, which started as a food cart in midtown Manhattan, has franchises that are opening coast to coast and in Canada. Maybe it has something to do with its nickname, “Chicken and Rice”. We do know it has the longest food cart line is the city. Aside from its universality, what’s the appeal of the dish?