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Haianese chicken rice is a dish beloved around Asia. If you see it on a menu, order it. If you don't see it, make it.

Name a major world city; it probably has a Chinatown, and the food there is likely excellent. Professional chef and photojournalist Jean-Francois Mallet has catalogued some of the world’s best Chinatowns (and 100 of their most beloved recipes) in his new cookbook. Some Chinatowns lean Vietnamese, others Thai. Some boast regional Chinese menu items you’ve never seen before, and some have the best darn plate of chicken and rice this side of the Yangtze. Both are cooked with lots of ginger in fresh broth, resulting in tender meat and flavorful rice so good you may never cook rice in regular water again.

Reprinted with permission from China Towns