Side Chick is located in the Westfield Mall in Santa Anita. It's right next to the race track and the mall has copious amounts of parking. The place was a little bit hard to find as it was in a different food court than I had original thought, as it was in a secondary upper eating area next to Ding Tai Fung. It's small, and there are a few sporadic food court-esque tables and chairs. There wasn't much foot traffic so there was no line at the counter. They are opening a new EMC Seafood & Raw Bar next door, so it's bound to get crowded fairly soon. The menu is quite limited, with maybe 5-6 items. I ordered the mix plate with both white and dark meat as well as a serving of stir-fried vegetables.
You can also request for either dark or white for just 1$ extra. The rice came with three sauces, a scallion-ginger sauce, soy-based sauce and a chili sauce. The rice itself was topped with fried scallions and there was some pickled cucumber garnish on the side. Everything smelled quite aromatic and the portion was quite substantial. The rice was clearly cooked with chicken fat or chicken broth, as is the standard, and the fried scallions provided a noticeable crunch. The chicken was done very well, very juicy. Everything was de-boned and the flavors were all spot on. The soy-based sauce was quite sweet and helped bind all the flavors together. While the rice was not as fragrant as Savoy Kitchen, I did like how the rice and chicken portions were satisfactory. Ultimately, I found that the flavors were not as strong or powerful as Savoy Kitchen's. The price for the chicken rice was about the same as Savoy Kitchen's. For the entire experience, I think Side Chick may be better, as there's always parking and there's no line. If I was only focusing on food, then I my preference would still be Savoy.
I really enjoyed my visit to Side Chick and it's nice to have another choice for Hainan Chicken Rice in LA.