Our Anxin Chicken is fresh from third-generation Johor Bahru farmer Kenny of Toh Thye San Farm.
Our team have experienced the Toh Thye San operations first-hand and are more than impressed. We have daily correspondence with Kenny and are kept up to date with the latest developments in the company.
The farm is located just over the border to the north of Johor Bahru, Malaysia and The Fishwives has had the pleasure of visiting the farm and working with the owner, Kenny for a number of years.
Kenny’s company Toh Thye San raises a breed of chicken called the 'naked neck' chicken, also known as Anxin chicken, which is the variety you will find at The Fishwives. The Anxin chicken is the only variety raised by Toh Thye San without hormones, antibiotics and is never, ever washed in chlorine. The chickens are allowed to grow in clean, airy, open barns which give the them plenty of space and fresh air. The Anxin chickens are exported as day-old chicks direct from Sabres, France up to three times a week, to be reared as breeders at their farm. These French chicks are housed comfortably in sheds equipped with warmers to protect their immunity system.
They are kept separate from the older chicks as they have different “housing” needs. Their litter is also regularly changed to prevent the build-up of ammonia, which damages their health and eyesight. For the first ten days of their development, the chicks are fed a special in-house formulation of pre-starter feed, consisting of a nutritious blend of milk, natural amino acids, corn and soy. After they have grown, the chickens are allowed to roam freely in spacious pens with plenty of natural light and elevated perches.
The sale of fresh chicken in Singapore is difficult and so we are very grateful to be able to sell Anxin Chicken. The live chickens arrive in Singapore everyday by midnight and are processed and delivered to us by 6.30am to ensure the absolutely freshness of the product. The only exception to this is Monday’s chickens - these chickens will have been processed in the middle of the night on Saturday night/Sunday morning, but they are still incredibly fresh!
Singapore's Restrictions of Importation of Fresh Chickens:
In Singapore you will not find fresh “free range” chicken. The reason for this is that Singapore has strict rules governing the import of poultry into Singapore. Chicken can only arrive in Singapore in 2 ways – either alive or frozen. If alive (i.e. from Malaysia) the AVA will not allow the chickens to be free range because of their fear of bird flu. They will however allow "free roaming" which means that the chickens (like Anxin) have to be an "enclosed environment" which can be a very large environment, but it cannot be an open field.
Jamie Oliver & Joel Rubuchon endorse Anxin Chicken
Jamie Oliver & Joel Rubuchon have selected Anxin Chicken for their restaurants in Singapore.
Jamie’s head chef has visited Anxin’s farm and is satisfied that all of his standards have been met and indeed, often surpassed. Jamie, world-renowned for his passion about poultry farming, has exceptionally high standards when it comes to what chickens are fed and how they are raised.