Ā Bo Pó

Top choice hainan in Haikou

Ā Bo Pó means ‘grandma’ in Hainanese, though we’d also translate it as ‘best chicken ever'. Indeed made by a 70-something grandma, the chicken here is buried in sea salt and baked for four hours, then sealed in plastic to pull in all the juices. Just tear into it with your hands (plastic gloves are provided). One bird feeds two to three people.

It’s on the 2nd floor of the shopping arcade next to Hǎikǒu Qílóu Snack Street. Best to come early before they sell out for the day.