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Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice This highly recommended chicken rice stall is a fav not jus w the locals but the foreigners. It has a queue n sells like hot cakes... decent chicken meat n delectable rice n the veg is pretty scrumptious. I like the main n 1st outlet at Maxwell fd ctr !
Ricky
10w
Not As Good As It Used To Be Maxwell Food Centre has seven chicken rice stalls. Which one is your go to chicken rice at Maxwell? Here鈥檚 one from Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (01-10/11), the most famous of them all and features snaking long queues (mainly from tourists and curious locals) during lunch hour in better times. It has received rave reviews from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay. There are two sizes available ($3.50/$5). Go for the $5 one as the $3.50 portion won鈥檛 fill up your stomach. So what makes it so special from others? It lies in the rice and the chilli sauce. The flavoured rice is fluffy and fragrant as they use loads of garlic, chicken fat and chicken stock. The rice is good and consistent in texture. Having eaten Tian Tian for over 20 years, I can boldly say that standards have dropped quite a bit and lost its original shine. It鈥檚 not inedible, but it errs towards the side of inconsistency. Perhaps they cook most of the food in a central kitchen now. When I had the chicken rice on my very last visit, it was fairly good probably because I was given the chicken drumstick. The drumstick was soft, juicy and tender which made me reminisce my younger days. But the steamed chicken breast meat is rather tough on most occasions. So opt for dark meat here for a pleasant experience. Chilli sauce here is rather spicy and tangy. The taste of the ginger, garlic and lime is evidently strong. Don鈥檛 have too much in one go if you aren鈥檛 good with spice. So how does this compare with its closest competitor Ah Tai? My vote goes to Ah Tai. Ah Tai鈥檚 version reminds me of the old Tian Tian (the owner parted ways some years back) while Tian Tian feels rather commercialised.
Terence
6w
The Asterisk Little-known secret, for a foodie, I had never tried this possibly Singapore's most famous food stall. One, I don't need chicken rice to survive, and two, the queues were just unconscionable. So when better than circuit breaker to dabao? There wasn't my preferred leg so this is drumstick. Given the unrealistic hype, I shouldn't say I was disappointed, but it's also not wow. Neither the bird nor the rice stood out. Only the spicy chilli was quite good. Okay on to the next asterisk.
Thiam Peng
10w
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