1 Kadayanallur Street
#01-07 Maxwell Food Centre
Singapore 069184

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Monday:
11:00am - 07:30pm

Tuesday:
Closed

Wednesday:
11:00am - 07:30pm

Thursday:
11:00am - 07:30pm

Friday:
11:00am - 07:30pm

Saturday:
11:00am - 07:30pm

Sunday:
11:00am - 07:30pm

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Reviews

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The owner of this stall used to work st the famous Tian Tian a few counters away. Today, the queue at Tian Tian lasts anywhere between 10 minutes (at opening at 10am, or mid afternoon) and 45 minutes (meal times); its prices are the highest among all the Hainanese chicken rice stalls at Maxwell (although that’s still most reasonable); they only give out the chilli and dark soy sauces upon request (although that is very much part of the dish!). There is never a queue at Ah Tai. So, is it worth it? If you’re not a foodie, the answer is “hell, no!”’On the other hand, if you can tell subtle differences in the texture of the chicken, the fragrance of the rice, or the degree of kick in the chilli sauce, or if you just line up servings from the various chicken rice stalls at Maxwell (Tian Tian, Ah Tai, Heng Heng), you would have to say "Tian Tian is the best lah!" Unfortunately, Ah Tai would come third, although on its own, it is not bad.

If you don’t already know about the whole Ah Tai versus Tian Tian saga, here’s a quick rundown. Guy works as the head chef for Tian Tian chicken rice, has a falling out with the owners, tells the Tian Tian boss “screw you, I’ll start my own chicken rice stall with blackjack and hookers”, and promptly proceeds to set up Ah Tai.

Okay fine, maybe the ‘blackjack and hookers’ part didn’t happen, but there’s no denying that Ah Tai is eying up Tian Tian menacingly from three stalls (not doors) down. If you came here expecting a ‘oh x is better’ review, well, get disappointed right now because that is NOT what this review is.

As a matter of fact, I have never tried Tian Tian before. Every time I headed down to Maxwell, I took one look at the ridiculous line for Tian Tian and went “yeah nah, I’m too hungry to deal with that”.

But I can and will tell you right now that holy shit Ah Tai is Ah-mazing. The chicken flesh was like butter. Or butt-ah, depending on which pronunciation tickles your fancy. The perfectly piquant steamed chicken hit the spot with its stupidly sensational savoriness, and the skin...oh my God. The skin is a gift from God, and even I fail to find words to adequately describe the skin.

The ridiculously redolent rice beneath that divine chicken makes a plate of Ah Tai’s chicken rice the complete package. It’s soft, sensually slick and superbly savory, and is everything every grain of rice aspires to be when it grows up. When the chicken and rice that have been doused in Ah Tai’s special sauce penetrates your lips, it’s a veritable orgasm of wondrous sensations that you just don’t want to end.

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The hainanese chicken rice here is yummy! Helmed by the former head chef of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, the chicken rice served here is fragrant & not too oily, paired with smooth & tender chicken. Don’t forget the chili too!

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The chef used to work with the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall before he decided to come up and open a stall himself.

While the taste was almost similar to Tian Tian, perhaps you should give it a try if the queue for Tian Tian was too long for you.

Since there's a Tian tian outlet near my Clementi house. Decided to try the competition at maxwell. Taste is almost similar. Worth the eat if u don't want to queue for tian tian

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Having heard so much of this recently hyped about chicken rice stall at Maxwell which is 2 stalls away from the famous Tian Tian/ 天天 (though never my favourite), I've decided to try this out over one weekend evenings. I wasn't surprised when there was a queue of over a dozen customers at 9pm amidst the options of another 5 to 6 chicken rice stalls in the same hawker centre - 天天 was closed and 東風破 was closing soon. I must say I am satisfied, I like the taste of the chicken. The texture of the chicken is compact as they use kampung chicken which has more flavours and bites. The rice and soy sauce/oil sauce that comes with the chicken, I prefer 文東記 Boon Tong Kee's more. The portion forAh Tai is generous which must be one of many customers consideration.

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