1 Kadayanallur Street
#01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre
Singapore 069184

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Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
10:00am - 08:00pm

Wednesday:
10:00am - 08:00pm

Thursday:
10:00am - 08:00pm

Friday:
10:00am - 08:00pm

Saturday:
10:00am - 08:00pm

Sunday:
10:00am - 08:00pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

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 !

Maxwell Food Centre has seven chicken rice stalls. Which one is your go to chicken rice at Maxwell? Here’s 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’t 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’s 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’t have too much in one go if you aren’t good with spice.

So how does this compare with its closest competitor Ah Tai? My vote goes to Ah Tai. Ah Tai’s version reminds me of the old Tian Tian (the owner parted ways some years back) while Tian Tian feels rather commercialised.

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.

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Had relatively low expectations because their Clementi Branch is "only so so lah". But was pleasantly surprised that this 本店 mainstore was pretty good.
There I met a Taiwanese family from Hsinchu checking out this stall and had a great time sharing crosstravel, makan tips and exchanging all sorts of thots on biz, common man habits, weather and culture.

Appearing on numerous guides, Tian Tian Chicken Rice now sports more tourists than locals. A plate of steamed chicken rice ($5/regular) consists of fragrant chicken rice, tender steamed chicken and spicy chilli sauce. Perhaps due to the large crowd, the standard has dropped and it wasn’t what I expected to be.

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Address: Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11, Singapore 069184
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So there's scammer impersonating me on Instagram. But you know the bigger scam? Tian Tian's reputation as one of the best chicken rice — forgettable even with low expectations.
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Chili sauce was unnecessarily spicy and added little dimension, chicken was fine though slightly tough, but at least the rice was decently fragrant if a bit greasy.
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Still, I'm left thinking how they garnered their fame — at least to their credit, I'd concede it's the best plate of downstairs-kopitiam-standard chicken rice I've had, but also exists downstairs of any top hawker lists I have.
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📍 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
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