I admit. The last time I probably been to Maxwell Food Centre was when I was just a kid. Other than its popular name and its locality near Shenton Way, it all seemed vague to me. But I have heard of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice situated within the hawker centre. Presumably, it is regarded as one of Singapore’s Top Ten Chicken Rice with even Makansutra giving it a “Die Die Must Try” rating.
The queue was exceptionally long, with the last customer standing behind the stall. And as all Singaporeans who notice a queue, one would naturally follow suit. I waited about 20 minutes in line before I placed my order.
For this lunch, I ordered half a white chicken ($11). Admittedly, the balance in flavours for the sauce and oil glazed generously across the pieces of meat were just right. Not too strong in tastes yet glistening with just the right amount of savouriness. The skin of the chicken is also crisp with the meat being slightly juicy. Its a good plate of Hainanese Chicken but definitely not the best.
When it comes to the Chicken Rice ($0.50), I must say that the oil and sauce from the chicken helps to beef up the taste. Personally, I go for an oiler textured rice with a stronger flavour and aromatic scent. Chicken Rice is not complete without the chilli and that is one aspect which I enjoyed. Sour tangs with huge flavour and that slight kick for hotness, this is probably the set’s true star.
For Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, yes it is good on an overall perspective, but when it comes to the rice, I still wish it could be tastier and fragrant. Singapore’s best? A strong contender nonetheless.
I would have blogged about Zhen Zhen Fish Porridge and their Yu Sheng, but the time I went to the stall to order, it was all sold out. Imagine that. Heh, but it still gives me a reason of an excuse to come back to Maxwell Food Centre.
|Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Maxwell Food Centre
Stall No.10 Maxwell Food Centre Tian Tian at Maxwell Food Centre will be closed for renovations from 27 Sep to 01 Oct. Their other outlet at Joo Chiat is still open.