Thursday, 1 May 2014
Tian Tian Chicken Rice Singapore 天天海南雞飯
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 天天海南雞飯 is the most famous chicken rice in Singapore. Period.
For years now, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 天天海南雞飯 has been regularly featured in every form of Singapore media, official and social media. Tian Tian was mentioned by television personalities like Anthony Bourdain and was voted by Singaporeans to represent the country in a cook-off with Gordon Ramsay in 2013. Tian Tian beat Gordon Ramsay in the television cook-off.
Today, I visited the die die must try Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 天天海南雞飯 in Singapore :D
As expected, there was a constant snaking queue at Tian Tian chicken rice. The orderly queue consisted of a mix of locals as well as wide-eyed guide book and camera togging tourists.
The queue clears quickly as Tian Tian has an efficient, well oiled system - pay for your chicken rice at the right and collect it at the left.
I ordered a basic SGD3.50 (RM9.00) set to try.
The generous portion of white chicken meat served at room temperature was skinless and boneless.
The chicken meat was soft, limp and slightly dry. My companion impolitely described it as "tasteless". I would describe the chicken flavour as weak.
The chicken slices were doused with a syrupy textured gravy that enveloped most of the meat. The gravy was a blend of salty, savoury and sweet, mainly sugary sweet.
This sweet gravy overpowered what little chicken flavour there was in the meat.
There was no aroma from the gravy.
The slices of fresh cucumber that come with the chicken were crunchy, succulent and nicely sweet. I love it.
The rice was made from good quality fragrant Jasmine grains. The garlic and chicken aroma was weak and discernible only when you pay close attention to it.
Though weak in aroma and not fluffy, the clumpy rice had just the right balance of firmness and tenderness, and not overly greasy.
I liked Tian Tian's chili dip a lot. The finely blended chili is mixed in a watery base. The dip is a balance of tangy from lime, and spicy from blended chili and ginger. The dip's layered spiciness is quite sharp, giving it a nice kick which I enjoyed.
There is no separate ginger dip.
I asked for this soup and a small bowl was provided grudgingly. I had perhaps wrongly assumed that the basic SGD3.50 set comes with soup, when it is provided only for bigger orders.
The clear watery soup was salty and sweet, mostly sugary sweet.
Another customer's half chicken. At SGD12.00, it is actually quite competitively priced by Singapore standards.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 天天海南雞飯 is above the average standard of chicken rice in Singapore.
Restaurant name: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 天天海南雞飯
Address: #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Maxwell Road, Singapore
Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm (Closed on Monday)
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 1 May 2014
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