I had been hearing good things about Chicken Rice in Singapore.. Something like, to eat good delicious chicken rice, it’s gotta be Singaporean version. Last time when we’re in Singapore, I had high hope to try the exceptional kind I had never before had. Poorly chosen, we went to a tourist trap, The famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice.
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THE FAMOUS TIAN TIAN HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE
IT’S A TRAP YOU IT’S A TRAP!
Looking up ‘Chicken Rice’ in Singapore, you would get so many link popping up with this name that you would soon enough recognise and curious to try it. We were just exactly like that! We went straight to Chinatown Area. Oh! If you go there, try Singapore Chilli Crabs and grab a few bags of Dangerously addictive snacks, fish skin!. They are so good! Anyways, the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is just right around the corner.
MAXWELL FOOD CENTRE
So many food centres around Singapore. Maxwell food centre seems to be a lively one with tons of tons of freshly cooked food to offer. All kinds of food you could imagine. Our destination, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is here and probably always has the longest line compared to all the shops.
At this famous chicken rice shop, not that many of the menu items but of course, we ordered their signature Hainanese Chicken rice accompanied with a dish of assorted chicken organs and stir fry beansprouts with cuttle fish.
TIAN TIAN HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE
Everyone order this dish. Look at the name! It’s Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. The taste was not that bad but the texture of the rice and the chicken were just too soft and all soggy for me. Nothing special about it, really. The only difference I found about this version and Thai version we have they use a vinegary kinda dipping sauce for chicken. We use the spicy fermented soy in Thailand.
All the food reviewers and vloggers mostly think it’s good so I’m not too sure if my taste was actually right.. Oh! now that I think about it, after the video about this chicken rice was published, I got a few feedback from my Singaporean friends that this place is actually just tourists’ favourite.
ASSORTED CHICKEN ORGANS
Just Livers and gizzards that probably comes right out from the same pot and use the exact same sauce. The taste of this one is also not too far different from the chicken rice itself. Again, nothing special about it, really.
STIR FRY BEANSPROUTS WITH CUTTLE FISH
We eat this commonly in Thailand or at least in my family. I hadn’t really tried it with cuttlefish so it was a bit interesting for me. It’s not bad at all to be honest. More like greasy and salty just the way Chinese food is.
The whole meal for 2 people right here cost us S$16 ($11). That turned out actually a very big meal. We’re all stuffed.
WHILE IN LINE WAITING FOR THE HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE
We drink so much of fresh juice made from many kinds of tropical fruits here in Asia. Though, each country or shop has their own spectacular mixtures. At Maxwell food centre while we’re waiting in such long line for Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, this store was just right on the opposite. I chose 2 of the drinks I had never heard of..
SUGAR CANE JUICE WITH SOUR PLUMS
Whoa! I love sugar can and people, I do love sour plum! I have seen so much of sugar can by itself or in some countries like, India and Malaysia, they put lime juice in it. Though, never before, with sour plum. Not bad, really. In this extreme heat, almost as hot as in Thailand, this sweet and sour drink could totally save your life.
WATERMELON SLUSH WITH SOY MILK
This sounds weird to me though I went for it. Thank god, they didn’t put too much soy milk into the cup. I could imagine it would be all weird. This was not so bad. More like refreshing watermelon smoothie but instead of milk, it’s soy!
What’s the weirdest / most creative combination of juice you’ve ever tried ?
Anyways, We agreed on the idea that The famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore was such a hype. Such a long line and long time to wait. The food is really, like I mentioned a few times, nothing that special.
Maxwell Food Centre Do visit but here but go for something else
Address : 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
Hours : Everyday 8AM–2AM
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