Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice only serves white chicken | Photo: Julia Khoo
This chicken rice stall at Maxwell Food Centre has been a household name and critics’ darling for a while now. That is a feat in this land that considers chicken rice its unofficial national dish.
Foo Kui Lian of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity | Photo: Julia Khoo
Foo Kui Lian, 64, and her husband took over the stall from her elder brother in 1988, and she sticks closely to time-honoured methods of preparation and the use of quality ingredients.
Four outlets later, the zingy chilli sauce is still made with fresh calamansi juice (a common substitute is vinegar); the fragrant rice is made with chicken stock, pandan leaves, shallots and ginger; and the soup base is enhanced after frying the shallots and ginger to make for a more fragrant and flavourful broth.
In every portion (from $3), the chicken is plump, smooth and tender, even for the notoriously stringy chicken breast meat. Judging by the unending queues and our chicken rice taste test, we are not the only fans.
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Food writer Julia Khoo has been a regular contributor to inSing.com since its launch in 2009. Her obsession for writing and photographing all things epicurean is lovingly documented in her long-running food blog, AromaCookery, making her one of the most established food bloggers in Singapore.