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Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Joo Chiat)

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Located on Joo Chiat Road, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Joo Chiat) serves Hainanese styled chicken rice
Daily: 10.30 am - 10.30 pm
+65 63459443
$12 based on 29 submissions
Lunch (6 votes), Dinner (4 votes), Take Away (4 votes)
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Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice needs no introduction. Rated as one of the best chicken rice in Singapore, its original shop in Maxwell market drew the crowd like no others. During meal time, expect the queue to stretch around to shop to the open air car park. And that's not all, most of the tourist guide, blogs or other food reference, recommend Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice ('Tian Tian) as a must try in Singapore.

In 2013, when Singtel Invited Michelin Stars Chef Gordon Ramsay for Hawker's Challenge. Representing Singapore National dish, Madam Foo, the owner of Tian Tian, won hands down and send Godron back to UK licking his chops. Prior to that, Anthony Bourdain and other celebrity food host have given their seal of approval to this establishment.

Since Madam Foo has come to a ripe age, the second generation has come in to continue the business. With that the expansion of Tian Tian begun and this time around we visited the shop in Joo Chiat.

The set up is an upgraded version comparing to Maxwell Market Food Centre. It is air-conditioned with simple and minimalistic furniture. Today we have 3 hungry guys for lunch, we ordered 1/2 steam chicken ($14), 1 portion of giblets and heart ($4), Hainanese Pork Chop ($8) and small baby kailan ($6). Oh not forgetting the Rice ($0.80) per plate.

The rice is fragrant, flavourful, plump and fluffy. It does not stick to each other. The chicken is plump, silky and succulent. There is skin and meat does not stick to each other and the breast meat us as succulent as the thigh meat. The same can be said about my favourite part of the chicken as well, the bishop. It is springy and full of flavour. Although it is a bit oily, it's just irresistible. The best part, they remove the smelly part from it.

The giblets and kidney tasted clean, no gamey smell. I like giblets because of its crisp and chewyness, while the kidney has a velvety texture.

Hainanese Pork Chop is thick yet tender. However, the meat is not as tasty but it is well fried, coated with panko and not too oily. The traditional tomato sauce, provide the sweet and sour flavour to the dish. The vegetables are fresh, crunchy and tasty, stir fry with garlic.

Service is average. As we are seated near the entrance, it is very difficult to get their attention. There is at one point, you can't even see them. Although the set up is minimum, at least it is air-conditioned so you won't sweat too much if you had too much of the chilli.

Overall, it is a good place to have Tian Tian Chicken Rice if you don't want to line up in Maxwell Market. However, I must admit their standard is not as equivalent as their main store. The chicken is missing the X-Factor compare to the one I had in Maxwell. Kind of lost in transition. Cheers!!

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09 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

please don't be park directly outside! restaurant will not vouch for you that you are patrons with the restaurant.

Guys! Please boycott all restaurants at rising court! The management is out to fine you $100 per car by clamping it and insisting you did not patronize the stalls there (even if you have a receipt) boycott TIAN TIAN CHICKEN RICE esp! Since they Could not be bothered to protect their clients at all! Save yourself from the heartache and just eat somewhere else. Really! The food is not even worth the drama that comes with it.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Joo Chiat
18 Sep 2014 • 281 reviews • 21 followers

The First Expansion

For the complete Chubby Botak Koala experience, click here:
http://www.chubbybotakkoala.com/2014/09/tian-tian-joo-chiat.html

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice needs no introduction. Rated as one of the best chicken rice in Singapore, its original shop in Maxwell market drew the crowd like no others. During meal time, expect the queue to stretch around to shop to the open air car park. And that's not all, most of the tourist guide, blogs or other food reference, recommend Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice ('Tian Tian) as a must try in Singapore.

In 2013, when Singtel Invited Michelin Stars Chef Gordon Ramsay for Hawker's Challenge. Representing Singapore National dish, Madam Foo, the owner of Tian Tian, won hands down and send Godron back to UK licking his chops. Prior to that, Anthony Bourdain and other celebrity food host have given their seal of approval to this establishment.

Since Madam Foo has come to a ripe age, the second generation has come in to continue the business. With that the expansion of Tian Tian begun and this time around we visited the shop in Joo Chiat.

The set up is an upgraded version comparing to Maxwell Market Food Centre. It is air-conditioned with simple and minimalistic furniture. Today we have 3 hungry guys for lunch, we ordered 1/2 steam chicken ($14), 1 portion of giblets and heart ($4), Hainanese Pork Chop ($8) and small baby kailan ($6). Oh not forgetting the Rice ($0.80) per plate.

The rice is fragrant, flavourful, plump and fluffy. It does not stick to each other. The chicken is plump, silky and succulent. There is skin and meat does not stick to each other and the breast meat us as succulent as the thigh meat. The same can be said about my favourite part of the chicken as well, the bishop. It is springy and full of flavour. Although it is a bit oily, it's just irresistible. The best part, they remove the smelly part from it.

The giblets and kidney tasted clean, no gamey smell. I like giblets because of its crisp and chewyness, while the kidney has a velvety texture.

Hainanese Pork Chop is thick yet tender. However, the meat is not as tasty but it is well fried, coated with panko and not too oily. The traditional tomato sauce, provide the sweet and sour flavour to the dish. The vegetables are fresh, crunchy and tasty, stir fry with garlic.

Service is average. As we are seated near the entrance, it is very difficult to get their attention. There is at one point, you can't even see them. Although the set up is minimum, at least it is air-conditioned so you won't sweat too much if you had too much of the chilli.

Overall, it is a good place to have Tian Tian Chicken Rice if you don't want to line up in Maxwell Market. However, I must admit their standard is not as equivalent as their main store. The chicken is missing the X-Factor compare to the one I had in Maxwell. Kind of lost in transition. Cheers!!
18 Aug 2014 • 159 reviews • 6 followers

National Pride

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice truly lives up to its name as being one of our national dishes!

Their chilled steamed chicken was tasty and act as a counterbalance to the spicy yet shiok chilli paste!

The rice was so fragrant and tasty that it can be eaten as it is without additional sauce or dishes!

More pics and thoughts at
http://lepakwithyaops.com/tian-tian-hainanese-chicken-rice-a-national-dish/
21 Jun 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Best In SG????

I'll just be short about it. The rice is broken, chicken is ok and veg over cooked.... And for that price? I know and have tasted much better ones than this! Well but many still seems to love it.... So go have a try, but i am not going back...
26 Dec 2013 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

A restaurant with hawker-skilled staff

I made a reservation for Christmas Eve well in advance because we were a group of 18 people, mostly tourists. The lady who took my reservation did not highlight to me that their table's maximum capacity is 10 seats so we will need 2 tables. This normally would not be a big deal if they apologized for the oversight. I kicked such a big fuss and the chap on the other end of the line just hung up. Prior to that, the other staff did not speak a lick of the Queen's English at all!

Do not open a restaurant if you don't plan to invest in customer service training for your workforce. Basic english and courtesy are necessary when running a restaurant, although unseemingly so for a hawker stall.

Needless to say, we did not turn up for our reservation. I can think of a hundred more establishments I'd rather patronize over this dump.