11 Feb 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower
Rice: Doesn't even taste like chicken rice. I might as well have eaten white rice. Another time, it was overcooked and slathered with gravy to mask the lack of the chicken rice taste.
Chicken: Tasteless and no bite to it. I would liken it to digestible cotton wool slathered in gravy, but even that would be an insult to cotton wool. I understand that this is due to the fact that they use farmed mother hens rather than kampung chicken for the meat. Kampung chicken has a firmer texture and is tastier as these are free-range chickens.
Most of its patrons are tourists, due to Tian Tian appearing in many overseas publications and travel guidebooks. It pains me to think that this is what tourists would think authentic Hainanese chicken rice tastes like, because this really isn’t what chicken rice is supposed to taste like.
Tian Tian has left me questioning, “what in the world did I just eat?” I will never go back there for chicken rice. As a true blue, chicken rice-loving Singaporean, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is an abomination and a sad excuse for what has been often called our national dish.