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I ate at Tian Tian many moons ago, and the food then was pretty good.
I tried it again a few days ago, and the food gave me many moans.
Moan #1: Hawker assistant serving you the food at the stall (note: it’s all self-service) treats you like a fly. After giving me the food, he waved me away with a rude outward sweeping gesture normally reserved for persistent flies hovering around your food. He did this for other customers too. This wasn’t the Kallang Wave; it was the Tian Tian Wave.
Moan #2: Chicken meat is not terribly delicious. The serving size of the meat was generous, but the meat itself was neither soft nor tasty. Don’t get me wrong: the meat was not inedible; the taste was just best described as indifferent. I expected more from the famous Tian Tian.
Moan #3: Chicken is drenched in oily gravy. I don’t know why they poured so much of this depressing brown gravy onto the chicken. The gravy was largely composed of oil, and made the chicken taste worse. I half-suspected it was to disguise the taste of the not-tasty chicken meat and increase its pliancy. They poured so much of it onto the chicken, making me think that not only was there a current boom in shale oil, but there was also a boom in whatever oil it was that Tian Tian was using in this drab gravy..
OVERALL, the food at Tian Tian was edible but not the stuff of greatness. In light of the three points above, I would give the stall a miss, in perhaps the same way that flies would avoid a waving hand…