Tue - Sun: 11:00 - 20:00
Located in Maxwell Food Centre on Maxwell Road, Tian Tian specializes in Hainanese white chicken rice.
When you are as famous as Tian Tian Chicken Rice, there's bound to be some controversy. And even more so if your stall is synonymous with Maxwell Food Centre, not to mention that it is the one chicken rice that Anthony Bourdain tasted when he was here. Expectations will be raised and there will inevitably be complaints when the food does not seem to meet up to those high expectations. So it is with fear and trembling hands that I taste-tested the chicken rice. But I am happy to report that the chicken rice passed the taste test with flying colours! The chicken was tender and full of flavour but the real stars must go to the rice, chilli and mysterious sauce that they bathed the plate of chicken in.
You can see that the rice is beautifully presented. Each grain is coated with savoury chicken broth. It is not too oily and the texture and flavour is excellent. The chilli tastes very different from other stalls. The "secret" to this is, according to the aunty, is the use of limejuice instead of vinegar. Imagine how much they have to squeeze to get a full bottle of lime juice.
being a hainanese myself, i am greatly drawn to this hainanese style chicken rice. i remember my grandma used to roll up her rice into balls before giving it to us. that was the first time i was drawn to hainanese style rice. hainanese chicken are white chicken and its always very tender. the skin is soft and not oily. it will slide down ur throat and leave you asking for more. i do not usually eat it with chilli as i love the natural original taste.
Have never been a fan of chicken rice besides the roasted chicken. Cause there are times when i ate and i saw blood on the chicken, that made me sick. But my friend assured me that Tian Tian is different. So i decided to give it a try, and it s true. And the chicken is so smooth, so delicious. I am now already a fan of Tian Tian.