Last post about my Singapore trip so bear with me one more time. Ever since I was a little girl, whenever I visit Singapore, a must order has been their Hainanese Chicken Rice. Not sure why but I always think their version is the best ever I have eaten. My mother shares the same craziness for the chicken rice hence she's always game for it too. I still remember how they even brought me when I was a teenager to eat the famous and super pricey Hainanese Chicken Rice at Chatterbox, Mandarin Oriental Hotel once when we stayed there.
In the pursuit of my childhood dreams, I dragged my friend and Splashie Boy to Maxwell Food Centre to look for Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice after reading about how good it was. If you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain, well this is where he first sampled Hainanese Chicken Rice. Since we were early, I went to explore the food court and found Zhen Zhen Porridge. The guys got the task of waiting for the chicken rice stall to open for business. Before they knew it, a queue started forming in front of the stall (they had both their heads buried in the Sunday papers!) hence they only got to be number five in the queue.
By the time I got my porridge, the queue was super long but luckily we had our chicken rice. Although it tastes pretty ordinary, I really love the rice. My mother has a theory about why the Hainanese Chicken Rice always taste better in Singapore - it's the better quality rice grains they use. I totally agree with her as the rice grains here were nice and seperate and cooked to perfection. Not the fluffy type but al dente grains tinged with a slight fragrance of the chicken. The chicken was nice and tender but nothing much to shout about. If I wasn't too full with my huge bowl of porridge, I would have ordered just one more bowl of the heavenly rice. Oh and my attempts of getting a nice picture of the man chopping the chicken was dashed as he had this huge stack of plates blocking him all the time!
Something else which is totally out of context, I had the soya bean curd (tau foo fah) from the Mr. Bean, the next door stall and wow, it was so good. So smooth, it melts in your mouth and not too sweet either. It's a texture I have never tasted in Malaysia before as it's barely set. Really excellent stuff. They even have a cute little soya bean man as their logo if you click on the link to their website.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Stall No 10
Maxwell Food Centre
(Closed on Mondays. Open from 11am until 8 pm. Get here early to queue as they get super long!)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.