Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tian Shui Chicken Rice, Tanglin Halt Food Centre

Until quite recently, I've never taken note of this particular chicken rice stall (Stall #22, Tanglin Halt Market, 48A Tanglin Halt Road). Since then, I've eaten at it twice so here's some thoughts.

Their chicken was slightly chilled and doused with a sticky sauce which is really, different from the majority of chicken rice here. I can't say that I'm a big fan of that sauce but it's probably just me and gloopy sauces. The meat from the chicken was pleasantly tender. Rice was grainy and inconsistently flavoured across and when there was some flavour, it was lightweight. In a nutshell, it would look to be another faceless stall that delivered competent if an ordinary plate.

Until that chilli sauce. It's respectable heat peaks fast and sustains a consistent but gradually increasing burn, topped with a citrus-y note. If one were to take a step back and examine the triage that made chicken rice, it certainly made sense to not have that much flavour in the rice. The chilli, which rocked by the way, would have killed it. I'm still trying to figure out what's in their soup. It's not the commonly available thin cabbage broth they're doing.

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