Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Maxwell Food Centre

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Maxwell Food Centre
The queue bordered on crazy. If I hadn't been here specially to eat at Tian Tian (12 Murray Street, #01-10 Maxwell Food Centre), a queue like theirs would be a guarantee that I would not have bothered. By the way, I have no recollection of having eaten at their stall before. Their christening by a certain celebrated executive chef from Les Halles Brasserie some years back as a shrine of chook and grains did much to cement their reputation.

If I had to say it, this was not bad as chicken rice went. What was also true was that a significant measure of the reputation at Tian Tian was overblown by the media. The chicken was deliciously tender and the grease soaked grainy rice was pretty hearty. Good, but I wouldn't say it's the best. Whatever that best might be. What was arousingly refreshing was the lime spiked chilli sauce that was invigorating with heat and citrus. I smell a winning formula here.

We also had a side of crunchy blanched bean sprouts was expertly done with no indication of rawness. Would I come back for this again? I couldn't say no, but there are other options aplenty.

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Maxwell Food Centre


Anonymous said...

the meat portion seems hearty!

LiquidShaDow said...

This was the large portion ($3.30). There regular portion ($2.50) isn't that big.