In Singapore, the Hainan adapted chicken rice was regarded as one of Singapore's national delicacy. In 2013, UK Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey accepted the Singtel Hawker Heroes Challenge to compete in a cook-off with top hawkers in Singapore. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice was one of the hawkers and defeated the UK chef.
Located at Maxwell Food Centre, Tian Tian opened a branch in a coffee shop in the neighbourhood of Clementi New Town.
Filled with immense curiosity, I ordered a plate of steamed chicken breast. I felt that it would be the perfect test to evaluate how good this poultry would be. At Tian Tian, the chicken skin was silky smooth and had a very nice glow. The meat was succulent and was very easy to tear without much efforts. Drizzled on the steamed chicken was the stall's special sauce, which was mildly thick and had a light tangy flavour. (Food rating: 4.5/5)
The flavoured rice, cooked with garlic, chicken stock and other ingredients, was a little plump and the flavour was normal. The rice could be better like more chewy in texture. It was disappointing when it failed to sweep me off my feet with taste and texture. (Food rating: 3/5)
Aside to the steamed chicken and flavoured rice, it is equally important to have a perfectly concocted garlic vinaigrette chilli. The condiment was very spicy and extremely enjoyable at the same time. Add a tint of dark soy sauce to heighten the condiment and it was perfect.
Address: Blk 450 Clementi, Avenue 3, #01-305 Singapore 120450
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5