Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

category: restaurants
by Yun,

A while ago, a friend of mine asked me, “Have you tried Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice?” And my answer was no. We then had further discussions on that subject from which I realized that so many people were talking about the fame of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. As a consequence, tasting their chicken rice quickly climbed to the top of my Singapore to-do list.

Hainanese chicken rice is a Chinese rice dish most commonly known as the “national dish” of Singapore. It primarily contains boiled chicken meats, served at room temperature and eaten with oily tasty rice that has previously been cooked with herbs and chicken stock. The dish is generally served with two kinds of sauce: soy sauce and chili sauce. However, I usually eat the chicken rice with no sauce at all, with the intention to enjoy its real taste. To me, soy sauce and chili sauce can disrupt the deliciously natural taste of the chicken meats.

Hainanese chicken rice is one of the comfort food I must have whenever I visit Singapore. I can eat chicken rice almost everyday during my stay in Singapore, and I never get bored. Unbelievable, huh? Believe me, you can easily find stalls at any hawker food centers in Singapore selling Hainanese chicken rice.

Even though Chatterbox at Mandarin Hotel claimed itself as the home of “Mandarin Chicken Rice” but I found their chicken was too lean and extremely dry. It’s healthy but not typical good chicken rice for me. ^_^ Besides, their famous chicken rice was very pricey too. I would rather eat chicken rice sold at one of any hawker food places than at any upscale restaurants, because chicken fats give excellent tenderness and delicious flavors.

Local foodies have voted Tian Tian as one of top five chicken rice stalls in Singapore. Makansutra, a Singapore-based food company that does not sell food but promotes the joy of eating Asian food, has given Tian Tian’s chicken rice with a “die, die must try” rating, and proclaimed them as one of the fifteen Hawker Legends of Singapore.

In my visit to Singapore last August, I finally made my way to Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. Woo hoo! Their chicken was succulent, tender, and juicy. The rice itself was flavorful and just perfectly right (not too hard or too soft). The chicken oil was just a right kick, poured on the top of the chicken rice. Anthony Bourdain reported, “Chicken rice is so fragrant and delicious that it can be eaten on its own.” which, in my opinion, was very true. Overall, the meal I had at Tian Tian was outstandingly good.

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Maxwell Road Food Centre, Stall 10

Singapore

Opening hours: 11am-8pm, closed on Mondays

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  1. Im3th | 16 November 2008, 20:53

    Ha, tiap hari maem chicken rice gak bosen ya Yun? berarti emang bener2 enak tuh chicken ricenya :)

    met, gue kalo di sg plg kan cuman bbrp hari doang :) kalo berminggu2 pasti bosen kali ya hehe…. gue mkn “almost everyday” jadi ga tiap hari juga :) )
    lagian chicken ricenya ga selalu mkn di tempat yg sama kok.

  2. jenz | 16 November 2008, 22:51

    wah, gw juga demen chicken rice di tian-tian, ayamnya mantab sekali :)

    ga cuman ayamnya jen, nasinya jg :D

  3. veny | 17 November 2008, 07:22

    waww , must must try when we visit to Singapore neh! he22 .
    tapi ayamnya agak serem Yun , krn pasti itu ayam broiller . aku prefer ayam kampung ala Indo . he222
    ayam garam di resto Angke ato Li Yen hmmm lbh enak deh !

    hmm, iya se ayam broiler tp gmn lagi, enyakkk sih hihi

  4. arman | 17 November 2008, 12:18

    wow ayamnya menarik banget… :D

    di LA kan banyak man…

  5. luvly7 | 18 November 2008, 03:46

    Gue suka yang ayamnya di roast … tapi yang ayam rebus juga, asal sambelnya banyak mah, lahap juga :p

    yg plg penting sambelnya ya feb?hehe

  6. bhoton | 18 November 2008, 15:08

    dang yun! ini dia yang g suka. g juga klo ke singapore makannya cuma ini. huahua.. almost everyday juga. lmao. but not sure been to this particular stall, tien2 huh? next time.. hehe. dang, bakutnya juga g suka banget tuh, specially the bakut teh. hehehe..

    Toss dulu kita sama2 penggemar chicken rice!!
    so please put in your singapore’s food list, tian tian and bakuteh :)

  7. Rina | 19 November 2008, 03:42

    Yu, gue lagi di kantor. Dan hiks, gue jadi lapar pas baca postingan lo ini ;-) Wuah, uenakkk banget ya Yun. Hm, jadi pingin makan. Singapore chicken rice di Boulevard aja deh, pulang kantor ini. Hehe :-)

    Gmn rin udah makan chicken rice yg di Boulevard blm kemarin? hehe

  8. shinta | 19 November 2008, 14:00

    Hiii… Yun ini yang mana ya? I still have no clue… Sorry… lupaan :P hehehe bad habit…

  9. shinta | 19 November 2008, 14:23

    Ya ampuuun yunikeee yaaa… tadi liat fotonya di Singapore flyer… Wow, great blog Yun, great pics and great writing… Travelling terus nih :) Asyiknya…

    iya, this is me :D thanks for the compliment nya yaa… you are also a very good baker :)

  10. rony | 24 November 2008, 03:58

    Hi,
    pinter pilih tempat nih… good choice….

    @veny
    yang ayam kampung kayanya 5 star chicken rice…. banyak lokal yg suka jg

    Thanks Ron…, elo jg suka kesini ya?

  11. karim | 31 May 2010, 10:25

    really maknyus…kalo yang 1 ini

    Can’t agree more

  12. Jennie | 14 August 2010, 16:07

    The hainan chicken rice really looks yummy, I hope i can return to Singapore again to eat this. Will definately try out tian tian hainan chicken :)

    Please do taste Tian tian, and let me know what you think.. :)