I didn’t know chicken rice was such a big deal in Singapore until I saw Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations – Singapore. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxell food court was named his favorite in all of Singapore. I was so lucky to be able to go Singapore last month, and after watching so many episodes of his show, I wanted to see if he really knows good food. So on my second day in Singapore, I asked my Singaporean friend to bring us there for lunch.
This place sure is famous now. The Anthony Bourdain effect made me queue up 30 minutes to get a $3.50 plate of chicken rice. It’s quite ridiculous for street food standards. Like he said on his show, it was a very normal, unimpressive looking dish. And like he said on his show, it was SO GOOD.
The chicken rice came with a sweet soy sauce, ginger chili sauce, soup and cucumbers. The best thing on the dish was definitely the rice. The chicken was nice and tender, but the rice made all the difference, it had flavour, it had a fragrance. Wow, so amazing. I loved it.
Even with such high demand, and never ending line up, it seem like the people working at this place would be rude and stressed out, but they weren’t. I was a little surprised that they were still very friendly to each customer.
This is a must visit in Singapore. It was hands down my kind of dining experience: fresh, rustic, real, simple and delicious. I will miss this a lot.