This is a continuation of my previous post on “local travelling”. Singapore is not only just a tropical small island, it is an island filled with variety of cultures and FOOD!!
Yes! I gladly admit I am a foodie lover (who won’t be, living in singapore?), but I’m not the type that will go all the way out to search for nice and good food. But this time round, my curious mind and free time prompted me to drag my lazy body all the way to chinatown maxwell food centre in search of the famous Tiantian hainanese chicken rice.
Part 2 of local travel – Maxwell food centre
Located in the heartland of Chinatown, it took me a while to find this food centre via GPS on a hot and humid day.
I had purposely arrived earlier to avoid the long queue and lunch crowd, but to my dismay, the queue is still very long. Thankfully for the must-try tiantian chicken rice stall (stall 10), there were two stalls (one for white chicken, the other for roasted chicken) so the speed of serving is pretty fast.
The chicken serving is considered generous for the price ($3.50/plate). I wanted the chicken drumstick, but it’s sold out and I go for the “ji wei” part. The meat of the chicken is indeed tender and juicy, and the skin is smooth and oily. I like that the chicken meats are cut into large pieces and the taste just filled my entire mouth. Here comes the most famous of this chicken rice – the rice. It has been reported in all media that the rice is the best part, fragrant and nice and can be eaten alone. It is indeed fragrant, but I find the rice abit hard and clumpy, and not as smooth as I thought. Generally I’ve eaten better rice than this before.
I just read on another blog that the master chef of tiantian chicken rice stall has left the stall and set up his own. Maybe that’s one of the reason it’s not as fantastic as I’ve heard? But still, its not too bad I guess.
The next food I tried was the zhenzhen porridge. This was also rated as one of the best food in maxwell food centre. While eating the chicken rice, I’ve been observing the queue and the queue seems equally long for one hr. Determined to find out how good it is, I bravely joined the queue. The queue is long because there is only one main cook and every bowl of porridge is cooked individually (hence with love and tender care).
The porridge is silky and watery and I can’t find grains of rice in it. There is no fishy smell and it is really sweet. The other selling part of this porridge which I concluded, is the generousity of the amount of fish in each bowl! I practically ate a fish with every mouthful of the porridge!
I also tried the oyster egg and sugar cane. There are other good food recommended by other bloggers (eg dim sum, pock bun, fish soup, cockles), but I’m too full to try more of these. Maybe next time, when I have the cravings and the free time again.
Overall, it is a good visit if you have the time or are in the precinity. Otherwise, I believed that there are many hawker centres in singapore that serve equally good food as this.
Remember to come early 11-11.30am to avoid the lunch crowd, bring long umbrellas to “chope” (literally means reserved) seats (a common undeclared culture of Singapore), and remember to clear your own tray after eating.
My curiosity has been fufilled, and I am glad and satisfied now. 🙂
Maxwell food centre (Chinatown mrt)
1 kadayanallur road