Best Chicken Rice?

Fellow blogger Paul of Walk Fly Pinoy posted about the top eats in Singapore recently. The first on his list is none other than Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, a highly recommended food stall in Maxwell Food Centre located in Singapore’s Chinatown area. This hawker food has grown popular thanks to Anthony Bourdain. If you’ve read one of my old posts, you would know that I’d try whatever Bourdain recommends (except of course those that would trigger my allergy such as an Oyster – if he finds out, he’d probably tell me how sucky my life is).

So without question, I headed to Maxwell to taste Tian Tian’s famous Hainan chicken…

maxwell singapore

As expected, the queue was long when I arrived.

long queue tian tian

And it’s not surprising because when you have a poster like this, you could definitely attract a battalion of hungry customers.

anthony bourdain chicken rice

20 minutes later, I was still queuing.

tian tian hainanese chicken rice

But the long wait was worth it:

singapore chicken rice
Let me make it easy for you: it was delicious. I loved it mainly because the meat was so tender. Just imagine a ginger-y, flavorful meat melting in your mouth like chocolate (let me guess, you’re cooking chicken for dinner).

But is it the best? My honest answer: it’s second best. For me, nothing beats Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice.

Here’s a photo of that shop which is from

Hainan Chicken Rice
Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice is located along Lebuh Chulia in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. The shop looks like a third world disaster (seriously, would you want to eat in that at first glance? NO!)  but once you taste its famous steamed Hainan chicken rice, you’ll be speaking in tongues.

I’ve tasted a few chicken rice meals in various Singapore and Malaysia outlets but I still vote for Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice as the most delicious (so far). But don’t worry, Mr. Bourdain, I still trust you.

Related Links:
Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice on Foursquare
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice Website

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