My Singapore hawker food discovery continues in Chinatown, Singapore. A day earlier, as we were leaving Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, we saw a queue at this stall, A Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee (阿王咖喱米粉面).
So the next day we came for breakfast. As we were early, there wasn’t any queue. Our order was promptly taken. While waiting for our order to be served, we got a sniff of the strong aroma from the huge boiling cauldron of curry.
The bowl of curry mee is served with chunks of tender steamed chicken, generous amount of tau foo pok (beancurd puffs) and slices of fish cake. The tau foo pok slices were full of flavor as they soak up the curry broth. The curry broth was flavourful and rich in coconut milk.
For the extra kick, there is always this small plate of ‘sambal’ or chili paste.
After visiting Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, we hopped over to Maxwell Food Centre to try out the famed Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (天天海南鸡饭). As it was lunch hour, there was a long queue at this famous stall. The queue snaked all the way to the back of the stall.
Occupying two stalls, this chicken rice is so famous that even Anthony Bourdain paid a visit. This stall has also been featured many times in the local media.
Though queue was long, it moved relatively quickly. Once an order is placed and paid for, one is given a number and we moved to the next queue to collect our order.
At the food collection station, a lady is busy shouting out orders to the kitchen and handing out orders to the hungry patrons. After about 40 minutes, we finally got our food :).
Was it worth the wait? Well for a start, the thick and short bean sprout was already a winner – similar to those found in Ipoh.
Next the rice – Anthony was right when he said that the rice was fragrant and very flavourful.
And finally the steamed chicken was tender, smooth and succulent. The sauce complemented the chicken as well as the rice.
I must say that Tian Tian Chicken Hainanese Chicken Rice deserved its fame. I finally found a chicken rice that is as good as Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant.