Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice at Tiong Bahru Food Centre got into the radar after it was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore.
It was a surprise entry then, considering that the other name on the list was the more internationally famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre. (Sin Kee Famous Cantonese Chicken Rice was added in later)
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice is located at the popular Tiong Bahru Market at 30 Seng Poh Road, though there are stalls of the same name at Chinatown (56 Smith Street) and Changi Village (5 Changi Village Road) operated by the owner’s brother.
It has also opened a new outlet at Blk 829 Tampines Street 81.
The stall which has opened since 1988, serves up Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice ($3, $4), Roasted Chicken Rice ($3, $4), Lemon Chicken Rice ($3, $4), Soya Sauce Vegetables ($3) and Bean Sprouts ($3).
Another reason why customers would like is due to the price. I mean, it is hard to find decent $3 Chicken Rice in Singapore.
The owner learnt the ropes of making Chicken Rice from a friend who used to work at Mandarin Hotel – known for its “legendary” Chatterbox Chicken Rice, and added his own modifications.
Compared to some of the more famous brands, the chicken here takes up a more muted slant.
The chicken meat was smooth, not too oily, still somewhat juicy but would have preferred plumper pieces.
The fluffy rice cooked with chicken stock, garlic, spring onions, ginger and onion, also had a more subtle taste, less oily than the average stall, but one wonders if there could be more depth in flavours.
The group of us figured that that was their style, and there will be many fans of this ‘cleaner’ taste.
Note that even though the stall indicates an 8pm closing time, they will close the stall once the 40 chickens or so sell out.
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
Tiong Bahru Market #02-82, 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
Tel: +65 9750 9846
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Blk 829 Tampines St 81 Singapore 520829
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
5 Changi Village Road, #01-2037, Singapore 500005
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
56 Smith Street, Singapore 058961
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
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