Tian Shui Hainan Chicken Rice is just right next to the famous Wei Yi Laksa and Prawn Mee, another popular hawker stalls in the Tanglin Halt Market and Food Centre. Tian Shui Hainan Chicken Rice selling both the steamed white chicken and roasted chicken. We decided to evaluate both of them.
Steamed white chicken and roasted chicken $4
Good chicken rice is not just whipping out good chicken but equally important is the rice, seemingly simply rice but the art of cooking good chicken rice could be technically challenging. It involves in depth knowledge of choosing the right type of rice, perfect water ratio, timing control, seasoning and lots of other staff going on in the pot to make the sumptuous rice.
When we compared the chicken rice from Tian Shui Hainan Chicken Rice to other good chicken rice that we have evaluated, the difference seems to be fairly distinct; the rice here was missing the fragrance from the chicken stock and the flavour from the seasoning. The plate of rice though was grainy but overall taste was rather one dimensional and lacked of the enthusiasm expected from good chicken rice. May be the chicken rice here was less oily and hence made it a healthier choice for those with more health conscious.
While the rice may not be too appealing to the taste buds, both the steamed white chicken and roasted chicken somehow compensated the shortfall with its tender and juicy meat. Instead of the traditional soy sauce, Tian Shui Hainan Chicken Rice replaced it with the gooey sauce to douse over the chicken to give a different taste, something unique to Tian Shui Hainan Chicken Rice. The chili was pretty good as the dip as well.
Overall, the steamed white chicken and roasted chicken were commendable but the rice may require some fine tuning.
Tian Shui Hainan Chicken Rice
Add: 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Stall 20 Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre, Singapore 148813
Hrs: Tue to Sun: 9am – 8pm, Closed on Mondays