There are plenty of cheap eating options in Singapore, and for lunch the majority of the population head to the Hawker Centres, the city’s equivalent of street food. Here you can find a plethora of stalls selling a wide variety of food – mostly for less than $5.00 (around USD 3.50 or GBP 2.50).
A favourite hawker centre among Singaporeans is the Maxwell Road Food Centre in the heart of Chinatown. Here there are more than a hundred stalls selling everything from congee to roti prata, from wanton noodles to nasi lemak.
One of the most popular stalls here is the legendary Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Hainanese Chicken Rice is a contender for national dish of Singapore (along with Chilli Crab, Laksa and Fish Head Curry). It is basically steamed or roast chicken sliced up on top of rice, which has been cooked in the chicken stock. The secret to a good Chicken Rice lies in the flavour of the rice, and the quality of the accompanying chilli sauce, ginger sauce and thick sweet soy sauce.
Singaporeans are somewhat obsessed with food and it is not uncommon for them to travel across the island to get to their favourite food stall. As Tian Tian has the reputation for serving some of the best chicken rice in town, there is always a long queue for this stall, so be prepared to queue for at least half an hour.
You’ll be rewarded with a generous and flavoursome version of this national favourite however. So follow in my footsteps and check it out.
Tian Tian Chicken Rice – Maxwell Road Food Centre.