The Tempinis diaries

December 29, 2007

Chicken Rice for the Soul

Filed under: family, food — Tags: , , , , , , , — toru @ 1:51 pm

So Christmas lunch was at Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Hawker Centre.  I could tell Mom really wanted to try it (my fault – I told her it was famous) when we went there the other day to eat Zhen Zhen porridge for breakfast in the morning.  Problem was that it wasn’t open in the morning.  We tried again after walking around Chinatown at night one day.  When we tracked down the stall, it was closed!  Mom was disappointed again (she even confronted the stall owner as he was closing).

So I decided to try again on Christmas day before bringing Mom to visit Mrs. T’s mother.  I thought it might be closed but it wasn’t.  But the problem was that many people had the same idea as us to have chicken rice for christmas lunch.  The queue was absolutely mad – I queued 30 minutes for it (I wouldn’t normally line up for chicken rice).  We ordered three plates of rice to share between the four of us (Mom, Ah Kim, Mrs. T and I), a plate of chicken and a plate of bean sprouts with cuttlefish.  Mom and Ah Kim loved the chicken rice!  Mrs. T and I thought the chicken rice was pretty good but way too oily for our palate.  Mrs. T was completely put off by the greasiness of the rice that she only had a quarter of the rice.  Mom loved it so much she brought Auntie and her family the next day to eat the chicken rice again.  We also had the famous Xing Xing tapioca cake and the Fuzhou oyster cake.  The tapioca cake was really good – even better than the stuff you find in Malaysia.  The texture was fantastic and it was not too sweet.  Fuzhou cake was a bit too greasy but quite tasty.  The cincau dessert I ordered was a complete disaster – horrible texture.  I took one bite and refused to eat it.

 The meeting between Mom and Mrs. T’s mother went pretty well.  Mom can be very charming when she wants to.  And everyone loves Ah Kim who is such a simple and kind hearted lady.

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1 Comment »

  1. Actually, the queue at Tian Tian queue is mad everyday. 🙂

    Comment by LiquidShaDow — September 24, 2008 @ 5:36 am


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