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.

December 20, 2007

Mom and Zhen Zhen Porridge at Maxwell Food Centre

Filed under: family, life — Tags: , , — toru @ 9:07 am

Brought mom and relatives to Maxwell Food Centre for breakfast.  Got lost for a while before I located the food centre.  Damn – I need to work on my sense of direction.  I have a mental block when it comes to Shenton Way/Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown area.

 Anyway, Mom saw a long queue at Zhen Zhen Porridge and wanted to try.  I took turns queuing for it with my aunt.  I think we queued for at least 25 – 30 minutes for it.  Was it worth the wait?  Definitely no!  The stall holders were very generous with their ingredients.  But really how good can porridge taste?  Rather than wasting your 30 minutes of your life in line, it is better to grab a bowl of porridge at Crystal Jade.

 Came back cleaned the house while mom & gang went shopping.  Hope they are enjoying themselves in Singapore.

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