Maxwell Food Centre is normally on a lot of tourist’s and locals list of authentic places to eat in Singapore. For the former, the Tian Tian Chicken Rice stall is the main reason, with it being made famous by a visit from Anthony Bourdain.
Its also a convenient stomping ground for locals and office workers looking for a quick and cheap meal around the area.
Of course as a tourist, trying Tian Tian is just one of those things you need to do. But there is so much more delicious food there that you would be missing out if you only went for the Chicken Rice plate.
So on a lazy public holiday Wednesday when we were supposed to go to Universal Studio, we went to Maxwell at 9:30 in the morning instead.
It was hot as hell that day, so first stop was sugar cane drink. Cheap at $1.50 each for the city area
This is the line for Tian Tian Chicken Rice at around 11AM when we left. When we got there at 10AM there was only one person in line.
The chicken is served cold but delicious, though i actually prefer it to be warm like at the local joint i frequent in Novena (shoutout to Rocovo Restaurant / Chye Kee). The rice as described by Anthony Bourdain is delicious just on its own. They also add in a special soy sauce on top. Like all other hawker chicken rice meals in Singapore, it comes with two complementary slices of cucumber. Don’t forget to add sambal to the dish.
If I had to wait an hour or more like i hear alot of people doing, I would say that it is a definite waste of time. The chicken rice is nice dont get me wrong, its just not worth a 2 hour wait.
Next stop, Kopi break at Eng Hiang Beverages, a typical coffee shop run by an uncle reading his iPad.
I watched a YouTube video from a famous vlogger who recommended eating Oyster Cake at Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake. This wasn’t really my thing, though my friend said that I should have eaten it with chilli sauce. It tasted kind of odd, but that could be because I don’t like oysters.
Definately a must eat is Lim Kee Banana Fritters. There is also other things like sweet potato fritters, but the banana is a must!
Being a lazy public holiday, we also went out to Chinatown to wander abouts. We picked up some random souvenirs, because hey, we are tourists right 🙂