A trip to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of their food hawker markets. I would gladly have eaten at one every day, but given the limited amount of time we were in Singapore, we decided to narrow it down to Maxwell Road Hawker Centre so that we could try out the famous Tian Tian chicken rice and fish bee hoon from Jin Hua. Luckily for us, the food was worth the hype and it made for an overwhelming, crowded and exciting dining experience.
We arrived at the hakwer centre at around 6.30pm, and I immediately made a beeline for the Tian Tian Chicken Rice queue, which was surprisingly short and had a very quick turnover rate! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tian Tian, it was basically made famous by Anthony Bourdain who commented on how the chicken rice was so fragrant that it could be eaten on its own (or words to that effect).
Although you could order different cuts of chicken, I was slightly frazzled by the efficiency of the stall and so I just ended up choosing the normal “chicken rice” option. This dish was delicious- the chicken was extremely flavourful and tender, and the rice was infused with the sweetness of the chicken broth. We ordered two plates of this and they were gobbled up pretty quickly! Would I have lined up 35+ minutes for this? Probably! Next up, the sliced fish bee hoon from Jin Hua. This was a much longer wait than the chicken rice but it was definitely worth the wait! I loved the milky richness of the fish broth which complimented the fish slices nicely, and the al dente texture of the thick vermicelli noodles. I could honestly have drank 3 bowls of that milky broth!
These deep fried oyster cakes from the Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake stall were also delicious- crunchy on the outside with a chewy interior interspersed with large, full oysters. I’d recommend eating them ASAP though as they harden after a while!
I had a great time sampling delicious treats from different stalls at Maxwell, and if I return to Singapore , would love to visit other places, so do let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations 😀 Thanks for reading!
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