BEST Singapore Chicken Rice, Maxwell Hawker Center Food Tour!

BEST Singapore Chicken Rice, Maxwell Hawker Center Food Tour!


Hey guys, it’s Mike Chen. You know ever since I started doing this channel I’ve been getting comments from people telling me that I need to go to Singapore. Then these comments started getting more and more descriptive with words like: chilli crab, and laksa, and Hawker centers, and Hainanese chicken. And it got to the point where whenever someone would mention Singapore to me, I just start salivating. And finally after years I am here. I’m in Singapore, and I’m standing in the middle of one of the best hawker centers in Singapore: Maxwell food Centre. And I think it’s true. I think I’ve died and gone to food heaven and this is my first day. I literally just dropped off all my luggage at the hotel. I came by here because oh my God the anticipation I mean, there’s just so much food We can’t be wasting time, we’ve got to just start eating. And the first dish I want to try is something I’ve been dying to try Hainanese chicken. Of course Hainanese chicken came from, well, Hainan, which is in China But they do it so well here in Singapore, it has pretty much become a national dish. And a lot of people tell me here is where they do it best. Tian Tian Hainanese chicken. So let’s just get started with that. It’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon Kind of an awkward time. There’s still a line here I’m so excited about this. Huh, this guy’s been here and according to him: “chicken rice is so fragrant & delicious that it can be eaten on its own”. You better be right man. Here it is, Hainanese chicken from Singapore. One thing I already noticed is that there’s really no bones in here. So this dish is gonna be pretty convenient to eat and the key thing is the rice is cooked in chicken stock So just eating it on its own should have a lot of flavor. Now check this out guys, look how tender this thing is. I’m slightly moving it about and it’s just breaking apart You see that? It’s just tender and juicy. You know what? I think I kind of ruined this with all the build-up I just been waiting for this bite, for oh So long I just want a bite of chicken and rice, no sauce You guys know that movie from Russia with love. This is from Singapore with love with a lot of love no anticipation No, build-up could have prepared me for that just glorious bite of chicken and rice I mean, I’m still in chicken rice before you right now. I haven’t snapped out of it yet You know when you see someone like like a random stranger, and they’re just so Unbelievably slap-me stupid beautiful that’s like that except for it’s chicken and rice and it was so good I think I just don’t even realize what I tasted. Hang on a second, let me, I need another bite of this To say that chicken is tender is a complete understatement. I mean that chicken literally just spent a day at the spa That’s how tender it it and this rice that rice deserves to be in the rice hall of fame Is there a rice hall of fame? You know what if not, we should create one and induct this rice. First ballot hall-of-famer, right here. Every single grain is just like infused infused Completely cast over with delicious chicken flavors, and it’s so juicy. I mean you guys see how juicy this rice is? Oh my God is this guy ever right you could definitely eat this on its own. I mean the rice, some hot oil I’m set. I’m set. That’s all I need. And we’ve got the dipping sauce. Alright since they gave it to me I’ve got to try it. It should be a mix of ginger and garlic. Let’s go ahead and dip the chicken Into this…. Oh, so sorry. I’m just really messing this up Wow, I mean this chicken and rice was already spectacular being given some ginger garlic and spice elevated is an understatement. It’s not even comparable To the Hainanese chicken I had back in Queens. It’s like a diamond versus a pebble stone… Super Saiyan Goku VS A crillon, and I don’t know this is a really common side dish to Hainanese chicken This is sprouts with squid. There’s some chili peppers. I’m just gonna give this a little mix mmm I love this place. These guys have been blessed with a gift of food magic nay food wizardry. Sprouts are crunchy so it has that really nice fresh sprout flavor I think this is a good complement because of the crunch factor, but I also feel like there’s a lot of chicken broth here and that’s what gives it its nice flavor. I think I’m gonna go back and order another serving of this. I could just sit here and eat this all day If this is the only thing I have in Singapore, I know I will be missing out But I would be happy. I had to do it. You know what they say one good dish deserves another Do they say that? I say that. I’m just going to go ahead and make this even better There we go Like I said, I’ll eat this all day long, but there are other food here So I’m going to finish this up and let’s just keep on eating This is Aunty Hong. She’s the only person in Singapore cooking these oyster pancakes. Her mom created this many years ago And this is a loyal customer who swears by it This is another popular Singapore street food item and the first thing I think of when people mention oyster pancake is Taiwan. And that pancake is usually cooked on a tepan. This one is deep-fried I’m not usually a fan of oyster pancakes. I’m really not especially the ones in Taiwan. I’m sorry. It’s a little too Gooey for me oh but this is excellent. super crunchy on the outside pretty sure this is rice batter. And on the inside It’s not just the oysters. Ground pork. Also I taste a little bit of shrimp. And the vegetables….. Chinese celery.. mm I mean there’s so many layers of flavor This might be the first time in my life I’m really enjoying an oyster pancakes That pancake was so good I came back and she’s gonna make us one fresh If you are ever in Singapore. You really should try this I don’t know if fried bananas are indigenous Singaporean food, but it’s like a big egg roll This is excellent. Look at this yellow custard on the inside I mean, I don’t know if this is a regular banana. I think it’s a banana injected With some kind of yellow custard and it tastes so creamy and nice That’s delicious Good God. This is good. I’m really surprised this is that good. Hang on, I gotta ask him what the yellow custard is. Bananas This is only banana. Yeah Just deep fried banana.Yeah. This is Collin. He makes he made this banana He told me this is just like a regular banana. I feel like this is way sweeter. Yeah it’s very sweet So I thought it was some kind of yellow custard you put in there. This is awesome, man Thank you so much! Thank you! King of bananas Is there a queen of bananas? Is that is that the plantain? Is the plantain the queen of bananas? I mean well deserving of his title king of bananas Fantastic wish I had some ice cream These couple dishes I got, these are local favorites. This is a rojak And this is a popiah. The rojak is kind of like a mixed salad it could be fruits, vegetables almost anything goes here And it doesn’t look pretty intimidating to me. It’s got some sort of sauce and peanuts all over it Let’s just try it. Got a couple of mystery items here For the life of me, I can’t tell you what I just put in my mouth But I know there’s fermented shrimp or fish sauce in here, that much I know. I’m gonna try a piece of it with a cucumber here I’ll tell you what this thing is spicy It’s nutty, sweet and honestly this is not my thing I think the fermented sauce for me It’s a little too much. The popiah just kinda looks like a little roll. I can already see sprouts, eggs, some nuts in here This is not bad. Nice crunchy sprouts. I like the egg. I like the super thin crepe I mean, it’s not the best thing I had today, but it is intriguing and this nice little medley of veggies and eggs I dig that not the top thing on my list But not too bad, okay the last few food items weren’t exactly my favorite, but overall still a positive food day And if you guys do get a chance to come here I would a 100% recommend the Hainanese chicken, the oyster pancakes and oh my God those fried bananas. All right, I got to go back to the hotel and get some sleep But tonight’s gonna be a good sleep, because I didn’t sleep much on the plane And I’m about to enter a food coma. So that is my first food day in Singapore and just want to say what a delicious Start. And I cannot wait to eat whatever else Singapore has to offer. As always guys the location for this place Is in my description box and until we eat again. I’ll see you later!

100 thoughts on “BEST Singapore Chicken Rice, Maxwell Hawker Center Food Tour!

  1. Food looks great, but damn do the people and their reactions look like they're ready to pounce on and murder you at any given time/moment.

  2. Just had this 2 days ago, overrated and I give up on Chen reviews. He surely has simple taste buds and most things taste good to him.

  3. I know why mike didn't like the Poh piah cos it didn't have chunks of meat. As for the Rojak it was the shrimp paste and tamarind sauce which only southeast Asians would appreciate.

  4. First I thought white people eat rice with fork, now I see this anglicised Asian eating rice with a fork. It's like, we kinda think that the westerners invented the spoon, but they are making their lives to difficult by eating rice with a fork. And then came the spork which loves to poke you for drinking soup.

  5. Im going to singapore in a week and staying there for a month im watching this to know where to go and eat :3
    Been to singapore day in london and the Bananas were amazing!

  6. I came for Tian2 chicken rice 3 times recently in August18,queue was 60 strong but well worth it YUM!Looking around, I felt the design for these centre is bad,the tropical heat are being recycled by the ceiling fans,heat rises but are trapped in here as there is no escape outlets to releases the hot air thus allowing fresh clean cooler air into the centres,toilets too had the same problem without adequate ventilation air flow,wet floors.

  7. The deep fried banana is indegenous to south India, the state of Kerala. They call it Pazhampuri and it’s made with Nendram Banana Which is exclusive to Kerala. Tamil Nadu also makes this and it’s called Bajji.

  8. Hi Mike, I know this video has been posted a while back, but if do you ever come to LA, do please give Side Chick a try for some great chicken. It's over down at the Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia, and though the place is small, their Hainan Chicken is really good. The chicken is tender, and their garlic rice is the bomb. But you would have to try their roast chicken. The name is so understated compared to its chicken and taste. Just close your eyes and imagine the flavor of a tasty Chinese BBQ roast duck with crispy skin. Now imagine a tender piece of chicken leg with all the same treatment in crispiness and flavor on it as the said roast duck. The results are amazing and pretty darn delicious.
    Not saying it's better than what you got there in Singapore, but boy are they good.

  9. Very good chicken rice beautiful rice very good fresh food and lots of nice stalls very clean place thank you for sharing your beautiful healthy food , 6–12–18:

  10. Compare Malaysia food to Singapore food ? I like Singapore food better because ? Singapore food much more cleaner every stalls has a place ! Ever coffee shop or market ? They give us the standard !

  11. I Tried the hainanese chicken a few years ago at the same place and omg it really was the best chicken dish Ive ever had in my life. Worth waiting in line for 2 hours 🙂

  12. The uncle that sell banana like “dude, it's just a banana”. But i understand mike, i also fried banana maniac. In indonesia there's a variation of fried banana called pisang molen, also the bomb. Maybe singapore and malaysia have one too. South east asian food always similar.

  13. Welcome to Singapore I'm a Singaporean and I live in Punngol I am just telling you that I went to Google Map but every time I go to places it just brings me back to the same spot!! I can even get my way home..I'm only 10… Seeing Singapore the little red dot!

  14. We have eaten the Chicken Rice at the same place last year but due to the popularity of it the quality has gone down the drain. Chicken and rice were dry and less tastefull.

  15. fried bananas is big in southeast asia 😀 We have many fried bananas here in the Philippines. I haven't seen you try them though (or have you?). We have banana cue, Turon, and pinaypay in Cebu to name a few 🙂

  16. He love his foods very good healthy foods thank you for sharing your beautiful video I love them all thank you for sharing your beautiful video love them all very good thank you.

  17. Not the best should try Swee Kee chicken rice. BTW I am Singaporean. It may cost a little more expensive but worth the taste.

  18. You are really supposed to pour some of the grated ginger, chili sauce & some dark sweet soya sauce over the rice & chicken.

  19. Greetings Mike,
    You’re lucky to have sampled the deep fried bananas at Maxwell hawker centre back in 2017. He retired a year later and his stall is just a memory. He’s been using only one type of banana and it’s local name translate into King Banana.
    The Chicken Rice. Lots of good ones out there in Singapore, but to me, the best ones are when the chef skillfully de-bone the thigh before sectioning it into delicate bite size. When you’ve had both kinds you’ll know what I mean👍🏼👍🏼😋……great video

  20. My dear mum used to make incredible Hainanese Chicken rice for us on a weekly basis … Singaporean food … it will never go out of style!!

  21. I really want to try that chicken rice, because by presentation alone it looks so plain, but Mikey really is enjoying it.

  22. A whole lot of singaporeans "eat full not so free" to go to Maxwell hawker center for the best chicken rice ever: we make do with whatever we get under our housing estate blocks

  23. Something really interesting: for all its hype about “best singapore chicken rice ever” : this still doesnt have a michelin star but that soy sauce chicken rice does 🙂

  24. My sister and her family live about 5 minutes walk from this hawker centre
    Ever time I go to Singapore I eat there a lot

  25. My sister and her family live about 5 minutes walk from this hawker centre
    Ever time I go to Singapore I eat there a lot

  26. That is the king of banana..or malay say pisang raja..very very sweet banana when u fried it the sugar will come out from the banana..i also love king banana..

  27. Hey Mikey, if you want to try the "best" Chicken Rice in Singapore… it can only be found in one place… Changi Point! I've eaten literally almost every Chicken Rice in Singapore over the 12 years I have been going to Singapore… and hands down Changi Point definitely the best! But don't take my word for it… next time your in Singapore…

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