Instead of standing in a queue for over an hour in Smith Street, with the commercial expansion of the Hawker Chan franchise, you can now savour the Michelin star Soya chicken across several outlets. Today I came to this one at Tai Seng. Open at 11am, the clientele over the school holidays seems to be families, possibly owing to the Childcare centre and the NTUC in the same building.
A short wait to order, and another 10-15mins, I have my over-ordered plate of everything they have! Since I am here already, I ordered the Soya Chicken, the Roast Pork and the Char Siew.
The Pork belly is extremely fatty! Where the lean part has a strange consistency though, almost powdery. The Char Siew is juicy too, perhaps owing to the source of pork. It is characteristically sweet yet I feel it is not sufficiently charred to lend the bitter complexity to it.
The Soya Sauce Chicken, the pièce de résistance did not disappoint. It was tender and full of flavour - a distinct heavy white pepper taste with the usual sweet savoury.
I'd recommend to just go with the rice, the noodles were overcooked. And its sauce if too light to hold onto the noodles. The sambal for the noodles had a chance but lacked depth and char. The chilli to company the chicken rice was disappointing - it was too sweet probably because they used lemon syrup instead of juice.