In Golden Mile Complex, there are many mookata eateries. But before all these mookatas was Thien Kee, who was one of the first restaurant here and famous for steamboat. Later, everyone talks about their chicken rice. So is this place famous for Hainanese chicken rice or steamboat?
The quintessential accompaniment to chicken rice was Stir-fried Balachan Kangkong. This was done quite well, the sambal chilli was really tasty.
Another starter that we ordered was the Sambal Spicy Cockles. It used be served using raw cockles, but with Hepatitis scare they have since blanched the cockles. It was not the same.
Frankly, their Hainanense chicken rice may not be the best in Singapore, but it is highly rated in the top 10. The chicken was poached to the right doneness and the fats of the chicken has formed a very delicious jelly between the skin and flesh. The chilli packed a kick and they remained one of the few to provide grated ginger. However I was very disappointed by the rice. They used really poor quality rice and it turned out broken. You cannot find a single grain of complete rice.
The first order of Hainanese-style steamboat is always a set that consists of fish maw, cockles, fish balls, cuttlefish, chicken, seafood, pork, liver and mixed vegetables. Once can order more of single ingredients after the first order. The stock is just a simple chicken stock.
One of their specialty is deep fried tofu with garlic sauce.
Without the sauce, it was a rather boring dish. But the garlic sauce provided the kick and all the umami. Must have, but it would chase away all the Draculas so don’t have this before your next client meeting.
Service was really good, the aircon was sufficient for a steamboat meal, but I would not say their chicken rice was superb but the chilli and chicken made up for the poor rice. And they served Hainanese satay too. Mid-priced.
Thien Kee Steamboat Restaurant
Address: 6001 Beach Road, #B1-20 Golden Mile Tower
Tel: 6293 5910
Date Visited : July 2018