Thien Thien Chicken Rice
Written by Delwin Keasberry Saturday, 16 April 2011 19:46
Greetings Readers! I had lunch at Thien Thien's Gadong branch today. I usually ask for a lemon-ping, an order of chicken rice and a bowl of their ngau-lam / beef brisket soup. For us locals, Thien Thien needs no introduction. For those of you who have never been, I dare say just ask anyone in Brunei and the person could point you in the right direction. Thien Thien Restaurant is known for their chicken rice. Known.
Ah yes, chicken rice. Such a humble dish, yet so comforting...so simple, yet so darn tasty if done properly. And oh, chicken rice AND chilli at the same time? Mmm mmm mmm. 8) And here's the thing that amazes me. Today, as I sat there eating, I ran through a list of marketing questions in my mind. Do they have any fancy schmancy gimmick? No. Do they have a catchy tag line? No. Have I ever seen a Thien Thien advertisement in the papers? No. Is there anything special about their decor? No. Do I know the history behind Thien Thien? Have I ever had an in depth chat with the management there? Do I know why they chose the name 'Thien Thien'? Do I know the cooking mechanics that go into preparing a plate of their famous chicken rice? Are they on Twitter? No, No, No, No and No.
However, these I do know - I have been eating Thien Thien's chicken rice since I was a kid. Their service is fast and unassuming. Most, if not all Bruneians overseas miss eating Thien Thien's chicken rice or could tell you about Thien Thien. The food there is affordable. Perhaps above all else, their chicken rice always tastes great, be it at their Gadong, Kiulap or Seri branch. Always? Always.
Taste and see for yourselves.
My order and the general table layout