Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat – Traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice and Steamboat
We know that Golden Mile is famous for Thai mookata steamboat. We were there to eat mookata one night and after eating, a friend commented that there was another yummy hainanese steamboat place at Golden Mile Tower called Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat, so we went for second round. Traditional Hainanese eateries are getting lesser these day and I really treasure the existing ones. It’s a shame that I have never heard of Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat even though I am a Hainanese.
Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat is a well-loved Hainanese restaurant, famous for its traditional steamboat and chicken rice. Just like Yet Con, it is one of those eating place where a lot of Hainanese goes to because the flavour of the food there can provide that Hainanese nostalgia. When I enter the restaurant, I feel like home because the older staff talk to each other in hainanese and I understand them all!
Each of us ordered a standard set which consists of pig liver, cockles, squid, sea cucumber, fish balls, fish maw, sliced pork, sliced fish, vegetables and eggs. I am quite surprised that they offer cockles here. You can add and minus items as you like. All the food is served a la carte instead of buffet style. Everything is amazingly fresh and the vegetables are crunchy.
You can’t find any tom yam or herbal soup here, just simple traditional chicken soup. Nothing much to rave about, just a simple pot of clear chicken soup. Good thing is, I don’t think they add any MSG into their soup because we don’t feel thirsty after it.
Being a hainanese restaurant, they are obviously famous for chicken rice. We went at about 8.45pm and ate the last few plates of chicken rice!
This is a yummy plate of chicken rice. Even though it is just breast meat, but it is tender and juicy. For the rice, I can finish the whole bowl, even though it was my second round of dinner. Each grain is solid and firm, packed with the fragrance from ginger and chicken stock, without being too oily. Pairing the chicken with home made chilli sauce, it tastes even better!
Another famous Hainanese dish which you must try when you come here, is their pork chop. Each slice is very thick and crispy, cooked with tomato based sweet and sour sauce and peas. Pairs well with my chicken rice, especially when it is still hot.
Another dish highly recommended by my friend is their satay. You can choose either chicken, pork or beef. Each slice has a good amount of fats which keeps the satay tender. Well marinated and perfectly grilled, not too burnt. Unfortunately, it was already cold when served on our table. The sauce will be better with more peanuts.
Prices of the steamboat are calculated according to the number of diners and how much the set is. There were only three of us and we paid about $50. It was obvious that we ordered more than enough for sharing. The place is air-conditioned so you won’t sweat buckets while eating steamboat.
Will I come back again? Of course!
Thien Kee Steamboat Restaurant
Address: 6001 Beach Road, #B1-20 Golden Mile Tower
Tel: 6293 5910
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