Dining at Thien Kee is like visiting the grandparents' during Chinese New Year. The minute you enter the restaurant, you're immediately bombarded with loud heartwarming greetings and well-meaning advice such as "You're getting skinnier, must eat more!", (which always makes my day). That's one of the many reasons why I love eating here. I mean, the folks have practically seen me grow up!
We got our usual "specialised" Steamboat Set ($25), consisting only prawns, fishballs, fish slices, pork slices, fish maw, vegetables and eggs (the usual set will include cockles, pork liver and squid). We also ordered a side of Tofu ($2.50) to supplement the steamboat. I love how fresh the food is here, there's none of those leave-out-in-the-open-for-you-to-pick serving concept here. They only serve you the food upon order.
I love the chicken-based stock, it's so good that you can begin drinking it from the first boil. It's delicate yet rich in flavour, and no, it's not MSG-induced.
We also ordered a main dish, their stellar Hainanese Pork Chops ($10). The pork, although fried to a crisp, manages to retain its juiciness. And the ketchup-based sauce is lipsmackingly good, with wilted red onions adding a tart sweetness to the gravy. I love picking the delectable baby green peas off the dish.
Thien Kee Hainanese Steamboat
B1-20, Beach Road
Golden Mile Tower Basement
Tel: 6298 5891
Open daily from 11am to 11pm