Very modest place but one that serves excellent food for reasonable price. The staff is friendly and service is quick. It can get quite crowded and loud though. So not for the ones that are looking for good ambiance. Another downside is that they accept only cash.
Haven't been to Chin Chin in over 15 years. I'm glad the standard is still maintained. We had a table despite going during the midst of the lunch hour. Inside, it had that old nostalgic feel and looks. Pricing was very reasonable. The only problem is the limited street side parking. We had to park in a nearby office building carpark.
No! Contrary to the news report, the lady boss said they are not about to close down due to covid. Their kids have all resettled in different parts of Australia. The couples have decided to return to Singapore since they are more comfortable here. Running the restaurant is a great money generating pastime for them. There are a wonder team of people who have been with them for years. They would be able to come around with their low pricing strategy. Hang on folks!
Chin Chin is an institution. I’ve been eating the chicken rice from here since I was growing up. It’s decidedly old school - don’t expect any IG handle or QR code scanning. You order in person, your order gets written down on paper, and you pay in cash. But because of these aspects it’s also one of the more reasonably-priced establishments given the location.
Service-wise it’s also pretty old school. The family can be gruff / grouchy when it’s busy, but they are efficient and you get seated and served your food quickly. On certain days when it’s less busy they can indulge you in a joke or two.
I ordered the steamed chicken drumstick rice, which comes with a free bowl of soup. For some reason the rice today was a little clumpy, but it could be a one-off since it wasn’t like that during my previous visits. Chicken was consistently good though, juicy and tender. I also love that you can help yourself to as much of their delicious chicken rice chili as you want (but of course my stomach probably doesn’t appreciate this as much as my taste buds do).
Chicken rice was good, tried the veggie but totally not my thing. Ordered a plate of pork chop as well. Way too old school with the tomato sauce and peas, probably what my parents would have enjoyed in their earlier days.