Chinese/ Zi Char

Chinese/ Zi Char

Featuring Tan Yu ([email protected]), Ming Chung Restaurant, Brew & Bar, Din Tai Fung (Raffles City), Noodle Place Restaurant (orchardgateway), KungFu Paradise (Bugis+), Putien (Tampines Mall), JPOT Hotpot (Tampines 1), MANLE (Downtown East), Ah Lim Mee Pok (Bedok)
Zhihui Lim
Zhihui Lim

Looks deceivingly simple - not sure if it’s fragrance from lard but this plate of very springy noodles with slight hint of wokhei was delicious! I might be able to easily inhale this on my own if I’m dining alone 😂

2 Likes

The flavours didn’t meld as well as it was more like topping a squid dish with salted egg, which resulted in a rather wet dish. I prefer the typical fried squid coated with salted egg but this did emphasise on the freshness of the squid. Texture was perfect - springy and not too tough with a good bite!

2 Likes

Very crispy and juicy, flavours were good and it wasn’t too greasy.

1 Like

Brinjal is easily one of my favourite dishes to order anywhere, so this was quite a surprise because it’s not your typical brinjal.

This had a beautifully caramelised, sticky sweet and slightly tangy glaze, fried - remained crisp throughout! The curry leaves were pretty fragrant too. This interesting dish that also works as a bar snack imo is worth a try, but I personally like juicy brinjals better.

1 Like

The unassuming clear soup was light, comforting and surprisingly packed with flavour!

Pick from Signature/ Sauerkraut/ mala spicy or dry beef noodle, with dry chicken noodles as the only non-beef version; followed by the preferred thickness of your noodles. And I love that one is given the option to not have any coriander/ Chinese leek or chilli in the bowl.

I’d have preferred a more al-dente texture for the hand-pulled noodles. Also added on grilled chicken which was very juicy but a little on the salty side. Probably good for sharing.

Been wanting to try this for awhile and it was shiok!

Atas version of nonya caipng, I love, but not well-versed in this cuisine - but every dish was pretty well executed to me.

Quite a good variety of dishes to pick from and there’s an interesting kerabu (salad) section.

The prices turned out ok, ranging from $5-10. Everything would’ve been about $15/pax, with the exception of the fish (swipe to see!) which we happily ordered without checking the price 😂 The fish was firm flaky and nicely crisp and flavour - which was good, but was very, very pricey.

My favourite was the yam cake, which was nicely fried, soft and you could still taste the chunks of yam; hae cho with bits of fresh prawns in deep fried bean curd skin; chapchye was also very flavourful and texture was soft with a bit of bite from the black fungus. Go for the tender beef rendang! Ayam Buahkeluak was earthy but rather light while the chicken was undoubtedly tender and succulent. We also ordered a soup - the meatball was juicy and well seasoned, tho we weren’t a fan of the soup itself which had a hint of alkaline taste.

Good for groups if you like sharing and trying a bit of everything. Wouldn’t mind coming back once in awhile!

Finally a proper meal at KEK🤣 The first time I came was for reunion dinner and everything was such a rush.

The crabs were fresh, chili crab sauce was sticky sweet so I preferred the creamy butter crabs which is probably even more sinful. Everything was great but my favourites of the night were probably the crisp, smoky coffee pork ribs and moonlight horfun - the latter smooth, with a distinct wok hei😋

2 Likes

Their version was a little more heavy on the spices. I liked that there were plenty of vegetables in it to soak up the rich curry and the portion of fish, which was chunky and fresh, was pretty generous.

Thank you Yi Shi Kitchen for having us!

3 Likes

The tofu was silky soft, and sauce was very well balanced. Mildly numbing, just the right amount of spiciness, with a tinge of sweetness! You’ll want to order a bowl of rice just to savour the sauce😛

Thank you Yi Shi Kitchen for having us!

2 Likes

Can’t take spiciness that well but I’d like to think I’m improving slowly but surely. So it was a surprise when I really enjoyed the spicier dishes that night!

Szechuan Spicy Dumplings were one of our favorites. I liked that the dumpling skin was thin, generously packed with juicy, minced meat, and vegetables that gave a nice crunch in texture; in a piquant, slightly vinegary/ spicy sauce. The dumplings were very worth it - will definitely order this again next time.

3 Likes

We also really enjoyed this. Lightly battered so it was very crisp but the inside remained juicy and tender - plus it wasn’t too salty and the prawn paste flavour was so fragrant!

Thank you Yi Shi Kitchen for having us!

4 Likes

Reminded me of tahu telur, except it was purely crazily fried egg. Not for the health conscious because it was pretty oily but I enjoyed the fluffy, super crispy dish (which was surprisingly a little runny in the center), topped with more crispy golden brown enoki for texture. Wished there was a little more flavour to it although it was already drenched with sweet soy.

Thank you Yi Shi Kitchen for having us!

2 Likes

Omnomnomnivore

What To Read Next

1-for-1 Burgers with Burpple Beyond
1-for-1 Burgers with Burpple Beyond Need more fun? Have more buns!
1-for-1 Indian Dishes with Burpple Beyond
1-for-1 Indian Dishes with Burpple Beyond Keep calm and curry on!
1-for-1 Italian Dishes with Burpple Beyond
1-for-1 Italian Dishes with Burpple Beyond Penne these spots down for all your pizza and pasta cravings!
1-for-1 Korean Dishes with Burpple Beyond
1-for-1 Korean Dishes with Burpple Beyond Get your bellies ready. Here are some dishes that’ll make your heart go bim-bim-bap!
ADVERTISE WITH US
ADVERTISE WITH US