China-Chinese Food

China-Chinese Food

For my ultimate love of ma la (麻辣) especially.
Wei Zhi Chiang
Wei Zhi Chiang

Super pleased about our timely late lunch decision at HDL today especially with that crazy pour! Haven’t been back for quite a bit and though a little disappointed with the lacking service today, the steamboat was still shiok. Forgot to take a picture of it, but I was obsessed with the spicy mushrooms that’s available at the condiments table. They had just the right amount of heat, so addictive!

Finally back again today at one of our fav comfort spots for v simple yet solid bowls of springy dan dan noodles + dumplings. No-frills spot, no fancy toppings but so shiok and affordable. The owner also does random daily promos, but if you’re extraaa lucky - once a month there’s a crazy 50% off the whole menu! & that means like ~$2 for noodles, $2 for 15 dumplings or even $1.50 for 20 frozen dumplings! A9’s on the 3rd floor of Fortune Centre just right next to the escalator, but they will be moving down to the back area of 2nd floor soon.

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Have been to Shaanxi Noodles (寻秦记) here at Tiong Bahru a few times and though I can’t say they are the best as we’ve had a mix of hits and misses, you get pretty decent Chinese food here. Prefer their 油泼扯面 more than their Biang Biang Noodles, the noodles have not bad a bite and were pretty springy with a slight spice. The larger portion is at $7. Skip their rou jia mo 肉夹馍 as it was unfortunately quite dry.

Have been following 聪生家 SG Chengdu Family’s YouTube channel for a while now and they have some of the best Chinese food recommendations. Was thus super excited to try their very own chengdu style kway chap & spicy cold dishes, that are made fresh twice weekly with their own special recipes. Their chengdu style kway chap - Beancurd Skin ($6/200g) & Pork Trotter ($6/2 pieces) here come in a light herbal braising sauce, unlike the usual type of more oily and spammed spicy Chinese sides. Their separately packed chilli powder for dipping is addictive and enhances the flavours just right. They also offer other ingredients for this kway chap, like Duck Tongue ($8/8 pieces), Chicken Feet ($8/10 pieces), Chicken Gizzard & Heart ($8/200g), etc.

Both spicy cold dishes we had were shiok, with the Lotus Roots ($10/250g) being our absolute fav! They aced a very refreshing balance of flavours - spicy & savoury with a touch of sweetness, and an appetising lemon tang. Fridged this overnight and the chilli’s spice came through even more. More order details at @_cecilia_chen_, thank you for sharing these with me, Cecilia & @szechuanese ✨

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Here’s another one of the stalls in Chinatown that I’ve been really enjoying, They sell a bunch of other noodles too like suan la fen and beef noodles, and though this one seems much simpler in comparison, I love the very addictive and appetising punch in the sauce. It’s vinegary, spicy, savoury and a tad bit sweet and numbing. Just peanuts, beansprouts and coriander as toppings, but so good. Gonna be trying their suan la fen next!

📍Sichuan Delicacies 四川名小吃
People’s Park Food Centre #01-1044

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Tried the 烤香菇 - Mushrooms ($1.50), 烤干豆腐卷 - Beancurd Roll ($1.50), 烤四季豆 - String Beans ($1), 鸡中翅 - Mid Wings ($1.50). Hits and misses for their skewers, and found the rub generally too salty.

📍东北烧烤饺子馆 Dong Bei Shao Kao Jiao Zi Guan
32 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058339

Was quite comforting at first, but the flavour got flat a little fast. The soup was also absorbed by the noodles quite quickly.

📍东北烧烤饺子馆 Dong Bei Shao Kao Jiao Zi Guan
32 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058339

Very decent dumplings that we enjoyed! Was excited to try this since the usual dumpling fillings are leek or cabbage pork. Sourness of the sauerkraut was a nice change and it gave an additional crunch to the dumplings. They also have their dumplings in Leek Egg, Leek Pork and Cabbage Pork at the same price.

📍东北烧烤饺子馆 Dong Bei Shao Kao Jiao Zi Guan
32 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058339

Wanted to try something new apart from the usual Dong Bei Ren Jia, and found ourselves here at Dong Bei Shao Kao Jiao Zi Guan just a few doors down. Was pleasantly surprised when we stepped in, the restaurant was clean and pretty nicely renovated.

Really liked their rendition of Dong Bei Da La Pi! It had a good balance of spice, savoury-sweet and nutty sesame sauce, and was lighter compared to others I’ve tried. They also had a generous heap of thinly striped cucumber, beancurd skin and carrots which provided a very refreshing crunch. Definitely will get this again!

📍东北烧烤饺子馆 Dong Bei Shao Kao Jiao Zi Guan
32 Upper Cross Street Singapore 058339

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Haven’t had that many rou jia mo in SG, but enjoyed this! It was sufficiently flaky and crisp, and held a substantial amount of pork. The pork filling was braised thoroughly, not too fatty and didn’t have too strong a porky smell/taste. Kinda pricey, but would have this again! They also have these plain ($3 each, $4.50 for 2), with chicken ($4.50) and spicy beef ($6.50).

📍The Legendary La Mian Master 王師傅 拉麵小籠包
Queensway Shopping Centre
(1st Floor, Opp Janggut Laksa)

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They have 2 types of liang pi to choose from, apart from this spicy sauce & garlic, there’s also the Cold Noodle with Special Sesame Sauce 宫廷麻酱凉皮 ($4). Wouldn’t recommend it though, as their cold noodle strips were too hard, the kind that breaks off upon bite without a chew, and a pity they couldn’t soak up the flavours. The sauce itself was decent but a little too thick for our liking.

📍The Legendary La Mian Master 王師傅 拉麵小籠包
Queensway Shopping Centre
(1st Floor, Opp Janggut Laksa)

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Wouldn’t recommend this as it was unfortunately bland - though I guess it works if you just need something to go with the other heavier tasting dishes. Will try the noodles instead next time!

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