Zi Char

Zi Char

Featuring New Ubin Seafood (Hillview), Hong Kong Street Chun Tat Kee (Balestier), New Ubin Seafood (Zhongshan Park), Crab at Bay Seafood Restaurant, 566 Seafood Restaurant, Yang Ming Seafood (Bishan), Keng Eng Kee 瓊榮記海鮮, Zai Shun Curry Fish Head Seafood
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Among the dishes we tried, the dishes we would return for would be:
1. 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐝 ($24/S) (4.5 ⭐️): fresh and juicy mini squid perfectly cooked, smothered with a blanket of chopped garlic, and doused with an addictive soy concoction. So addictive!
2. 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐝 ($12) (4.5 ⭐️): excellently crisp. Some places over or under fry which would result in an overly tough or chewy squid. This was not the case, and was perfect.
3. 𝐃𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 ($10) (4.5 ⭐️): again freshly fried to perfection and generous in portion.
4. 𝐄𝐠𝐠𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭 ($18) - Well braised and flavourful eggplant with crisp skin and soft gooey flesh. Paired with well fried tofu for extra textural contrast.

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Steamed baby sotong ($13) ⭐️ 5/5 ⭐️
Hot plate venison ($15) ⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
Ling zhi mushroom beancurd ($10) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
Black bean fish beehoon ($10) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
Oyster egg ($10) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Enjoyed this affordable and delicious #zichar nestled within a HDB that has a bright and airy environment. Our favourite was the steamed baby sotong that were fresh, bouncy, and chewy in texture, served with a simple yet delicious soy-garlic-ginger sauce. The #oysteregg was also well-executed with its fluffy egg and plump oysters. We especially liked that it wasn’t too oily. We also enjoyed the beancurd that was really soft with a crisp outer skin, and paired well with the mushrooms & vegetables. While the black bean beehoon was really unique with its salty-sweet mix, and went well with sour green chili (recommend asking them for some!), we found it a bit too rich and starchy. The venison was standard tasty fare, although there were some pieces that were quite tough to chew whilst others were softer. Best part was that everything was nett price which made this an affordable

Moonlight horfun (M $9) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
Salted egg sotong ($18) ⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Back for affordable and comforting #zichar food at #kengengkee. While still yummy and value-for-money (paid under $15 per person), we find that the quality has fallen since our last visit about a year ago. The #moonlighthorfun remains a must-order with its flavourful and generous mix of ingredients and chewy hor fun noodles with wok hei, but we found it on the peppery side and the strong pepper overpowered the dish slightly. The #saltedeggsotong had a good crispy batter but the squid itself was quite tough and we would have enjoyed a stronger salted egg and curry leaf flavour.
📍@kengengkee, 01-136, 124 Bukit Merah Lane, Singapore

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Zichar (~$15/pax)
⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Back to one of our favourite #zichar places. The food is affordable and delicious while being as healthy as zichar can get. Their steamed fish (price varies by type/size and ours was $60) never fails to be well-executed, with perfectly timed tender and fresh meat. We also love their array of sides and our usual orders include their chewy and homemade fish cake, bittergourd with egg, and #haebeehiam (dried shrimp sambal).
📍Zai Shun Curry Fish Head, 253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-205, S600253

Satay ($6.50/5pc)
Mee Goreng ($15)
Fish head curry ($36)
Overall ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴The #satay at this outlet was executed really well (better than the last we had from chijmes) with a delicious char and tender meat paired with a flavour and thick satay sauce. Loved the balance of peanuts with what I think was pineapple that gave a slight sourness and nice tang. The #fishheadcurry was quite light in flavour and lacking fish aroma. Although there was quite a lot of vegetables, there was only a small portion of fish which couldn’t quite justify the price paid. We did enjoy the #meegoreng that was nicely fried to have good texture and wokhei.
📍@newubin, Zhongshan Mall, 16 Ah Hood Road, Singapore
Other outlets at Tampines & Chijmes

Won't recommend getting this dish. It was subpar compared to all their other good dishes from new ubin. The mussels were a bit too small and the flavour of the sauce did not soak in. Bread was given to dip in the sauce but it was meh ⭐️ 2.5/5 ⭐️

The batter was fragrant, but not overly so (which is a good thing), and there is a subtle spicy kick in the aftertaste that makes it all the more delicious. Rated only 3.5 stars because the batter whilst fragrant was fried a little too much; it was a little too crispy, almost borderlining a cracker. Some might also prefer a richer salted egg flavour. 📍Cafe 566 (its actually a zichar restaurant)
566 Woodlands Rd, S728697

⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️ 🍴Been coming here very often & since it's starting days but never posted about it. Their famed beef is as good as ever - juicy and crispy on the top - and paired well with caramelized onions, potato wedges & special rice fried with beef lard.
⚠️ Called new ubin SEAFOOD but best known for their classic zichar dishes like boss beehoon, mee goreng and shrimp paste chicken so best to order these > seafood
📍New Ubin Seafood, 63 Hillview Avenue, S669569

A good dish! The fish skin was crispy and the salted egg was done right.There was just the right mix of flavour from the fish & salted egg such that neither overpowered each other ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️


Tangy & spicy. May not be the most authentic but delicious nonetheless ⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️


Elevating the familiar soft boiled eggs. Super for-value! ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️


Chicken & mutton satay (85 cents each)
Yum yum in my tum~
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️

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