Chinese Delights

Chinese Delights

Featuring Yin Ji 银记肠粉店, Chuan Hung, Mister Wu (Pickering), The Chinese Kitchen, Mak Hong Kee HK Kitchen, Feng Food, Mr. Sheng Jian, Guan Dynasty, Hou Hou (PasarBella @ Suntec), The Legendary Ramen Master
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

From Thye Guan Fragrance Hot Pot at Viva Food Court at Vista Point in Woodlands. Thought that they were an independent stall but it seems like they have quite a number of outlets across the island (there’s also another one in Woodlands along Woodlands Avenue 6). While I am not much of a Mala Hotpot lover, I do love some good Spicy Diced Chicken (辣子鸡) whenever I crave for something spicy and numbing.

The Spicy Diced Chicken here is spot-on for that craving; especially love how the chicken is fried all crispy with a golden brown batter on the exterior, while being reasonably tender and not being particularly greasy as well. It comes all saltish and savoury with a good kick of spiciness from the Sichuan peppers that they have used — the numbness does kick in after a few morsels, but I absolutely love how there is a good balance of all those flavours that keeps building up with every bite. I wouldn’t really attempt having the entire portion on my own considering I always end up giving up somewhere at the 3/4 mark from the spiciness and numbness even when I am sharing, but it’s certainly a torture that I would go through again and again simply because of how addictive this is!

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Hadn't returned for the hot food selection for a while but it seems that the menu had since expanded quite a bit since then. A pretty comforting option on the menu, I liked how the rice comes glistening with just enough oil; helps to enhance the textures without feeling overly greasy. The fried rice was also carried just enough saltishness and a slight wok hei; thought they could be more even with salt distribution but its not too bothersome overall; also comes with bits of ham for a bite. Pork Chop was decent, does not require too much effort to chew whilst also not carrying a porky stench; pretty savoury as well. Liked how they served a portion of cabbage by the side that helps carry a crunch, and cut through the heaviness of the carbs and meat. Not the best rendition of this around, but its decent value at $7 for its portion; all in air-conditioned comfort in a specialty coffee joint.

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From Chuan Hung, opened by the same folks behind 51Soho next door which also brought us Halcyon & Crane and Birds of a Feather.

Opted for the mixed broth; a mix of the red and clear soup bases and also went for the noodles for this order. The noodles came with a good bite, while the mixed broth came pretty fragrant; a faint Mala broth that carries ample flavour despite giving that slight numbing sensation and a little heat to tingle the tastebuds — a level which should work fine for those who are tolerable to moderate levels of spiciness. Whilst not being a fan of innards, the Braised Pig Intestines were absolutely clean; void of any undesirable stench whilst being chewy and juicy — very delicious even for one who is not that all open to innards in his dishes. A very good place to bring someone for their very first try on authentic Chinese cuisine; would certainly consider this as a dining spot if I were to be in the area craving for a comforting bowl of Chinese noodles.

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Tried this new Heng Hwa eatery at Heartland Mall that serves up mostly communal dishes that’s good to share. Really liked how this one was; the springy bee hoon having absorbed the flavours of the broth that it was reduced with, whilst coming with other goodies such as mini scallop, clams, prawn and pork that gives it so much flavour. Very simple and hearty; comfortable food for soul.

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From Mister Wu, which replaces Jimoto-Ya at Pickering Street, Nankin Row. Really loved the old-meets-new Chinese vibes here; they ran out of the pork chop on the day of my visit, but this was also pretty delicious. Essentially just being truffle mushroom noodles, the noodles come laced in a sweet-savoury sauce that comes with a whiff of truffle aroma; the texture of the noodles are just soft enough without being mushy — just about right for the dish it was meant for. Enoki Mushroom and Shimeiji Mushroom gives a nice chew; the earthiness complimenting the notes of truffle well. Comes with few stalks of greens on the side, while the onsen egg comes with a molten yolk in the middle.

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While we have had many variants of the XO Sauce Fried Carrot Cake at other Chinese casual dining restaurants, Guan Dynasty’s rendition is probably one that we found to be less greasy and slightly lighter in flavour than most that we had tried. The chunks of carrot cake come all springy and bouncy, void from any undesirable stench of overused oil. it also came with a slight hint of savouriness and smokiness from the stir-frying; one could also detect the fibrous texture of the radish used for the carrot cake in each morsel. Stir-fried with other ingredients such as egg and bean sprouts, the other elements provided a flavour contrast as well as a bit of crunch to the XO Sauce Fried Carrot Cake.

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An item that we find ourselves ordering usually at any Chinese restaurant serving up dim sum, we also went for the Steamed Rice Roll with Shrimp. While the steamed rice roll was slippery and smooth, the shrimp were a little bit on the smaller side. We also felt that the dish could do with a little bit more soy sauce for better flavour.

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The Traditional Glutinous Rice was a dish that replicates the Teochew glutinous rice dish closely. A dish that sees glutinous rice with peanuts within wrapped with steamed bun dough, think of it as a Pau that is filled with glutinous rice; the bun being fluffy and fragrant, being subtly sweet while the glutinous rice is decently moist and chewy with a slight nuttiness running through its typical savouriness.

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From Guan Dynasty, a new Chinese casual dining restaurant by Guan Chee at United Square. This came from the “Roasted” section of the menu; ordered this expecting it would turn out to be something similar to Putien/Heng Hwa Stir-Fried Crispy Yam. Flavour-wise, it’s pretty similar; that thick and sweet honey glazing with that savoury and earthy chunks of yam that is soft yet carries a bit of bite. Coming with its own twist, the yam comes wrapped in bacon for a bit of meatiness and chewiness. Thought it would be better if the yam could be a little softer, but overall, pretty delicious I would say.

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Was expecting a little more from these — would say the portion can be seen as measly for $17.90 even. The meats had quite some room for improvement — the Cantonese BBQ Pork being the weakest link by being rather mediocre; a little dry and stodgy, reasonably sweet but lacking that meatiness and smokiness, feeling pretty lacking of any impact in general. The Crispy Roasted Pork Belly fared slightly better overall; the meat could be described as juicy and succulent, though the lukewarm temperature and the lack of crispness of the skin was something that affected the overall quality of the roasted pork. Probably something I would skip actually ...

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From Houhou; a new stall at Pasarbella Suntec serving up more Chinese-style dishes with a pretty cute caricature branding — the stall replaces now-defunct Grilllo (yes, I feel your pain guys) and also serves up Glutinous Rice Suckling Pig and Roasted Meats.

Tried both the Boneless Chicken, Mixed Vegetables with Thick Chicken Broth (background) and the Crabmeat with Superior Broth (foreground) Poached Rice Bowl Soups which are essentially what they call their 泡饭 inspired offerings — preferred the former for the chicken broth that overall felt a little bit more wholesome and comforting with amazingly tender and succulent chunks of chicken; the sort of food one would crave for on those sickly days. The latter was a little less outstanding; no doubt the superior broth does carry enough flavour, but it’s missing that sweetness from the crabmeat that could have elevated the flavours further. Rice Krispies are included for a crunch; portions are a little huge for me though was manageable for another friend — best to be shared if you are not a particularly carb-y person.

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While the rice rolls may be the highlight here, their variant of the Hong Kong-style Dumpling Noodles is probably my favourite item of the two. Noodles are springy whilst not carrying any undesirable alkaline flavour — the noodles being tossed in a largely sweet yet savoury sauce that gives it ample flavour. Dumplings were generally well-filled with meat fillings, though the skin may be a little bit on the thicker side.

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