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Crazy Over Chinese

Crazy Over Chinese

Chinese food - the definition of umami 😋
Lee Pei Yi
Lee Pei Yi

Super tender and well-marinated chicken. Somehow, can almost taste subtle hints of rose in the chicken? Really enjoyed this dish and the generous portion was worth it for $18.

This was part of the BB set where we got a main, an appetiser/side dish and a drink at one for one! The Thai boat noodles were flavourful, but I wish there was more soup as the noodles seemed to soak up the soup really fast. The pork slices were tender but the pork ball was not chewy enough and could be improved.

For the appetisers, I’d recommended getting the Moo Ping (sweet chicken on skewers)! Although there are only 3 sticks, they are highly delicious 🤤

Our first time trying Ah Chiang’s and we got the pork porridge ($4.80) with sliced meat and minced meat and the mixed pork porridge ($4.80) which is essentially similar to the pork porridge but with pig liver and intestines. The congee was thick and made extra smooth with addition of egg ($0.60) but needed quite a bit of pepper and soya sauce to add flavour.

What really wowed me was the ginger chicken ($6). The ginger gave a just right amount of spicy kick and in fact, had a sweet-salty aftertaste which complemented the tender chicken really well.

I think we ordered too much for 2 people and we were really stuffed after this meal! Which is a good thing cos we initially thought the porridge may not have enough ingredients.

This photo seriously doesn’t do this rice roll enough justice - this was THE bomb! Imagine a rice roll covering so silky smooth it just almost slides off your tongue with a crispy tempura flake interior and right at the centre, a succulent and well-marinated prawn! This was an interesting twist on traditional rice rolls (I know in HK, they have the version with youtiao inside, but this one is hands down better)!

Bought chope vouchers for use at either 5.30pm or 8.30pm and enjoyed my meal here at 50% off!

First time at beauty in the pot and both service and food were top notch! It was the opening special and we enjoyed the dual soup bases (signature beauty collagen and hearty shrimp broth) for free! While queuing, they served us many free snacks like fried fish skin, nuts and drinks too.

Of all the ingredients, I was most impressed by the fried beancurd skin and the handmade fish tofu. The layers of the beancurd skin were so thin and if you heed their advice of just soaking it for 2-3s in the broth, it’ll be just coated with tasty broth on the outside but still crispy on the inside.

It was my daddy’s birthday and they served a complimentary strawberry lychee cake for members after the meal, along with birthday songs in 3 languages. We were really BURSTING (with joy!) from all the food...

On first glance, this may look like crab in the now commonplace salted egg yolk sauce. But NO! This is Joyden’s signature creamy crab steeped in pumpkin purée and milk, made fragrant with curry leaves and chilli padi. The sauce is sweet and flavourful just like it’s lookalike, salted egg sauce, but without that cloying salty aftertaste that salted egg gives you. And that means I could happily mop up loads of that sauce with the crispy fried mantou 🤗

If you like crab, I assure you that the crabs here are fresh and sweet, with meat that isn’t overcooked. If you like your crab with an interesting twist, Joyden is the place to be!!!

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Tried both the dry and soup BKT (thanks to burpple beyond!) and I just can’t decide which I like better! When the dry BKT arrived at our table, the strong claypot wokhei wafted to our noses and indeed, the taste didn’t fail to deliver with a sweet and mildly spicy kick! We had this as a mix of pork ribs, pork belly, pig tail and pig intestines.

The soup BKT was flavourful on a whole new level (or should I say many levels) - first the mildly bitter herbal taste hits you but the sweetness slowly emerges to balance out the former, leaving an overall umami flavour. While the soup was super on point, the pork ribs were a bit on the tougher side.

Youtiao was good and super crispy!! I enjoyed soaking just half of it in the soup so that I get soup bursting out of the youtiao and the crispy crunch of it all in one bite! 😋

Paid $9 per pax for all these with burpple beyond - yet another great deal!

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Most people come here for the lamian (or shaved noodles, and yes it’s good stuff) but I thought this meat bun deserves a shout-out too! Imagine a pulled pork burger but Chinese style: The pork, with the right lean meat to fat ratio, was stewed in a savoury-sweet sauce until tender. And the buns soaked up the goodness of the meat while still remaining crisp on the outside. A bit pricey at $3.50 but very shiok and surprisingly quite filling!

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The highlight here at Fook Kin has got to be their char siew. It’s so simple yet roasted to perfection. Meat was tender, fat was melt-in-the-mouth and skin had the right amount of char to make you go oooh and ahhhh. The sauce on the side is a bit too salty though and I personally felt that the char siew itself was already so tasty, you don’t need any sauce to elevate it.

And the siew yoke? THE BEST I’ve ever had. Don’t underestimate that skin there, it’s actually freaking crackling and shouting out to the whole world ‘YEA I’M THAT GOOD’ as you crunch down on it. The meat itself retained the natural sweetness of the pork and paired with just a dab of the tangy mustard sauce on the side, it was absolutely delightful 😌

Shared this platter among two and it was just right. I recommend getting the noodles ($3) to go along with it. The noodles get you wondering how noodles tossed in oil and some minced meat could ever taste this good. Will be back!!! But not so soon for the sake of my coronary vessels haha

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If you LOVE salted egg yolk like me, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get this dish. As you crunch down on each piece of lotus root, you first get that crazy umami explosion of flavours of the salted egg in your mouth and then the interesting taste of lotus root subtly peeks out. I loved that the salted egg yolk itself was multidimensional - a good balance of sweet and salty with a tinge of spiciness from the chilli and fragrance from the curry leaves.

So yes it’s real: I’m a huge fan of this and I think they should totally package it and sell it for takeaway!!! 🤗 But do bear in mind it’s good for sharing as one may get jelat easily.

Specialising in Guangzhou-style rice rolls or ‘chang fen’, this specialty rice roll filled with egg, succulent shrimp and crispy lettuce then drizzled in a thin light sauce was sure not to disappoint. I really liked how the skin was paper thin and so silky smooth unlike the typical ‘chang fen’ skins. But at $7.50 for a tiny roll, this has got to be a lot pricier than the norm.

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