Featuring Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant (Dover), Le Shrimp Ramen (Paragon), Greendot (Junction 8), LeNu Chef Wai's Noodle Bar (Changi Airport Terminal 3)
Melissa Lim
Melissa Lim

This has one of the strongest XO taste amongst XO soups that I've tried. There's unfortunately no non-milk option (which I usually prefer), but I enjoyed the warming hearty soup. Fish slices were very thick. There were a few pieces of cabbage hidden inside too. We also ordered a stir fried kailan for $10.

This is a wholesome-tasting bowl of noodles. The soup has a strong taste of Chinese herbs, and is simultaneously bitter and salty and sweet. Despite the ingredients all being made of vegetable or soy products, they vary nicely in taste and texture.

You get to choose from three types of noodles and three types of soups. I chose ramen noodles, which was nice and springy, and the preserved vegetables beef broth, which was slightly spicy and a little weird. I think the authentic beef broth would have been nicer. The pieces of beef were excellent – the shank was tender and the tendon was soft and chewy. The portion size is large and the soup is comforting. I added $3.40 for a meal, which includes an appetiser (I had chilled black fungus with garlic, which was nice, but not as nice as my mom's chilled tofu with century egg) and a drink (I had hot jasmine tea).

I had the prawn dumplings shrimp ramen ($13.90), and added $3.90 to upgrade it to a set which includes an appetiser (I chose bamboo shoots, which come chilled) and a drink (I chose hot green tea). You get to choose from 3 types of noodles, thick bee hoon, ramen, and hor fun noodles. The soup had a thick hearty prawn taste. I finished all of it without meaning to, and didn’t feel thirsty afterwards. There were five dumplings, each packed with ingredients, but too firm. There’s a decent portion of crunchy cabbage to that adds nutrition and textural contrast.

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