A Taste of China 中国风味

A Taste of China 中国风味

Featuring Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo (People's Park Complex), Tanyu ([email protected]), Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant (PARKROYAL on Beach Road), Oriental Chinese Restaurant (New Bridge Road), Chong Qing Grilled Fish (Chinatown), BBQ Box (Bugis), Núodle (SingPost Centre), Paradise Dynasty (PLQ), Delibowl Dumpling (SingPost Centre), Honguo (NEX)
Triffany Lim
Triffany Lim

They have been here for years and I noticed they have a long queue at times - should be not bad right? Feeling hungry late at night hence decided to give this a try with the limited choice of stalls still operating at that hour. To order, just select your choice of ingredients and let them weigh your items. Kopitiam cardholders get another 10% discount if you pay with the card. Although fragrant, I find their 小辣 is too 麻 for my tongue to truly enjoy this bowl of MXG.

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An iconic Sichuan dish is also known as 辣子雞. It is a plate full of dried chilli peppers, peppercorns, roasted peanut and white sesame seed with crispy, tender, spicy and delicious pieces of chicken. The chicken has a crunchy and chewy texture with a fragrant, spicy and salty flavour 》$16

A blend of sweet and sour, perfect for those who can't take spicy flavours. It has a refreshing and appetising base with hints of sourness from the pickled cabbage. It goes well with the grilled seabass and is a perfect pairing with contrast if you are ordering a spicy flavour to share 》$32/small

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Choose from 5 different types of fish (patin, golden snapper, seabass, grass carp & flounder), 7 flavours (spicy numbing, spicy fragrant, pickled cabbage, mushroom herbs, sweet & sour, fermented black bean or fresh chillies), level of spiciness and sides to go with it.

Here we have the seabass in a spicy fragrant broth with just the right amount of blended spices. The seabass was well grilled with a slight crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. I like how the broth is fragrant, light and not greasy even with the intimidating layer of red chilli oil on top 》$32/small

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Crispy, hot and numbing dry-fried chicken with dried chilli peppers and Sichuan peppercorn. Other than having lots of tiny bones in this plate of crispy chicken cubes, the rest of it was good. It was fragrant and spicy with numbing and tingling sensation 》$12

This stall goes by the price-per-portion system and the staff will pick the ingredients for you. Their vegetables / mushroom / steam mantou / instant noodles are charged at $1 per portion,  pork / chicken at $2 per portion and beef / mutton / seafood at $3 per portion. They also carry a good selection of ingredients.

With the amount of food we ordered, I would say that their MXG is priced pretty affordably and reasonable. I ordered 中辣 and I find the spice quite manageable. The noodles came out rather salty so I recommend pairing them with a bowl of rice instead. This is probably a better alternative if you do not want to spend too much time queuing for the other popular MXG at Bedok interchange hawker 》$9

A small shop selling MXG with limited seats, especially during peak hours. What's good about this place is the customisation of numb 麻 and spicy 辣 level. They have 4 levels of 麻辣 and if you just crave some spicy food without the numbing effect then this place is right for you. There is a minimum order of $7 (excl rice) with the option to top up $0.80 for soup bases such as fragrant mala, pickled cabbage, beauty in tomato or fragrant sesame paste.

I had mine dry and stir-fried with less spicy and mild numbing levels. It came out fragrant, the right level of spice for me and a little numb for me. Perhaps I should just make do without peppercorns to save the numbness and enjoy the fragrant spice. It was very tasty and addictive. The bill came quite reasonable (not the cheapest) for a portion with a variety of vegetables and meat that is good enough for 2 pax 》$15.60

Spice Level - 微辣 Mild Spicy, 小辣 Less Spicy, 中辣 Medium Spicy, 大辣 Extra Spicy

Tongue Numbing Level - 微麻 Mild, 少麻 Less, 正常 Standard, 多麻 Extra

Similar to YTF concept where we choose and select the ingredients you want except their staff will assist you. Instead of charging by weight, the ingredients are priced affordably at (per portion) $1 for vegetables, $2 - $3 for meat and seafood, $0.50 for rice and $1 for noodles. Each portion size is suitable for 1-2 pax.

We chose ingredients such as lotus root, potato, enoki, sliced fish, luncheon meat and noodles to share. They have 4 spice level - 不辣 Non-Spicy, 小辣 Less Spicy, 中辣 Medium Spicy and 大辣 Super Spicy. We chose to go with less spicy which was alright and good to eat comfortably but felt that we could level up and go for the medium spicy the next round. The peppercorns are fatal, one bite and it caused a numb tingling sensation on my tongue 🥵

I like their version of MXG that was well seasoned and flavourful which leans more on the garlic rather than peppery taste. They are also very generous with the servings of peanut and sesame seeds.

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Their fragrant spicy grilled fish was one of their recommended flavours mentioned on the menu but it turned out rather disappointing. Other than the big portion, the broth was high in sodium, not flavourful and spicy enough. Instead of dried chilli, it was loaded with a thick layer of chilli oil 》$18.80 (Promo) + $0.50/Rice

📍 开心美食 Happy Food
1 Park Rd, People's Park Complex, #01-63, Singapore 059108

Succulent and tender chicken slices served chilled with chilli. A little salty but works well with rice/noodle 》$9.80

A small shop selling MXG with a takeaway concept. They have 4 levels of 麻辣 and it is all customisable with the level of numb 麻 and spicy 辣.

Previously I tried the dry and stir-fried version with 小辣 and 微麻 and this time I decided to go without 麻 and order 微辣 only since my stomach wasn’t feeling very well yet I was craving for some MXG. It was fragrant and tasty. The spice was there but somehow felt that I should have ordered something spicier. Maybe I should have another try with 小辣 only and skip the 麻. Not sure if it is weird to have MXG without peppercorns 🤔 》$13.80

Affordable and delicious Si Chuan and Dong Bei cheap eats in large portion. The only downside is that the environment is noisy and stuffy. There is also very limited space between tables to move around.

Stir-fried Lettuce with Garlic 蒜茸油麦菜 》$8
South Fried Eggplant 南烤茄子 》$8
Streaky Pork with Garlic 蒜泥白肉 》$5
Grilled Enoki  锡纸金针菇 》$6
Celery Dumplings 芹菜水饺 》$5/10pcs
Pan Fried Onion Pancake 葱油饼 》$3

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I'm in a relationship with food. Why can't we just declare our never ending love and vows towards some food item? I'm sure that would not result in divorces.

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