Chinese/ Zi Char

Chinese/ Zi Char

Featuring Din Tai Fung (Raffles City), Noodle Place Restaurant (orchardgateway), JPOT Hotpot (Tampines 1), KungFu Paradise (Bugis+), Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee (Geylang Bahru Market), Paradise Inn (Changi Airport Terminal 1), Brew & Bar, Crystal Jade Kitchen (nex), Ah Lim Mee Pok (Bedok), A-One Claypot House (Tampines 1)
Zhihui Lim
Zhihui Lim

Very unassuming and small eatery. While we had a common consensus on how it wasn’t what we had expected, it was quite an easy bowl to finish and we enjoyed the horfun which was thin and smooth. We arrived close to 1pm and they looked like they just opened, didn’t notice any opening hours so I assume they don’t really do lunch crowd. The lunch menu is small and I understand they have a separate zichar menu (not sure if it’s available during lunch). Heard from colleagues that the zichar is not bad so I’ll probably be back to try.

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Crisp flaky prata with truffle and eggs mimosa, but thought this was pretty normal. This was part of the Taste of Qin set menu, would cost $12 Ala carte. Burpple beyond can be utilised for a 15/30% off ala carte menu.

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Interestingly served with a layer of jellied chilli crab, pomelo and shredded chilli crab meat atop creamy avocado mash, with a side of thin crispy crostini. Quite a flavour bomb and we enjoyed this very refreshing starter.

This was part of the Taste of Qin set menu ($128++ for 2 pax, with 2 dishes from their “Booze Bites”, 1 starter, 2 mains and 1 dessert). $18 ala carte, but Burpple Beyond can be utilised with 15%/30% off ala carte bill.

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Crispy pork rinds with Sichuan spices to start. This was a tad spicy for me after awhile but it actually went really well with the next dish of very refreshing Chilli crab crostini, which helped to take a bit off the heat!

This was part of the Taste of Qin set menu ($128++ for 2 pax, with 2 dishes from their “Booze Bites”, 1 starter, 2 mains and 1 dessert). This would be $10 ala carte. There’s Burpple Beyond with 15%/30% off ala carte bill if you’re not ordering the set.

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This was tasty! Had high expectations the moment the lid was lifted with fragrance from the seafood. Very mild hint of truffle but the star of the show was definitely the broth - with crustacean oil, the broth itself was sweet and an umami party in the mouth. For someone who usually needs side dishes/ ingredients to finish carbs, this was one that I could have easily finished the noodles by itself. Having said that, it wouldn’t hurt giving a little more prawns? 😬 Only gripe, would have been great if the dish had a bit more texture to it, or if the noodles were a little more al dente but the flavours more than made up for it imo.

Ordered this as part of the Taste of Qin set menu ($128++ for 2 pax, with 2 dishes from their “Booze Bites”, 1 starter, 2 mains and 1 dessert). Realised it was pretty pricey at $38++ if it’s ala carte - but there’s always Burpple Beyond to the rescue with 15%/30% off ala carte bill.

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Definitely my favourite item to order at DTF! Addictively good, crispy fried skin with bits of prawns within with a bouncy texture. Great as appetizer.

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They seem to be opening quite a few outlets. We had this as a late dinner - pricey (if I’m not wrong these bowls were at least $8.90-$12+); but I quite like the roasted pork which was crackling good! Charsiew is also pretty decent (they’ve got Iberico Pork Belly or Collar). But felt the noodles were a tad too soggy and I probably could do without the onsen egg. Might go for the rice next time.

We enjoyed this jap style pork rib! They have it in Hong Kong style and Coffee; picked the jap style as they said it was slightly less sweet than HK’s. The pork ribs were tender enough and beautifully caramelised on the outside, and just the right balance of savoury/ sweet!

Just realised I’ve posted this before but it was still as good heh. Also delivery - but this time we ate it right after receiving so it was still piping hot, incredibly crispy and very tasty!

One of my favourite from this multi menu concept would be ThaiPan.

This Chinese-Thai zichar might be familiar to many, especially those in the East. Housed within a condominium, gatherings with friends brought me there a few times cos’ it was relatively affordable and decent, so there’s always fond memories of it. Glad that they were not gone completely so I can still get to eat Butter Squid!

It remained crisp for quite awhile and the buttery sauce was quite addictive, squid texture was just right!

Delivery but these were still good! Crunchy and they were quite generous with the prawns. The ngohhiang was pretty good too - generous with ingredients, meaty, with bits of chestnut giving it a good crunch! Having said that, any more than one roll was a bit jelak to me as I could pick out some pork fats within.

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Finally tried the paofan here! While the queue to order was rather long, it was pretty fast. Had the duo fish just to get the best of both worlds, and added prawns which I enjoyed how sweet and fresh they were tho it’s an additional $4 for 2 pieces. Fish slices were thick, broth was flavorful!

Also liked that they were generous with the fish egg floss and the crispy rice gave it texture! Slightly pricey but will still go back for this when the craving hits and if the queue isn’t crazy especially since it gets pretty hot in the afternoon.

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