For this coming Mother's Day and Father's Day, a table of home-style dishes that are rich with comforting Malaysian-Chinese flavours may be just what we are seeking for. Diamond Kitchen at both Marine Parade and their Science Park outlets have specially crafted five new menus and four exclusive dishes for these two occasions.
Crispy Fried Potato Slices with Salted Egg Yolk 4.2/5
Riding on the salted egg yolk trend is the Crispy Fried Potato Slices with Salted Egg Yolk ($12). Tossed in the restaurant's signature homemade salted egg sauce, each deep-fried potato slice was evenly coated with flavours that set your tongue tingling. A dish for both young and the old, this will definitely whet your appetite for what's about to come.
Homemade Yam Balls with Otah 3.8/5
These Homemade Yam Balls with Otah ($16) is an interesting take on familiar flavours. It's like your traditional yam ring but broken up and fried in individual portion and at the core of each yam ball is a slab of house-made otah, made with a combination of mackerel, spice blend and the restaurant's proprietary 'Gan Xiang' blend. If you are a fan of yam ring, this is even more moreish with all sides crisp golden brown. I would have liked it, even more, should the otah be less mellow, as the heat from the spices tends to overwhelm the delicate yam flavour.
5-Step Diamond Kitchen 'Duck Rice' 4.2/5
A must-order is definitely the 5-Step Diamond Kitchen 'Duck Rice' ($24/$48). What's on your plate is a result of a 3-day preparation work which involves roasting, air-drying, steaming, deep frying and then pan-frying. What you get eventually is slices of 'pancake' - a crisp layer of glutinous rice base topped with a layer of juicy roast duck shreds. What's brilliant I thought it is the addition of the sweet chilli sauce underneath that softens the crisp glutinous rice. Hence, when you bite into it, the crunchy rice pancake is actually slightly chewy with crisp edges, and the tenderness of the duck meat stands out even more.
Sauna Prawn 4.5/5
Aside from the exclusive dishes above, you may not want to miss some of the restaurant's signatures, such as the Sauna Prawn ($24/$36/$48). Live tiger prawns are laid on hot stones in a bamboo basket before a herbal stock is poured over the prawn and steam for several minutes with the lid closed. It was really fragrant the moment the dish was served to our table, and each prawn not only had that subtle herbal taste, but it also carried a hint of smokiness which further elevated its flavours.
Diamond Gan Xiang Crab 4.5/5
You might have heard of their legendary Gan Xiang sauce, in which you can experience it in various forms such as fried rice or bee hoon, but to fully appreciate it, perhaps it would be the Diamond Gan Xiang Crab (market price). A concoction of hae bee hiam, curry powder, lemongrass, dried chilli, taucheo along with a few other ingredients, it sounded assertive, akin to what a black pepper sauce would do to my taste buds. But surprisingly, it was a lot more well rounded than I imagined, so much so that I could polish the sauce off the crab claw before diving into it. Usually, I simply would just scrap the sauce off the flesh.
Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon 3/5
We had their Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon ($12/$18/$24) as well. I would prefer a stock that is more sweet-savoury, with a lighter consistency to highlight the flavours of the clams.
Rounding up of evening is a Mother's Day dessert, Heart of Gold Warm Pumpkin Dessert. I love how warm and comforting it smells, with the coconut cream laced on top of the pureed pumpkin. Each bite is satiated with yam bits, sweet corn and sago. It was so yummy!
Heart of Gold Warm Pumpkin Dessert 4.5/5
The special early bird discount of 30% for the Mother's Dat set menus are over, but you could still enjoy the promotion if you pre-order the Father's Day set from 8 to 31 May 2019 via Diamond Kitchen's website.
Words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Diamond Kitchen (钻石小厨)
Science Park 1
87 Science Park Drive
Tel: +65 64640410
Nearest MRT: Kent Ridge (CC Line)
Daily: 11am - 230pm, 530pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Kent Ridge MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop opposite Kent Ridge MRT station (Stop ID 15139). Take bus number 92. Alight 5 stops later. Walk towards Technology Crescent. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]