Saturday, November 6, 2021

Sichuan Alley @ Telok Ayer - Unveils Singapore's First-ever Sichuan-style Poached Rice Series


The poached rice or pao fan, which has taken the Singapore food scene by storm, has seen Sichuan Alley (formerly known as Chuan Hung) at Telok Ayer joining the bandwagon. The restaurant known for its noodle dishes has launched Singapore's first-ever Sichuan-style poached rice series.

Pickled Vegetable Soup Poached Rice with Barramundi 4.2/5

We had the hot and sour Pickled Vegetable Soup Poached Rice with Barramundi ($13.50). Unlike other pao fan places, the version has more texture profiles and comes with a generous variety of ingredients. Instead of just using rice grain, it comes in a mixture of pearl rice, pearl barley, red quinoa and oats. It even comes with a whole slab of barramundi and an assortment of vegetables, including kale, red radish, hairy gourd, broccoli, cherry tomato, black fungus, and edamame. Lastly, it is topped with rice puff for a playful crunch. There is also a la la version - Pickled Vegetable Soup Poached Rice with La La ($11.50) that comes with a combination of clams and fried egg floss.

Mushroom Chicken Soup Poached Rice 4/5


For the non-spicy customers, there is the Mushroom Chicken Soup Poached Rice ($11) featuring a trio of shiitake, white button and shimeji mushrooms in a gelatinous and collagen rice soup, topped with bamboo pith. There is even a vegetarian version in the Beetroot Pickled Vegetable Soup Poached Rice ($10).

Mapo Tofu Don 4/5

Other than poached rice, the Mapo Tofu Don ($9), which comes with minced pork and firm tofu in a fragrant and mildly spicy sauce, caught my attention too. Unlike the usual saucy mapo tofu, the version here is drier and more intense. I like that the restaurant uses a mixture of pearl rice and quinoa instead of just plain rice. The addition of roasted cauliflower and sweet potato with half a ramen egg gives the donburi colour and extra textural enjoyment.


Currently, Sichuan Alley runs a free delivery promotion on Oddle for the $50 bundle menu - Seafood Galore and Surf & Turf.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Sichuan Alley
51A Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65 97551058
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1030am - 3pm, 5pm - 930pm
Fri-Sun: 1030am - 930pm

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk straight down Telok Ayer Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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