Showing posts with label Chicken Skin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicken Skin. Show all posts

Thursday, June 30, 2022

YUN NANS (云海肴) @ ION Orchard - New Outlet With Garden-Within-A-Restaurant Theme In The Heart Of Orchard Road


One of my favourite Chinese Restaurants, YUN NANS (云海肴), has opened its latest and fourth outlet at Ion Orchard, in the heart of Orchard Road. The new space seeks to transport diners into a garden landscape, designed as a scenic garden-within-a-restaurant.

Steam Pot Chicken Soup with Lily Bulb 4.2/5

With the new opening, the restaurant also introduced new dishes, such as the Signature Steam Pot Chicken Soup ($32.90) is given an elevation with the addition of Lanzhou Lily Bulb. The lily bulb gives the light and nourishing soup an extra lift in sweetness.

Pomelo Salad with Osmanthus Dressing 4/5

The Pomelo Salad with Osmanthus Dressing ($10.90) is a refreshing and invigorating salad tossed in house-made osmanthus honey sauce, giving it a sweet and fruity finishing. Fresh lily bulb is added for that extra crispiness.

Lychee Prawn Ball 4.2/5

Shaped and looking like lychee is the Lychee Prawn Ball ($20.80). It is freshness at its best. Fresh prawns are hand-beaten to a paste, shaped into bite-sized balls and deep-fried till crispy. While the exterior is crisp, the inside is crunchy, bursting with juicy tenderness from the prawns.

Hotplate Milky Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce 4.8/5

A delightful new dish that goes very well with a bowl of rice is the Hotplate Milky Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce ($16.80). The famed Yunnan milky tofu's pillowy soft texture is achieved using Shiping's unique spring water, drenched in an appetising specially concocted spicy garlic seafood sauce.

Sauteed Cabbage with Dried Chillies 4.5/5

Sometimes simple is the best, for example, the Sauteed Cabbage with Dried Chillies ($13.80). It is simply stir-fried with garlic, thin slices of pork and dried chillies, bringing out the natural sweetness of the cabbage.

Charcoal Grilled Chicken Skin and Gizzard 4.2/5

Marinated with an in-house mix of Yunnan's spices and grilled over a charcoal fire, the Charcoal Grilled Chicken Skin ($2.80 per skewer) and Gizzard ($2.80 per skewer) are packed with beautiful aroma from the spices. The skewers are deliciously good for a few glasses of beer.

Braised Fish Maw with Porcini Mushroom

The treasure pot of Braised Fish Maw with Porcini Mushroom ($42.80 / $52.80) comprises wild porcini mushrooms harvested from the highlands of Yunnan, fresh fish maw, Yunnan solo clove garlic, Chinese yam, and Yunnan Qiubei Chillies. The ingredients are braised over a slow flame, giving the fish maw a soft texture and retaining its collagen content.

Claypot Rice with Minced Beef and Crispy Red Bean $24.90

Lastly, wrapping up our dinner is the Claypot Rice with Minced Beef and Crispy Red Bean ($24.90). It is like the Chinese take on the donabe. The stewed rice is cooked in a special in-house sauce and served with crispy red beans, minced beef, ham, crisp-fried pork lard, spring onions and salted vegetables. Mix everything together to end the meal in a finale


Note: This is an invited tasting.

YUN NANS (云海肴)
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 65130828
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 10pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 4. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, November 6, 2020

Min Jiang @ Goodwood Park Hotel - A New Chapter In Its Decades-long History Following A Refurbishment


Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel has reopened after undergoing refurbishment with a rejuvenated interior, refreshed menus and revitalised dining experience. Fans of Min Jiang will be glad to know that the restaurant has brought back the dim sum pushcart service during lunch.





Two types of dim sum pushcarts will be pushed around the restaurant. One for the steamed items while the other for the fried stuff. From the steamed dim sum pushcart, we had the Siew Mai, Steamed Dumpling and Chicken Feet. Old school classic delicately executed.



From the other dim sum pushcart which offers fried items, we had the Pan-fried Carrot Cake and Egg Tart. While we have gone for the more classic items, a new range of handmade dim sum has also been introduced to the new menu such as Steamed Pumpkin Ball, Deep-fried Homemade Squid Tofu with XO Sauce, Deep-fried Bacon Roll with Enoki Mushrooms and Prawns that will be popular with diners of all ages.

Min Jiang Land and Sea Quartet

The creativity of Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee sees the new Min Jiang Land And Sea Quartet ($16.80 per order). From the land, we have the rabbit-shaped Steamed Prawn and Carrot Dumpling, and Deep-fried Pork Char Siew and Pine Nuts in Glutinous Pastry fashioned like a carrot. Moving to the sea, we have the Steamed Squid and Sea Cucumber Dumpling, and Steamed Prawn and Chinese Stem Lettuce with Tobiko Dumpling formed like a sea cucumber and starfish respectively.

Crispy Fried Pumpkin with Salted Egg Yolk and Pork Floss

The Crispy Fried Pumpkin with Salted Egg Yolk and Pork Floss ($13.80 per order) is dangerously addictive. I have a similar dish before, using eggplant instead of pumpkin. I feel the sweetness of the pumpkin is a better interpretation of the dish, complementing the savoury salted egg yolk and pork floss.

Spicy Sliced Red Garoupa Soup with Preserved Cabbage

A rather underrated soup in the menu is the Spicy Sliced Red Garoupa Soup with Preserved Cabbage ($18). In the bowl of milk soup, you get slices of red garoupa fillet, preserved cabbage, semi-dried tomato and soft tofu. Each sip of the soup, you get a combination of sweet, sour and peppery kick from the dried Sichuan peppers.


Roasted Chicken Skin with Prawn Paste in Sesame Pockets

One of the new dishes in the new menu is the Roasted Chicken Skin with Prawn Paste in Sesame Pockets ($36 half/ $72 whole). It is a remake of a traditional sesame encrusted baked flatbread or Shao Bing that envelopes a variety of fillings. At Ming Jiang, the chef stuffed the sesame pocket with deep-fried chicken skin with prawn paste, rock melon, Japanese cucumber and sesame beancurd skin. All these components are held together by a hoisin and fermented red beancurd sauce mix. Personally, I like the idea, but I find it a bit hollow and airy for a substantial bite. The rock melon is a great idea, though, it freshened up the whole enjoyment since most of the components are deep-fried.

Slow-braised Beef Brisket, Tendon and Radish

A very hearty dish in the new menu is the Slow-braised Beef Brisket, Tendon and Radish ($36/ $72). The beef brisket and tendon are cooked to tender, absorbing the delicious, savoury brown sauce. What I look most is the radish that best absorbed the essence of the sauce.

Braised Noodle with Spring Onions, Ginger and Yabbies 

Wrapping up on the hot dishes, we had the Braised Noodle with Spring Onions, Ginger and Yabbies ($16 per person). A delightful noodle dish with springy noodle tossed in the delicious braising sauce.

Deep-fried Purple Sweet Potato Crispy Milk

Even the dessert gets a transformation. The Deep-fried Purple Sweet Potato Crispy Milk ($20 per portion) is made by simmering condensed milk and coconut milk till gelatinous. Sweet potato paste is rolled into a ball-shaped and stuffed with the gelatine simmered milk into the centre and deep-fried. The result is a crispy exterior with a soft interior. Do be careful as the milk filling may burn your tongue if you are not careful.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Min Jiang
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67301704
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Scotts Road to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Monga Fried Chicken @ Jurong East Mall (JEM) - Fried Chicken Brand By Famous Taiwanese Celebrity Nono


The famous Taiwanese Celebrity Nono's Fried Chicken brand, Monga Fried Chicken, has opened its first Singapore outlet at Jurong East Mall (JEM). Monga Fried Chicken prides itself for using only fresh and not frozen chicken, and its huge juicy thick-cut chicken fillets.



The tender chicken breast meat comes in three flavours. The King ($6.90) which is dusted with original salt and pepper seasoning; Hot Chick ($6.90) which is dusted with chilli paprika powder hand-made from Anaheim peppers; and The Taiker ($6.90) which is dusted with Japanese sauce and seaweed powder imported from Okinawa.

The King 3.5/5

You will get your money's worth as one whole fresh chicken can only make two pieces of Monga fried chicken cutlets. Each cut is also kept to a minimum of 2cm thick. That is why it is so huge. Unlike other fried chicken brand, it uses honey instead of granulated sugar to marinate the chicken breast meat. The amylase in honey tenderise the meat and elevates the taste of the chicken fillet. While the meat is juicy and tender, I didn't quite like the batter. I find the batter is not crispy enough and slightly on the thick side.

Hot Chick 3.8/5, The Taiker 3/5

Apart from the fried chicken cutlets, it also offers a variety of sides to munch on. There are Monga Nuggets ($5.90 for 6pc / $7.90 for 9pc), Fried Chicken Skin ($3.90), Signature Fries ($2.90), Seaweed Fries ($3.50), Sweet Potato Fries with Plum Powder ($3.50), Fried Broccoli ($3.50) and Fried King Oyster Mushrooms ($3.90). My favourite is the nugget, sweet potato fries and fried chicken skin.


Remember to wash down all the fried food with some refreshing beverages. There are the refreshing fruit-infused green teas - Orange Green Tea ($4.50) and Grapefruit Green Tea ($4.50). My preferred choice would be the classic and fragrant Osmanthus Oolong Tea ($3.30).


To celebrate its grand opening in Singapore, Monga Fried Chicken will be giving out free limited-edition Monga merchandise to the first 40 customers daily on the first 7 days of operations from 28 September to 4 October 2019.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Monga Fried Chicken
Jurong East Mall (JEM)
50 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 608549
Nearest MRT: Jurong East (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 930pm

1) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fat Chap (肥仔) @ Suntec City - New Asian Casual-Dining Concept At Suntec City


Located at Suntec City Mall, Fat Chap (肥仔) is a brand new Asian dining concept which offers an extensive variety of distinctively Asian dishes, coupled with a unique selection of cocktails. The food served flaunt rich bold flavours and full-bodied spices, perfect for spice and Asian food lovers! With a live charcoal grill station near the entrance of the restaurant, diners can watch the whole fish and meat skewers smoke and sizzle away or cocktails shakened and stirred at the eight-meter long open bar.

Pulled Chicken 3.5/5

The Pulled Chicken ($14) features tender chicken shreds tossed in Szechuan dressing, peanut and bean sprouts. It is a refreshing appetizer with a hint of spice fragrance.

Crispy Pig’s Ear 3.8/5

The Crispy Pig’s Ear ($12) is a crispy fried snack, coated with a special homemade curry powder mix. Exuding a spice aroma that is not too overwhelmingly spicy, the pig's ears are flavourful and crunchy. It also comes with lime and a small dish of achar to add some acidity to cut the fats.

Crispy Chicken Skin 3.5/5

The Crispy Chicken Skin ($8) though a tad blend on its own, was crunchy and addictive. Dip into the sweet plum chilli sauce to add on some flavour oomph.

“Bakmie” Goreng 4/5

The “Bakmie” Goreng ($15) comes with crispy prawn crackers, squid, achar and a sunny side up egg sitting atop. The fried goreng noodles are not too oily. Turn up the heat a few notches by pairing the dish with the sambal chilli provided, perfect for if you like your food spicy.

Oxtail Soup 3.8/5

Indulge in the robust and flavourful bowl of Oxtail Soup ($20) which is best enjoyed with a bowl fragrant jasmine rice. The dish also comes with homemade green chilli sauce, kicap manis, and slice of lime wedge to add depths to the soup.

Asam Pedas 3.5/5

A warm comforting dish, the Asam Fish ($19) has a tender texture which easily falls aparts and exudes a nonya flavour, which is not too overwhelmingly spicy.

Eggplant 3/5

Topped with okra, scallion, garlic and chilli, the Eggplant ($8) has a soft chewy texture and the combination of flavorous toppings works well on the palate.

Land and Sea Party 4.2/5

With a selection of meats on this shared platter, the Land and Sea Party ($168) is a great choice when it comes to group dining (4-5 pax). It consists of Balinese half pork rib, kampong half chicken, marinated fish, squid, ocean beef ribeye, lamb ribs with Balinese sea salt, yuzu kosho, duo sambal, lemongrass & shallot relish, lime, fresh vegetables, grilled corn on cob. My favourite got to be the well-seasoned beef ribeye which has a good ratio of juicy fats and tender meat. For these quality ingredients, this sharing platter is definitely value for money.

Klapertart 4/5

End the meal on a sweet note with the Klapertart ($12) which features rum & raisin flavoured ice cream sitting atop a smooth and fragrant coconut custard. While I feel the rum & raisin might too strong and overwhelmed the dish, it is perfect if you want a stronger alcoholic taste for your desserts.

Thai Milk Pudding 4.2/5

The Thai Milk Pudding ($12) has a distinct thai tea fragrance and the complimenting elements of azuki beans and lychee add another sweetness dimension to the silky smooth pudding.

Serving unpretentious Asian delights, the Chef at this Asian casual-dining venture carries out his unqiue take on local favourites, and offers unique modern twists to the familiar asian flavours to curate dishes that is heartwarming and satisfying to the locals.

Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Fat Chap (肥仔) 
Suntec City
Tower 4
3 Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 68365994
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sat: 11am - 11pm
Fri: 11am - 1am
Sun: 10am - 5pm

1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Alter Ego @ Esplanade Mall - The Evil Twin Of A Poke Theory


Like the other naughty sister of A Poke Theory, Alter Ego at Esplanade Mall offers the opposite of healthy and clean eating. The menu at Alter Ego is ideal for your cheat day offering deep fried, butter, cheesy and greasy food items, that is best to wash down with a few bottles of craft beers.

Fried Chicken Skin 4.2/5

The Fried Chicken Skin ($8) is super addictive. I could not stop myself from going for more of the crispy chicken skin rubbed and fried with a southern spice mix. I really hope they will be sending this for takeaway.

Buffalo Wings 3.5/5

A delightful bar snack to go with a bottle of beers is the Buffalo Wings ($14). The wings are brined, twice-baked and then tossed in a spicy and tangy buffalo sauce, served with house-made ranch at the side.

Loaded Taters 4/5

I was puzzled with the name of the dish. Loaded Taters ($13), what exactly is it? The crispy tater tots turned out to be mini hash brown doused mercilessly in a spicy jalapeno cheese sauce, maple-glazed bacon and sour cream. If you are up for challenge, you can splash some hot sauce to give i a fiery kick.

Pizza Fries 3/5

The Pizza Fries ($14) is your ultimate sinful dish. There are layers of fries, smoky pepperoni, three cheese sauce with house-made bacon ketchup at the side. It is too much for me to handle.

Grilled Cheese with Braised Beef Short Rib 4.2/5

A highly recommended item on the menu will be the Grilled Cheese ($11) with Braised Beef Short Rib filling (addition of $3). Diners will have a choice of gruyere or taleggio cheese to go between the two slices of artisanal white loaves. Dunk the parcel of toasted sandwich into the homemade tomato dip for an elevated enjoyment with all the flavours coming together.

Chilli Cheese Dog 4.5/5

The Chlli Cheese Dog ($14) was rather a dark horse on the menu. The grilled cheddar sausages is topped with their flavourful sweet and spicy house-made beef mince which was mind blowing. The is finished with sour cream and melted cheddar cheese, stuffed in a buttery griddled bun.

Green Goddess (Vegan) 4.5/5

The evil twin does have its good side too as it does offer a eat clean menu with pre-set 5 poke bowls. We tried both the Green Goddess ($13) and Umami Omega ($16). The Green Goddess comes with avocado poke on nutty brown rice, served with fresh ingredients, premium of kimchi and Peruvian pomegranate topped with alfafa sprouts. This is a perfect for the vegan eater.

Umami Omega 4.5/5

For those that loves salmon and spicy, the Umami Omega is the perfect choice. It comes with spicy garlic sesame salmon on our signature sushi rice, served with fresh ingredients and premiums of lime avocado and kale chips, topped with ikura, alfafa sprouts.


Having eaten at both A Poke Theory and Alter Ego, I would prefer the evil twin for the larger menu, bold and rich flavours. Even the poke bowls are more premium and tasty.

Noted: This is an invited tasting.

Alter Ego
Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039802
Tel: +65 63279345
Nearest MRT: Esplanade

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11am - 1am
Fri: 11am - 2am
Sat: 10am - 2am
Sun: 10am - 1am

1) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B or D. Walk to Raffles Avenue. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]