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Sunday, October 22, 2023

YAO YAO (姚姚酸菜鱼) @ Vivocity - China Suan Cai Yu Restaurant’s Debut in Singapore with Duo Flavour Pots and Roast Duck


YAO YAO 姚姚酸菜鱼 has recently established its flagship outlet in Vivocity, joining the expanding array of Chinese brands dedicated to fish-based dishes. Having earned the title "Top Ten Brands of Sauerkraut Fish" from 2019 to 2022 in China, it boasts an impressive network of 60 outlets nationwide.


YAO YAO features California White Seabass in their signature Suan Cai Yu/Sauerkraut Fish. The menu offers various portion sizes and duo-pots that provide diners the choice to pair the Suan Cai Yu with one of three dishes: Sichuan Poached Fish, Tomato Fish, and Typhoon Shelter Shrimp with Fries.

Sour & Spicy Organic White Fungus 4/5

I started with appetisers; it was my first time trying white fungus prepared this way. YAO YAO's Sour & Spicy Organic White Fungus ($9) is served chilled and crunchy, with its shell-shaped pieces picking up the appetising sauce well.

Chilled Lettuce with Sesame Sauce 3.8/5

Thoughtfully presented, the Chilled Lettuce with Sesame Sauce ($10) has lettuce leaves neatly bundled alongside a small pitcher of sesame sauce. I appreciated the convenience of enjoying this dish and found it both crunchy and refreshing, albeit it was much more on the pricey side.

Garlic and Sichuan Pepper Duck Leg 3.8/5

Fried in a generous portion of garlic and Sichuan pepper, each piece of the Garlic and Sichuan Pepper Duck Leg carried excellent heat and crisp bits, but it's worth noting that these are meant to be a lot more bony than meaty.

Sichuan Spicy Poached Chicken 3.5/5

The Sichuan Spicy Poached Chicken ($12) presented a somewhat monotonous flavour profile, and the meat texture was a bit stringy.

Sauerkraut Fish & Typhoon Shelter Shrimp with Fries 3/5

We got to try one of the duo flavour pots, the Sauerkraut Fish & Typhoon Shelter Shrimp with Fries ($53), which feeds 2 pax. In the sauerkraut fish-half, you will find sliced California White Seabass with fermented sauerkraut in a slow-cooked broth.

While the sauerkraut was decent, the broth was more muted and lacked depth. It leaned towards being mostly sour, and we were not quite a fan of how thinly sliced the fish were. I definitely wished the fish were fresher too.

Sauerkraut Fish & Typhoon Shelter Shrimp with Fries 3/5

Although we appreciated the punchy seasoning on the Typhoon Shelter Shrimp and crinkle-cut fries, the prawns were not the freshest. A more significant portion would also have been more justifying of the price tag.

XXL Crispy You Tiao 3/5

While the XXL Crispy You Tiao ($5) looked impressive in size, its taste was less memorable. Despite the recommendation to dip these pieces in the sauerkraut broth, the experience was less enjoyable due to the greasiness.

YAO YAO Peking Duck, Half 3.5/5

Yao Yao Peking Duck ($45 for Half) was a dish we saw many other diners order. It is served with egg crepe wraps and strips of onions, cucumber and sweet honeydew. Finish your wrap with a housemade sesame mustard dip or housemade sweet sauce.


For a bigger group, you can consider the Duck (Whole) at $90.

Rainbow Cold Jelly 4/5

The Rainbow Cold Jelly ($8) served as a chilled and sweet ending to our meal. The base of housemade oolong tea-flavoured jelly is topped with many ingredients, including raisins, red beans, hawthorn bits, crushed peanuts, pearl barley and pearls. You can have it as it is or with coconut milk drizzled over. I personally found it quite sweet, but we saw many diners of younger age enjoying this.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

YAO YAO 姚姚酸菜鱼
1 HarbourFront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6970 8998
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront (CC, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm

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