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Monday, June 5, 2023

Tan Xiang Yuan @ Dickson Road - A Seafood Hotpot Haven and Chinese Delights By Actor Ben Yeo


Nestled within a charming two-storey shophouse along Dickson Road, Tan Xiang Yuan offers a delightful array of Chinese dishes, opened by actor and host Ben Yeo. While their signature seafood hotpot steals the spotlight, the restaurant also presents a diverse selection of Chinese cooked dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.


Signature Seafood Hotpot 4/5

The centerpiece of Tan Xiang Yuan is their Signature Seafood Hotpot ($98/$188), a culinary masterpiece that is served over a charcoal fire. The broth, simmered for eight hours with prawn shells, old hen, and pork bones, exudes a rich and sweet flavor that is packed with seafood goodness. Sliced fish, yam, prawns, abalone, scallops, and more adorn the hotpot, creating a seafood extravaganza that will leave you craving for more.

Black Vinegar Pork Trotter Jelly 3/5

For a modern twist on a traditional favorite, the Black Vinegar Pork Trotter Jelly ($6) takes the stage. These mini sphere-shaped delights offer a unique and delicate rendition of the classic Teochew pig's trotter jelly, although the portion size may leave you longing for more.


Mao Shan Wang Durian Chilli Crab Ball 4/5

Prepare for a surprising combination with the Mao Shan Wang Durian Chilli Crab Ball ($12/pc), an appetizer that encases the bold flavors of durian and chili crab in a crispy shell. This unusual fusion surprisingly works, creating a burst of flavors that will intrigue your taste buds.

Handmade Fish Curd with Luffa Melon 2.5/5

Unfortunately, not all dishes at Tan Xiang Yuan live up to expectations. The Handmade Fish Curd with Luffa Melon ($20/$30/$40), while comprising luffa, handmade fish curd, black fungus, carrot, and mushroom, fell short in terms of flavor. It lacked seasoning, leaving a bland impression on the palate.

Signature Fried Rice 2.8/5

The Signature Fried Rice ($22/$33/$44), a staple dish in any Chinese restaurant, also failed to impress. With its lackluster taste and ordinary presentation, it did not meet the expectations one would have for a restaurant of this caliber.

Hand Drizzled Roast Chicken 4.2/5

However, Tan Xiang Yuan redeems itself with their Hand Drizzled Roast Chicken ($26 Half/ $48 Whole), a dish that showcases the artistry of drizzling hot oil over the chicken to achieve a crispy skin while keeping the meat tender and juicy. The result is a flavorful and satisfying poultry indulgence.

Signature Beef Cubes 4.2/5

To spice things up, the Signature Beef Cubes ($26/$39/$52) stir-fried in a piquant black pepper sauce take the spotlight. The succulent meat, infused with the aromatic black pepper, creates a mouthwatering symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Overall, Tan Xiang Yuan at Dickson Road offers a memorable dining experience with its show-stopping seafood hotpot and a mix of Chinese dishes. While some dishes may fall short of expectations, the restaurant's highlights shine through, making it a worthwhile destination for seafood lovers and Chinese cuisine enthusiasts alike.

Tan Xiang Yuan
1 Dickson Road
Singapore 209493
Tel: +65 80585527
Nearest MRT: Jalan Besar (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am to 3pm, 530pm to 10pm

1) Alight at Jalan Besar MRT statton. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Walk to Dickson Raod. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, February 10, 2023

Black Knight Hotpot (黑武士火鍋) @ Millenia Walk - Authentic & Pioneer Taiwan Hotpot Establishment Well-loved By Celebrities


Black Knight Hotpot (黑武士火鍋) is a pioneer hotpot establishment from Taiwan located at Millenia Walk. The premium Taiwanese hotpot experience is well-loved by celebrities for its house-made soups boiled for 16 hours. In addition, it offers seven different slow-cooked soup bases for an incomparable hotpot experience.


Fish Maw Chicken Pot and Spicy Pot

The hotpot experience comes in two sizes - single and double pot, across seven tantalising soup bases. The seven flavours are Drunken Pot, Fish Maw Chicken Pot, Spicy Pot, Pork Tripe & Chicken Peppercorn Pot, Nourishing Beauty Pot, Sliced Pork Pickled Cabbage Pot and Taro Spareribs Pot.




A good choice is the Assorted Meat Platter (market price) if you need help deciding what to go for. It comprises three different types of beef and pork. Premium choices include Japanese A5 Wagyu, Japanese A4 Wagyu, Japanese Wagyu Beef Shank and Snowflakes Wagyu Beef.



Besides the quality meat cuts, there are classic hotpot items such as fried bean curd rolls, quail's egg, lobster meatballs, beef tripe, a variety of vegetables, fungus and noodles.



There is also fresh seafood on the menu Scallops, Bamboo Clams, Live Prawns, Crab, Lobster, Oyster and Abalone. The Handmade Shrimp Paste topped with ebiko is a must-have. It has a delightful crunchy texture when it is cooked.

Black Truffle Fried Rice

Black Knight Hotpot even offers cooked dishes on its menu, unlike other hotpot restaurants. Diners can look forward to various cooked seafood such as Chilli Crabs, Cereal Prawns, Steamed Fish and more. To complete your meal, you may also complement it with hot dishes such as Mongolian Short Ribs, Sweet & Sour Pork, Fried Frog Leg etc. There are also Fried Rice and Noodles to fill you up if you are still not full.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Black Knight Hotpot
Millenia Walk
Nihon Street
9 Raffles Blvd
Singapore 039596
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 4pm, 530pm - 1030pm

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

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Qi Xiang Hot Pot @ The Chevrons - Popular Chicken Pot In Kovan, Opens New Hotpot Restaurant In The West


Qi Xiang Hot Pot at The Chevrons is proudly brought to you by the team behind Qi Xiang Chicken Pot. Known for its unique beer-infused chicken pots, the restaurant also uses traditional claypots, and what you get is one of Singapore's first-ever yuan yang claypot options. What's more, it opens till 3am daily!


The restaurant will also be offering free-flow drinks, fruits and condiments for $5 per pax. Among the various condiments, be sure to get its in-house special chilli sauce, which is full of zing and adds a fiery kick to every bite.

Pumpkin Soup 4.8/5

Soup bases options include its Signature Broth ($29.90 for full or half pot) which has brought them to fame, but I chose other two which complement each other - a soul comforting and nourishing Pumpkin Soup ($29.90 for full or half pot), juxtaposing a piquant and zingy Green Pepper Sauerkraut Dory Fish Pot ($37.90 for full pot, $20.80 for half pot). The Pumpkin Soup takes more than 5 hours to be ready, and supposedly rich in chicken and pork collagen. That was quite evident in the deep chicken flavour underneath the sweet pumpkin note. You can even amp up the chicken broth by pairing it with Qi Xiang Hotpot’s Famed Boiled Chicken ($9.90 for half chicken or quarter thigh meat options, $15.90 for whole chicken).

Green Pepper Sauerkraut Dory Fish Pot 4.8/5

On the other hand, the latter was highly stimulating with a broth cooked with herbaceous peppercorns, ginger, sour mustard leaves, and laced with chilli oil. I like this version versus a full-blown mala soup. It gives that pleasant peppercorn aroma and a fiery kick without the greasiness. What's interesting is the addition of dory fish to emulate the concept of sliced fish bee hoon.

Japanese Wagyu Beef

Iberico pork

The menu features over 80 delectable options, including premium shabu shabu meat featuring Australian Wagyu Beef ($49.90 for full portion, $24.90 for half portion) and Japanese Wagyu Beef ($135.90 for 300g, $67.90 for 150g). Of course, there is seafood as well, such as prawns and Tioman fish slices.

Smoke Infused Duck Breast Braised in Szechuan Sauce 4.5/5

But what jazz up this hotpot menu is its range of sides. For instance, this Smoke Infused Duck Breast Braised in Szechuan Sauce ($18.90) is a rather well-considered dish prepared through the precise cooking methods of being braised, sous-vide, then tea smoked with umami-packed house-made Szechuan sauce. I love the fats that lace around the meat, which made each slice tender and succulent.

XO Homemade Carrot Cake 3.8/5

If you like deep-fried carrot cake, you may find this XO Homemade Carrot Cake ($10.90) sinfully good. Each chunk of carrot cake is turned into a crispy morsel tossed with crispy egg bits, beansprouts and spring onions, dressed in dollops of XO sauce.

Prawn Pizza 4/5

Another delectable bite is this crowd-pleasing Prawn Pizza ($9.90). The filling in between the thin crisp was pretty well done, with bits of prawns to provide that bit of a bite.


To celebrate the new opening, you can enjoy the following promotions:
- No service charge (June 2021 to August 2021)
- Free Mee Sua Dish for birthday diners

Photos and 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.

Qi Xiang Hot Pot
The Chevrons
48 Boon Lay Way
Singapore 609961
Tel: +65 88086730
Website: Nearest MRT: Jurong East (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am – 3am

1) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn left and walk to junction of Jurong Gateway Road and Boon Lay Way. At the junction. turn right and walk down Boon Lay Way. At the junction of Jurong East Street 11 and Boon Lay Way, cross the road and continue down Boon Lay Way. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Jurong East Bus Interchange (Stop ID 28009). Take bus number 52 or 105. Alight 7 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]

Friday, March 27, 2020

ChaoNiu Hot Pot @ East Coast Road - Chaoshan Style Beef Hot Pot


I was really excited when I heard there is a restaurant offering beef hot pot. To be more specific, Chao Niu Hot Pot offers Chaoshan style beef hot pot. I love beef and hot pot, so this is like a match in heaven for me. The restaurant is located at the row of shophouses along East Coast Road.



There is basically four soup base available on the menu. The soup bases are ChanShan Beef Broth ($15), Beauty Collagen Broth ($15), Spicy Nourishing Broth ($15) and Chaoniu Signature Broth ($20). You can have a yin yang pot for an additional $2. I decided to go for the ChanShan Beef Broth to taste the origin of the beef hot pot. The broth was light but packed with flavours, drawing from the beef bones that have been simmered overnight.


Being a beef speciality hot pot restaurant, you can order the different cuts of the beef. As we can't slaughter cow in Singapore, the different cuts of the beef are specially selected from around the world to go with the soup bases.




You may think that the beautiful slices of beef are machine cut, but they are actually not. They are all skilful cut into thin slices for the chef. What amazing knife skill.



Besides the different cuts of beef, the menu also offers many other ingredients for the hot pot such as vegetables, mushrooms, beancurd, tofu, luncheon meat and many more. A must-order is the beef balls that are painstakingly pound by hand.


To enjoy the beef, you cook them in a big net together we the other ingredients you have ordered, just like the way you would enjoy a steamboat dinner. The restaurant also has a sauce section whereby you can mix and match your dipping sauce. I would recommend their pre-mixed Chaoniu dipping sauce which complements the tender beef excellently.


ChaoNiu Hot Pot
195 East Coast Road
Singapore 428900
Tel: +65 69098783
Nearest MRT: Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 12midnight

1) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take exit A. Walk to bus stop at Blk 99 Old Airport Road (Stop ID 81181). Take Bus 10 or 32. Alight 7 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Glorious Lunar New Year Reunions At Man Fu Yuan


Ushering in the Year of Rat at Man Fu Yuan with a luxurious selection of Lunar New Year delicacies and prix-fixe menus from 6 January to 8 February 2020. This year, Executive Sous Chef Aaron Tan and his team have put together eight prix-fixe menus and a collection of auspicious dishes.

Treasure Yusheng

Toss to a successful year ahead with the new 60-inch Treasure Yu Sheng adorned with Abalone, Hokkaido scallops, salmon crisp fish skin, and refreshing passionfruit roselle sauce, shaped in the form of the Chinese character "Yuan" (苑) which symbolises a garden of plenty.

Superior Pumpkin Bisque 

A change from the usual double-boiled soup for Chinese dinner is the Superior Pumpkin Bisque. It is a welcoming change. A western-style soup incorporating Asian ingredients such as Chinese cabbage, fish maw, Chinese cured meat and Sarawak bird's nest.

Signature Smoked Duck

Not to be missed is the Signature Smoked Duck with Superior Chinese Herbal Stock ($88). The fragrant and tender smoked duck is good to serve up to 5 pax and available for takeaway.

Man Fu Yuan Abundance Treasure Pot

One of the dishes I look forward to during Lunar New Year is the Pen Cai. Over at Man Fu Yuan, the Abundance Treasure Pot ($388) is brimming with 18 different ingredients. They are braised sea cucumber, 10-head abalone, Canadian lobster, Hokkaido scallops, prawns, fish maw, goose web, pig's trotters, whelk, oysters, chicken wings, preserved meat sausage, Yunnan black tiger palm mushroom, cabbage, wheat gluten, fried yam and fatty choy.


I have heard so much about Man Fu Yuan exclusive and premium Steamboat, and I finally get to try it. For this lunar new year, guests will be able to purchase 10 of the steamboat ingredients to dine in the comfort of their home. They are Eight-head abalone, minced Hokkaido scallops ($108), Homemade crab claw, minced fresh prawns ($28), USA beef rib eye ($48), Poached Drunken Chicken, Chinese herbs, huadiao Chinese wine ($22), Traditional fresh prawn dumplings ($26), Minced pork dumplings, mushrooms ($22), Homemade premium USA Angus beef balls, water chestnuts ($32), Homemade crab meat balls, prawns ($32), Dace fish balls, fatt choy ($26), and Minced pork balls, dried oysters ($32)

Roasted Suckling Pig


A signature at Man Fu Yuan is the Roasted Suckling Pig stuffed with Preserved Cured Meats and Five Grain Glutinous Rice. A multi-sensual enjoyment with crackling skin and succulent meat. The preserved cured meats enhanced the flavours while the sticky glutinous rice provides the extra texture. This is so shiok.

Chilled Coconut Jelly, Butterfly Pea Flower Sesame Mochi, Pineapple Balls.

Wrapping up the dinner, I have the Chilled Coconut Jelly, Butterfly Pea Flower Sesame Mochi and Pineapple Balls. My favourite is the light and refreshing chilled coconut jelly paired with Aloe Vera and Snow Bird's Nest.

Chinese New Year goodies are available from 16 December 2019 to 8 February 2020. They are available for collection from 10 January to 8 February 2020 from the Man Fu Yuan Shoppe located at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction. Guests enjoy 20% early bird savings when they place their orders between 16 December 2019 and 9 January 2020 and enjoy an additional 5% privilege when they order online at Three working days are required for processing of orders.

For enquiries or to place an order, please email, call +65 6825 1133, or visit

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Man Fu Yuan
InterContinental Singapore
Level 2
80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 63387600
Nearest MRT: Bugis (EW Line, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1145am - 330pm, 630pm - 1030pm

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