Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ximending, VivoCity

Naming a restaurant that serves Taiwanese food called Ximending (1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-51A VivoCity, tel : +65 6376 8018) is akin to having a restaurant in another country called Orchard Road because it serves Singaporean food. Heh! 

It seems that the entrants of Taiwanese cuisine here are making their play upmarket as well. Most of what was served here came in large portions meant for sharing. What bugged me was that they charged for every bowl of sweet potato porridge (they tasted pretty good but still...) that was ordered. 

The fried oysters were pretty mediocre. Tasted exactly like something that could be bought from the local pasar malam. No way I'm ever paying the prices here again. Waste of money.

We got the cue to order their chai poh (preserved radish) omelette after seeing them on another table. They were quite tasty albeit a little more greasy than I normally prefer. The nicely browned omelette was loaded with the bits of preserved radish. Looked like a thick pancake and was quite substantial.

Their Taiwanese styled fried kang kong wasn't so much an obligatory dish of greens. We wanted to have some crunchy stir fried vegetables. This plate was stir fried in fermented bean curd sauce. Turned out to be the more memorable dish among the few we tried. Something that I would look forward to if I we came back. Regarding that braised pork belly with mustard greens some of you might been wondering; it tasted pretty much like the way it looked. Quivery, tender cuts of meat layered with soft fat that fell apart when you popped them into the mouth.

1 comment:

D said...

the omelet looks like a Spanish tortilla!