Thursday, January 23, 2020

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, VivoCity

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, VivoCity

These guys (#03-11B VivoCity, 1 Harbour Front Walk, tel : +65 6252 4979) are relatively new and the menu from appearances is focused on Silk Road Cuisine. If I had to summarize into laymen's terms, north western China/Muslim/Middle Eastern would be pretty accurate no matter how one looked at it. I'm pretty sure that there are influences from other parts of Asia that they didn't bother to mention as part of their marketing as well.

I was interested because this meant that the food from the regions of Chinese Muslim regions like Xinjiang would be represented.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, apricot tea

Li Guang apricot tea was kinda nice. Tasted very much like regular apricots if anyone was wondering.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, lamb skewers

We started off with some of their lamb skewers (羊肉串). Flavour was pretty good. While the quality wasn't questionable, they were also more expensive than what I'm used to seeing them go for.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, mushrooms tricholoma matsutake

There was a mushroom dish which the English translation called tricholoma matsutake. They looked like regular brown/button mushrooms but were very flavourful. An umami heavyweight that was perfumed by dill. Very delicious.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, lychee cherry tomato salad

Followed by a chilled lychee and cherry tomato salad which was refreshing in its own citrus-y manner. Very nice too.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, lamb in a cage

Their 'lamb in a cage' looked like it was meat from the rib. They were served in a contraption with hooks.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, lamb

Then removed from the contraption and sliced into bite size pieces. Very nice lamb-y flavour with bits of fat.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, grilled pineapples

We ordered some grilled pineapple to go with it and it was sweet and delicious as well from the grilling.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, xinjiang rice

We tried a dish called Xinjiang specialty rice. It was rice cooked in a pot on order after some yellow peppers, carrots, onions and bits of lamb were sizzled in oil. Not much else went into it. 

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, xinjiang rice

There was a sweetness from the vegetables that was infused into the rice along with the fat from the lamb. I liked this.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, concubine pastry

Tried a bunch of their desserts. This rice cake was translated as 'fragrant concubine pastry'. It's not so much pastry than it was layers of sticky rice. In between the rice were cranberries and raisins. The yellow stuff on the top might have been millet. There was osmanthus honey drizzled over it. Not bad.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, turkish milk rice

We also tried something called Turkish milk rice. Rice that was cooked with sweetened milk and flavoured with vanilla. Tasted like how it sounded. This stuff is good when it's hot.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, yoghurt

Some fruity yoghurt that has a caramelized sugar top like crème brûlée. The other brown stuff tasted like Coke flavoured pop rocks. Cool. But this was not the end to the yoghurt.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, imperial pea pastry

The new flavour to me was what they called 'Imperial pea pastry'. Again, it wasn't a pastry but a gelatinous pudding of sorts that was made from beans. Tasted like mung bean or chick pea but lightly sweetened. Intriguing which kinda latched onto me.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, yoghurt

When we got the bill, we were given more yoghurt. With honey. Nice.

Alijiang (阿里疆) Silk Road Cuisine, VivoCity

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