I had dinner there recently and it is packed and heard that it is now booked for dinner till April. For lunch time, it’s still ok. You might have to wait if it’s too busy. As it’s quite packed, it was a bit slow, but the food that came out was worth the wait.
If you like a slightly soupy Bee Hoon dish when you have Zhi Char dishes, you might want to try this Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon. They were generous with the clams and it is a very comforting homey dish. We were saying it would be best eaten on a wet rainy day. To me, and those who loves a nice Bee Hoon in some thick superior stock.
Prawns having Sauna? They have a dish called Sauna Prawns and it’s quite interesting how they do it. They have lava rocks heated on fire till they are red hot, then thrown into a container in a bamboo basket. They then throw live tiger prawns in and then herbal stock into it and cover.
It’s so hot and such great steam, the prawns will be cooked in 12 seconds. As the dish is carried to your table, it’s probably 12 -30 seconds and the prawns are perfectly cooked. Sounds good? Wait till you taste it!
Champagne Pork Ribs. Many people love ribs because they get to eat like a caveman with their hands holding the ribs. If you think you are too refined to be a caveman, order their pork ribs here. They have deboned the pork ribs, so it’s only strips of meat left. It’s then marinated overnight and they also added Sparkling wine or what people usually call Champagne to it to tenderise it. It’s very tasty and I suspect most people would be able to eat the whole serving themselves.
Pumpkin Beancurd. Many Zhi Char places have their version of signboard worthy beancurd. The ones here are called Pumpkin Beancurd and it’s beancurd made by the chef daily at the restaurant. It’s then quickly deep fried to give it a nice skin and then pumpkin puree broth poured over it. It’s sweetish because of the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.
If you like anything with salted egg yolk, they have done nicely this Salted Egg Sotong that we had.It was nicely done, still had a nice bite and it was slightly crispy outside and had the addictive Salted Egg paste.
Golden Cereal Chicken. Sounds different already? You can order cereal chicken here other than the usual cereal prawns popular with many zhi char places. It’s something different.
I am bias but I have always been thinking of the Cereal Crayfish that we used to eat at a Zhi Char stall in Ghim Moh which is no longer around.
If you have more time or going for dinner, then go for the Gan Xiang Crabs. The price of the crabs are around $55/kg. Gan Xiang is dry spice mix that most respectable Chinese chefs will have. It’s their guarded secret, so we don’t know the exact quantity and ingredients that’s been added into it.
The dry mix is then used with other sauce to create a very delicious Gan Xiang crabs. It’s a dry version and spicy and finger licking good!
I liked the spiciness of the Gan Xiang mix and these crabs turned out very nice. Worth digging your fingers into it. I must bring my wife and sis here to let them try. They love crabs and love all kinds of crabs. I am quite sure they will like this version.
Prices: $55/kg or rather Market Prices.
Gan Xiang Fried Rice here is made using the Gan Xiang spice mix by the chef. It’s a nice spicy fried rice and also because it has a nice aroma, you will keep eating it non stop. If you also happen to order the cereal chicken above, save the cereal for this dish. Pour it over and it gives this rice a nice crunch too!
I know many people love Pumpkin & Gingko Yam Paste. It’s not my favourite dessert, so I shall not comment too much on it. I was told it’s been one of those that are unhealthily delicious because of the lard that has gone into it. Fellow diners who love it were raving about it. LOL, just not me. I want my sweet dessert.
This place deco has a lot of ‘blings’. There’s a reason it’s called Diamond Kitchen. It’s also related to the background of the two entrepreneurs. It’s a nice restaurant with air-conditioning to enjoy zhi char dishes. The weather nowadays are turning warm again and you do want to dine at an air-con place. The prices are also reasonable. Have a try if you are in the area!
Got to thank Veronica and Jeannette from Sixth Sense who asked me along for the meal!
5000F Marine Parade Road,
#01-22/23 Laguna Park Condominium,
Tel: +65 6448 0629