Friday, December 15, 2006

Zi Yean, Blk 56 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore

Zi Yean used to be located at Stirling Rd and an even longer time ago, it used to be along River Valley Rd. Now it has found home at Blk 56, Lengkok Bahru and is really two restaurants side-by-side. There is a more up-market airconditioned one and the open air coffeeshop style one which I chose to dine in this time.

Started off with a mint omelette. Ok, I did primarily order this because it sounded unusual but it wasn't anything spectacular; it was exactly what it was named after, just an omelette with mint leaves in it. In fact I don't think the egg mixture was mixed very well because some areas were very salty whilst others were quite bland.

Braised beancurd, this was quite nice. The sauce used had a depth and flavor that can only gotten from a good stock. The Chinese cabbage wasn't cooked till mushy and still retained some bite.

Beef brisket with Chinese radish. The brisket here is well stewed, tender to the bite without being too soft. This is the same brisket that they serve with their hand-pulled noodles (la mien) and comes in a thick, rich, beefy sauce.

The three-cup chicken dish is supposedly one of their specialties here and to give them credit, it is done quite well. A refreshing change from most places is that they do not only use chicken wings here. The sauce is also thick and sticky, evenly coating each chunk of crispy tender chicken.

Stir-fried Chinese broccoli with garlic. Fresh vegetables prepared in a hot wok, nothing really that could go wrong here.

All in the all the food at Zi Yean was not bad but it definitely wasn't mind-blowing either. It belongs to that list of "safe" eateries where you would go for a meal if you can't be bothered looking for somewhere else new.



kahsean said...

haha the chinese brocolli is the only decnet asian dish i can cook & im proud to say i can cook it =]

mann the rest of the dishes looks yummy.!!

Chocolate Reindeer said...

i enjoyed your blog very much. I am glad to have stumbled upon it.

D said...

kahsean: Really? Got to taste some someday =P

zen: Thanks, your blog is cool too. I left a comment under your kazu entry =)