Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Fri: 17:30 - 22:00
Dian Xiao Er is a restaurant serving traditional Chinese cuisine. The restaurant's rustic ambiance serves to complement the house specialty.
Love places like these, where your find excellent food at no frills cost. Dishes, expecially the duck here is on par with any high-end restaurant in town. Given the price you pay, its defintely worth every single cent!
My colleagues and I were looking for a restaurant for a team lunch and we chose this restaurant, as they have their signature roast duck and other ala carte Chinese dishes. We went to the outlet at Serangoon Nex mall.
Here are my meal highlightsl:
- Golden Lotus Roots with Pumpkin: This is a new item on the menu. The lotus root are cut thinly and deep fried, before being tossed with salted egg yolk and pumpkin sauce. Good!
- Fish Maw Thick soup with Seafood: The soup was tasty. The ingredients were also generous and not measly. You can add vinegar and pepper to your own liking. Not bad.
- Duck Roasted with 10 Wonder herbs (Condonopsis Root, Foxglove Root, Liquorice Root, etc): The duck cooked this was touted to revitalise mental stress and promote longevity. The sauce is sweet to taste and I realised that the ‘younger age group of under 30’ preferred the duck prepared this way. I found the sauce a little sweet for my liking and it detracts from the roast duck. I preferred the duck roasted with Angelica Herb.
- Duck Roasted with Angelica Herb: The Angelica Herb health properties include nourishing blood, promote blood circulation amongst others for better health. This was my favourite dish. The duck sauce is salty, not sweet like the duck roasted with 10 wonder herbs. I went for second and third helpings.
- Braised Pork Belly: You get a slab of braised pork belly atop vegetables. The pork belly was cut on the skin in 2cm x 2cm blocks. It was tasty, but a little fatty for my liking. The guys in the group polished it up quickly with their individual bowls of plain white rice.
- Deep Fried Kai Lan with Pork Floss: Sliced Kai Lan stem are sliced, stir-fried and placed in the middle of the serving plate. The leaves of Kai Lan are then finely chopped and deep fried and placed surrounding it, followed by pork floss. This dish was unique and yummy!
- Fried Shrimp Egg: Fried beaten egg with shrimp. It was OK, something that you can cook at home.
- Homemade Wheatgerm Tofu with diced seafood and vegetables: Wheatgerm juice is mixed into the tofu and left to set. It is fried as a block and placed in a serving dish with diced seafood and diced vegetables in a starchy sauce.
- Stir Fried Seafood Bee Hoon with Fish Sauce: I couldn’t really taste the fish sauce, as the noodles were dry. It was alright., with pieces of prawns and squid stirred with the noodles.
- Osmanthus and Wolfberry Jelly: Set in round jelly mounds, the jelly had Osmanthus flowers and wolfberries in it. A nice dessert to round off the meal.
For drinks, I had:
- Chrysanthemum Tea: Unlike chrysanthemum tea that you find elsewhere, this had some herbal taste in it.
- Lime and Sour Plum Drink: Refreshing and the addition of the sour plum added a sweet and sour flavour to the drink. Try it!
It was a good meal at Dian Xiao Er and I will definitely be back again for some of my favourite dishes and try out new ones.
From now till 27th December, book online at HungryGoWhere.com and enjoy a free half duck when you come in a group of four.
At a recent visit, I tried both ducks. There was the ten herb duck, which was a tad sweet and the more traditional herbal duck. Both had its own distinct taste and it was hard to say which one was better.
Other than the duck, I had a bowl of fish maw soup. A tad of salted egg yolk and a touch of starch gave it some heaviness.
I also tried the braised pork belly, which was done really well. The fat was not too flimsy and had a firm bite whilst the meat was really tender.
Then I tried their fried egg (fu yong) which was fluffy with generous portions of shrimp.
For my veggies I had an interesting dish of kai lan stems, seaweed and pork floss. Crunchy with a salty finish.
The carb of the day was a very tasty seafood fried bee hoon which had woke hei.
Dessert was a light herbal jelly to end the meal.
Overall, portions are designed for sharing in a group and the quality of the cooking was good
Had taken up the promo from HGW for a free medium sized herbal roasted duck. Well done , not too salty and portion was reasonable though it was free, not too salty. Also enjoyed the Marmite Superior Chicken Wing which had quite a unique taste. The Sesame Chicken Hunan Style was average. However, the prawn ball with mayo sauce was crunchy and tasted good. One thing I felt was overpriced was the rice-surprise surprise. the bowl was not filled fully and it costs $1.50 a bowl. Maybe to some it's ok but I felt if they were to charge it at that price, then at least have a decently filled bowl.