Love Taiwanese food? So do we. So you could imagine our excitement when we found out that the famous MediaCorp actor Chen Shucheng has opened a hawker stall in Ang Mo Kio selling Taiwanese eats with a modern twist at affordable prices.
Together with local veteran chef Austen Ong, an ex-Chef de Cuisine of Grand Hyatt Singapore, they created The Chinese Kitchen.
With a line up of delicious dishes such as Miso Lu Rou Fan, 13 Spices Crisp-Fried Tofu Lu Rou Fan and Pan Seared Beef Sirloin with OJ Pineapple Sauce, here’s everything you need to know about the new The Chinese Kitchen.
Tucked inside a nondescript S-11 coffee shop, you would not expect to find a stall here by Chen Shucheng and Chef Austen Ong. However, the newspaper articles and pictures of the duo plastered at the side of the stall as well as the long snaking queues are a clear giveaway that this place is more than just your ordinary hawker stall.
We first tried their Miso Lu Ruo Fan (S$4.50). With such an affordable price tag, we honestly weren’t expecting much from the dish. However, we were completely blown away! This simple bowl of goodness was packed with layers of intense flavours that all complemented each other.
The dish used Japanese red miso paste that gave it an interesting taste, as well as made it more savoury than the usual sweeter versions of Lu Ruo Fan. The meat in the dish also had a beautiful melt-in-your-mouth texture which showed that it had been braised for quite some time.
We were also immediately drawn to their Passion Fruit Sweet & Sour Pork with Pearl Rice (S$6.80). What an interesting dish!
Upon the first try, we were a little stunned because we weren’t expecting the pork to be so sour. Don’t get us wrong though, it wasn’t an unpleasant kind of sour. We just were expecting a completely different taste. The subsequent mouthfuls were just wonderful; the taste was so unique and refreshing.
The sauce was delightfully tangy and rich. According to Chef Ong, the sauce is a passionfruit and sparkling grape juice-infused concoction, which explains the unique taste. The pork was also perfectly tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. This dish is a must-try for us, especially for those of you who love all things sour and tart!
Overall, The Chinese Kitchen exceeded our expectations and it was sure worth a trip down to try it. The food here is restaurant quality but at affordable, hawker prices, which is great for people on a budget who need to get their Taiwanese food fix.
The Chinese Kitchen: Taste For Taiwan
Blk 711 S-11 Coffeeshop Stall 12
Ang Mo Kio AVe 8
Sun – Thu: 11am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio