Xin Wang Hong Kong Café at Marina Square
Xin Wang Hong Kong Café has introduced a new menu for a limited period. If you visit any of the Xin Wang restaurants from now until the end of March, you would notice the fun new dishes.
The eye-catching menu boasts colourful visuals and cute illustrations that will whet your appetite before you even start your meal!
All dishes have been given creative Chinese names. For example, the chicken cutlet rice is named 鸡 ‘怕’ 饭 (literally meaning the chicken is afraid of the rice), a play on the original Chinese name 鸡扒饭. These puns will amuse those who are proficient in the Mandarin language.
To complement the fun theme, the new orange float is composed of a fizzy orange soda with a playful scattering of sweet mandarin orange slices. A scoop of vanilla ice cream provides the final touch. The fresh and juicy orange slices add a zesty punch that cuts the richness of the ice cream.
Xin Wang Hong Kong Café now offers 2 soups.
The homely lotus peanut soup comprises sliced lotus, peanuts, chicken feet, wolfberry and tender pieces of chicken meat. It is slightly murky with a full-on flavour.
The watercress soup is clear yet flavourful, and similarly comes with chicken feet, wolfberry and a generous portion of chicken meat. This healthy soup is light on the palate with a distinctive homely flavour.
As for the mains, one of which that impresses is the chicken cutlet butter rice.
The butter rice is fragrant, soft and moist without being mushy. Though deep fried, the crusty chicken cutlet isn’t overly greasy. You may be surprised that it can be so tender on the inside, while remaining crispy till the very last bite. The scrumptious chicken hardly needs a condiment, but if you need one, it comes with a sweet sauce.
Another new rice dish is the fermented pork with rice (S$8.90) that is dressed with curry gravy. The curry is thick and rich without being too cloying. I even tried pairing the gravy with the chicken cutlet rice and the result was amazing!
If you’re looking for a kick, the spicy chicken hot pot rice will stimulate your taste buds. Served in a claypot, the chicken is evenly cooked and well-coated with a deliciously piquant sauce, commingled with a host of aromatics. Tender squares of deep-fried tofu can be found amidst the chicken chunks, nestled on a bed of rice.
The spicy beef beehoon soup includes a generous portion of beef slices and a pair of handmade beef balls. The dark clear broth is robust in flavour. Kissed gently with spices, it is just enough to invigorate the palate without being nose-searing hot.
The sizeable beef balls are so tender and toothsome, I wish we could order them as a separate dish; just the two sure aren’t enough to satisfy a craving! If the dish was available with the option of noodles instead of just rice vermicelli, it would probably appeal to a wider audience.
Notable ingredients in the seafood tofu with chilli crab sauce are the fish fillet, succulent prawns, squid and crabsticks. The large pieces of tofu have a texture similar to tau pok (fried tofu) – dry and chewy, rather than a smooth, melt-in-the-mouth texture. Due to its size, it does not inherit much flavour from the delicious sauce.
The chilli crab sauce, on the other hand, will get you hooked! An egg that is added into the sauce acts as a thickener while providing a smooth, velvety texture that syncs with the luscious sauce.
The Friends Platter is good for 2 to 3 to share. The crispy spring rolls with prawn filling are simply mouth-watering. The lightly battered fishballs with a roe filling within is a must-try!
Other components on the platter include jellyfish, abalone slices coated with a sweet dressing and clams topped with fish roe.
For desserts, the mango sago ‘n’ pomelo cream is a nice alternative to the usual carbohydrate-loaded dessert. Diced fresh mango is scattered atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream, sitting on a mango purée base. This portion is good for two to share.
While digging into the dessert, you will find soft and chewy sago balls that are larger than normal, and highly addictive!
If you get a craving late at night, Xin Wang Hong Kong Café is an ideal spot as most outlets open till late. With 16 outlets island-wide, you won’t have to travel far to grab a bite. Do head down and try the fun new menu while it lasts!
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