Located along River Valley Road is an affordable Zi Char restaurant by the name of Guan Kitchen. Recently, Guan Kitchen has launched a brand new menu featuring delectable dishes and a few bloggers has been invited to try out their dishes.
The restaurant is lined with wooden furniture and thus exudes a congenial vibe. Families and friends can gather here for private occasions while larger parties can sit around the two round tables, which can accommodate up to 8 person.
It's more comfortable to savour the mouth-watering cuisines in a new-age and air-conditioned place rather than outside in the coffee shop. The cuisines served are all artfully plated with a western inspired presentation. The kitchen is helmed by Malaysian chefs, who collectively have over 15 years of experience,
We were served the Crisp Fried Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk (S$15) as a starter. Each fish skin is thinly sliced and coated with the luscious salted egg yolk for a crunchy bite. The seasoning that they used is specially imported from Nanyang and is a little spicy.
Next, the Sautéed Lotus Roots with Macadamia (S$15) was served. A light and healthy dish, it's a combination of peapods, carrots and celery that complements the lotus roots.
One of the signature dishes here is the Lemongrass Pork Ribs (S$22) whereby the pork ribs were glazed with their homemade lemongrass sauce. Chopped nuts are added to create another depth of flavour to the dish.
The Deep-Fried Pork with Fermented Bean Paste (S$15) is a must try dish. The meat is juicy with the right amount of fatty meat with the deep fried garlic to enhance the taste. The aromatic Hua Tiao Chiew rice wine is added to complete the dish.
The Homemade Preserved Radish Beancurd (S$13.80) is one of my favourite dish. Fried salted radish and small chilli padi brings out the flavour to the silky tofu. The beancurd skin is thinly fried to a golden brown which rested in a pool of moreish sauce.
Next up is The Chicken Soup with Chinese Yam Inshinabe - Half Chicken (S$25). A comfort food as the tender chicken meat is richly infused with the Ginseng Chicken Soup.
The last dish that was served to us is The House Special (S$38). A big pot of thick and flavourful broth with Red Grouper, pickles and tomatoes. The broth taste a bit sour and spicy which is kind of appetizing. The line-up of house specials changes occasionally so one can expect a new surprise each time they visit the restaurant.
Guan Kitchen also has a collection of premium wines. Wash all the yummy food down with their red or white wines such as Trapiche Pure Malbec (Argentina), Mandarin Duck Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand).
Big thanks to Meryl for bringing me along. I really enjoyed this great dinner. If you are nearby, do drop by Guan Kitchen for a comfort meal. It's opened daily from 11 am to 12 am.
225 River Valley Road
Telephone: 6333 6003