Let’s dive into some Chinese seafood and zhi char today. Here’s a recommendation for one of the better Chinese restaurants I’ve tried out lately. Diamond Kitchen has recently set up its second outlet at Science Park Drive after the success of its first restaurant at Marine Parade.
Here are the highlights of our very satisfying meal.
Price: $$ – $$$
The first dish they served up was this Pumpkin Beancurd ($21).
This homemade beancurd was soft, had a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth texture, and was swimming in a generous serving of glistening pumpkin sauce. The savoury sweetness of the sauce didn’t overwhelm the natural flavours of the tofu and this was topped with some prawns, crabmeat and shredded scallop for added texture.
Next, another special — their Champagne Pork Ribs ($21).
This was well cooked. Soft, tender and juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside. The champagne taste was subtle, but the sauce was generally tasty and coated the fried meat in a light glaze.
After that meaty goodness, we were served a clay pot vegetable dish. An old classic — the Three Eggs Chinese Spinach ($18).
This was subtle, the spinach not overcooked, and had great flavour from the garlic and lard cubes. What a sinful but genius idea to take the dish to a whole new level.
Next, the Salted Egg Chicken ($21).
I love all things salted egg, and this one did not disappoint. Quite like the Champagne ribs, the meat was cooked well, arrived piping hot and crispy and was coated in a powdery sticky layer of beautiful salted egg yolk. The curry leaves and chilli padi added a welcome kick as well.
Now for the main event — the house signature Gan Xiang Crab (seasonal price).
The gan xiang sauce is made of more than 30 different herbs and spices and packs a real punch. It’s the kind of sauce that leaves you wanting more. The flavours really hit you hard, the spice lingers and while its a little heavy, still somehow brings out the sweetness of the crab meat. Go with the Gan Xiang Fried Rice as well if you like your food spicy. My mom was hooked!
And finally, to put out the fires in our bellies — the Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon ($21).
This dish was everything I hoped it would be. Comforting, light but full of flavour. The clams were fresh, the noodles glided down our throats and you can’t really go wrong with a superior broth that just comforts and leaves our tummies warm.
We barely had room for dessert. But here’s one for the road — the refreshing Lemongrass Jelly ($5).
I wasn’t a particularly big fan of this but it was a nice refreshing end to a really satisfying meal. My parents were happy, my sister enjoyed the food and it was an all round worthwhile experience. Definitely great for family gatherings or casual meals and also, if you work around the area, they do a quick and budget lunch set as well. Happy eating!
Science Park Branch
87 Science Park Drive
#01-01 Oasis (Previously known as Science Hub)
Tel: 6464 0410
Fax: 6464 0412