Jin Ho Mia – “The Good Life” Hotpot With Flavourful Soup, Seafood, Sio Bak And Instant Noodles
Interesting, what’s with all the Hokkien-named restaurants of late? Jiakpalang, Jiak Kang Tang, Jiak, Kueh Ho Jiak, Chiak, Ho-Jiak.
The first one or two can be cute. But after too many similar-sounding ones, differentiation and branding can be tricky.
“Jin Ho Mia” which means “a really good life” in Hokkien is sister restaurant to Soi Thai Soi Nice and Atmosphere Bistro. It is located at Alexandra Retail Centre Level 2.
Even though you already have an inkling of what it sells from the photos and previous reviews, can you imagine what a restaurant called “Jin Ho Mia” should offer?
I imagine an OTT eatery selling luxe food (lobsters, crab porridge), with gold thrown in. You get gold flakes on cakes and softserve, why not the rest?
Well, Jin Ho Mia in reality offers rice bowls in the day such as Tom Yum Pao Fan ($14.80), Salmon Poke Bowl ($14.80) and Sweet and Sour Chicken Bowl ($13.80) to cater to those seeking a fuss free lunch; and hot pots with a range of soup bases at night.
During dinner time, you can look forward to the Tok Kong Pot ($48.80), Ah Boy Pot ($33.80 – opening special price at $28.80), and Giam Pui Pot ($28.80).
Again, I think the names are interesting (I am Hokkien by the way), but wonder what else can be done for better recall.
The Tok Kong Pot (which means “out of this world” in Hokkien) features the colossal “Jin Ho Mia Monster” (Alaskan King Crab) accompanied with a hearty portion of seafood ingredients such as sweet, juicy Tiger Prawns and Flower Clams.
I had the Ah Boy Pot ($33.80 for two pax), the name a play on the words “Xiao Xian Rou” – which can mean both fresh meat, and a young + cute + hunky guy.
Included in the pot are Roasted Pork and Luncheon Meat – that is processed meat right, not “Xiao Xian Rou”? Along with Pork Balls, Lobster Balls, Bacon, Chicken Chipolata, Long Cabbage, Enoki Mushroom, Onsen Egg, Instant Noodles and other miscellaneous ingredients.
This reminded me of a Chinese style of Budae Jjigae (army stew) as some of the ingredients seemed similar.
A must try soup broth is the signature Fish Broth simmered for more than eight hours, looked clear but was flavourful. Somewhat towards the saltier side, I didn’t quite mind that as several of the ingredients were plainer tasting anyway.
I liked the time when the cabbage became soft and added some natural sweetness into the soup, appetising with instant noodles.
Other selections include Tom Yum Broth, Chicken Broth, Tomato Broth and a quirky Cheese Broth.
I don’t mind trying out other Jin Ho Mia pots, but wished there were smaller, individual pots instead of just sharing portions.
The Thais can make their Mama Pots go viral and popular, so why not this?
Jin Ho Mia
Alexandra Retail Centre, 460 Alexandra Road #02-20, Singapore 119963
Tel: +65 6352 7725
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3.30pm and 5.30pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri)
11.30am –10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
January 08, 2018