Named after the most diverse province in China, YUN NANS is a casual Chinese restaurant specialising in Yunnan ethnic highland cuisines.
It has three outlets in Singapore, at Jewel Changi Airport, Westgate Singapore, and Serangoon NEX.
It is the first overseas foray of Yun Hai Yao 云海肴, a Yunnan restaurant chain from Beijing.
Established in 2009, it has become the largest chain of Yunnan restaurants with over 200 outlets in China.
True to its name, YUN NANS sources its ingredients from native homeland, Yunnan Province. Its highlands provide fresh produce used for specialties like Steamed Pot Chicken Soup and Braised Wild Porcini Mushrooms.
These well-loved Yun Hai Yao signature dishes, plus Singapore-exclusive menu items, are what you can expect at YUN NANS. Here are 10 new YUN NANS items to try at its NEX outlet:
1. Crispy Duck with Dried Chillies 香酥鸭 ($15.90)
The Chong Qing style of “La Zi Ji” – crispy chicken with spicy dried chillies needs little introduction for Sichuan food lovers.
You would find this “Xiang Su Ya” familiar, yet different.
Made only from fresh duck, this spicy and fragrant dish uses specially hand-deboned duck meat.
For eating convenience, it is cut into bite-sized strips and deep-fried to a delightful crisp. I would recommend eating when it is just served to better appreciate the fluffy crunchy outer layer.
Tender on the inside and with a crunchy exterior, the strips are stir-fried with two other special components – Yunnan-sourced broad beans which give the dish some crunch; and chillies from Yunnan’s Qiubei county.
2. Poached Seabass in Spicy Pickled Vegetable Broth 老坛酸菜鱼 ($28.90)
This white fish’s mild, delicate flavour and subtle sweetness is contrasted with a spicy pickled vegetable broth.
Two kinds of veggies are pickled to provide an interesting blend of flavours: Yunnan’s mustard greens and chillies.
Together, they are fried with ground fresh chilies to form a tangy piquant soup base, but I didn’t find it too spicy at all.
What’s different is also its varied cooking treatment to the fish – the head is specifically deep-fried for that crisp; while the sliced fish is poached to retain its form and fresh QQ bite.
Accordingly, only the freshest fishes are used (no fishes are kept till the next day), and only a limited number is served per day.
Completing the poached seabass dish are soft vermicelli and tofu.
3. Stir-Fried Dragon Chives with Yunnan Beancurd Skin 云南豆皮炒青龙菜 ($12.90)
Don’t miss this dish featuring beancurd skin which is specially imported from Yunnan.
Taste how this delicate soybean product is made with well water from Shiping County at Yunnan’s Honghe Prefecture.
With no additives, the beancurd skin is as natural as it can be.
Only the flavour of stir-fried dragon chives are combined to add a natural sweetness to the dish.
4. Charcoal Grilled Wheat Pumpkin 烤云南小麦瓜 ($7.90)
Explore highland cuisine further and try a rendition of the wheat pumpkin, an extremely common produce in Yunnan.
Especially air-flown to Singapore, the wheat pumpkins carry a unique texture – somewhere between a pumpkin and a gourd.
This dish entails grilling the fleshy pumpkin meat over charcoals to bring out its natural sweetness. Served sprinkled with a special blend of Yunnan spices.
5. Stir Fried Yunnan Rice Noodles with Assorted Seafood 海鲜虾汤炒米线 ($12.90)
You may find the appearance of this dish looking very familiar… like our local favourite Hokkien Mee.
Except that this stir-fried noodle dish highlights the popular rice noodles – mixian, ubiquitous to Yunnan.
This rendition tosses the noodles into an assortment of seafood like fresh prawns and squid, plus some specially-made chilli with a touch of tanginess on the side.
What makes this dish extra special is cooking it with YUN NAN’s signature broth. The broth is made with fresh tiger prawns, the flavourful broth is simmered for over an hour to intensify its flavour.
This YUN NANS style of “Hokkien Mee” thus have a rich, flavourful taste to it.
6. Steam Pot Chicken Soup with Yunnan Red Mushrooms (Single Portion) 大红菌汽锅鸡 ($13.90)
YUN NANS’s signature Steam Pot Chicken Soup is umami-fied, made more fragrant, and slightly red with these Yunnan Red Mushrooms.
Home to over 5,000 types of mushrooms, Yunnan is tagged as the “Kingdom of Mushrooms” offering its wild red mushrooms for this dish.
What’s unique to this chicken soup is that it is been brewed without using water.
What you get is a clear, un-greasy chicken essence, made from pressure-steaming chicken leg with the mushrooms for 3 hours.
The other good news is this Steam Pot Soup is now available in a single portion, suitable for individual diners.
7. Deep Fried Pork Fillet with Homemade Spicy Dip 香炸小酥肉 ($9.90)
If you love the fried flavour of pork, order this appetiser featuring a golden-brown pork fillet served with a homemade dip.
The seasoned and marinated pork is deep-fried ‘til its exterior is crunchy but inside is still juicy.
Bite into its crispiness or dip a slice to the accompanying sauce, a green dip popular in Yunnan for its spicy and sour notes.
8. Sautéed Asparagus with Golden Fungus and Mushroom 金耳花菇炒芦笋 ($14.90)
This veggie dish showcases the Golden Fungus, a wild mushroom found in Yunnan highlands.
Offering high nutritional value plus collagen to help boost immunity and skin glow, the chewy-textured Golden Fungus is sautéed with fresh, crunchy asparagus spears.
This delightful contrast in textures and flavours make this a popular vegetarian option.
9. Poached Seafood Rice in Prawn Broth 海鲜虾汤泡饭 ($18.80)
YUN NAN’s Golden Poached Rice with Seafood in Prawn Broth aka Pao Fan makes a return, with poached rice along with fresh seafood such as clams and prawns, cooked in YUN NAN’s signature prawn broth.
The dish is then topped with crispy rice pops.
What I found was the broth had both the sweetness and freshness of the seafood, but didn’t go overly rich. There was quite a bit of rice given, so I won’t say this is a broth-heavy dish.
Other than the flavours of the broth, its strength was the crunchiness of the rice pops, which added a good interplay of textures.
10. Brown Sugar Jelly Served with Rose Puree 玫瑰红糖冰粉 ($6.90)
Cap off your meal with a Yunnan local street snack-inspired dish best enjoyed on a warm, summer day.
This dessert is a house-made jelly coated with brown sugar syrup.
Made from hand-fried brown sugar from Yunnan, the sweetener is fried with local gula melaka to develop a deeper caramelised flavour and boiled down to create the brown sugar syrup.
Enjoy it accompanied with a special house-made rose petal puree.
– 20% off for walk-in takeaways
– 15% off with promo code ‘YN15’ for Oddle exclusive sets as follows:
– Seafood Set Menu for 4 pax at $108.80 (UP: $128)
– Signature Set Menu for 4 pax at $138 (UP $162.35)
– DELUXE Set for 6 pax at $172 (UP $202.20)
– DELUXE Set for 8-10 pax at $241.40 (UP $284)
YUN NANS Delivery
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YUN NANS – NEX
23 Serangoon Central #B1-15 NEX Singapore 556083
Tel: +65 6970 7883
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
YUN NANS – Jewel
Jewel Changi Airport, #02-217 Singapore 819666
Tel: +65 6908 3677
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
YUN NANS – Westgate
3 Gateway Drive #03-07 Westgate Singapore 608532
Tel: +65 6970 9891
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
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