DaXi 大喜 is an Asian fusion restaurant that also offers Taiwanese-style items such as Lu Rou Fan and Pancake with Pork Floss; and some noodle and rice sets in which you cannot exactly pinpoint where they originate from.
It reminds me of other dumpling shops such as Yu Ba Fang 御八方 to a certain extent, except that DaXi is a proper sit-down restaurant while the later is a kiosk-concept.
The signature dumplings are supposedly freshly handmade daily and come in three flavours – Original Pork ($10.80), Salted Egg Pork ($11.80) and Japanese Mushroom ($10.80) of five pieces in each plate.
They are cooked in three different styles as well, in chicken broth, boiled or pan-fried.
Reviews so far have been pretty mixed though, surprisingly coming at both ends of the spectrum – many 5* and also enough 1* for an online scroller to catch some attention.
The pan-fried Original Pork Dumplings ($10.80 for 5 pcs) required a 20 minutes’ wait as informed by the server, though in reality it took about 35 minutes. Still okay, though the restaurant wasn’t that crowded when I visited.
The outside looked really promising with the crispy base and fillings looking sufficiently plump.
However, after taking a bite, the excitement quickly dwindled as the inner meat fillings were rather cold, let alone mention juicy.
We were given a replacement plate, in which these dumplings came warm, though on the much greasier side (I suspect they were trying to ‘compensate’ some way for the earlier version.)
Another friend thought that the meat texture reminded her of ‘siew mai’ and not her preferred.
Getting Lu Rou Fan ($5.80) ‘right’ is usually a little tricky.
While I did think their Braised Pork Rice did not have the Taiwanese savour – meat could be more braised and rice fluffy (amongst others), it was a decent-okay bowl.
The Spinach with Assorted Egg ($8.80) came with the vegetables a tad overcooked and thus tasting ‘old’, while the base soup tasted surprisingly bland especially if you compare this to what many other good Chinese restaurants offer.
The Chive Egg Pancake with Pork Floss ($6.80) was probably my favourite dish overall (surprisingly) if I had to choose, with no major faults but nothing very much out of the ordinary.
Perhaps the brand opened too fast, too many, and hopefully they can keep food quality more consistent really soon. Because many Singaporeans really like their dumplings.
DaXi 大喜 – VivoCity
1 HarbourFront Walk #02-83/83A, 84 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #B1-19/20 AMK Hub, Singapore 569933
238 Thomson Road #01-08 Velocity@Novena Square, Singapore 307683