If you are looking for delicious legit Herbal Roast Duck and a Chinese restaurant suitable for family meals, Dian Xiao Er has opened a new outlet at City Square Mall.
Compared to other Dian Xiao Er restaurants, this City Square Mall outlet has a more modern, contemporary look, but still retains aspects of its signature Chinese inn décor.
Do you know that Dian Xiao Er has been around for 20 years?
It has grown into one of the most renowned household names with 15 restaurants around Singapore, famed its value-for-money spread of dishes including Roasted Iberico Char Siew, Ginseng Kampong Chicken, and Soy Pudding.
If you have not been there in a while, here are 12 of the recommended Dian Xiao Er dishes for a comforting meal:
Duck Roasted with Angelica Herb ($17.60 for quarter, $33.60 for half, $45.90 for three quarters, $58.90 for whole)
The finest and freshest Cherry Valley ducks are prepared and roasted daily by the Dian Xiao Er team.
First, the duck is marinated with a range of herbs and spices for hours. Next, the duck is roasted in the oven, under the right temperature, to crisp its skin and retain its juices at the same time.
The result was a delectable dish of duck with beautiful golden-brown with skin that was crisp to the touch. In contrast, the flesh remained moist and tender at the same time, not gamey at all.
The duck would be paired with a specially concocted herbal sauce – you can choose from Dang Gui (Angelica Herb), Shi Quan (Ten Wonder Herbs) and Pao Shen (Wild Ginseng).
The most popular choice would be the Dang Gui, which is my personal favourite as well. The juicy roasted duck, complemented by the nourishing herbal sauce, was a mouth-watering temptation hard to resist. Good to go with a bowl of rice.
Roasted Iberico Char Siew ($13.90 for 10pcs, $20.90 for 15pcs, $27.60 for 20pcs)
Another must-order is the Cantonese-style Roasted Char Siew which was caramelised on the outside with a layer of char. Iberico pork is used as the meat is known for its succulent, rich taste.
The lean pork remained moist and tender, and customers can request for a fatter cut if preferred and available.
Signature Wheatgrass Tofu with Seafood ($16.60 for S, $33.20 for L)
A unique rendition of a bean curd, this signature dish is a silky jade green-tinged homemade tofu infused with wheatgrass extract.
Served with a topping of prawns, scallops, broccoli, and other veggies in a light, velvety sauce.
What I enjoyed about the tofu was that the inside was soft and sauce quite healthy and homely-tasting.
Hotplate Fiery Sambal Squid & Prawns with Petai ($18.90 for S, $28.30 for M, $37.90 for L)
A generous portion of squid and prawns are left sizzling on a hotplate, with a tantalising duo of petai and house-made sambal sauce.
The dish had a slight fiery kick, brought by the sambal sauce that had the right balance of spiciness and sweetness.
The seafood itself was flavourful with the right bite, complemented but not overpowered by the sambal sauce.
While the addition of petai (bitter beans) may be an acquired taste for some, I found that the combination of slight bitter petai and spicy seafood could be quite shiok to have.
Sliced Garoupa in Assam Style ($23.90 for S, $35.90 for M, $47.90 for L)
The star of the show here is the fresh garoupa, sliced into large pieces. You could taste the freshness of the meat from its tenderness and sweetness.
Savour the sweet fish with the addictive Assam gravy. The spices that go into Assam create a complex flavour profile, with ample acidity, sweetness and spiciness.
The ladyfinger and aubergine soak up the broth generously, giving you a possible flavour bomb each time you bite into them.
This is a hearty dish to have on a rainy day. Paired with a bowl of rice, the dish warms up your body like no other.
Ginseng Kampong Chicken ($16.90 for dine-in, $15.90 for frozen vacuum pack)
This dish is prepared using kampong chicken marinated with a revitalising potpourri of ginseng, angelica, Chinese yam, red dates and wolfberries.
Then, it would be meticulously steamed and roasted for hours, creating this wholesome dish.
Kampong chickens have firmer and more tender meat than regular chickens. This is perfect for the dish, as the meat is not tough at all even after being cooked for hours.
While the gravy could be slightly bitter to begin with, its aftertaste was sweet and lingers.
The Ginseng Kampong Chicken is also available in Frozen Vacuum Packs ($15.90 for half chicken) that you can conveniently prepare at home by simple defrosting and steaming to be served hot and enjoyed.
For takeaways or delivery via https://dianxiaoer.oddle.me/en_SG/.
Stewed Pork Ribs with Yam & Shiitake Mushrooms ($18.90 for S, $28.30 for M, $37.90 for L)
You should find the pieces of tender pork ribs with a mild, almost sweet flavour, complemented with the aromatic and earthy Shiitake mushrooms and starchy and soft yam.
Prawns with Chinese Celery Sauce ($19.90 for S, $29.90 for M, $39.90 for L)
These appetising prawns are flash-fried to the right texture, then tossed in a one-of-a-kind Chinese celery sauce.
Even if you are not the biggest fan of celery, the fresh-earthy taste came across quite gently and not overly pronounced.
Crispy Otah Charcoal Dough Fritters ($7.30)
This relatively new dish of delightfully-crisp Chinese fried dough fritters aka youtiao may remind you of “Sotong Youtiao”, but made dramatic with the addition of charcoal to darken their colour.
Lotus Roots, Sweet Pea, Water Chestnut with Macadamia Nuts and Gingko ($15.30 for S, $22.90 for M, $30.60 for L)
A mix of vegetables and nuts, this colourful stir-fry combines the mild taste and pleasantly sweet flavour of lotus root with crunchy macadamia nuts, sweet peas and water chestnuts.
Ten Wonder Shredded Duck Porridge ($10.90)
Served in a claypot, this thick rice porridge is made with delicious shredded slivers of roasted duck as main meat.
Boosted with Ten Wonder Herbs (the same used for the duck), this congee includes revitalising ingredients such as condonopsis root, foxglove root, licorice root, and seven other invigorating herbs.
Silky Smooth Soy Pudding ($1.80)
A classic done well, the chilled soy pudding was filled with the fragrance of soybeans and not too sugary.
Often, soy puddings are overpowered with the syrup or the sweetness and loses the aroma of the soybeans. It is not the case here.
Each spoonful of soy pudding quite literally melts in your mouth. There is no better way to end a meal than on a sweet note like this. Good to takeaway some home too.
Parent’s Day Special 2022 Set Menus
If you intend to dine with your family, look out for three special Parents’ Day Set Menu, available from 29 April to 19 June 2022.
The Gratitude Set ($108++ onwards depending on number of pax) features the signature item of Herbal Roast Duck – choose from Dang Gui (Angelica Herb), Shi Quan (Ten Wonder Herbs) and Pao Shen (Wild Ginseng).
The other course depends on the number of diners, and can include Fish Maw Thick Soup with Conpoy & Seafood, Braised Prawn Paste & Mushrooms with Beancurd Topped with Bonito Flakes, Bi Feng Tang Style Pork Ribs, Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crab with Chef’s Special Pumpkin Sauce Lettuce with Oyster Sauce Garlic Chives with Cordyceps Flower & Fresh Lily Bulb, “Dong Po” Braised Pork Belly, Steamed Fish Slices Seabass with Spicy Bean Paste or Steamed Fish Slices Seabass with Soy Sauce, Marmite Chicken Thigh, and Prawns with Chinese Celery Sauce or Crispy Prawns with Cereal.
There is also the Longevity Set ($138++ onwards depending on no of pax) with highlights of Deep Fried Soft-Shell Crab served with Chef’s Special Pumpkin Sauce, Bi Feng Tang Style Pork Ribs, Broccoli with Scallops, and Claypot Boneless Chicken & Shallots.
HSBC Dining Deal: Get a $15 return voucher with min. subtotal spend of S$30 in a single receipt.
T&Cs: Valid till 30 Sep 2022. Other T&Cs apply.
Dian Xiao Er – City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall #03-37/38, Singapore 208539
Other Dian Xiao Er outlets:
Bedok Mall: 311 New Upper Changi Road, #01-73/74, Bedok Mall, Singapore 467360
Causeway Point: 1 Woodlands Square #05-11, Causeway Point Singapore 738099
Hillion Mall: 17 Petir Road, #01-08, Hillion Mall, Singapore 678278
JEM: 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #03-08, Jem, Singapore 608549
Jewel Changi Airport: 78 Airport Boulevard, #B2-229, Jewel Changi Airport Singapore 819666
Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place, #B1-07, Junction 8 Singapore 579837
Jurong Point: 63 Jurong West Central 3, #B1-57/58/59, Jurong Point, Singapore 648331
Lot One: 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, #B1-32/33, Lot One, Singapore 689812
Marina Square: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-200, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Northpoint City: 930 Yishun Avenue 2, #02-06, Northpoint City, North Wing Singapore 769098
Serangoon NEX: 23 Serangoon Central, #02-09/10, NEX, Singapore 556083
Tampines One: 10 Tampines Central 1, #04-15, Tampines 1 Singapore 529536
VivoCity: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-138/9, VivoCity Singapore 098585
Waterway Point: 83 Punggol Central, #01-30, Waterway Point, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: All outlets (except Jewel):
11:30am – 3pm Last order 2:30pm, 4.30pm – 9:30pm Last order 9pm (Mon – Fri)
11am – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Jewel: 11:30am – 9:30pm Last order 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30pm – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Fri), 11am – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Dian Xiao Er is offering islandwide delivery at $5.90 (with min $40 spent, Even PH/PH surcharge applies): https://dianxiaoer.oddle.me/en_SG/
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Dian Xiao Er.