The very mention of New Ubin Seafood may bring up fond memories of their U.S. Angus Rib-eye Steak, “Heart Attack” Fried Rice, and Hokkien Mee in the ‘kampong‘ environment at Sin Ming.
That was one of my favourite places to dine at back then.
Though to be honest, the zi char brand seems to be quite off-the-radar in recent years, especially considering it was previously listed with a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Perhaps because the restaurants moved quite a number of times even for regulars to catch up. Previously with restaurant locations at Hillview and Tampines, both have closed.
If you are keeping track, there are still two New Ubin Seafood outlets at CHIJMES and Zhongshan Park (within Ramada by Wyndham Singapore).
You may be surprised to know that there is a new “Ubin Express” outlet at City Gate, which has taken over Lam’s Garden.
City Gate houses F&Bs such as Dori’s Devilishly Delicious Curry, ahan Thai, Sove, Evan’s Kitch, Ubin Express, Ru’s Kitchen, and Avolato.
The menu of this express eatery is rather lean, comprising of four ‘carby’ mains of Egg Fried Jasmine Rice ($6), Authentic Heart Attack Fried Rice ($6.50), Singapore Style Mee Goreng ($7) and Boss Bee Hoon ($7).
There is an option to top up with grilled chicken, house-smoked pork, or seasoned prawns at an additional cost of $0.80 to $1.30.
The most-known item of New Ubin Seafood is the Heart Attack Fried Rice ($6.50), therefore it is expected that many would order it.
Strange that “authentic” is included in its current name…perhaps to suggest that they were the first to come up with this dish.
As to how the fried rice gets its name, colours and taste, it is fried together with beef fats and dark soy sauce.
The express version was decent, though the wok-hei was expectedly not as strong as what you would get in the main store.
Customers can top-up $1 for ingredients such as tobiko, white mushrooms, shimeji, broccoli, chicken sausage, flavoured crab leg, bell pepper or sous vide egg.
Well, I did order a sous vide egg. Anyway, moving on…
The Boss Bee Hoon ($7) which was something I would order from time to time, had wok-fried rice vermicelli with egg, chye sim, fish cake.
It had a strong black sauce taste throughout. Thankfully, was not too oily and was still considered okay for its price.
There were also deep-fried sides, including Luncheon Meat Fries ($8), Har Cheong Kai ($10), Hei Chor ($10), and Squid Paste Youtiao ($10).
I remembered that the Prawn Rolls ordered previously was moist with water chestnut fillings.
This, unfortunately was mainly starchy and tasted like the fillings lacked a good proportion of real meat.
An express outlet understandably provides a smaller menu from the main restaurant, but should the dishes be a paler form in terms of taste?
Service was attentive though.
371 Beach Road, City Gate #02-29, Singapore 199597
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon