I’ve been to Xin Yuan Ji twice for lunch with colleagues. The first time I had their clear fish soup for $8.80.
It was really fantastic. And i was happy paying $8.80 for the bowl of superbly fresh fish.
2nd time was even better – I had their curry lunch set!
Seriously the best curry I have ever tasted in recent years. The spicy level was just right – the gravy thickness was just right for the rice and I was freaking happily bloated after the whole meal.
So I suggested to Belle that we shall go Xin Yuan Ji again for her birthday dinner. Belle’s birthday dinner last year was at Running Man Restaurant and we had a bit too much to drink hahaha, so we said that this year we shall be good girls and just have Ah Chew Dessert after that!
And that was last week. We got a table immediately as we were early. Reached there at about 615pm. It was just the 2 of us, so we just ordered the Nonya Fish Head and the Prawn Paste Chicken. We wanted some space for dessert!
Now, the curry set lunch is not served during dinner. But in the dinner menu, they have 2 kinds of curry. Nonya Fish Head and Assam Fish Curry. As the curry set lunch definitely did not taste assam to us, I ordered the Nonya Fish Head that night and believed that it was the same as the one I had for lunch.
The Prawn Paste Chicken arrived, piping hot and crispy.
All ready to be devoured. The chilli sauce provided at the side of the dish looks very very shiok too. It’s probably belachan chilli – ooohhh my favourite!
Verdict of the chicken – I quite liked it. But again, it did not win the ones I had at Hooked on Heads!
Rice was quite a lot…….. curry without rice is sin.
and our Ms Belle had to have her chilli padi.
Nonya Curry Fish Head arrived and my first thought was – why look so different from the one i had for lunch leh?
I took a sip of the gravy and immediately knew that it was different. THIS ONE TASTED SOUR! I got the waitress here and asked “Does this Nonya Fish Head normally taste sour?”
She paused for a nano-second and went “Ya usually, a bit sour” in Mandarin.
Me: I came here to have lunch that day and I had your curry set. Not the same?
Her: No, the lunch one is Assam Curry.
I settled at that but in my heart, I was like, SIMI SAI?! English translation = WHAT THE XXX?
The lunch curry was DEFINITELY NOT ASSAM coz it was not sour at all. Does the restaurant have problems differentiating the different curries?
Anyway, this Nonya Fish Head that we had during dinner was a very weird curry. It was sour and the flavour simply wasn’t there. The gravy was very very thick, as you can see in the next picture..
See, the gravy stayed put on top of the rice and did not seep in at all lor. I had to mix it. Argh. Even Belle said it was just OKAY.
Bad….very bad… Only good thing about this dish was that the fish was fresh.
Aiyo the whole purpose of eating curry was to have that gravy mah!
very buay song after the dinner. Got so full for such a mediocre dish – waste of calories leh. Sigh I really should have asked when I ordered la!
We proceeded to Ah Chew Dessert and got a nice corner table. We ordered THREE desserts coz the dinner was just too dak-shiok!
As you know, Ah Chew is a very dim place…so I did my best to brighten it up!
We had Orh Bee Buh (Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk) which was HEAVENLY!!! I don’t know when was the last time I had this – so Belle and i enjoyed it so much.
We then moved on to the one on the top left – some cold chestnut dessert with egg white which Belle always orders when she’s there… She enjoyed it as usual. I tried it for the first time and I went “Errr it’s funny.” Somehow the egg white taste is too strong and egg whites taste strange when they are sweet.
It’s JUST ME.
The last one – durian sago. It was very good, but we didn’t finish it coz we were TOO FULL. hahahha. GREEDY.
I went back to work the next day and re-confirmed with my colleagues who also had that curry set lunch – they all said it was not assam curry. I shall go back soon and clarify!