Thursday, May 19, 2022

Dian Xiao Er

Dian Xiao Er @ Tampines One, delicious Dang Gui roasted duck

Dian Xiao Er 店小二, an ancient job to describe the waiters working for the inn or ke chang 客栈, it is the coffeeshop equivalent in the modern time.

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The antique wine jars, wooden dining set, red silky fibre, ancient red lanterns and the Xiao Er outfit worn by the waitresses, every space and thing have been transformed into an ancient quirky Chinese timber shed inn.

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The fascinating rustic ambiance and the back to the ancient time is ideally for a comfort meal in a setting that allows ones move away from the modern exacerbation. Interestingly, quite a few tables were taken up by solo diner, seemingly enjoying the moment of old time tranquility.

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We settled with the set menu.

Roasted Duck with Ten Wonder Herb

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This is not our first visit to Dian Xiao Er, we tried the dang gui (Chinese Angelica Root) duck before and decided to try the ten wonder Chinese herb for a change.

Roasted daily with naturally bred Cherry Valley ducks, savour Dian Xiao Er’s signature Herbal Roast Duck popular with its tender and juicy flesh topped with a crisp golden brown skin. Choice of sauce is doused over the duck to create different flavour. By comparison, we are adamantly sticking to our favorite dang Gui duck, the enthralling of the flavourful herb just irresistible.

Roasted Duck with Angelica Herb

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The roasted duck looked ordinary but the taste was speculative, the savoring of delicate and exquisite aroma of the herb lingered tantalizingly. The herb taste is not too faint but good enough to pack the duck with the right flavour.

Mongolian Spare Ribs

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Tenderly ribs marinated in the mildly spicy sauce, sinfully flavoursome and got us hooked.

Pork Rib Soup

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The soup have gone through long hours of simmering to extract all the goodness from the corn and pork ribs, making the soup into a bowl of salivating delicacy.

Nai Bai in egg white broth

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The veggies were cooked in the gravy of egg white and corn starch, a simple dish and yet delectable. Cruncy veggies adorning the egg white broth add lovely warmth to the dish.

Hong Kong Fish Slice

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Conventional light fish soy sauce was used in the steamed of the fish slice. The snakehead fish was a tab too hard and a sign of overcooking; it was a disappointment of the meal.

Dian Xiao Er Our Verdict:

At Diao Xiao Er, most of the dishes presented come with the savouring of delicate and exquisite flavours, adorned with elegance dining environment making the ensemble an ideal dining place for family, friends or even the solo. Price may be above the average but justifiable by the food quality and ambience.

Dian Xiao Er

Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529536 or refer to website for other outlets

Hours: Refer to the following website for the operating hours



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