Media Tasting at Xiao Long Kan Hotpot
Set within a beautifully designed Southwest Chinese-inspired space, this Chinese hotpot restaurant in the heart of Bedok (located between Bedok Mall and Bedok Food Interchange) offers delicious dishes made with high-quality and fresh ingredients. The outlandish red lanterns might seem a little out of place in the heartlands, but the opulent décor and gorgeous paintings are sure to draw the attention of passers-by.
We tried 3 different types of soup bases, contained in their 3-flavour pot (奔驰锅). Hailing from Chengdu, Sichuan, where the people there are renowned for having high tolerance to spicy food, the signature soup is definitely the Traditional Spicy Soup (牛油红锅). This bubbling cauldron of fiery-hot soup is extremely comforting, especially on a rainy day or when the craving for something spicy strikes. For those with lower tolerance for spice or prefer a milder broth, the tomato and mushroom soup bases are available too.
As with most hotpots, we had to make our own “dip”. The condiments provided here include spring onion, parsley, coriander, garlic, chilli padi, oyster sauce, vinegar, soy sauce and their secret recipe chilli oil.
The chilli oil is made up of corn and sesame oil, which is more fragrant than spicy. Give these condiments a good stir whilst waiting for the ingredients to cook.
Xiao Long Kan serves two different types of beef – Australian Prime Beef Slice (above) and American Prime Beef Slice (below).
The Australian beef is slightly more fragrant whereas the American beef is more fatty and retains the beefy flavour. Both cuts are sliced thinly so you can enjoy them shabu shabu style.
A unique dish we tried was the Pork Meatball with Rose (玫瑰圆子). The meatballs were very bouncy and oozing with flavours as we bit into them. The bed of rose petals added a subtle floral fragrance to it and we found ourselves reaching for these meatballs several times throughout the meal.
A personal favourite is this Handmade Prawn Mince (手工虾滑). It’s a staple at hotpots and the freshness of the prawns shines through. It is also a good complement to the spice-laden soup.
For the adventurous, dishes such as Supreme Thousand-layered Beef Omasum (千层毛肚), Beef Tripes (鲜毛肚), Pork Aorta (猪黄喉) are also available.
A hot-favourite side dish often ordered by the Chinese when having hotpots would be this Crispy Meat (酥肉). It is rather similar to fried popcorn chicken, except that the key ingredient is pork and is crispier than the usual popcorn chicken. You have, however been warned, that it can get quite addictive.
End off your meal with these Glutinous Rice Cake with Brown Sugar (黄糖糍粑). Do eat them as soon as they are served to avoid it being oily.
Choices are aplenty at this wonderful spot, so gather your family and friends to try the dishes whilst the queue remains short now. Alternatively, make your booking via Quandoo and use the promo code DINEOUT200 to enjoy double loyalty points.
*Service charge(10%) and GST(7%) applicable.
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