Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dian Xiao Er @ Changi Airport

Drifting aside again from food in Malaysia, the finale (ironically the first meal when i landed in Singapore) of my Singapore trip.

When it comes to Singapore, common words such as kiasu and efficient somehow comes into mind.

So imagine when i saw immigration counters of a queue of 20-25 people, the thought was oh well, should be quick.

What a nightmare it turned out to be as i waited 40 minutes before i got my passport stamped.

Imagine how embarassed i was when i saw the hosts of the trip who waited a good hour.

So when they said they were starving, i said good, show me what Singapore has got to offer.

Without hesitating, we had our first meal in the airport itself.

Dian Xiao Er, a chain of restaurants famous for their duck.

How can i refuse duck?

So it was roast duck served with a herbal sauce. The meat was succulent and the skin remained crispy eventhough it was sauced. After a quarter, i couldnt resist and ordered another quarter!

Basically theres 3 kinds of herbal roast duck and the difference comes from the type of herbs being used i.e. dong kwai and etc etc that i cant remember.

As part of the set (it seems most will come and order a set where you choose 3-5 dishes from a list) that costs around SG 100-120; we also had the following:

Fresh Scallops with Mixed vegetables. What is more of a luxury item for my household seems so common in Singapore, darn the power of their dollar.

Steamed Cod Fish; again a sign of how powerful their SG dollar is. Apparently this restaurant is almost equivalent to our local Dragon I and Crystal jade but we definitely do not see Cod Fish in their set menu (well not for an affordable price, i would think). Steamed in a simple manner with soya sauce, the texture was smooth without being too mushy (a sign of being frozen too long).

As the dishes got grander, i started to realise how my friends have learned to love Singapore so much. Such grand dishes like this are available to them (dollar for dollar so much cheaper!). For a RM100, one would not have gotten the above but in SG you can!

Big prawns with a hint of herbal flavour, this was scrumptious especially the roe.

Finished the meal with a VERY strong herbal "suet kap" or "frog's saliva"

Situated in Terminal 1 Changi Airport

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Loved the herbal duck, next time anyone flying back to Malaysia from Singapore can tapau a whole one for me?

21 comments:

Precious Pea said...

I tried this place before during transit and am impressed with the food. Why oh why we don't have such good eating places in KLIA?????

Bangsar-bAbE said...

SGD100 for all the above?? That's cheap dollar to dollar! Somemore got cod fish and huge ass prawns!!!

Julian Si said...

Uh ... KLIA, LCCT, BLAHHHHHHHHH :-( crap food!

Singapore's Changi is a mecca for shopping and even for MAKAN, I love "Soup Kitchen" there.

Bon voyage, mate.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

julian: yeah lor..dont think we got anything edible in our local airports..somemore exorbitant prices..

bbabe: of course! not to mention half a duck too.. and scallops.. =)

ppea: goes to show that airport can serve good food..phew..

J2Kfm said...

cod fish, scallops and tiger prawns? in ours, we only get fast food at inflated prices.

btw, suet kap is not saliva I think. it's a more intimate part of a frog, if I'm not mistaken.

Life for Beginners said...

That was at their airport??? Wow, I can't help but agree with Pea... (or bemoan, rather)... how come we don't have this in our airports? *grumbles wumbles*

Hmm, this is sure encouraging me to head down South more often during my free weekends with the Devil. ;)

ling239 said...

the prawns!!!
with lots of roe some more leh
my fav... ^_^

burpandslurp said...

wow, man, everything looks so good! I only live 2 MRT stops away from the airport...maybe I should take a makan trip there! haha!

Henry Yeo said...

The food looks great, definitely not plain,
just look at those mains, my stomach is in pain!!!
I don't think they can survive on the plane,
before you see them, in my stomach they will be hain.

CUMI & CIKI said...

isn't airport food like 20% more ex ah? lol.. anyway, good find!

how come you had to wait so long.. coz i normally get to sing off peak .. :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: apparently they were after some illegal entrants..and they were all at my line!

henry: plain there r definitely not!

b&s: try googling it..im sure there r other franchises around!

ling239: really??

lob: why not? give devil a treat..

j2kfm: im not sure also la..listen from ppl only..

jason said...

If only you post this earlier, I might able to tahpau the duck back for you ^^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: Noooooooooooo hahaha

fbb said...

i coulda sworn i left a comment here... sheesh
the duck looks GEWDDDD!!! ya, changi always not bad food. the best airport to transit...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: hahah i think so too..

cocoadeluxe said...

Oh gosh...all these food are my fav.. LOOK at those succulent white color fish meat and scallops and huge fresh water prawns.. I'm crazy liao...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cocoadeluxe: haha crazy?

Simon Seow said...

My brother-in-law brought me here to eat before when I visited my sis in Singapore last year.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: nice?

terri@adailyobsession said...

I ate there too but u had the better meal.yes d duck was good.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: isit? must b the luck i guess..