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Xing Hua Seafood Restaurant – If You Relish That Natural Seafood Flavour!
By Alfred December 6, 2009
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Xing Hua Seafood Restaurant – If You Relish That Natural Seafood Flavour!
Fast Facts
Food:
Fried Mee Sua
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
Location:
Jalan Besar
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Dinner Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

If you have been to Jalan Besar/Sungei Road/Little India area, you will know that there are many eateries selling Xing Hua food in the form of Putien’s cuisine. Putien is a prefecture in the eastern part of Fujian province in China. Ironically the Xing Hua(Fujian people at Putien) didn’t live there for very long. Most of them originated from Henan(eastern central of china) and only migrated to Putien after the end of chinese civil war in search of better living environment. Though Putien is adjacent to the sea, it was a sleepy town until the arrival of Xing Hua who turned the place into a thriving trading port and one of the biggest export base for Fujian products. A lot of Xing Hua were fishermans or doing fishing industry related jobs which is why most Putien’s food use ingredients like laver, prawns, clams and other seafood.

So what is your favourite Xing Hua food? I must say that after eating Xing Hua food a few times, I didn’t find it great. I mean things like fried sliced mackeral fish or fried lala isn’t something you can’t cook easily at home, or eat it anywhere else for that matter. Then they have other authentic items like Bamboo Herbal Prawn or Lor Mee also didn’t quite hit the spot for me. The only thing that I really liked is Xing Hua Char Bee Hoon which has an unique sweetness and for something like $3+ a plate with plenty of miscellaneous seafood, it is quite a steal.


Xing Hua Seafood Restaurant Fried Mee Sua $4.50

Having heard many good things about Xing Hua Fried Min Xin Mee Sua, I decided to give it a go this time. It comes a little pricier at $4.50 but every plate is fried on the spot as opposed to the Char Bee Hoon which is prefried already waiting in the pot for customers.

Other than the mee sua instead of bee hoon, the only other difference from fried bee hoon I guess is the garnish of peanuts and laver. Although not quite a seaweed person, this laver managed to shiok me. Not sure how they cooked this or did they even cook it but the taste is slightly salty and goes very well with the mee sua. If you baked/dried your braised kiam chai boey, I guess the taste would also turn out to be something like this.


Lala aka clams

This mee sua is quite delicious with that distinct heng hwa sweetness but somehow the flavour is still a little on the bland side for me and that is of course synonymous with Xing Hua food. For those who don’t know, Xing Hua food are characterized by flavours with only light seasonings that can enable the natural flavour of the seafood to expound.

I guess the chef can probably up the ante in this if he can infuse a bit of wok hei on the mee sua. My plate of fried mee sua looked ’simmered mee sua’ more than anything so as much as I enjoyed it, that ‘wok flair’ is something that may be able to turn it from good to great. However all in all, it is quite satisfactory and although it didn’t exactly charmed me, the wonderful Xing Hua sweetness is very tasteful and extremely expressive.


Xing Hua Seafood Restaurant Fried Mee Sua $4.50

Price: $4.50

Recommendation: Fried Mee Sua & Fried Bee Hoon.

Conclusion: This fried mee sua has that intrinsic sweetness that belong to Xing Hua food. Finished the whole plate quite effortlessly so it’s definitely quite good but if given a choice, I would go for the fried bee hoon because the bee hoon can absorb the unique sweetness while the mee sua’s flavour(which is all that blandness) seems a little empowering.

Likes: The distinct Heng Hua sweetness

Dislikes: A little bland in taste(flavour is good though).

Address Overall Rating

xinghua4
Xing Hua Seafood Restaurant
276 Race Course Road
11am – 9.30pm
Off: 1st Wed of every month


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Authenticity:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 

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Readers' Comment(s) : 1
Tom says:

To share you a wisdom. Too much pork is no good and deep fried food is no good.

Posted June 30, 2010
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