As you can see, I am really in the blogging mood today. This is my second post for the day. Last week and the coming week are set to be “networking” weeks. Our agency invited my manager and the few of us to Xi Yan for CNY lunch last Wednesday and it will be MediaCorp’s and SPH’s turn next week. More about the Xi Yan lunch.
Xi Yan is at Craig Road (near Tanjong Pagar) and all of us were looking forward to the treat from very early on, thanks to rave reviews from my boss, who says the food is fantastic.
Then just before Wednesday, my boss fell sick and was initially unable to attend the lunch but told us to go ahead without her because the food was darn good! Sian! We were meeting with the boss of the agency and it just felt so awkward without my boss around, who is a real pro at PR!
Fortunately, she was well enough to come along with us. The exterior of the restaurant is nothing to scream about. It is on the second floor on a row of shophouses and there is no signboard in front to indicate its location. Step inside, it is quite a cosy place with nice ambience and decor.
The food was interesting too. We had a total of 8 dishes (including dessert). When each dish is served, the service staff will give a short introduction of the food like its cooking method.
The menu we had was the CNY special menu. According to Y, they had to make reservations weeks in advance because the place was so popular! Which was true because the crowd soon started streaming in. After a while, it was packed! (well, granted the venue isn’t very big also) But the place looked damn atas! So I figured food is good too.
The menu we had:
Xi Yan signature prosperity Yu Sheng
This dish was so interesting! It was not your traditional yu sheng; there were a lot of greens, and the plum + tangerine sauce tasted very good too! I had more than my usual-one-serving!
Gold oyster nuggets
So-so dish. Don’t really like oysters cooked this way. Give me my ow jian (oyster omelette) anytime!
Kimchi praws with Shanghainese rice cake
This was a very unique dish. Prawns cooked with kimchi, seasoned with cheese. Very fusion.
Crispy spareribs with preserved tangerine peel
I like this dish! Very unique! Not your usual spareribs. This one was marinated with tangerine peel and then dipped in sweet potato mix. Yum!
Golden roe glutinous rice with rice
Didn’t touch this as I don’t eat crabs. The bamboo smell was quite strong and reminded me of the smell back in Fuchow at meals. Enough said.
Braised radish with salmon roe in superior abalone sauce
Another unique dish, and in reality, quite a simple dish. Steamed radish in abalone sauce and topped with salmon roe and bacon bits. The salmon roe tasted very fishy. Horrible taste!
Furong chicken and fish maw soup
I liked this! Very homely feeling.
Chilled fragrant lotus seed sweet paste
An unexpected taste and texture. We expected it to be warm, and taste “paste-y” like “or ni” but the dessert turned out to be cold and its texture was watery, like red bean soup.
Something funny happened during the meal. J returned from the washroom and whispered to me the whole meal cost $108++ per person. The menu was stuck on the washroom wall. We were quite stunned by it. Ridiculous lah! I decided I had to make a trip myself to see it for myself!
Really! Quite amazing, granted that it wasn’t that fantastic to justify such a astronomical price tag!
Just before we left, we were given a name card and a customised menu card (why do you think I can rattle off the menu like that?). Customised because the card was addressed “For Mr Axxxx & Guests” with the date.