Thursday, July 21, 2005
Xiao Ping Steam Pot Buffet, Temple Street
Wow - this is the third Sichuan Hot Pot place within a one block radius in Chinatown (57 Temple Street, Singapore, 6226-0889). It looked very spartan at first glance, especially with the "whispering" proprietor. But this place turned out to be the best - or at least, most consistent - of the three. The ingredients were relatively good: big frozen tofu pieces, full slices of meat, little dumplings, etc. They didn't have sa cha sauce (the mainland Chinese owner even said, "no, we don't have that Taiwanese stuff"), but his own little mixture was pretty good. He took a lot of pride in his special sausages (an extra charge, by the way) that he said that one couldn't get in Singapore - though they just tasted like hot dogs (still good though). The broth wasn't super spicy (we had to have him add more chili peppers), but it was tasty (and with a subtle numbing affect), and the light broth fortunately didn't have any ginseng in it.
Actually, nothing really stood out here, but that's a good thing. The other two places stood out, but for mixed reasons (for instance, Chuan Jiang Hao Zi had great homemade noodles but nasty ginseng soup and tiny meat slices, while Chong Qing Di Yi Jia Lao had a huge spread and good broth, but wasn't the best maintained). So I'd definitely choose to come here again rather than the other two - it's a consistent experience, even if it's not spectacular (it's still decently good).
Digested at 9:00 PM
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