Sunday, October 10, 2021

Tai Er Chinese Sauerkraut Fish at Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Tai Er Suancaiyu

Oh man, so that "Tai Er" at Compass One in Sengkang was a total knockoff of this chain from China, right down to even trying to make the porcelainware and artwork look similar, eh? Anyway, the *real* Taier Suancaiyu opened an outlet at Jewel last year, and I finally made it over there today (78 Airport Boulevard #03-208, 6550-2231).

And it was MUCH better than the fake one, particularly with the quality of the fish, which was very tender and fresh. I loved the suancaiyu broth too, not only because of how aromatic it was, but also because it was so well-balanced. Yes, it was salty, spicy, and greasy, but to just the right amount, with those dried chili peppers being wonderfully smoky and the oil giving a comforting coating to it all.

Seriously, Shisen Hanten had better watch out, because the quality of the ingredients and the balance of flavors here was done just right. Now, these guys aren't cheap either (that 1-2 person size above was S$48 or US$35), but these guys have a cool refillable citrus tea station and some other fun quirks. One has to remember to book ahead since they were fully booked today even though the airport was desolate.

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