1980烧肉粽(中山路店) – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


As the name suggested, this place was founded in 1980 selling rice dumplings or bak zhang in SG terms. This place came highly recommended and since I was in Zhongshang Road, I went ahead to try their food. Rating: 4/5.  Taste: 4/5. It’s a typical Xiamen or Minnan food eated by the locals. For me the taste is just ok only, nothing to shout about. Portion: 3/5. Service: Counter aunties are friendly. Self-service though. Ambience: 3/5. You come out you smell of ngoh hiang… Price: Very affordable. Less than RMB$30 per pax. RTE: Maybe. Location: 思明区中山路353号(近工人文化宫旧址). Tel: 0592-2032869 Continue reading 1980烧肉粽(中山路店) – Xiamen, Guangdong, China

Re+ Cafe – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


Walk passed this cafe a few times before deciding to pop in and have a look. To my surprise, the deco inside is very detailed and gave me a very nice homely feel. Again, I’ll let the pics do the talking. 🙂 Rating: 4/5. Taste: Latte was prepared a different way but good thing it was served hot. Didn’t try the mains or cakes ‘cos in Xiamen, you’re full all the time! Portion: 3/5. Service: 5/5. Very hospitable and they make you feel at home. The lady boss would be there usually at night. Ambience: 4.5/5. A lot of efforts … Continue reading Re+ Cafe – Xiamen, Guangdong, China

Lucky Full City Seafood 香港潮福城大酒楼 – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


I realized I left out some good eating places in Xiamen when I was there last year. This one is particularly pretty tasty and good thing about this place is the scenery while you’re having your yum cha (chinese version of hi-tea). I’ll let the pics tell my story. 🙂 Rating: 4.5/5. Taste: 4.5/5. Taste really good and one of the few restaurants in Xiamen that promotes no preservatives and MSG in their foods. However some dishes are a little salty, typical of Guangdong dishes. Nevertheless the food is good and great ambience to wind up your day. Portion: 4/5. … Continue reading Lucky Full City Seafood 香港潮福城大酒楼 – Xiamen, Guangdong, China

康家龙头海蛎煎(龙头路一店) – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


After the wonderful experience at the coffee place of 褚家园咖啡馆, I walked through the back alleys to discover many nice B&Bs and more street food. But I was pretty locked in to try one of the famous oyster omelette in Xiamen, hence skipped the rest. Oyster Omelette is pretty well known in Guangdong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. It’s a lovely fried plate of sweet potato flour with eggs and of course, oysters. The locals in Xiamen call these oyster omelettes 海蛎煎(Hai Li), while in Taiwan it’s known as 蚝仔煎 (Orh Ah Jian), in Thailand it is known as Hoy Tod (But … Continue reading 康家龙头海蛎煎(龙头路一店) – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China

褚家园咖啡馆 – 鼓浪屿(Gulangyu), Xiamen, China


As I continue to walk after my food tasting at 林氏鱼丸, I was actually searching for this place. If you have taken a wrong turn, you may never find this nice little secret garden. But if you speak Mandarin, just ask the locals. This place is well known in Gulangyu or even Xiamen for their coffees and if I’m not wrong, their barista came in runners-up in some barista competition. I was lucky to have found this place, which looked like someone else’s garden from the main door, and trotted in to find a lovely paradise hiding in the small … Continue reading 褚家园咖啡馆 – 鼓浪屿(Gulangyu), Xiamen, China

林氏鱼丸 – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


Just up ahead of 沈家闽南肠粉 in my previous post, you’ll find this shop with long tradition for their fish and prawn balls. No much of a queue so I placed my order for the 丸子开会 for RMB20, which basically has 5pcs of the 黄金鱼丸 and 6pcs of the 秘制虾丸. My reviews as follows: Rating: 3.5/5. Taste: Taste is not bad. Balls are soft and not too salty. Soup has some dried shrimps and seaweed to enhance the taste but still bland. So maybe the soup is not meant for drinking? But I’ve tasted better. Hate to say this, the frozen ones from my supermarket … Continue reading 林氏鱼丸 – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China

沈家闽南肠粉 – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China


Gulangyu is a little island off Xiamen and a place for loads of good food… apart from sightseeing. So after arriving at the port of Gulangyu, we walked straight to the little shops where all the food are. 沈家闽南肠粉 is the first stop and the queue is always damn long. Just becareful when queuing up, there’ll be people pushing carts of goods going up the slope and they will just budge their way through. Be prepared to screw them! Anyways, pics below: Rating: 5/5. Taste: Really good! Very nice and soft texture, with egg, some minced pork and veg. Chilli is nice but … Continue reading 沈家闽南肠粉 – Gulangyu, Xiamen, China

Taiwan Food Street (台湾小吃街) – Xiamen, China


First time in Xiamen and totally excited over all the hype I got from my friends and documentaries about the food there. Fact is, because of it’s close proximity to Taiwan, you’ll find many similar food types to Taiwan over here. I was a little skeptical because I’ve been to Taipei and the food there is a little bland to my palate. Maybe also because I’m from Singapore, working in the APAC region for years, I have developed a stronger preference to my taste buds. However that said, I have been on a diet and have been taking lotsa bland … Continue reading Taiwan Food Street (台湾小吃街) – Xiamen, China

哈肯舖手感烘焙 Hogan Bakery – Taipei, Taiwan


Most tourists who visits Taipei don’t go for bakeries like I do. Cos I have a passion for breads! I just can’t resist them and I heard from my friend in Taipei, she said this is an award winning one. So since I was there for lunch, I went there to get some of their breads to try. Breads are good but I still feel Top Pot Bakery has a better texture to their breads. Rating: 5/5 Taste: Very good. Different texture from Top Pot Bakery but nice nevertheless. Didn’t try their award winning one cos all were sweet. I’m … Continue reading 哈肯舖手感烘焙 Hogan Bakery – Taipei, Taiwan