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.
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.
Service: Counter aunties are friendly. Self-service though.
Ambience: 3/5. You come out you smell of ngoh hiang…
This is a famous franchise chain of street food which you can see in tourist spots in Xiamen. I went to the one at Zhongshang Lu since I wanted to visit there to check out this famous walking street of Xiamen. 宫廷 means ‘Palace’ in Chinese, makes me wonder sometimes if this snack was an official imperial dish that was served to the royalties.
Taste: 4/5. Everything is made to order. Hence it’s served hot all the time. They have the BBQ squid and another prawn cutlet which I didn’t try. Too full!
Service: Girls gets better service.
Ambience: N/A. Stand by the side and eat!
Price: RMB$15. Can check out for online discount groupons for RMB$10 per piece.
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. 🙂
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!
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 done to do up this place. However the front part of the cafe is a little warm during summer.
Price: If I’m not wrong, it’s RMB$16. Very affordable as compared to the branded ones.
RTE: If I’m staying around that area again I would.
Location: 思明区鹭江道274-5号(开禾路口). Just behind the hotel I stayed http://wp.me/p2BhOI-4d. Tel: 0592-2224690
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. 🙂
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.
Price: For 2-3 pax, total bill came up to around RMB 180. Not expensive.
RTE: Yes definitely!
Location: 思明区鹭江道33号3楼 Tel: 2112388 Opening Hours: 8am to 2.30am.
Tip: After 2200hrs all dim sum half price! Be prepared to queue though.
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 with seafood) and back home in Singapore (also Malaysia), we call it 蚝煎 (Orh Jian) for the Hokkiens and Orh Luak for the Teochews. Whichever way it is, I still enjoy oyster omelette and I miss it sometimes as I’m base in Shenzhen now.
When arrived at the little hole in the wall shop, there was already a long queue… so no choice, have to join the queue and check out what the fuss is about. Check out the pics below:
Taste: Pretty good. Flour is the soft type, which is more traditional actually. A lot of juicy plump oysters, and coated with a serious layer of egg! Great snack! Must try!
Price: RMB$10 only!
Service: The aunty taking orders is nice and friendly. The guy frying the omelettes not so friendly but after chatting with him, he started smiling. Overall nothing unpleasant.
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 island of Gulangyu.
Taste: Awesome for a nice tea session! My only regret is not trying their popular food like Beef Rice, Baked Escagots, etc. But the desserts will do really fine!
Service: Really good. Service staff would be so obliging to explain to you the make of the food on the menu.
Ambience: Nice and serene. Was there during autumn, still warm so didn’t sit outside in the garden. Inside’s aircon is chillax!
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:
Taste: Really good! Very nice and soft texture, with egg, some minced pork and veg. Chilli is nice but spicy, so medium spicy is ok for those who love spicy. I would have gone for second round if not for all the food ahead of my day trip in Gulangyu!
Service: The guy taking orders and money is really nice and very good service.
Ambience: N.A. Takeaway and eat nearby standing.
Price: RMB9… so cheap!
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