Served as pickles were the Sichuan salted pickles and tofu and peanuts in chilli sauce. The chilli sauce was spicy and you will felt a tinge of numbness.
As soon as we ordered our drink - Chinese tea, this guy appeared with the long pout kettle. Here, we appreciated the ancient art of tea pouring. He is very fast. See the picture. The kettle contained hot water. It takes great skills to be able to do this. Claps*
PS. The chinese tea was priced at $3 per pax. So, this short performance came with a price. Haha. It was quite entertaining though.
This is a must-try! There was minced garlic paste and some other seasoning sauces added to the sauce that was served with the dumplings. The sauce was very appetizing. The dumplings was delicious. Generous amount of filling and the skin wasn't too thick. The sauce was an important character. Together with the sauce, the dumplings were 'wow'. It cost $1 per dumpling. I would say it was cheap considering it was a hotel's quality.
The tasting portion was $5 and I ordered 2 portions. Usually the zhar jang mian we had were dry but what Silk Road had was a soup version. The soup was tasty but slightly oily. The handmade noodles was good. I am not sure if the green colouring was of natural source (veggies extract) or artificial colouring. At $10 a bowl, I think this is definitely not so worth while. At a lower price, you can get a bigger bowl of zhar jang mian (dry version) at Koo Kee La Mien which is also handmade noodles.
This is an award winning dish, needless to say, a chef recommendation dish. This is definitely a must-try! The cod fish were fried till crispy on the outside and yet the inner, soft and juicy. The sichuan spicy sauce wasn't exactly spicy. Instead, it was more of like the thai sweet and spicy sauce. Such big portions of cod fish at $26 is definitely very cheap. What's more, it's a hotel chef's dish.
Deep fried pork rib with fermented bean paste @$20
Stewed beancurd with crab roe @$26
It isn't a chef recommendation dish but it was a very delicious. Must-try! I thought the beancurd would be pretty bland but it wasn't. There was a nice fragrance. The generous amount of crab roe added colour to the dish. The beancurd was smooth. It's definitely worthwhile to eat this.
Chilled cotton cake with coconut flakes @$6
I was wondering how would the cotton cake taste like so I ordered one. You would think it is like our oneh-oneh kueh which is also covered in coconut flakes but it wasn't. It was very much like marshmallows but slightly harder. There was only a slight tinge of sweetness in the cotton cake. No inclination for this dish for someone like me who has a sweet tooth. If the cotton cake can be served with some maple syrup or coated with icing sugar, it will be a more appealing dessert.Total bill was $181.30 but payment with UOB card comes with a 15% discount. So the final bill was about $159. Service was pretty good. There is a wide variety to choose from on their menu so there is a high possibility that I will be returning to taste the other dishes. Stay tuned!
Amara Hotel Level 2
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Dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm
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