Location: Bugis, Central Business District (CBD), Singapore
Note: This post is written base on the dining experience in Bugis+ branch. Experience may vary from that of other outlets.
The Asian Kitchen's name is rather peculiar as its name English and Mandarin name does not match each other. Its Mandarin name is 鹿港小镇 (Lu Gang Xiao Zhen), potentially named after a small township in Taiwan though the reason why is beyond my guess. Apart from a peculiar name, I do find its dishes memorable, worthy of a recommendation from me.
I usually patronize the branch in Bugis+, personally because the restaurant is located on the highest floor of the mall and has a high ceiling. Despite its relative lack of deco the high ceiling and ample distance between tables gave a spacious feel to the place.
|Herbal Crispy Duck (药材烧鸭) (small - SGD12.70) is one of our favorite dish in The Asian Kitchen . Its crispy skin and succulent flesh soaked up the sauce it bathed in, bringing forth the flavor with every bite and chew.|
The Asian Kitchen's main offer is various types of roast duck, each seasoned differently to provide an assortment of tastes suiting different diners. It is possible to the roast duck to be served with original sauce (原味烧鸭), herbal sauce (药材烧鸭), sour plum sauce (梅子烧鸭) or the tongue-numbing spicy mala sauce (麻辣烧鸭). From its slightly crispy skin to the marinated succulent flesh, the whole dish summoned forth appetite from the depths of our growling tummy, demanding each piece to be consumed down to the bones.
We had tried both the original and herbal variant and unanimously voted for the latter for its rich Chinese herbal sauce. Since there were just two of us, we usually chose the smaller dish, but a family flocking to the table will need a large portion to satisfy their voracious appetite for more of this delicious roast.
But of course, roast duck only occupied a page of its menu and we would not be satisfied with only a dish on our table. The Asian Kitchen's menu is filled with various Chinese dishes from various regions, making it a difficult choice. A variety of soups, vegetables, seafood and meat dishes gave us plenty of choices to pick from. Although not all of them satisfied our taste buds, we do have our favorites among them.
|Seafood Tofu Soup (海鲜豆腐汤) (SGD8.90) is by far our most popular pick whenever we return for a meal. Filled with the namesake cubes of tofu and slices of seafood, this fare is a subtly sweet mixture, made thicker and creamier by swirling egg whites.|
|'Tasty' Fish Slices (抽油王切鱼片) (SGD9.50) is just tasty and falls under another of my favorite. Dipped in diluted soy sauce, the white flesh soaked up the taste and places it into your mouth but not overwhelming the fish's sweet taste.|
|Who wouldn't love eggs? I know I love them. Reunion Omelette (家喜煎蛋) (SGD7.90) help me beat my cravings for a dish of egg by delivering an omelette with Chinese sausages embedded within. Talk about the 2 best loved food in a dish!|
|Garlic Dou Miao (蒜泥豆苗) (SGD9.90) is tasty in its simplicity. With dou miao stir fried with slices of garlic, the dish just couldn't perform any worse although I prefer if the dish is wet with sauce.|
Their dishes could do with some major overhaul to offer new choices and, most importantly, an improve in taste. They have potential in a lot of their listed dishes but we only found a few to our liking. Since there are quite a number of untested choices left in the menu, we may try our luck in subsequent visits to increase our list of preferred dishes.
Environment: An oriental restaurant in city center
Suitable for: for family or friends, or just for usual dining
Operating hours: 10.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Directions: Disembark at Bugis MRT station and exit to street level at Bugis Junction. Cross the road to get to Bugis + and head to the 4th floor.
Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-07, Bugis +, Singapore 188067.