Mum's not cooking this weekend as dad is overseas!
Hence I suggested that we lunch at Mayim Chinese restaurant at Northpoint.
As we reached the restaurant before 12pm we did not have to queue but there were already many tables filled. Is the food here really good? I wondered.... ;)
Anyway we decided that we would order 2 staples: 1 rice, 1 noodle, and 3 sides to share amongst 5 of us, instead of having individual courses. So here's what we had:
1. Braised E-fu Noodle with Shredded Fresh Mushroom ($10++)
I forgot to take picture of this dish, but it was the best dish we thought we ordered. Hehe. It was a simple dish that was very tasty albeit a bit too oily.
2. Fragrance Stone Bowl Rice ($10.50++)
Compared to the e-fu noodles, this tasted so bland. The stone bowl rice came with minced pork, shredded mushroom, kiyuri, onions, eggs and carrot. It was like a Korean dolsot bibimbap except there was no nice chilli sauce, so maybe that's why it was pretty tasteless. Quite an irony that the english name of this dish is called "Fragrance Stone Bowl Rice" haha.
3. Pan fried Beancurd Sheet with Shredded Mushroom & Carrot ($5.80++)
This is a vegetarian dish, wrapped in beancurd sheet. Other than being quite oily like the e-fu noodles, it was still nice. The beancurd sheet was pan-fried till crispy. Oh btw this dish has a fanciful Chinese name - Suzhou Su-Er (literally vegetarian goose
4. Tofu with Picked Cabbage & Spinach ($9.80++)
The tofu was very silky smooth and as they were cut into small pieces, I felt like they could melt in the mouth.
It was stir-fried with french beans, picked cabbage & spinach. Not bad too.
5. Deep Fried Mashed Beancurd Ball ($5++)
I like this dish, as the deep fried mashed beancurd ball was stuffed with mushroom, water chestnut, and carrot served in oyster sauce. Crunchy (probably due to the water chestnut) yet chewy & bouncy texture.
Mashed Beancurd Balls & Stone Bowl Rice
Tofu with Pickled Cabbage & Spinach
The dishes here are generally quite oily, guess it's because China Dongbei cuisine are cooked in such a way. So we got quite full even before we could finish all the dishes.
Fortunately there was the pickled cabbage which was a refreshing appetiser to rid that oily feel. The pickled cabbage was charged to each table at 50 cents per person, but it's worth it because it is refillable. Yummy!
We can even buy the bottle of picked cabbage home for $6 per bottle.
To end our lunch on a sweet note, we also ordered 2 desserts to share:
1. Mango Pomelo dessert ($4.50++)
2. D24 Durian Pudding ($5++)
Both desserts were yummy! They used real fruit bits for these 2 desserts, and we could bite into mango and pomelo bits for the first dessert and durian meat for the pudding. Very satisfying choices that I am glad we picked to end the lunch hehe.
Oh btw, the Chinese name for the first dessert was quite fun too. Instead of the usual Yang Zhi Gan Lu name, it was called Yan ZHU Gan Lu, "zhu" for "Pearl".
Mango Pomelo & D24 Durian Pudding
Pickled Cabbage,Braused E-fu Noodles,Yang Zhu Gan Lu,D24 Durian Pudding
Date of Visit: 2012-03-17