Nan Xiang is a local eatery in Singapore popular for its Chicken Rice dish speically where the rice is served in a ball. We were taken here by Mr Wasabi’s other set of Aunties as we were told to meet them at Novena MRT stop which is a couple stops from Orchard Road.
Mr Wasabi’s Auntie order a few dishes to share
Soup – Clear herbal soup that was espically welcoming for me, as it has been a long time since I have had some decent Chinese soup, partially due to the fact that I have been very lazy in making soup myself at home.
Stuffed Fried Bean Curd Roll – stuffed with pork mince – was interesting which I have not had before, though it seems to be Mr Wasabis favourite childhood snack food. The crispy tofu skin encasing a succulent yet juicy savoury pork mince filling tasted better than I though it would. This dish was hoofed down in no time, where Mr Wasabi’s uncle had insisted we order another serving of it.
Vegetables – Steam vegetables that still has a bite to it and topped with fried shallots.
Chicken – Steamed and Baked – Nan Xiang’s poached chicken is also perfectly done – silken-smooth flesh, deliciously gelatinous skin, perfectly-seasoned with good quality light soy sauce, sesame oil. The baked chicken was slightly more drier than the steam chicken. Between the two, I much prefer the steamed chicken.
Rice Ball – Nan Xiang serves its chicken rice in balls, wrapped in grease-proof paper. Unwrap one of those balls and you’d immediately catch the delicious waft of Nan Xiang’s very aromatic chicken rice – one of the best in Singapore, in fact.
Stewed Beef – sweet, savoury thick sauce, with beef that melted in your mouth. I personally did not enjoy the peanuts in the dish. but luckily I was not obligated to eat it.
Steamed Taro Pudding – this is a dry yet sweet steam pudding made from Taro. I found the pudding to be gritty rather than smooth. I definitely could not eat a whole bowl by yourself as it is very dense as you would expect with eating taro.
Good cheap eats. It was certainly interesting to see the rice served in a ball. There were definitely some dishes I would eat again. Though Singapore being a foodie city, I would like to try the same dishes at other restaurants to get an understand what makes or breaks a good chicken rice.
Location: 10 Sinaran Drive, #01-156/159 Novena Square 2, Singapore