Shi Xiang Ge, Bishan, Crystal Jade La Mian, Noodles, Braised Pork

Shi Xiang Ge, Bishan

Shi Xiang Ge, Bishan: “Trust the Mala Braised Meat Noodles to impress”

Run by former Crystal Jade La Mian Director, Shi Xiang Ge is well-known amongst Bishan dwellers for its Shanxi cuisine.

22/10/2021 1:11:00 AM

Run by former Crystal Jade La Mian Director, Shi Xiang Ge is well-known amongst Bishan dwellers for its Shanxi cuisine.

Now, I’m always on the lookout for hidden hawker gems. There’s just something in the thrill of sharing good food with more. When a colleague of mine recommended his ‘hood’s comfort food at Shi Xiang Ge at Bishan , it was a given that I had to try it out for myself. Run by former Crystal […] The post Shi Xiang Ge , Bishan : “Trust the Mala Braised Meat Noodles to impress” appeared first on

are the showstoppers at Shi Xiang Ge. So why the odd choice then?Easy; it’s not a combination you find every day and I was curious to see how well braised pork would go withmala,plus, I’m always rooting for the underdog. Thankfully, this did not disappoint.

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Mala Soup at Shi Xiang GeI’ll admit I’m not good with spice. Couple that with the scorching afternoon heat, this bowl brought on quite the sweat fest. However, the rich flavours of the soup cut through prominently to distract me from the numbing sensation from the Sichuan peppercorn, definitely scoring it brownie points.

Shi Xiang Ge Shaved NoodlesBetween the handmadela mianand shaved noodles, I’d like to think the latter would go better with soup. It was silky, not too thick or chewy, and shaved just right for one to slurp up.Mala Braised Pork Noodles SoupWhat took this bowl to a whole other level was the braised pork chunks. Trust me when I say this—it is most definitely not your next-door average joe of meats.

It was fork-tender, melt-in-your-mouth, and everyclichesynonym on the web to describe meat. The marinade of the pork wasumamigoodness, paired with a tinge of sourness and spice from iconic Shanxi vinegar. Plus, the portion itself could easily feed two.

Story continuesHands down took it one level above any othermalanoodle bowls I’ve had to date.Shi Xiang Ge Minced Meat NoodlesNext up,Minced Meat Noodles (S$5.50), a humble dish loved by many. This time, I enjoyed it as it typically should be, withla mian.

Minced Meat NoodlesA quick toss and the sauce quickly coated the noodles. Like most traditional meat sauces, this version had minced meat, bite-sizedtau kwa(firm tofu) and black bean sauce. The ratio of sweet to savoury notes would be a solid three parts to seven and one to please the flavour chasers.

There’s nothing too striking here to shout about but a simple bowl nonetheless. I can see how this would be comfort food for many, especially when in need of a good meal on the go.Pork BunLast up (and yes, yet another meat option),Pork Bun (S$4.50).Right off the bat, I didn’t think this was quite worth what I paid for. My guess is that it would take

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a lotto impress.Just like the two others I’ve tried, the braised shredded meat filling had a mix of fatty and lean meat, juicy and oh-so full of flavour. Yet, for a snack at that price, it’s not one I would go out of my way for.Final thoughtsA variety of Shanxi dishes

You can’t go wrong with options featuring braised meat. While the heat may have clouded my judgment of themalanoodles, I can see how this would be an exceptional bowl to dive into on a cool evening or rainy day. My only regret is not ordering thePoached Szechuan Dumpling in Spicy Sauce (S$6),

as many other patrons did.One thing’s for sure is that Shi Xiang Ge delivers exceptional, authentic Shanxi flavours. A worthy pit stop if you’re looking to spice up your meal—literally.Expected damage: S$6 – S$8 per pax Read more: Yahoo Singapore »

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