Dian Xiao Er seriously sells the best roasted duck ever. I would be perfectly happy eating their roasted crispy duck every day. Granted, Chinese restaurants are, in general, not paleo friendly at all, given the amount of soya sauce and starches that go into their sauces but I found that several dishes in this restaurant fall into my “tolerable” range.
This restaurant looks rather gaudy with its red lanterns and Chinese inn-style decorations. I would have never stepped into this place if not for my mum’s recommendation. She, who didn’t really like the taste of duck, said that the duck sold there was heavenly. Prices were also very reasonable.
Since then, I have been to Dian Xiao Er three times. It has become my family’s favourite weekend Chinese dinner haunt.
The duck, like I mentioned, is a must. It comes in three sizes and the four of us will always go for a large plate as pictured below. The duck actually comes in three flavours – Angelica Herb, Ten Wonder Herbs and Wild Ginseng. By flavours, I mean that there will be sauce poured over the duck. For our dish, we asked them to serve the sauce on the side. My parents dipped their duck slices into the bowl of sauce. I ate the meat without the sauce. By having it separately, I was able to have my duck free from strange Chinese sauces and my parents liked that the duck remained crispy for longer. It was a win-win situation.
The best part of the duck is the crispy skin. My mum thinks that the skin is “fattening” so she peels them off and gives them to me. Yummy!
Apart from the duck, we also had soup that was absolutely delicious. This bowl of salted vegetable duck soup happened to be the soup of the day. Usually when I order salted vegetable duck soup, I end up quite disappointed because they are never salty enough. This was just the perfect amount of saltiness. It was one of the best I’ve tasted.
My mum had black chicken soup. It was very tasty as well but I thought mine was more special.
Now I usually grumble about strange sauces in Chinese food but I was heartened by the baby kai lan. It was fried lightly in garlic, oil and very little soya sauce.
The fried fish was also very yummy. It was soft and melted in my mouth like butter. I didn’t really take much of this though because most of it was drenched in soya sauce. The next time we are there we would tell them to serve the sauce on the side as well.
Apart from these dishes, other food worth ordering are the mongolian spare ribs, which are way better than the ones I’ve had at Penang Seafood Restaurant. I heard that the crocodile meat is also excellent.
Dian Xiao Er has many outlets, all the way from Changi Airport to Jurong Point 2. The one I tried was at Tampines.
Dian Xiao Er
10 Tampines Central 1,
#04-07/08, Tampines One,