Kai Xiang Seafood – Affordable Zi Char in the West
2 weeks ago, we had a farewell dinner for the cousin who’s going to Switzerland for his semester exchange at this Zichar near home. This was one of the better zichar around my hood (Jurong area) other than the famous Zai Shun Curry Fish Head in the west.
It was rather crowded when we arrived at 7pm and had to wait for our table of 11.
Cereal prawn was served in a mountain of cereal with the prawns buried within. We love the fresh big prawns and the overall flavour was enhanced by the addition of curry leaves and chilli padi for the spicy kick. This is one dish I never fail to order at any Zi Char place. What about you?
Har Cheong Gai (prawn paste chicken), a hit with my younger cousins was crispy-coated and hot inside.
Chilli Crabs, but the chilli gravy is strong of garlic and more of the sweet version, taste tending towards that of tomato ketchup instead. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed dipping the mantous into the gravy.
Salted egg crayfish that was a huge disappointment as one would have expected it to be doused in salted egg sauce. Instead, it was merely stir-fried with salted egg, but the fresh and succulent crayfish did make up a little for it.
Sizzling hotplate tofu (chilli bean paste, carrots, minced meat, carrots, mushrooms and pea) that goes well with the rice.
We love this Pork ribs (boneless) that was tender and the sauce had the right amount of sweetness.
Other than the dishes we tried on this occasion, I have been to Kai Xiang several other times and would recommend the other dishes: oyster omelette, prawn rolls (hei zhor) and steamboat.
Food at Kai Xiang Seafood Restaurant was pretty standard with relatively affordable prices and seems to be a favourite, judging from the large crowd. Do expect long waiting time though (30-45mins). Other than Kai Xiang Seafood, Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh and Japanese Bento in the same coffee shop are worth a try too.
Address: 349 Jurong East Avenue 1, Singapore 600349
Phone for reservation: 6563 7798
Opening Hours: 1100 to 2300 daily