Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian [金德来中华拉面], Singapore

Located in the touristy belt along Boat Quay, Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian (金德来中华拉面) serves Chinese Shaanxi (陕西菜) cuisine.
I first come to know about this restaurant a couple years ago and I love this restaurant since. Highly recommending their handmade noodles, you must not leave the restaurant without trying at least one of the noodle dishes. The restaurant have very friendly staff and offers an extensive menu. More importantly, we are always served with perfectly al dente handmade noodles. Their quality is always consistent.

20 February 2014

We visited Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian (金德来中华拉面) again. We ordered our usual dishes and new dishes.

Xi'an Spicy Rice Noodles [凉皮] is refreshing and yummy. Served in a small rice bowl, the flat rice noodles is topped with cucumber strips, bean sprout and bean curd. The sauce was light and lightly spicy. You can eat this on a hot day and feel refreshed. I love the way it was prepared and this dish was very appetising. (Food rating: 4/5)

Instead of ordering the dàpánjī 大盘鸡 (Big Plate Chicken), we ordered the dàpánjīmian 大盘鸡面 (Big Plate Chicken noodles). It is served in a smaller portion. Despite the numerous times we patronise the restaurant, the food quality is still high. The noodles were very chewy and cooked in al dente style, which I love. If you are eating this noodles alone, why not order this? (Food rating: 4/5)

Oil Sprinkled Noodles (or 油泼扯面 - you po che mian)
is still one of our favourites when we patronise Jin De Lai. The noodles were still as chewy and spicy. It gave me the oomph! (Food rating: 4/5)

The Cumin/ Black Pepper Beef (黑椒牛肉) was interesting. The cumin was rather strong and yet there was a tint of black pepper taste. It is recommended that you eat with white rice. Eating it alone may be a little overwhelming. (Food rating: 3/5)

Fish fragrance Pork Shreds (鱼香肉丝 - you xiang rou si) is a good side dish when you are at Jin De Lai. The spicy and sour sauce with pork shreds were very appetizing and whets your appetite. Highly recommended to order this dish. (Food rating: 4/5)

Besides their fried pork dumpling, Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (鲜水饺) is freshly prepared. The skin was thin and chewy. When dipped in black vinegar, the sweetness of the pork and shrimp became stronger. (Food rating: 4/5)

6 May 2013

Nothing beats this, spicy tofu skin salad [麻辣豆腐丝]as appetizers to whet your palate. This salad consists of tofu skin, spices, crunchy cucumbers, chilli strips, bamboo shoots (I think) and lettuce. I loved the crunchiness and spiciness of this cold dish. You will definitely be wanting to have more.

Fish fragrance Pork Shreds (鱼香肉丝 - you xiang rou si)is a definite must-have when you dine at the restaurant. Despite of its name, it does not mean that the dish has a fishy taste or smell. As one of the famous Sichuan dishes, the dish serves with wood ear fungus, red chilli paste, bamboo shoots, and shaoxing wine. This unique dish not only gives a crunchy texture but also blends well with the strong Sichuan combination of vinegar, sugar, shaoxing wine and chicken stock.

Another must-order dish is the dàpánjī 大盘鸡 (Big Plate Chicken). This popular Uyghur dish in Xinjiang, China, is served with a combination of meat and vegetables such as chicken, celery, potatoes and Sichuan chilli peppers. The chicken were cut into bite sizes, sauteed with spices and vegetables and served with handmade la mian. Be careful whilst eating the chicken because it is usually served with bones. Do keep a packet of tissue at arm's length for those who do not eat spicy food.

Oil Sprinkled Noodles (or 油泼扯面 - you po che mian), a dish that is most commonly listed on menus outside of Shaanxi, is made up of wide wheat noodles mixed with fried beancurd cubes, beansprouts, and Sichuan chilli flakes. This dish was very appetite satiating. It gave me the oomph to continue eating the spicy noodles with watery nose. I love it!

Address: 56 Boat Quay, Singapore 049845
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5