I stumbled upon Oriental Chinese Restaurant (东方美食) while searching for another Chinese restaurant recommended by a friend in Chinatown. This popular restaurant was crowded with people enjoying themselves. I ordered a couple of favorite dishes such as beef skewers, noodles, etc.
Beef and Mutton Skewers (羊肉串 牛肉串), priced at SGD1 each, was surprisingly tender, succulent and delicious. Served in big chunks, these meat skewers chunks were definitely value for money. Marinated with cumin, the spice added a nutty and peppery flavour to the meat skewers. They are great appetisers before the main dishes. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
Fried Transparent Vermicelli with minced meat (肉沫炒粉条) was a absolute delight. At SGD8, you were served with a large plate of noodles, which will be great for 2-3 pax. Made from mung beans, the noodles turned transparent or clear when cooked. I loved the noodles most which had a chewy, smooth texture. (Food rating: 3/5)
Spicy cucumber and golden mushroom salad (黄瓜拌金针菇) was refreshing and equally good as the Ma La Tofu Skin Salad (麻辣豆腐丝) at Jin De Lai. The golden mushrooms, cucumber shreds and Chinese coriander were mixed with with minced garlic, vinegar, salt, sugar and sesame oil. I love that refreshing salad that whetted your appetite. At SGD5, it was highly recommended. (Food rating: 4/5)
At SGD12.80, you will have a big plate of Chicken with Chilli (辣子鸡). A well-known Sichuan-style Chinese dish, it consist of marinated, deep-fried chicken cubes stired-fried with garlic, ginger and chilli peppers. I was amazed how the the dish could be so delicious. There was a very nice fragrance, which really made salivate. The marinated chicken cubes remained tender despite being deep-fried. I recommend that you could try it too. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
The Big Plate Chicken with noodles (大盘鸡加面) came in a extra large portion that I highly recommend to share. At SGD16.80, the dish was good for at least four persons. However, the taste was very different from the one I had at Jin De Lai - a similar restaurant at Boat Quay. Both were delicious in their own unique way but I preferred the latter. The chicken cubes were tender and tasted delicious with the spicy sauce. Beware that the dish was very spicy. (Food rating: 3/5)
Address: Oriental Chinese Restaurant, 195 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059425
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5