Da's birthday dinner at Dian Xiao Er

June 08, 2010

So on Saturday, we went out for dinner to celebrate my youngest brother, qing da's 20th birthday. We went to Dian Xiao Er at AMK Hub, which always has a queue outside (marketing ploy, cos some seats inside were empty when we were there!).

However the food there is undeniably delish, which is why every weekends you see snaking queues of families going their for dinner, accompanied by trolleys of toddlers and babies. The decor of the place itself is quite nice, being made into a little retro chinese restaurant with "xiao er"s (waitresses) in uniform.  Been to the Marina Square branch a few years back, and it was still as good!

We took the family set for five since their famous items are all in the set menu.

For starters, soup. It is naturally sweet from the fragrance of the corn and carrot boiled with the meat bone. Very traditional, very good!
Da's 20th Birthday!

and we were quite surprised as the dishes promptly started arriving within the first five minutes of seating down, starting with the soup. I think their cooks must be just doing these few dishes repeatedly.

So.. we had the holy trinity of meats. oh, how they glisten!
Da's 20th Birthday!

First up, the dang gui herbal duck. The superstar of the table, it has perfectly crispy skin, tender and juicy meat and the whole thing was floating on herbal flavoured sauce. Ding ding ding! Hit!
Da's 20th Birthday!

Next in line, the do po rou. So sinful, this one. However it is not as tender as the best DPR I've had, so it failed. The meat did not melt in my mouth that much, which is what it is supposed to do if it is stewed longer, perhaps.
Da's 20th Birthday!

And the fondly remembered mongolian ribs. They are yums, with the special mongolian sauce with black pepper and chilli. Very difficult to describe the taste, other than Delicious.
Da's 20th Birthday!

To balance out the heavy weights, we had a broccoli and mini abalone dish. Doesn't this photo just look absolutely divine?
Da's 20th Birthday!

And I don't usually have too much interest in veggies, but this anchovies with veggie was quite refreshing in between huge chomps of meat. Heh.
Da's 20th Birthday!

Funny photo. I was asking "who wants corn?" (from my soup) when Elsie took the photo with my hand accidentally poking in the shot. Turns out nobody wanted the corn so I nibbled it.
Da's 20th Birthday!

All gone! Why was there bits and pieces left on the plate? i don't think its because of politeness this time, its because we were too full!
Da's 20th Birthday!

Photo time!
Father and son.
Da's 20th Birthday!

Mother and daughter.
Da's 20th Birthday!

Sister and brother, the birthday boy!
Da's 20th Birthday!

Here's him several hours later with mum. There were two cameras present hence the misdirected look haha.
Birthday boy

And that concludes the birthday dinner post! Elsie and QD would be happily gallivanting in Europe by now I suppose. Just sent them to the airport just now.

So exciting! Can't wait for my turn toooo!

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