Sunday, January 24, 2010

Zhong Guo Seafood Restaurant, it serves Xinjiang Skewers

I don’t know how long they have been around but they’ve certainly added spice to Chinese food dining scene.

Although it is called Zhong Guo Seafood restaurant, it really isn’t representative of Chinese cuisine. Well… technically no restaurant possibly could, unless the menu had 1000+ items? Whilst Chinese food in general relates to Cantonese food, the food here trades in the trinity of garlic, ginger and spring onions and fills it with spoonfuls of cumin.

We came here in search of Xinjiang skewers. Cumin and chilli pepper seasoning is the only choice, so if you order a whole load of them, order a ‘refresher’ because they might all start tasting the same. I wasn’t expecting exceptionally tender cutes of meat but here, they are grilled to death, so please note, it really more about the flavours. It is tough but tasty. The only exception was the quail, which perhaps because it was a whole roasted bird as opposed to unknown choice cuts.

Whilst I thought cumin should only appear in curries and dry rubs, I was surprised to see that they use it as a main seasoning for stir-fries for squid or pork, we ordered the squid to try but the seasoning is way too strong for me.

If I had a choice, I’d rather have yakitori over Xinjiang skewers any day but there is a different quality of deliciousness in the seasoning and the chaos of the restaurant that might draw me back for those chewy chunks of meat that are roasted over charcoal. It is tough. But it is also tasty.

Zhong Guo Seafood Restaurant
193 New Bridge Road
Tel: 6423-0680



Anonymous Anonymous said...

its really an acquired taste if your not form the region, i like it though.. not as sweet as the yakitori, tough it can tend to get dry at some parts

10:48 AM  

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