Dian Xiao Er Hot
Dian Xiao Er is a Chinese restaurant selling their speciality dish - Roasted Duck.
- < $10
Changi Airport Terminal 3
#03 - 42/43
Ang Mo Kio Hub
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All the dishes are equally good
Whenever I visit Dian Xiao Er, I will choose their set meals as they have got almost all their signature dishes in the set. Either the healthy or family set will suffice. Although it is stated for two pax minimum however, up to three people can share the set, just ask for an extra bowl of rice. With three to four dishes, it is considered quite a spread.
The Duck Roasted with Angelica Herb, cooked to perfection is recommended and one of my favourite too. The gravy is slightly sweet and you can smell the aroma of herbs and when you eat the duck meat too. Do not miss their Duck Roasted with Ten Wonder Herbs too! The other dishes include Dong Po Pork, the sauce is good and the meat is not too tough. Dian Xiao Er added lime juice into the Kailan with Salted Fish, turning it into an appetizing dish.
Otherwise, go for the lunch time promotion at S$28.80 for two pax, exclusive of charges and taxes. I found the portion rather big; it would be enough for three too. For three dishes, it is not too pricey and there are different dishes on different days. Mondays would be good if you are looking to try their Herbal Roasted Duck. Otherwise, on other days, the other dishes are equally as good!
2 words - comfort food. Dian Xiao Er is essentially, to me, a more upscale version of zhi char. The price also reflects this, but of course with better food, service, and ambience, you get what you pay for. The whole set up of the restaurant will also transport you back in time - you sit on wooden stools (though they are not rickety, not to worry), and the waiters even dress up in xiao er uniforms like in the old days!
My favourite dish here is undisputedly the herbal duck - it is a generous portion of braised, juicy, and tender duck that comes soaked in a fragrant and addictive "dang gui" sauce. A great tip which many people don't know about is that you can ask for the sauce on the side. They will then serve the duck by itself (already delicious enough), and a small bowl of the sauce with it. Dunk each piece of meat into the sauce individually to get maximum sauce coverage - I promise you won't regret it! I then pour any leftover "dang gui" sauce on my rice. The flavour is unbeatable.
Other than duck, Dian Xiao Er does the usual chinese fare very well, with perennial favourites like claypot tofu, double-boiled soup, and stir-fried mushrooms being on their bestselling list. I find the vegetable dishes like bok choy and kai lan to be uninspiring, though, so I usually give it a miss. Then again, the food here is definitely not the most healthy. Is it oily? Yes. Is it rich? Yes. But is it comforting? Is it delicious? Is it satisfying? Definitely.
Yummy Food at Great Value
We had our reunion dinner this year at the newly opened Bedok Mall outlet. The outlet is compact sized with the decor of Chinese tavern. Luckily, the delicious food more than made up for the discomfort.
The dinner package comes with 4 dishes and a dessert, including the famous herbal roast duck. Most of us loved the spicy prawns which was too salty but very well marinated. Fish fillet and vegetable dishes were OK. As for the shop's signature dish, the roast duck meat was very tender but we were not used to the strong herbal taste.
Overall, a very pleasant experience but the food was very oily. It's good that they don't use palm oil anymore for cooking.
Best Duck Ever!
My dad has always been worried about filling our stomachs before we embark on our backpacking journey and being a budget traveller, Dian Xiao Er would be the only Chinese food available to fit my odd flight timings. It has habitually turned into the place to have our meal before flying off.
We have yet to try more than the usual dishes -- Three Egg Spinach, 10 Treasure Roasted Duck, Crab Meat Tofu, Dong Bo Pork -- because we just couldn't get enough them, let alone being sick. The broth for the spinach dish is rather thick and flavourful and I would always scoop spoonful to drench my rice.
The 10 treasure duck is worth an individual feature. You can taste the different spices put to marination without being an overkill. I don't usually go for overly tender flesh and the springiness and slight toughness of the duck meat is of my preference.
Definitely going to have my meal there the next time I am flying off.
Promotion heavy, value for money, delicious!
Dian Xiao Er is one of the most promotion heavy yet delicious chinese restaurant that i have ever come across.
They have a variety of promotions such as 15% early bird discount, 20% off for senior citizens and students, credit card promotions and set meal lunch promotions. These are really useful and money-saving for families/friends who wish to have a decent affordable meal.
I went for the 2pax lunch promotion set at 26.80+ which came with 2 bowls of rice, chinese tea, 3 dishes- roast duck, braised mushroom and sambal kangkong. The portions were pretty generous that i think it will suit a 3pax for a 2 pax meal! The roast duck is the main highlight of the restaurant- the herbs used were fragrant and the duck really immersed in the herbs and was flavourful and crispy. The sambal kangkong was thumbs up from my boyfriend who liked spicy food and we both enjoyed the braised mushrooms which were simple yet healthy looking. I like the ambience at Dian Xiao er too. Its very antique oriental outlook
Overall i highly recommend this affordable place for meals, especially lunches!
I come here for one reason only - the roast duck. Scrumptious and charred to perfection, I personally feel that the duck here is one of the best in Singapore. Whenever my family comes here for a dinner, I make sure to place an order for a plate or two of their famed dish. Indeed, I feel that just the duck alone is enough to warrant a trip here.
I don't particularly fancy their other dishes though. It's not that they are not good, it's just that they aren't that good. You can find better variants in other restaurants at better prices, and they suffer the unfortunate fate of being overshadowed by their delicious roast duck. Nevertheless, they are tasty - just not tasty enough in my opinion.
All in all, a good restaurant for one to enjoy the delicious dishes of our Chinese heritage.
Our family's favourite!
Dian Xiao Er is definitely a family favourite, it being a place where we would all go to eat together during Chinese New Year or a grandparent's birthday. It has the quintessential traditional Chinese decor, what with the bright red lanterns and wooden furniture. I do love the rustic feel and it provides a fine ambience to enjoy a meal.
I really enjoy eating the Stir Fried Lotus Root with Macadamia Nut. It is a light and healthy dish with lots of crunch that I love. The Deep Fried Kai Lan with Pork Floss is an interestingly addictive but personally I wouldn't be that willing to pay for that at a restaurant considering the simplicity of this dish that suggests that could be recreated at home.
Also, Dong Po Pork is such an indulgence. The pork has layers of meat alternating fat and marinated in the most flavoursome spices which makes it really tasty.
Speaking of food, I feel that their food is definitely worth the prices. Granted, this is a Chinese restaurant we're talking about here, so prices are expected to be higher anyway.
I am a new-found Chinese food lover after DXE
I have to disclaim, till this day I have no idea what I ate as it was ordered by my friend.
But I remember exactly the moment I fell in love.
I am a very Western person. I enjoy Western culture, I love Western food. I dislike staples (rice and noodles) and this place was what blew my mind.
My friend convinced me into this place even though I violently refused. Once inside, I grouchily ignored their menu and started to complain that nothing here is probably edible and they probably serve live monkeys. My friend ignored me and ordered their dinner set.
The food came and God was I enlightened.
They served fragrant rice with tinges of carrot. There was a meat side dish which tasted like heaven on a plate. The soup was warm and smooth, feels like alcohol but it actually tastes beautiful. The fish served was cooked to delicate perfection and everything, everything could do no wrong. Good food make me weep. I adore Dian Xiao Er.
I should go ask my friend what exactly he ordered.
silver cod fish is a must have!!
I’ve been wanting to try Dian Xiao Er for the longest time because the consistent long queues at their AMK hub outlet seems to suggest that people are coming back for more. Like many others, I often mix up Soup Restaurant and Dian Xiao Er as they are always positioned side by side. Just last night, I visited the AMK hub outlet with my partner for the first time.
First impression, we had our orders taken when we were queuing and so, it shortens our waiting time. As soon as we got our table, we had our food served within 5 minutes. However, 2 issues: firstly, the interior is too dimed for me and it definitely didn’t improve the situation with the spot lights shining into my eyes. Secondly, we had 3 different staff serving the food to the wrong table. Once is alright, but thrice? They need to better train their staff at memorising table numbers.
Food wise, I would say it’s commendable. We ordered 3 dishes for 2 of us. The ee-fu mian with mushroom, the Emerald Tofu which is made of wheat grass and tofu (interesting dish!!) and lastly, the silver cod fish with superior soy sauce. At the end of the meal, we were really satisfied with the dishes, especially the silver cod fish! The fish was perfectly fried and extremely crispy on the outside with succulent fish meat on the interior. I would definitely recommend all the above dishes to anyone. However, the fish which had a rather small serving size is quite pricey. It cost approx $26++ for a small piece of fish. But still, for the quality, I would say, go ahead and try! In total, the 3 dishes cost us approx $70 after GST.
Another great family restaurant!
I visited this place for the first time for Father's Day dinner and it was a great experience. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeble of the menu and willingly accomodated when we requested to change a dish in their given Father's Day set menu.
The herbal roasted duck, a signature dish, was extremely great. The duck meat was tender and the gravy was rich and savoury. I also enjoyed their Cereal Prawns. Although it is not their signature dish, the prawns were big and crunchy, the cereal was sweet and tasty.
While it was pricey, I found it worth the money.