In spite of Min Jiang's longevity, it's not a restaurant we frequent. Their extensive menu is quite a hit-and-miss affair, and you'd really have to pick carefully for a commendable meal. This time round, we opted badly, and each dish comprised a jarring element, which made for a lackluster dinner.
The appetizer of Szechuan Chicken ($12), simply poached and served chilled smothered in a spicy-piquant sesame-soy-chilli sauce, passed muster but was far from outstanding. The version at Shinsen Hanten bore more harmonious flavours.
The Claypot of Braised Beancurd with Assorted Seafood ($28 for small) would have been wonderfully homestyled but for the less-than-fresh fish and overly treated prawns. Suffice it to say, we left the pieces of fish behind.
The Fried String Beans with Minced Meat ($18), enlivened with preserved mustard greens, was lacking in the smoky char of the wok.
We saw this served at just every other table, but we didn't quite take to the Stewed Ee-Fu Noodles with King Prawns ($16 per person). The XO sauce clashed terribly with the punchy heat of the ginger slabs. It was one ingredient too many; I would have much preferred the noodles slicked with just XO sauce, sans ginger.
The 'Min Jiang' Style Fried Noodles ($20 for small) was much better received. Classic fare done right, with a simple, uncomplicated appeal to it.
We should have taken our cue from the Braised Peanuts ($3), which unwonted sweetness was disconcerting. It heralded the disappointing dinner.
22 Scotts Road
Goodwood Park Hotel
Tel: 6730 1704
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner;
Sundays from 11am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner