An impromptu dinner with Angel, Ivy & Whye Wan. I was craving for steamboat few days ago, so Ivy suggested Xian De Lai 鲜得来, JEM
We were there on Tuesday evening & it wasn't crowded
Upon ordering, we were served a portion of appetizer. It was fried chicken cubes with lots of dried chilli
There is an option of Set meal or Ala Carte Buffet (can't remember the price, but it was aout $25), so we opt for the buffet. There are 5 soup bases to choose from, namely: Irresistible Sichuan Spicy; HealthyTonkotsu Soup; Bak Kut Teh Soup; Secret Recipe Duck Soup & Thai-style Tom Yum Soup
All of them choose the Healthy Tonkotsu Soup while I had Tom Yum. No complains from them, so I reckon it's passable. Tom Yum is mild sour & spicy.
Variety of sauces were available at the center of table of the restaurant. Of which, only 4 catches my eye. Sesame Peanut Sauce (dilute & no sesame taste.. a little salty also); Spicy Peanut Sauce (not spicy & no peanut fragrant); Spicy Chilly w/bean (Not spicy & it's sweet cos of the bean) & Thai-style Chilli (not spicy; has a hint of sourness). Of the 4 sauces I tried, Thai-style Chilli proves to be the best dip for the night.
There were more than 50 dishes to choose from, but... ... the portion were very small, so I suggest you order more if you;re a big eater. How small is the portion? Eg. 2 portions of prawns turn out to be only 8pcs (for 4 pax)! However, the ingredients were all very fresh.
Apart from the fresh/ raw ingredients, there are also more than 15 side dishes to choose from. Braised Pork Belly in Tea Sauce is very flavorful & the pork is very soft. However, it is so fat you see a layer of oil on the pork belly when it has cool down!
Braised Beancurd is also very flavorful
Come fried stuffs we ordered
The buffet also comes with a dessert of the day.
Most of the staffs here were from China & they were pretty friendly & attentive.
Xian De Lai 鲜得来
50 Jurong Gateway Road,
Jurong East, 608549
Tel: 6339 4366