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Monday, June 24, 2013

SIN: Hong Guo

Fifteen ingredients in a big, red bowl!

Literally translated as 'red pot', Hong Guo specialises in Yunnan rice noodle in broth with a variety of ingredients. There used to be a branch near my place at Chinatown Point, but it has closed down.

Pork Skewers with Fragrant Spices S$6.80
Taste: 8/10

I started the meal with three juicy pork skewers which came to the table piping hot. They were juicy and kinda oily at the same time, and I enjoyed the slight crispiness of the aromatic meat.

Zhuang Yuan Mi Xian S$8.80
Taste: 7.5/10

I shall list down the fifteen ingredients as written on the menu apart from the Yunnan rice noodle: quail eggs, chives, beancurd thread, dried shrimps, fried meat, spring onions, fish, dou miao (Chinese pea shoots), Sichuan vegetables (Chinese pickled vegetables), mushrooms, button mushrooms, ham, prawns, fried peanuts and squid. The soup base is said to be double-boiled with selected duck, chicken and pork, but to be honest, it wasn't that rich.

The restaurant also offers Lotus Fried Rice Set Meal at a very affordable price of S$7.80 which includes a glass of drink.

Lotus XO Seafood Fried Rice (Set Menu)
Taste: 8/10

I gave the seafood fried rice, and I wasn't disappointed. The rice was fluffy and flavourful, and it came with three succulent prawns, easy-to-chew squid and bits of crab sticks. The soup had a milky taste, most likely due to collagen, but it could definitely be less watery.

Lychee Aloe Wolfberry Green Tea (Set Menu)
Taste: 7.5/10

The jasmine green tea drink was pretty refreshing, with the aloe vera cubes being particularly sweet. Sadly, the wolfberries weren't so. Also, there was only one lychee sank at the bottom of the glass.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

I have to say that the set meal promotion is pretty much value-for-money. Pika's advice: If you think that fifteen ingredients are a bit too much for the Yunnan rice noodle, you can opt for the twelve or nine ingredients.

Hong Guo

200 Victoria Street
#B1-06 Bugis Junction
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.00pm)

*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,

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