A group of good food lovers decided to meet for a nice meal and drinks. And usually the choices were also value-for-money. Location was not an issue, so this time we picked Yang Ming Seafood.
Yang Ming Seafood Village in Ubi is the second outlet that opened in Dec 2021 as the pandemic eased off. The outlet is large and spacious with plenty of tables in the shared canteen area as well as air-conditioned rooms with several tables which you can book. It is impressive to see a local tzechar eatery stocking such a huge variety of premium seafood, to say the least.
This was the menu for our dinner.
- Salt and Pepper Shrimps 咸酥虾
- Pig’s Stomach Chicken Soup 猪肚鸡汤
- Scallop and Lobster Porridge 干贝上汤龙虾粥
- Egg Hor Fun 滑蛋河粉
- San Lou Burn Bee Hoon 三楼米粉
- Pork Ribs 香酥一支骨
- Ginger Kampong Chicken 沙姜甘榜鸡
- Garlic Qing Long Veg 蒜茸青龙菜
- Charcoal Bean Curd 黑金炭豆腐
- Hong Kong Style Steam Baby Sotong 港蒸苏东仔
- Pumpkin Ginkgo Yam Paste 金瓜白果芋泥
Salt and Pepper Shrimps 咸酥虾
I was late for dinner and the party started with some snacks with their drinks. I brought my bottles of Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, and this Salt and Pepper Shrimps 咸酥虾 was perfect for the refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Crispy and salty, you can chew the whole shrimp, shell and all.
Pig’s Stomach Chicken Soup 猪肚鸡汤
This is one of their signature dish and perfect for a rainy day. The Pig’s Stomach Chicken Soup 猪肚鸡汤 was sticky with collagen from the whole chicken and pig stomach simmered in the peppery stock. The pig stomach was very well cooked, tender yet not too soft.
What was interesting about the soup was that the chicken was stuffed into the pig’s stomach before cooking, and the stomach was cut down to consumption size at the table side. The whole claypot was placed on the stove as leaving it cool in the air-con will cause the fats floating on the surface of the soup to coagulate. My poor cockle-laden heart!
Scallop and Lobster Porridge 干贝上汤龙虾粥
Their clam to fame was the lobsters, and besides the chee cheong fun version, the Scallop and Lobster Porridge 干贝上汤龙虾粥 was equally outstanding. There was so much lobster, I wished there was more porridge. The porridge was full of sweetness from the lobster as well as umami from the dried scallops.
Egg Hor Fun 滑蛋河粉
We ordered a small portion of Egg Hor Fun 滑蛋河粉 as one of us was a sucker for this comfort dish. I didn’t had the chance to eat it, so it must be good.
San Lou Burn Bee Hoon 三楼米粉
Billboarded as one of their signature dishes, the San Lou Burn Bee Hoon 三楼米粉 was quite good, plenty of wokhei. But I wished the sambal chilli that could be better.
Pork Ribs 香酥一支骨
I usually do not order pork ribs because they were usually done badly. Yang Ming’s Pork Ribs 香酥一支骨 was garlicky and full of flavours, and the flesh just slid off the bones despite the crispy outside. Good choice, K; you can take over the ordering in future.
Ginger Kampong Chicken 沙姜甘榜鸡
Another signature dish that required a preorder was the Ginger Kampong Chicken 沙姜甘榜鸡. Unlike the Hong Kong version that came with crispy skin, their version was like a roasted BBQ chicken with a strong galangal taste that came with a delicious ginger dip on the side.
Garlic Qing Long Veg 蒜茸青龙菜
A simple stir-fry vegetable, Garlic Qing Long Veg 蒜茸青龙菜 was alright even though they refused to a shrimp or squid version.
Charcoal Bean Curd 黑金炭豆腐
Charcoal Bean Curd 黑金炭豆腐 tasted so much better than it looked. The house made bean curd was flavourful with a crispy skin and smooth, tender side. I would love to try a deep fried salt and pepper version if they have it.
Hong Kong Style Steam Baby Sotong 港蒸苏东仔
And as we enjoyed our drinks and wines, we ordered another simple snack to accompany the drinks and chit-chat. Hong Kong Style Steam Baby Sotong 港蒸苏东仔 was nice but it could not compare with firefly squids. These local molluscs were soft and juicy, but because they were so small, they tend to overcooked.
Pumpkin Ginkgo Yam Paste 金瓜白果芋泥
And finally a dessert, and the Teochew classic Pumpkin Ginkgo Yam Paste 金瓜白果芋泥 was served. Not too sweet and definitely did not have the layer of lard to lock in the temperature. Why couldn’t the restaurants these days continue to do the original and still the best recipe, sweet and oily version?
Yang Ming Seafood offers free corkage; you can bring along a bottle (or two) and they will provide the wine glasses at no additional charges. The food was good, the price was higher than your neighbourhood tzechar but the quality and freshness of the seafood were tip-top. And the service was fantastic, and comparable to the best restaurants. Recommended.
Yang Ming Seafood 扬名海鲜 (Ubi Branch)
71 Ubi Cres, #01-05 Excalibur Centre, Singapore 408571
Tel : +65 8028 2230
Visited Dec 2022