Kim’s Place Seafood Restaurant: Try The X.O. Hokkien Mee, Poached Prawns and Lemongrass Jelly!

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It’s no secret that I love hokkien mee. But it’s hard to find really tasty hokkien mee in Singapore. And since there’s 50% discount for Kim’s Place today, we thought there’s no better place for a late lunch. 😀 The restaurant at Joo Chiat was deserted when we arrived around 3pm. And we ordered the X.O. Hokkien Mee you see above, Poached Prawns in Herbal Soup, Pan Fried Fragrant Pork Chop, and I decided to try this dessert for the first time: Lemongrass Jelly with Lemon Sorbet. You know how there are two kinds of people when it comes to ordering food? One group of people just have a knack for picking the ‘right’ items even when it’s an entirely new place, while the other group simply selects the most unpalatable ones? 😀 I belong to the first group… most of the time.

I picked the X.O. Hokkien Mee (S$12 for a Small portion, before discount). In case you are wondering, it’s not an X.O. sauce. It stands for ‘Xtra Oysters’. (@_@) The dish ends up looking like a strange mee rebus but it tastes REALLY GOOD. With such a generous serving of seafood, how can it not taste good, right? DEFINITELY order this dish. Also, for two pax, the Small portion is just right. It hits the spot, and doesn’t get you to the point of ‘jelat’, so you can definitely head back again soon for the same dish.

My darling picked this next dish, and I can only say it’s a disaster. I’m sorry for taking such a nice picture of the dish:

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It’s Pan Fried Fragrant Pork Chop ($12 too, so you might as well get another serving of Hokkien Mee for the same price). The pork is tough and dry and if you don’t tell me it’s pork chop, well, I’d think it could be crocodile or kangaroo or who knows what else. The pickled veggies by the side are delightful but this dish makes me feel like I’m eating cardboard drizzled with some kind of sauce. And it’s supposedly one of their specialty dishes too *cough cough*.

When he wanted to order the crispy cereal prawns, I told him the Poached Prawns in Herbal Soup would be a better idea since they cook the prawns whole and you get to drink yummy soup! This dish costs $18…

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There were 6 large, plump prawns. I think there was a little bit too much ‘hua tiew jiu’ in this soup. But otherwise it was enjoyable.

I actually ate the dessert first since the chef needed time to prepare the cooked food, and really, WHY NOT? Dessert should be eaten any time you want! 😀

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The Lemongrass Jelly with Lemon Sorbet ($3.80) is amazing. The sourness of the lemon sorbet balances out the sweetness of the jelly, and they both smell delicious. My only complaint would be that the serving size is super small. I need more of this dessert please!


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Kim’s Place Seafood is at 45 Joo Chiat Place.