Xin Cuisine: Chef Kwan Returns with Authentic Delights

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Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has long stood as a beacon of authentic Cantonese culinary delights. This acclaimed eatery has seen the return of an old friend and a culinary maestro, Chef Kwan Yiu Kan, marking an exciting chapter in its storied existence. With Chef Kwan at the helm, the restaurant is set to charm patrons old and new with his signature dishes, seasoned expertise, and some fresh surprises on the menu.

A Culinary Journey Like No Other

Chef Kwan’s journey is nothing short of inspirational, beginning his career as a humble apprentice in a dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong at just 13. Over the years, his passion for Cantonese cuisine grew, shaped profoundly by his father’s influence and his own experiences across Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. His return to Xin Cuisine after 11 years is celebrated with much enthusiasm, as he brings back not only his expertise but also a suite of innovative creations inspired by his travels and interactions.

The Menu: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

The menu at Xin Cuisine under Chef Kwan’s guidance is a testament to his creative culinary spirit and his commitment to maintaining the authenticity of Cantonese cuisine while giving it a contemporary twist. Here’s what we tried:

  • 故乡三拼 Xin Platter: This trio offers a home-style roast duck smoked with tea leaves, baked Australian scallop with eggplant and garlic, and mock goose with black truffle in honey sauce. Each dish on the platter was a revelation on its own. The scallop, paired unexpectedly with eggplant, turned out to be a delightful surprise, enhancing the sweetness of the scallops with a garlicky punch.
  • Vegetarian “Buddha Jump Over the Wall”: This dish feels like a warm hug on a rainy day. It’s rich and hearty, packed with nutrients and flavours, and gives you that cozy feeling of home-cooked food.
  • Braised Lobster with Crab Meat: The sauce’s gentle flavours perfectly complement the fresh lobster, providing a sophisticated yet understated taste profile.
  • Kurobuta Pork Chop with Black Truffle and Sesame Sauce: The pork was succulent, and the black truffle and sesame sauce added a luxurious depth to the dish. It’s a must-try for anyone who loves a good pork chop.
  • Seafood Fried Rice with Sakura Prawn and Foie Gras: The combination of sakura prawn and foie gras made every bite of this fried rice a luxurious experience. The rice itself was perfectly fried, each grain distinct and enveloping the rich flavours.
  • Deep-fried Yam Dumpling with Champagne Filling paired with Dragon Fruit Smoothie: A creative dessert that wraps up the meal with its quirky yet delicious champagne filling and a refreshing dragon fruit smoothie, balancing the richness of the meal.
Deep-fried Yam Dumpling with Champagne Filling paired with Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Deep-fried Yam Dumpling with Champagne Filling paired with Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Location and Ambiance

Located at 317 Outram Road, within the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Xin Cuisine offers a refined environment that complements its menu. The restaurant’s ambiance strikes a balance between elegance and comfort, making it ideal for family dinners and business meetings.

Embracing the Past, Looking to the Future

Xin Cuisine’s commitment to excellence is further exemplified in their upcoming Parents’ Day menu, available from May 1st to June 30th. With choices between a six-course and a nine-course set menu, there’s something to make every parent feel celebrated.

The return of Chef Kwan to Xin Cuisine is not just a homecoming; it’s a revitalisation of the restaurant’s commitment to quality, authenticity, and culinary innovation. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a first-time visitor, the dishes here promise to transport you on a gastronomic journey that’s both comforting and exciting.

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