Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chinese cuisine at Mayim

Beef Noodles
Beef Brisket Noodles ($6.30)

Mayim is a restaurant located at West mall that sells (mostly) Chinese and (some) Japanese cuisine. I have been there before - when I haven't gotten a camera - and find the food to be of a rather good standard. Oh the beef and bamboo shoots! This time round, we didn't order a la carte but tried the dim sums.

Shrimp dumpling Noodles
Dumplings Noodles ($6.30)

Being poor students, we ordered noodles with stewed beef brisket served in soup and noodles with fresh prawn dumplings served in soup. Phew. What a mouthful. The beef noodles with soup is only okay. I have ate better at Din Tai Fung. But the dumpling noodles with soup are fantastic. As seen from the photo, the dumpling is big! Each dumpling has 3 fresh shrimps. In fact, I kind of regret not ordering this.

Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao ($2)

Apart from our 'main course', we also tried their dim sum. The Xiao Long Bao costs $2 for a basket of 3. Each of this baos is presented in small little aluminium cups. When bitten, the skin of the xiao long bao is thick. The soup inside the little baos has a oily and sickening feeling when drank. I do not recommend you to order the Xiao Long Bao - which is ironically listed in the menu as a hot favourite - here.

Siew mai
Siew Mai ($2)

We also ordered the siew mai which also cost $2. The siew mai has two fresh shrimps and mushrooms in it. It was a real joy to nibble at the siew mai. It isn't dry at all. While I won't say that this is the best siew mai I have eaten, it is delightful to me.

Service here is substandard. The waitress threw us a dirty look when we called for her as she was delivering food to the other tables. That was still ok since she was busy and by right should not attend to us but ask another waitress to help her (which she did). The main thing was not being served any water! Is plain water charged? Or was it that they saw that we ordered one glass of barley and decided not to serve a glass of water? Humph.

The restaurant is like a cheaper cousin of Crystal Jade Kitchen. Like those restaurants, the background noise is high. The price is slightly cheaper than Crystal Jade Kitchen for its ala carte and is a good alternative if you are sick of Crystal Jade (I know I am!). Service can be improved greatly though.

Rating: 6.0/10 (marks docked for the lack of water!)

Mayim is located at level 2, Westmall, Bukit Batok.

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