Located on Gouger Street, Kingdom Chinese Restaurant serves a good range of Chinese cuisine consisting of a combination of favourites such as Sweet & Sour Pork and more unusual dishes. They also offer a variety of Chinese roast meat and daily Hong Kong style Yum Cha. The dishes we ate during our visit were the Singaporean Chilli Soft Shell Crab, Sweet & Sour Pork and Enoki Mushrooms & Mixed Vegetables Vermicelli Hot Pot.
Singaporean Chilli Soft Shell Crab puts a twist on the famous Singaporean dish, Singapore Chilli Crab, by using soft shell crab in place of the crab that is used in the dish that inspired it. The pieces of soft shell crab were fried to golden brown with the sauce bringing out its flavour without making the crab soggy. The sauce initially tasted more like a curry when it was served to us, but the flavour gradually developed into the taste that is typical of Singapore Chilli Crab.
Kingdom Chinese's Sweet & Sour Pork is currently what we considered to be the best one we have tried so far, with the crispy batter of the chunks of pork contrasting wonderfully with the tender meat. The sweet and sour sauce complemented the pork nicely and had the right thickness to ensure that the coating does not become soggy. It also had pieces of onion, capsicum and pineapple to add a bit of texture with the salad leaves giving it an element of freshness.
Enoki Mushrooms & Mixed Vegetables Vermicelli Hot Pot
The enoki mushrooms and the mixed vegetables in the Enoki Mushrooms & Mixed Vegetables Vermicelli Hot Pot had the right amount of bite to them with the vermicelli adding a chewy texture to the dish. The sauce the vegetables were cooked in brought out their flavour without overwhelming them. If you like to give it a potent spicy hit, you can request for cut chilli with soy sauce to dip the vegetables in.
Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab
In a previous visit to the restaurant, we tried their Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab and a selection of their roast meats. The Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab was a bit disappointing as the pepper sauce did not have the peppery taste we liked and the crab was a bit soggy. Their duck was cooked just right and while the roast pork had crisp crackling and meat that was cooked to perfection, we found it to be a bit too fatty. Thankfully the quality of their dishes has improved significantly since that visit.
A unique aspect of the restaurant is that they offer a complimentary Chinese dessert with your meal. The dish that was served to us was Beancurd Stick and Gingko Nut Dessert, sometimes called Beancurd Stick Porridge because it looks like Congee. It's a sweet soup with a savoury note coming from the beancurd stick and a hint of bitterness from the gingko nuts.
Kingdom Chinese has a menu that caters for casual dining and fine dining. Its live seafood dishes are popular with diners having celebration dinners there. Ambience of the restaurant was very inviting with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. A good amount of parking space is available on Gouger Street, with the option of off-street parking in the U Park located within walking distance of the restaurant. Diners can enjoy 25% off their total bill by booking a table through Yumtable.