Opened not too long ago at Mawson Lakes, New Century Restaurant is a good place to eat at if you are looking for Eastern Asian Cuisine. Ample parking is available near the restaurant and they serve complimentary prawn crackers with each meal.
The dishes we ordered were the Sizzling Chicken with XO Sauce, Lemongrass Chilli Pork, Vegetarian Hot Pot and Fried Pork Rolls. Developed in Hong Kong, XO Sauce is a spicy seafood sauce made with dried seafood, the most typical being scallops, shrimps and fish, chilli peppers, onions and garlic. Its name comes from XO cognac, a Western liquor that is popular in Hong Kong. The XO Sauce helped to give the Sizzling Chicken its unique flavour and the chicken and vegetables were cooked perfectly.
New Century Restaurant's Fried Pork Rolls are also known as Ngo Hiang, the Singaporean version of five-spice pork rolls wrapped with bean curd skin, and differ from the Lor Bak in that the meat is minced and water chestnuts are added to give it a crunch. The bean curd skin was fried golden brown which contrasted nicely with the soft meat filling. My dad loves Ngo Hiang and is always looking for it at Chinese restaurants. The closest dish to it that we have tasted is the Lor Bak at NanYang Cafe.
The pork in the Lemongrass Chilli Pork was cooked just right and the vegetables complemented it perfectly. The lemongrass chilli sauce the ingredients were cooked in helped to round out the flavour of the dish and give a nice zing.
All of the vegetables and the tofu in the Vegetarian Hot Pot were cooked to perfection and the flavour of the dish was brought out by the sauce the ingredients were in. The dishes were also quite affordable, costing around $16 per dish.