“Honey, I want spicy food.”
That was the missus order for our regular weekend date.
Chuan Wei Xuan was among the first to appear on Google Search when we searched
for the top Sichuan restaurant in Singapore. Located along the popular food
street of the East- Joo Chiat Road, this restaurant has a relatively modest
shop front that would easily be overlooked.
Nested on the five-foot way of a row of older shop/residential houses, Chuan
Wei Xuan is in the middle of Joo Chiat Road between East Coast Road and the
famous Peranakan Houses of Katong. There is an open-air carpark opposite
the road and kerbside parking for convenience.
Chuan Wei Xuan
Step into Chuan Wei Xuan, and you will be forgiven for thinking you have
returned to the past. Unlike the swanky new decor of Joo Chiat eateries, this
restaurant has a deliberate 1990s vibe. With white walls, dark vinyl wood
floors and red cushion seats, it is the classic Chinese restaurant looks of
Restaurants with warning signs of peak hour waiting time typically signal that
it is a popular restaurants. We could not wait to savour the food.
Sichuan restaurants are known for their spicy and sour fare. So this is what
we will be having for the day. We ordered 3 main dishes, and the portions were
surprisingly large. So 3 dishes, a meat, a soup and vegetable would be sufficient
Sichuan Spicy Popcorn Chicken
This is the signature dish of Chuan Wei Xuan and a must-try. The popcorn
chicken is crispy, crunchy and fresh. It looks like a huge plate, but half of
it is chilli. This is the best Popcorn Chicken in terms of texture and taste.
Pork Slices with Lettuce
A less spicy dish on the menu. The pork slices were tender, and the lettuce
was plentiful. The light spices make it a good complementary dish to
the spicy popcorn chicken.
Sichun Fish with Pickled Mustard Green
For fans of sourish dishes, this fish soup would be perfect. According to the
missus with a tastebud for sourish cuisine, this marks all the right boxes for
its flavour and taste.
We had barely scratched the surface regarding the offerings, but we were
pleased with our chosen selections. In terms of taste, it is as authentic as
it should be. While the decor could be a hit and miss depending on your age
group, with many more dishes yet to try, we will return for seconds!