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XO Kitchen Report and Query (longish)

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XO Kitchen Report and Query (longish)

Isabel | Jul 15, 2004 12:36 PM

I went to XO Kitchen last night, which was rife with possibilities but a mixed experience in terms of deliciousness.

XO Kitchen has a dizzingly diverse menu, with various styles of Chinese dishes, a Japanese section, and a bunch of fusion items (including some scary-sounding ones e.g. Baked (I think) Oysters with Cheese). If anyone has suggestions of what might be good to try, I'd be interested in going back.

We had:
Fried eel dumplings -- Strange but very good. Served with pickled ginger that comes with sushi, which was hard to get over but ultimately a good taste combination. Crisp, fresh, delicious.
Scallion pancake with curry sauce -- This was halfway between scallion pancake and roti canai. An interesting hybrid, crispier than a normal s.p. and with curry sauce (same sauce as the fish balls (below), I suspect).
Pea shoot dumplings -- These were good, not great. I love the pea shoot dumplings at Dim Sum A Go Go and these are a completely different animal -- thicker wrapper, larger and looser dumplings. I prefer Go Go's but these were an interesting variant.
Sticky rice in lotus leaf -- This came sans lotus leaf and had no trace of ever having encountered one so lacked the leafy flavor that has always seemed to me to be important to this dish. It had pork inside and also a quantity of yellow bean paste. Came with a dish of white powder that I think was MSG. Overall not great. Maybe needed more MSG?
Fish balls in curry sauce -- I'm not sure I get fish balls. These were rubbery, and the sauce was unexceptional/generic. Can anyone enlighten me as to what would constitute a truly fantastic fish ball?

We ended with a papaya shake, which was most tasty. Little chunks of papya in evidence, not too sweet, very fresh-tasting.

I'd be interested to hear if others have ventured into other parts of XO's oddball menu.

Thanks!

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