[Review] Healthy Cantonese Cuisine at Myo Restobar

February 11, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

Foodies familiar with Kia Hiang, the 40-year-old Cantonese restaurant at International Plaza, will be pleased to learn that they now have a new location to visit - Myo Restobar.

Located along Robinson Road near Tanjong Pagar MRT station, it is a modern version of its sister restaurant and offers all that the latter's diehard fans love, including the famous Claypot Chicken and other classic home-styled dishes. A special feature of this restaurant is its innovative take on traditional dim sums, and I like how beneath an unassuming exterior, these bite-sized pastries do succeed in teasing its diners' palates.

Dim Sum
Two of the must-try dim sum dishes include the Flakey Angus Beef Pastries and Gold Foil Dumplings with Assorted Mushrooms. 

Diners who love beef and the flakey exterior of char siew sohs will enjoy how the Flakey Angus Beef Pastries ($5.80 for 3 pieces) ingeniously marry these two items together. Bite into these dim sums and you will be greeted by generous servings of diced angus beef in black pepper sauce.

A first look at the Gold Foil Dumplings with Assorted Mushrooms ($4.80 for 3 pieces) may give one an impression that these are quite gimmicky. After all, one may have seen chocolate cakes/ tarts with gold foil, but dim sums? Nonetheless, I must say that I really liked the well-marinated mushrooms hidden beneath the thin transulcent skin of these dumplings.

Wok Items
The two must-try dishes are the signature Kia Hiang Claypot Spring Chicken and Angus Ribeye Cubes with Garlic and Broccoli.

Passed down from father to son is the signature Kia Hiang Claypot Spring Chicken ($18). If you are in the mood for a more healthy variant of this dish, try the Kia Hiang Claypot Organic Chicken ($28) which is only available at Myo. Braised for 1 hour, a gentle poke into the dish revealed a really soft and moist chicken enveloped in sweet cabbage and herbal broth. We heard that this dish was initially created by the boss for his staff, but it was so well-received that he decided to include it in the menu too!

Another must-try dish is the Angus Tenderloin Cubes with Garlic and Broccoli (from $18 onwards). Succulent and perfectly cooked, each meat cube was coated with just the right amount of wok hei you expect from zi char dishes.

The other dishes I tried were the Baked Hamachi Collar ($18), Prawns in Salted Egg Yolk Sauce and Wasabi Sauce (from $12), Hong Kong Kai Lan with Wolf Berry in Superior Stock (from $10) and Gui Fei Beancurd with 3 Treasures (from $14). Overall, they gave diners a homely feel. Not overly salty or oily, they are just like the dishes your grandmother would serve after you head home from school.

The Young Coconut Stewed with Peach Gum & Egg White ($8), served hot, was one of my favourite and certainly another item I would recommend. Peach gum is known to contain high levels of collagen that helps to rejuvenate the skin and it overall makes a very nutritious dessert. We heard that this dish is lovingly steamed at low temperatures to ensure a certain consistency and minimise bubbles.

Nonetheless, if you prefer something of a more manageable portion, you can always fall back on the Healthy Walnut Buns ($4.80 for 3 pieces) in lotus paste. For sure, the are definitely the healthier option instead of Liu Sha Bao (or Custard Buns) - something I am usually guilty of ordering at dim sum restaurants!

Overall, diners at Myo Restobar will enjoy its innovative offerings and healthy dishes. If you have not been here before, the Lunch Set Menus (from $16) are a good way to try if their dishes go up your alley as you can get to try smaller portions of its signature dishes such as the Claypot Organic Chicken Drumstick.
And of couse, the modern decoration featuring floor-to-ceiling windows is a bonus. Who would resist having a meal overlooking the CBD area? :)

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Myo Restobar
Oxley Tower (Lobby 1)
138 Robinson Road, #19-01
Singapore 068906

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