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Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen creates employment for those in the disadvantaged communities and serves wholesome nutritious food prepared with sustainable produce. The new restaurant in Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) is one for those who are health-conscious, socially aware and environmentally responsible.

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen

Zing @ PLQ Parkside

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen @ PLQ

Located in PLQ Parkside, Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen sits in the middle of a row of eateries which has Jimmy Monkey Cafe on one end and Chef Damian D’Silva’s latest restaurant, Renpapa, on the other. The sheltered al fresco dining area looks out to a small park and children’s play-space.

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen at Paya Lebar Quarter
Zing by Xi Yan at Paya Lebar Quarter

The casual dining restaurant has a chic interior design. The vibrant wallpapers have Chinese motifs given modern theatrical interpretations. Different sections of the walls each look like a piece of contemporary artwork.

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen at PLQ

Zing is a collaboration project involving The Social Kitchen, a social enterprise that helps to equip disadvantaged individuals with skills and and provide them with meaningful work opportunities.

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen - social enterprise

Menu of Zing

The menu of Zing tries to cover as many different bases as possible. There are nutrient-packed salads and grain bowls as well as indulgent desserts. You can have ribeye steak or plant-based chicken. Very European dishes like Baked Mozzarella Aubergine, fusion cuisine like Tteokbokki Prawn Gratin or traditional Hakka Abacus are among the items on Zing’s menu. ​It even has a bar that serves liquor as well as ice cream.

Menu of Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen at Paya Lebar Quarter

Physical menus are available. Diners can also scan a QR code to access the online menu. A few screenshots of the the online menu are below.

Menu of Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen at PLQ
Menu of Zing at PLQ
Zing by Xi Yan Menu
    
Zing Menu
Zing by Xi Yan Desserts Menu

Interesting Meal @ Zing by Xi Yan

We had an interesting meal at the new Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen.

The drinks we ordered, Kamquat Honey ($3.5) and Unsweetened Lemongrass Drink ($3.50), were served promptly. They were nice and very refreshing.

Zing by Xi Yan at PLQ
Zing by Xi Yan Pregnant Woman Fried Rice
Pregnant Woman Fried Rice

Next came the Pregnant Woman Fried Rice ($15). We did not order the dish as a way to announce that someone was pregnant. It was just that the dish looked quite good in the image on the menu.

Pregnant Woman Fried Rice was fried rice with olives, ginger and dried shrimp. The ginger bits provided a nice spicy crunchiness. Otherwise, the dish was nothing to get excited about. Perhaps that was why it would be suitable for pregnant women.

Braised Tender Sichuan Beef Liguini Fini
Braised Tender Sichuan Beef Liguini Fini

We tried one of the fusion dishes – Braised Tender Sichuan Beef Liguini Fini ($20). The beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender. The sauce was truly MaLa – “numbing” and “spicy”. The dish should be a hit for the mala fans.

Braised Tender Sichuan Beef Liguini Fini at Zing
Braised Tender Sichuan Beef Liguini Fini

Our next 2 dishes were the traditional Hakka Abacus ($18) and Hakka Niang Do Fu ($12).

The Hakka yam abacus seeds were fried with minced pork, mushroom, black fungus and dried shrimp. The abacus seeds had a nice chewy texture. There was some wok-hey. It was an enjoyable comforting dish.

Hakka Abacus at Zing
Hakka Abacus

The best dish of the meal was the Hakka Niang Do Fu (Dry Version). The pieces of beancurd and vegetables stuffed with fish paste and minced pork were served with a thick gravy. It was a delicious dish.

Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen - Hakka Niang Do Fu
Hakka Niang Do Fu

The Tang Yuan Mixed ($4) provided a sweet ending to our meal. We were especially delighted by the delectable filling of crushed peanut and candied winter melon in the white glutinous rice balls.

Zing by Xi Yan's Tang Yuan
Tang Yuan

Ethical Dining

Overall, it was an interesting meal which we did enjoy. We liked the traditional Hakka dishes and the desserts of Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen. The service was friendly and rather efficient.

In the new culture of ethical consumerism, it seems it is not enough for restaurants to just offer good food with good service. They have to show that they are environmentally friendly, support ethical farming or promote social change. As illustrated by its menu, Zing tries to cover as many different bases as possible. So whether you are passionate about supporting the disadvantaged communities, sustainable produce or whole food, Zing by Xi Yan & The Social Kitchen wants you to enjoy a meal at the new restaurant knowing that you are doing your bit in advancing the cause.

Zing by Xi Yan @ PLQ
    

Ratings:
Food: 3
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

    

Zing by Xi Yan @ PLQ
2 Paya Lebar Road, #01-06/07/08,  PLQ Parkside
Singapore 409053

Tel: +65 6530 3548

Opening Hours: 11.30 pm to 10 pm

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