Whenever my friends and I visit a Chinese restaurant, there’s one thing we absolutely have to order — barbecued skewers covered in fiery cumin goodness, or chuan chuan. At Li Ji Chuan Chuan Xiang, you can expect to find a slightly different spin on these skewers. Care to take a guess?
Rather than barbecuing the chuan chuan, you’ll actually be cooking them hotpot-style. The best part? Each stick will set you back just S$0.50. Yes, you heard right!
You’ll get to choose from a smorgasbord of meats, vegetables, mushrooms, and more. Since they’re so affordable, you won’t face decision paralysis here — just get them all. Patrons generally rave about the special recipe beef, mutton, and pork, as well as the coriander beef rolls (yes, I’m Team Coriander).
For the more adventurous, opt for ingredients like beef tendon, braised intestines, and chongqing bacon. One good thing about this cooking method — no more losing your meat to the depths of the large pot! Pro tip: get the konjac skin to soak up all the goodness as well.
Looking for something a little more bougie? You can also get wagyu beef slices (S$22), coral grouper with prawn paste (S$49), and even a whole lobster (S$48).
You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to soup bases — think tomato broth, beef bone collagen soup and more. If you have a high spice tolerance, however, I’d suggest going for the authentic mala soup base. It’s known to get even spicier as you continuously cook your marinated meats in the broth, so this is the best time to find out who can handle the most heat.
The restaurant can get pretty crowded especially during peak hours, so it’s best to make a reservation here in advance. Alternatively, all you night owls can also visit during wee hours for supper — the Jalan Besar outlet closes at 5am on most days, so you’ll have more than enough time to head down.
The next time you’re craving both hotpot and chuan chuan, you know where to go!
📍 206 Jln Besar, Singapore 208892
🕒 3pm—5am (Mon to Sat), 3pm–3am (Sun)
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