Escape From Reality @ Feng Bo Zhuang 风波庄

Feng Bo Zhuang 风波庄

 The Chinese characters on the menu "wu lin mi pu' means secret manual, supposedly the secret manual of some martial arts of certain sect in the pugulistic world .

The Chinese characters on the menu “wu lin mi pu’ means secret manual, supposedly the secret manual of some martial arts of certain sect in the pugilistic world .

The minute you enter this kung fu themed restaurant, the waitresses will alarm you with their loud greetings calling you "da xia" which means big heroes.

The minute you enter this kungfu themed restaurant, the waitresses will alarm you with their loud greetings calling you “da xia” which means big heroes.

This special item "da li wan" had one whole page by itself on the menu and is limited to one per person at S$2 each.

This special item “da li wan” had one whole page by itself on the menu and is limited to one per person at S$2 each.

Chi Sao enjoying his pearly ball of treasure.

Chi Sao enjoying his pearly ball of treasure.

Tasty minced pork ball with a generous piece of salted egg inside coated with steamed glutinous rice. The texture is springy and chewy at the same time. I like this dish.

Tasty minced pork ball with a generous piece of salted egg inside coated with steamed glutinous rice. The texture is springy and chewy at the same time. I like this dish.

Bamboo Chicken.

Bamboo Chicken. Lots of bony parts.

Chinese chives with slivers of lean meat.

Chinese Chives with slivers of lean meat. I enjoyed the crunchy chives but they a too salty for me to continue eating.

Sweet and Sour Pork - S$16.

Sweet and sour pork – S$16. Not crispy, too much sauce for my liking.

Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup.

Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup. Lack the acidic punch.

Little Dragon Buns (Xiao Long Bao) - S$8.

Little Dragon Buns (Xiao Long Bao) – S$8. Skin too thick and not enough juicy broth inside.

Stir-fried Pork with Chinese Buns - S$18.

Stir-fried Pork with Chinese Buns – S$18. Meat seemed a tad tough.

Fried Rice - S$5.

Fried Rice – S$5. Was it too salty or too bland? I forgot – made no impression on me.

Steamed Beancurd Skin Pork Roll - S$10.

Steamed Beancurd Skin Pork Roll – S$10.

I like the clear salty broth. The layers of beanskin provides texture to this dish.

I like the clear broth but again too salty. The layers of beanskin provides texture to this dish.

Spicy Chicken - S$18.

Spicy Chicken – S$18. Rather dry and no sting on tongue even though there’s lots of chillies.

Chinese Buns (mantou) - S$5.

Chinese Buns (mantou) – S$5. These were nice.

Stir-fried Dried Beancurd with Green Peppers - S$10.

Stir-fried Dried Beancurd with Green Peppers – S$10.

Yes, you read it right! This are not noodles but dried beancurd strands.

Yes, you read it right! This is not noodle but dried beancurd strands. Refreshing texture but too similar to the Steamed Beancurd Skin Pork Roll’s wrapper.

My lunch buddies but only 3 ate. Two came when the meal was almost over.

My lunch buddies but only 3 ate. Two came when the meal was almost over.

Xiao Chiang.

Xiao Chiang picking at our leftovers.

Mike Tang.

Mike Tang agreed the food were generally oversalted, typical Chinese style.

Benjamin GX Lin.

Benjamin GX Lin came for the company not food.

Other patrons during lunch. The turnover was not too bad.

Other patrons during lunch. The turnover was not too bad with quite a few came and gone while we were there.

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Chinese style pugilistic sword and sabre.

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Another Chinese sword.

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Menu on wall.

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Chi Sao used to go on food trails with his dad and he suggested eating in Chinatown, an area alien to me. I couldn’t ask for more. After meeting him at People’s Park Complex, we crossed the road and took to the alleys meandering until we came to Feng Bo Zhuang, a Kungfu-themed restaurant.

The entrance to the restaurant is undergoing some painting so I couldn’t take pictures of the restaurant’s frontage. Upon entrance, waitresses dressed in ancient Chinese clothes fashioned after the Kungfu period televison serials greeted us loudly as “da xia” (great martial arts heroes or kungfu masters) and I giggled.

The wu xia (pugilistic) decor and ambience quickly transported us to a different era, somewhere between a few hundred to a thousand years ago, where martial arts were widely practised in China and da xia with secret missions roamed the cities and countryside. On the bamboo walls hung axes and swords. The background music played were those theme songs from Hong Kong wuxia tv serials. Their cutlery was called ‘bing qi’ (weapons) and the unique menu “wu lin mi pu” (secret manual) has dishes named after martial arts terms in the Chinese “wuxia xiaoshuo” (pugilistic novels), too!

Chi Sao asked what I wanted to eat as we waited for Mike and I said duck but this duck must have flown north (Singapore is south) for it never came. Hmmm…

The highly recommended dish is their Special Chinese Dumpling ($2/each), which is limited to one per person. The steamed glutinous rice balls with meat and salted egg yolk filling were huge. The texture of the meat balls were chewy (from the rice) and springy (meat). I quite enjoyed this dish and before I could finish eating it, the rest of the dishes came and came and came… How much did you order, Chi Sao? 12 dishes and there were only 3 of us!

Feng Bo Zhuang serves a mix of Sichuan, Anhui, and Dongbei cuisine. It will be fun to drop by for the concept but not so much for the meal itself. Mike and I both agreed that we will entertain our Chinese (from China) or foreign friends here because of the interesting theme but on a personal basis, I think this will be the one and only visit for us. Both of us found the food to be rather salty and coarse. Our bill totalled S$134 (S$45 per pax since only 3 of us ate) and I would preferred to spend it on En’s Japanese buffet, no offense but Irrashimase tickles me more than da xia 😉

Chi Sao’s parting note: 有人就有江湖,有江湖就有风波庄. I must get him to translate in English, can’t trust Bing!

Feng Bo Zhuang

Feng Bo Zhuang 风波庄
57 Temple Street,
Singapore 058602.
Tel: +65 6223 3588
Transit: 3 min walk from China Town MRT Station (NE 4 – use Exit A)
or 10 min walk from Outram Park MRT Station (EW16).

After our huge meal, we walked about Chinatown and rediscovered something old yet something new to me.

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Streets of Chinatown.

Directly facing this complex is a luxurious air conditioned Chinese temple.

Directly facing this complex is a luxurious air conditioned Chinese temple.

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What’s happening here? A huge gathering of older men in this small outdoor “pavillion” in front of Chinatown Complex.

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Arhhh… The chess enthusiasts!

Happy discovering 🙂

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16 Responses to “Escape From Reality @ Feng Bo Zhuang 风波庄”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    love your pictures! I like salty food so I probably would have liked it fine. HOWEVER, I wouldn’t have gotten the kung fu references at all. I only remember Bruce Lee movies. Your friends look like fun though!

  2. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Superb post Sam,l enjoyed reading your remarks on each picture.The food looks delicious..Beautiful journey through Chines culture..Thank you for the visit and like no my recent post..My regards and wishes.jalal

  3. Awesome reviews, i probably will skip alot of the food there, due to the heavy salted seasoning i guess. But the “Da Li Wan” sure look scrumptious.

    • Sam Han says:

      I think you skip it altogether, hahaha… Only da li wan taste good but limited to one per person, so… Really almost everything is heavily salted. Ask Mike 😉

  4. renxkyoko says:

    OMG ! ! The food ! ! ! * drools * I’m salivating, and I’m not kidding ! ! !

    By the way, Sam, do you know I’ve been to Singapore? I can’t remember any of it though, but we stayed there for one month. I was just 4 or 5 , I think… but I’ve got tons of pics!

    • Sam Han says:

      Yes, you’ve mentioned before you came here. Too young to remember anything at that age but I hope you get to come again some time 😀

  5. lignumdraco says:

    More great photos of tasty food! Why is the da li wan limited to 1 per person though?

    • Sam Han says:

      I supposed da li wan (being coated with glutinous rice) can be quite filling and patrons may not be able to eat other food after a consumption of 2 balls, hahaha…

  6. Sofia says:

    I love these types of places, so lucky you can go and eat there 🙂

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