I might as well just post about this little restaurant we like so much … even though it is now closed!
Every now and then Suanne and I get emails from chowtimes readers recommending a restaurant they like. We love recommendations like that because it takes the brainwork out of having to decide where to eat. Jacqueline recommended Hai Jun to which was located on the Asian mall called Pacific Plaza on McKim Way and Odlin.
We visited Hai Jun in late September but when we went back again two weeks ago, we were surprised to find that in the location is now a Japanese fusion restaurant. It was such a bummer because we love the food in Hai Jun so much. So, I am posting this again in case someone out there knows what happened to Hai Jun. I hope that they had just moved somewhere else.
It is a small eatery and have a very family feel to it. I said a family feel because they had their pre-teen daughter around the restaurant then. It was not awfully busy when we visited them but then we were there at 5PM — hardly a time many people would turn up for dinner.
Their special was the $1.99 Dan Dan Noodle. I bet there are nowhere else that offers a bowl of Dan Dan Noodle at this price. And the bowl is not small too … it was quite large. The Dan Dan Noodle is served in a peanuty sauce. It was not particularly spicy as I expected but the noodles were springy and fresh. For that price, you just get the noodles and a piece of veggie … that’s it … no meat.
Does anyone know why is this type of noodle called Dan Dan Noodle?
The dish above is called the Twice Cooked Beef Slices. It was full of flavor and the bean sauce “jup” (juice) makes it so great with rice. It was quite a large serving and more than enough for two people. It costs only $8.50.
Talking about rice, they were very generous and heap their rice way up high. Don’t you agree that they looked steamed to perfection? It was. And guess what … it was just 80 cents. They could have round it up to a dollar but they did not.
We also ordered the Napa Soup which came served in a boiling hotpot. Despite the size, it was full of stuff in it … not expensive ingredients but has luncheon meat and vermicelli under it. This one is $6.95 … can you believe it?
We all like this kind of soup. All of us ended up drowning our entire bowl of rice with the soup. This is the way I grew up eating at home although I think Chinese frown upon doing it this way. I remember when I first had dinner at Suanne’s house, her family has a tradition of each having a bowl of soup. They are meant to be like a side dish but I unknowingly pour the soup into my bowl of rice as I wanted to eat it that way. They were quite surprised I did that — so uncouth!
The Deep Fried Duck in Half costs $9.80. It was very “chooi” (crispy?) and even the bones are brittle. We find it a bit too dry and also salty. They served this with mantau which we did not understand at all.
We ended up having their Salty Sticky Rice. Despite the name, it was both salty and sweet. We like that it was warm to the touch when served. We can’t really make out everything that is inside — we see that they have pork floss, chinese doughnut (yew tiao) and pickled cabbage (jar choy).
The entire meal was only $42. Their serving is huge and cheap. Maybe the reason they are closed was because of the location.
We really are dying to know where the chef had gone to. Jacqueline … do you know?