Dining at Tan Xiang Yuan: A Symphony of Flavors at the Heart of Little India

May 6, 2024

Savoring the Aroma of Charcoal-Infused Delicacies

Located in the vibrant Jalan Besar area, on the outskirts of Little India, Tan Xiang Yuan, helmed by actor-turned-restaurateur Ben Yeo, offers a contemporary Cantonese dining experience that promises both innovation and tradition. This establishment finds its home in a restored heritage building that once housed a coffeeshop, providing a unique setting that complements its culinary offerings​.

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A Culinary Experience in a Charcoal Kissed Ambience

The name Tan Xiang Yuan - which means "aroma of charcoal" - truly reflects the essence of its menu, characterized by the smoky nuances that charcoal cooking imparts. The setting is mostly alfresco, allowing the aromas to waft through the air, enhancing the dining experience​.

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Flagship Flavors: Signature Dishes to Try

The menu at Tan Xiang Yuan is an impressive testament to its Cantonese roots, with a modern twist:

  • TXY Signature Seafood Hotpot: A treasure trove of seafood including prawns, abalones, and clams, simmered in a broth enriched with old hen, pork bones, and prawn shells. This dish is a centerpiece, perfect for sharing and savored for its deep, umami-packed broth​.
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  • Angelica Black Pepper Crab: This dish stands out not just for its flavor but also for its presentation. The crabs, stir-fried with angelica root and black pepper, offer a spicy kick balanced by the herbal sweetness of dang gui​.
Photo: May Teo
  • TXY Hand Drizzled Roast Chicken: Renowned for its crispy skin, achieved by meticulously drizzling hot oil over the roasted chicken, this dish is a must-try for its juicy and flavorful meat.
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  • Mao Shan Wang Durian Chilli Crab Ball: Certainly the most adventurous item on the menu, combining the pungency of durian with the tangy spice of chili crab, encapsulated in a crispy fried ball. It’s a bold fusion that surprisingly works​.
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Innovations and Traditions

In addition to these signature dishes, the menu also features items like the TXY Cream Milk Crab and various iterations of fried rice and noodles, each presenting a blend of traditional Cantonese cooking with modern culinary techniques​.

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A Venue with Character

The restaurant's decor includes neon-lit phrases that add an Instagram-worthy backdrop to the dining experience. This blend of modern aesthetic with traditional cuisine makes Tan Xiang Yuan not just a place to eat, but a place to experience​.

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Plan Your Visit

Tan Xiang Yuan is open for lunch and dinner and offers both indoor (limited seating) and outdoor dining options. Due to its popularity and limited seating, reservations are highly recommended, especially if you prefer to dine indoors​.

Final Thoughts

Tan Xiang Yuan offers a unique dining experience that marries the rustic charm of charcoal cooking with the sophistication of Cantonese cuisine. It's a place where every dish tells a story of culinary craftsmanship and innovation, set against the backdrop of one of Singapore's most colorful neighborhoods. Whether it's a casual dinner or a special occasion, this restaurant promises an unforgettable culinary journey.




Tan Xiang Yuan
1 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209493
Opening Hour:
Monday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30–10 pm
Tuesday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 3:30–10 pm
Wednesday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 3:30–10 pm
Thursday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30–10 pm
Friday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30–10 pm
Saturday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30–10 pm
Sunday, 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30–10 pm

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