Sun’s Bazaar has begun collaborating with Wanchai’s Old Bazaar Kitchen to create a new pop-up menu at the Pacific Place restaurant (the fact that both eatery names contain the word “bazaar” is a bit confusing, we know). Essentially, there are a couple of new dishes that are currently being served at KiKi Tea and Sun’s Bazaar, a hybrid bubble-tea shop and pan-Asian dining restaurant.
Before you enter the restaurant, there is a large bar for patrons to order takeaway cups of KiKi Tea bubble tea. Inside the restaurant proper, Sun’s Bazaar is spacious, and the decor truly does exude a contemporary yet classy feel. I’d recommend sitting at one the large booths on the left side of the restaurant. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be cocooned in a high-panelled booth while chatting away and enjoying their meal?
This time around, Sun’s Bazaar is serving three Asian-inspired noodle dishes incorporating Taiwanese brand KiKi Noodles along with a few new desserts. KiKi Tea has also created two spring-themed flavoured teas to pair with the pop-up menu.
Dish by Dish
We started with the flavoured teas. The jasmine tea with orange juice, lime and aiyu jelly ($35) was a bit underwhelming. The jelly added a lovely texture to the drink, but the drink itself tasted like orange squash (orange cordial to the non-Brits). However, we really enjoyed the winter melon tea with butterfly pea flower, lime and aloe vera ($35). The winter melon provided a light molasses flavour to the drink. It was an unexpected but welcome change from the barrage of flavoured teas that are usually on offer.
Next came the headliners of the show, the noodle dishes. We first ordered the mixed KiKi Noodles in Thai herbs and minced beef ($118). The noodles themselves were cooked well and had a good chew. “Mixed” noodles meant that the dish did not have a soup base. Rather, it had a sauce base, and unfortunately, because there was insufficient moisture in the dish, the noodles absorbed what little sauce there was and clumped together. Another flaw of this dish was the lemongrass shreds mixed in with the noodles. There were a lot of shards, meaning that with each bite we took, we had to extract the shards from our mouths, which was a bit frustrating. On a positive note, the flavours of the dish were solid and balanced.
The next noodle dish up was the Singaporean curry soup KiKi Noodles ($118). Again, we thought the noodles held up well in the soup. However, the soup itself was dominated by the flavour of curry powder, and we could taste little else. The dish needed a contrast of flavours to liven it up – use more coconut milk or a stronger stock and perhaps throw in the odd bay leaf.
Safe to say, the noodles dishes were not impressive, but the desserts were another story. We first sampled a nicely presented chestnut Mont Blanc ($38). The tart itself was well baked and had a lovely caramel flavour. Together with the richness of the whipped cream and the light chestnut purée, this dessert was fantastic.
Next was the Earl Grey chiffon cake with brown sugar pearls ($68). If you’re a fan of bubble tea, you’ll love this dish. The cake itself was moist, the flavour of the Earl Grey was not too overpowering and the brown sugar tapioca pearls were a great touch.
The final dessert was the peach and oolong ice cream ($38). Unlike so many of the other desserts on the menu that sounded so intriguing, this humble little ice-cream dish could easily be overlooked by excitable diners. That would be a mistake. Simple, elegant and understated, each bite of the ice cream provided a tiny bomb of intense peach and oolong flavours.
Overall, the Sun Bazaar x Old Bazaar Kitchen pop-up menu was interesting to sample. What really let it down were the noodle dishes, which were supposed to be the stars of the menu. Instead, their supporting cast members stepped forward and stole the show. If you find yourself roaming around Pacific Place and begin to feel parched, stop outside Kiki Tea for a drink and then follow your sweet tooth inside for a few desserts.
The pop-up menu is available from 3–10:30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends from now until 30 April 2019.
Shop 112, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, 2117 5903
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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