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05 Jul, 2011

Zi’s Café 2nd post

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food|United Kingdom

Zi’s Café is an all-time favourite for us in Cardiff. It operates as both a dining-in venue and a takeaway for those who prefer to dine at home instead. We, however, tend to eat-in as the restaurant atmosphere is very pleasant and the owner is always friendly with a ready smile. Since the last post, the menu has been updated with many new things. Below is a selection of the various dishes we have tried over time.

Singapore Fried Rice (星洲炒饭), Zi’s Café
The first dish is the Singapore Fried Rice (星洲炒饭), priced at £5.20. Since its introduction in the new menu, this has been a frequent order for us. The rice is fried with chilli and a touch of curry, making it very appetising. While very good in its original form, requesting this dish to be extra spicy results in an even more satisfying eating experience. The rice is also fried with a mixture of pork, chicken and prawns, resulting in a complete meal.

Shredded Pork with Pickled Cabbage Noodles (雪菜肉丝汤面), Zi’s Café
Next up is the Shredded Pork with Pickled Cabbage Noodles (雪菜肉丝汤面), priced at £5.20. It is not often that one gets to have noodles in soup in the UK and this proved to be a nice change from what we usually have. The soup is flavourful and the pickled cabbage gives the whole dish a nice salty touch. The next time you’re in the mood for noodles in soup, this dish is worth a try.

Deep Fried Aubergine with Chilli and Garlic (椒盐茄子), Zi’s Café
We’ve also had the Deep Fried Aubergine with Chilli and Garlic (椒盐茄子) numerous times. This dish is one that we rate highly and is priced at £4.90. The aubergine is cut into small cubes and deep fried in batter after which it is wok tossed with chilli, onions, peppers and of course garlic. This dish is one that will excite the tastebuds.

Braised Bean Curd with Shredded Roast Pork in Oyster Sauce (红烧豆腐), Zi’s Café
The next dish is the Braised Bean Curd with Shredded Roast Pork in Oyster Sauce (红烧豆腐), priced at £4.90. This dish tasted good as the sauce had just the right amount of flavour thanks to the oyster sauce and the bean curd was nice in texture.

Leek in Spicy Soya Sauce (葱爆羊肉), Zi’s Café
The Lamb with Leek in Spicy Soya Sauce (葱爆羊肉), priced at £5.90 is another dish we tried. This dish had a generous serving of both lamb and leek. The combination of all the ingredients produced a delicious dish with a dash of spice yet sweet at the same time.

Pork with Cucumber in Spicy Garlic Sauce (黄瓜炒肉片), Zi’s Café
This is the Pork with Cucumber in Spicy Garlic Sauce (黄瓜炒肉片), priced at £4.90. This is yet another good dish that is worth a try. The pork was tender and was flavourful enough with a hint of spiciness. The cucumber was fried along with the pork and we were pleasantly surprised at how the cucumber turned out. It tasted good with a nice ‘wok hei’ element to it.

Mixed Seafood “Sze Chuan” Style (四川海鲜), Zi’s Café
Finally, here we have the Mixed Seafood “Sze Chuan” Style (四川海鲜), priced at £6.20. This dish consisted of a mixture of prawns, fish and squid cooked in a spicy garlic chilli sauce. It should be noted that the dish was not actually spicy, but it was still palatable.

Overall, you can never go wrong with the food from Zi’s Café. This place is suitable to dine with the family or between friends. Students such as ourselves (rather, ex-students) enjoy dining here for the good food, reasonable prices and relaxed, friendly environment.

Restaurant Information
94, Woodville Road,
Cathays,
Cardiff CF24 4ED,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 02920216294

4 Responses to "Zi’s Café 2nd post"

1 | SWL

July 5th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

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I think mention should also be given to the Double Cooked Pork. That stuff is gooooood.

2 | eatonlylar

July 5th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

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Indeed. We didn’t mention it in the post, but other excellent dishes include the Double Cooked Pork and the Pork with Spring Onions and Dried Chilli.

Both provide a fabulous sweet-spicy flavour and go great with rice!

3 | ai wei

July 5th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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Deep Fried Aubergine with Chilli and Garlic had my attention. learn it and come back cook for us plsssss 😛

4 | eatonlylar

July 7th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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Ai Wei, yeah, it is one of our favourite dishes! Learning it might be a bit hard though, I’ll cook you something else instead? =)

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