Xiao Ya Tou, or XYT, is hard to miss. Its distinctive red lanterns, plastic chairs, and loud decor just call out to you as you walk past, not unlike the pervy men in the past who used to line this very street leering at the ladies of the night who used to operate around the area.
XYT’s food, too, is loud, bold and in-your-face. Start your meal with the all-time classic, Braised Duck. At XYT, the meat of the duck is tender, yet provides enough of a bite to allow you to savour the juice of the sinews. To share, you will not regret ordering a Lu Rou Fan (braised meat on rice), which, at XYT, uses minced wagyu instead of the normal pork. The ubiquitous street food is thus upgraded to an almost unrecognisable form, but it is an evolution that we daresay is worth the calories. As the sun sets on Duxton Hill and lights from other eating establishments flicker on around you, sit back and reminisce about the days of old Duxton as you enjoy the retro charm with a cocktail or two from the XYT bar. (Feb 2017)
"You may chuckle at the presentation or the combination of ingredients, but you'll coo at the feeling it gives you." -The New Paper
"This quirky fun spot also offers late night Sliders (bao style) to go with your cocktails to complete the drinking den feel." -Sassy Mama