The word Xiang’ai means fall in love, but if you replace the original character with another xiang, it takes on a new meaning. With three extra strokes, Xiang refers to Hunan and is often used to describe the province’s food.
Xiang’ai restaurant uses xiang to refer Hunan food and uses ai to attract eaters. After all, who doesn’t like Hunan food and falling in love?
Located at Galleria, the restaurant is easily located. It carries an impressive five-star rating on Dianping.com, and many eaters say Xiang’ai is the perfect location for a date.
Food at Xiang’ai is known for its delicacy. And if your palate cannot take too much spice, Xiang’ai is also a good option since the taste is mild compared to common Hunan food.
The restaurant charges a service fee but offers free lemon rose water to every guest. Waiters are also said to be very friendly and helpful.
Popular dishes include conch soup (xiangluo tang), fish noodles (jintang yuxian) and pineapple rice (boluo fan). Its durian lollipops are also quite popular.
Hunan food is one of the most famous Chinese culinary traditions. If you haven’t tried it and feared its fiery reputation, Xiang’ai might be a good option. Who knows? You might fall in love with Hunan cuisine yet.