Big Mama’s Home-Cooked Sichuan (Pang Ma Si Chu 胖妈私厨)

Big Mama’s Home-Cooked Sichuan (Pang Ma Si Chu 胖妈私厨)

Don’t be confused by the “Kapok” logo on the glass or the advertisements for Western dishes on the outside of the restaurant’s entrance, which is set in a few steps from the street: this is actually a creative Sichuan-influenced fusion noodle house, run by a native Kulangsu woman who loves to smile. Her spicy pork noodles are outstanding.

The atmosphere is spiffed up to match the tastes of upscale modern travelers, with Mondrian-ish brown and beige blocks of color. Still, the place is still small and retains a homey, casual feel. There’s a wide variety of Chinese and Western dishes on offer, including steaks, pizzas, and pastas, plus some Sichuan noodle dishes.

A peaceful and expansive garden, shaded by trees, extends the dining or hanging-out experience into a large patio area.

The wine and whiskey list is also respectable, and hours extend until 10:30pm. This is a reliable local standby with a distinctly international feel.

Address: 46 Fujian Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China