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

胖妈私厨的老板“胖妈”是四川人,她每天都很快乐,笑呵呵的。她是来鼓浪屿旅游,意外爱上鼓浪屿后就“扎根”到鼓浪屿了。这个小餐馆特别适合喜欢吃辣的人。如今,餐厅棕色和米黄色的格子风格尽显时尚气息,虽然餐厅空间仍然较小但却保持原有的家的感觉。凉爽的庭院扩展成了露天餐厅。总体来说,这是当地值得一试的带有国际感觉的餐馆。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿福建路46号

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