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Level4 2013-08-13
My brother in law suggested this restaurant, this is one restaurant that his family always frequent since he is young. We decide to go there for dinner together.The cold platter is nice, like homecooked food and its yummyI like their steamed promfet, typical teochew styled of steamed fish, light in taste yet tasty and the fish is so fresh.Ngo Hiang, the meat is well marinated and its crispy on the outside and tender inside.A nice place for dinner as most of their dishes are so homecooked style and its not too strong in taste but its yummy. continue reading
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Level4 2012-01-09
Had dinner with a couple of my relatives at Tai Seng Restaurant, one of the long standing traditional Teochew restaurants still around in this era of fast food and modern Chinese cuisine. Established in 1933, it used to be located at Outram (if my memory serves me correctly) and was apparently very popular back then.Currently located not too far from its original location, on the top floor of People's Park Centre, Tai Seng looks just like your typical nostalgic restaurant from yesteryear. Think Red Star or Yan Palace.Prawn Roll - Our dinner trotted off to a good start with the prawn roll or Har Zhor, which was crisp without involving too much oil or fatty meat in the equation. Dipped into the plum sauce, it was a nice blend of sweet and salty.Cabbage Braised with Mushroom - A traditional Teochew dish, the braised cabbage isn't exactly my cup of tea because of the way it is prepared - very soft from being soaked in the gravy. But that's just a personal preference. My parents liked it though.Deep Fried Crayfish - I loved this dish for its flavour - salty carrying a hint of spiciness and its crisp and dry texture. The presence of fried garlic provided a whiff of fragrance as well as the nice garlicky after taste. Very good!Braised Sea Cucumber with Fish Maw - The sea cucumber didn't come across as too gelatin or slimy, which upped the appetising factor (for me at least). Coupled with mushrooms and fish maw that didn't gross me out by being too slimy, it was simple yet good.Goose Meat - One of the few yardsticks I use to measure Teochew cuisine and also one of my personal favourites, the goose failed to make the cut, to say the very least. It had a rather gamy taste and did seem a little dry. What piqued my interest was the inclusion of the neck, something which I rarely see nowadays. But its just a mere novelty.Steamed Pomfret - Teochew cuisine is famed for its steamed pomfret, which is steamed with mushrooms, tomatos, sour plums and the likes. Tai Seng's rendition was excellent if I may say. The rather sizeable fish was very fresh, sweet and steamed to perfection. The gravy was nice and light and complemented the fish very well.Yam & Pumpkin - My other yardstick for guaging Teochew food - the humble yet labouriously intensive to prepare, yam paste aka Orh Nee. Besides being a little too sweet for my liking, the yam paste lacked fragrance probably due to the reduced usage of lard. At least it was smooth and definitely palatable.$216 for a dinner for 7 is relatively value for money considering the food that we got. Quality of food is a case of hits and misses and service is patchy but decent. Overall a decent place to try if you want Teochew food and are looking to avoid the crowds in the other more popular Teochew restaurants like Huat Kee and the likes. continue reading
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Level4 2011-09-16
This is a great place to bring your grandparents to! For our family gathering this time, we went to Tai Seng at People's Park because its a hot favourite among the old people. A problem with going to Tai Seng for dinner is parking is quite difficult and though there are lifts and its sheltered from the carpark to the restaurant, its still rather inconvenient for the older less mobile folks because the distance from where we parked our car to the restaurant was quite substantial.The best dish in my opinion was the Ngor Hiong. It was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The pieces were also quite big and packed full of meat. The jellyfish was also great - it was just the right amount of sweet and just the right amount of rubbery-ness. The fish could have been fresher and the broth could have been a little more flavourful. The oyster pancake was a good representation of the hawker version, though the egg was not as cripsy as i would have liked. We also ordered fish maw soup which was excellent! continue reading
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