This isn’t a full review, just posting some photos of my dad’s sumptuous birthday dinner. Not all pics of the dishes turned out well. Ah, the pressure of 13 pairs of chopsticks impatiently waiting to dive into the food was just too much.
Clockwise from left: sliced octopus; Teochew braised duck; jellied shark meat; and Japanese-style baby octopus (chuka iidako). Center: sugared cashew nuts.
The braised duck and jellied shark meat are traditionally Teochew, though jellied pork trotter is a more common sight. Light, refreshing flavors here, a nice change from the usual Cantonese appetizer platters.
Another classic Teochew dish, the freshness of the sweet crabmeat shines through here.
Stunning in presentation, but short on taste. We thought the chef didn’t do justice to the sweet, fat prawns by splitting them open, deep-frying them, and then smothering them in thick gravy.
This is a very famous Teochew dessert, but you don’t often see it served in Teochew restaurants in Singapore. It’s a simple recipe, but the timing is notoriously difficult to master. I much prefer this to sticky oh nee (mashed sweetened yam/taro paste).
I went wild when I saw this on the menu. Tried this (also the apple pancake) when I was in Shantou, China, and fell in love with it. Basically, it’s finely shredded pumpkin coated with flour, then pressed into a flat pancake and fried till light and crispy. Don’t know when the sugar comes in, but this dessert isn’t too sweet. Very more-ish and totally addictive. I haven’t seen this anywhere else in Singapore, so if you come here, this is a must-try!
Located in an HDB estate in Bukit Batok (read: obscure), this restaurant is low in profile but scores for the freshness of its ingredients and light, clean flavors. For instance, the steamed red grouper (not pictured) was marvelous. The interior is simple but comfortable and air-conditioned. Prices are comparatively cheaper than the established Teochew restaurants in town.
Teochew Cuisine’s kitchen is helmed by a master chef from Guangzhou, China, who specializes in Teochew/Chaozhou cuisine. Indeed, the taste of the food was very similar to what I had when I visited the city of Chaozhou. A couple of the dishes were a bit of a hit-and-miss, but overall, the food was great.
Teochew Cuisine Restaurant
Blk 132 #01-300
Bukit Batok West Ave 6
Tel: (65) 6560 0050