Happy Father’s Day to all daddies, granddads, dads-to-be, and god-fathers (have I left anyone out?)! We paid homage to the dads in our family with a lavish lunch at Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant. There are two Beng Thin outlets — one in Toa Payoh, and another posher venue at OCBC Centre which is in the heart of the financial centre.
We picked this Hokkien restaurant because Father-in-law is Hokkien and loves Hokkien food!
For today, the restaurant only serves set meals, no ala carte options. There are 6 set menus to choose from. We picked the S$298++ for 8 pax menu. Here are all the dishes, 8 courses in total.
First up is a very appetizing appetizer — roast duck, jellyfish, rock melon and honeydew strips, and crushed peanut.
Before serving, the server pours plum sauce over the ingredients and tosses everything up. This chilled appetizer was absolutely delicious and very more-ish!
I’m not usually a fan of starchy soups, but this version didn’t taste as gluey as it looked. Full of crab meat chunks, the soup was very sweet and tasty without being overwhelming. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Crispy roast (actually fried) chicken with keropok (prawn crackers) — isn’t this such a nostalgic dish? This was a regular fixture at wedding banquets when I was a kid.
Today’s rendition was decently executed. The meat was tender, and the skin surprisingly not greasy.
The red garoupa — very fresh and meaty fish — was also competently executed.
The requisite vegetable dish — broccoli with prawns. Again, it was competently executed, but I found the spicy sauce unremarkable.
A must-order when you visit a Hokkien restaurant, the Hokkien fried noodles was good in an old-school way. Pity about the tasteless prawns.
Another classic Hokkien dish, the braised pork belly with steamed bun also got our thumbs up.
Ended our rich meal with a simple but refreshing dessert of longan with almond jelly.
Our last visit to Beng Thin Hoon Kee was about 3 or 4 years ago. That time, we were rather disappointed. Fish wasn’t fresh, and in general, the dishes were haphazardly executed.
This time, we were surprised that the standard of food has greatly improved. On the whole, we (even the critical mother-in-law) had no complaints about the food. The dishes were flavorful but very balanced in taste. Ingredients were fresh and each dish was neatly presented. Portions were generous too. If they keep up their good work, Beng Thin is definitely worthy of recommendation.
Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant
65 Chulia Street
#05-02 OCBC Centre
Tel: +65 6533 2818 / 6533 7708
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm