A weekend family outing in Orchard Road ended up with dinner at the newly revamped Tangs Market.
It’s been at least 4 months since Tangs Market at basement 1 of Tangs Orchard was relaunched, but it’s our first time eating there. Quite an interesting mix of new and old here — Singapore’s first Krispy Kreme outlet; gourmet hotdogs at The Mustard Incident; Nonya buns & pastries from PeraMakan; and popiah and kueh pie tee from decades-old popiah master Kway Guan Huat, just to name a few.
Hubby and I normally don’t have high expectations of foodcourt food. However, we were pleasantly surprised by what we sampled.
Lately, there’s been more of these upsized steamed meat buns around, cheekily known as Amy Yip Big Bao (in honor of the infamous ’80s Hong Kong soft porn actress).
This bun is so big it can generously feed two as a meal! For this bun to hold a hefty amount of filling, the dough has to be suitably thick. Thankfully, the dough tasted quite airy and moist, not dry and heavy as we’d feared.
Generously stuffed with chicken, pork, wax sausages, and hardboiled egg, the filling was moist and tasty too.
Nice as it is, I would highly recommend to share the Amy Yip bao. It really fills you up!
The stall is named Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh. Not sure if it’s a branch of the one in Tiong Bahru food centre. But this plate of chwee kueh was very decent. The rice cakes were smooth without being mushy. And we liked that the chai poh topping wasn’t excessively oily.
The Penang fried kway teow and oyster omelette stall is one of the hottest stalls in Tangs Market. We tried the fried kway teow. It was ok, not great. Definitely cannot match up to the brilliant version we had at Lorong Selamat in Penang.
The crispy peanut pancake is a must-try! Larger than my palm, the paper-thin pancake is liberally sprinkled with crushed peanut and sugar. Very good value at just S$1.20!
We enjoyed the chendol too. Nice to see that they use this kind of soft, pale green jelly noodles instead of the neon green kind. Instead of red bean, they use large kidney beans which were cooked and sweetened to the perfect texture. My only grouse is the gula melaka which could have been more generous and fragrant.
Overall, it was a favourable impression on our first visit to the new mini food court in Tangs Market. Prices are reasonable; similar prices to other Orchard Road foodcourts, but better food quality and value. However, seating is limited, and tables are small, which makes dining here not so comfy.
310 Orchard Road
Mon to Thu, Sat: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Fri: 10:30am – 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 8.30pm
Images taken with iPhone 4s. First image processed with Instagram.