Father-in-law is a faithful fan of Beng Hiang — one of the oldest Hokkien restaurants in Singapore. We’ve been visiting over the years, and it seems like the food standard has slipped with each subsequent visit. Or is it because our palates have become more refined?
We ordered the S$138+ set menu (for 4 to 5 people) with 7 courses, including dessert. One of the dishes is Hua Diao Poached Prawn, but we swapped it with Steamed Bun with Braised Pork Belly aka “kong bak pao”.
The roast duck strips were a little stringy and the dressing too watery.
The soup lacked sweetness and depth. Shame about the tasteless frozen crab meat too.
No complaints about the fried ngoh hiang and prawn rolls.
Thankfully their kong bak bao is still as good as ever. Every time we go to Beng Hiang, we will order this dish without fail. Beng Hiang’s kong bak pao remains one of my favorite versions in Singapore.
The obligatory but forgettable veggie dish.
When our plate of Hokkien mee arrived, it looked like it had been sitting around for some time before being delivered to our table. The gravy was rather bland, and the noodles were a little overcooked.
Not the best almond jelly I’ve had, but it was certainly a very generous portion for 4 or 5 people.
For this visit, there were 5 adults, 1 child, and 2 toddlers in total. The bill came up to about S$147.66, which means they charged us only 7% GST on top of the menu price. No additional charges for tea, peanuts, and towels — something that other Chinese restaurants usually do. I must say the pricing is really reasonable for the amount of food.
However, for nearly the same menu, we had a far superior experience at Beng Thin Hoon Kee at OCBC Centre.
I would say that if you’re going for a casual family meal with affordable pricing, go to Beng Hiang (just don’t expect refined cooking or great service). If you’re looking for more elegant Hokkien cuisine (but at higher prices), go to Beng Thin Hoon Kee at OCBC Centre.
Beng Hiang Restaurant 茗香菜馆
112 – 116 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 6221 6695 / +65 6221 6684
Open daily: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm