Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Swatow Seafood Restaurant (汕头海鲜) @ Toa Payoh Central


Swatow also know as Shantou (汕头) is a a city at the eastern coast of Guangdong province, China. Majority of the people in Swatow are Teochew. In fact, a lot of our ancestors were from Swatow. Being a Teochew myself, I have known many friends and family members who will go back once a year to visit their friends and relatives in Swatow.

Established in 6 Aug 2010, Swatow Seafood Restaurant (汕头海鲜) offers Teochew cuisine in the use of light flavouring and seasoning to bring out the natural essence of the ingredients. Located at the heartland in Toa Payoh Central, it is just beside Toa Payoh Library. The restaurant is always full to the brim especially on weekends.

Broccoli and Scallops 4/5

Broccoli and Scallops is a common dish found at every Chinese restaurant. The scallops were sweet and succulent served with fresh and crunchy brocooli.

Oyster omelets 4/5

The Oyster Omelets ($12) was not as oily as those that we get from the hawker centre. The eggs were fried to a nice exterior crisp but still moist and fluffy inside. It also came with big juicy oysters.

Deep Fried Crispy Pig Trotter 4/5

The popular Deep Fried Pig Trotter ($28) was served with a sweet plum sauce on the side. The smokey and crackling rind of the pig trotter was beautiful roasted. Paired with the sweet plum sauce, the meat was well complimented.

Black Pepper Crayfish 4/5

Swatow used to be a fishing port and seafood is part of Teochew cuisine. Infused and thoroughly coated with the black pepper sauce, the wok fried Black Pepper Crayfish was fresh and springy.

Steamed Pomfret Teochew Style 3.8/5

Teochew style steamed fish is my favourite way to enjoy the fresh catch of the day. The Steamed Promfret in Teochew Style ($8 per 100g) was packed with flavours of the sour plum, salted vegetables, mushrooms, gingers, tomatoes, chillies and etc. Unfortunately the fish was steamed a bit too long and the meat was a bit tough.

Sweet Yam Paste with Pumpkin 4/5

Wrapping up the night with a typical Teochew dessert, the Sweet Yam Paste with Pumpkin ($4 per serving or $12) was smooth and silky. Perfumed by the aroma of yam and pumpkin, it was a lovely dessert to end the night on a sweet note.

Swatow Seafood Restaurant
Blk 181 Toa Payoh Lorong 4
Singapore 310181
Tel: +65 63631717
Website: http://www.swatow.com.sg/
Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am - 3pm (Dim Sum)
Sat-Sun & PH: 8am - 6pm (Dim Sum)
Daily: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm (Ala Carte)

1) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take either Exit A or C. Walk to Toa Payoh library direction. Proceed to block 181 adjacent to the library. Journey time about 8 minutes.


  1. lol. I am a teochew. But aparat from the fish and yam paste. The rest dun seems teochew? Is this the one directly above the library?

    1. The library is a building by itself. The restaurant is at the building beside it, level 2.