The folk behind the Joyden concepts group has opened a new casual dining restaurant at Great World City called Ho Fook Hei. The restaurant's name pronounced in Cantonese means prosperity and good fortune. Ho Fook Hei serves a medley of home-style Cantonese dishes and a unique rendition of soy sauce chicken.
Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken 4/5
The specialty here is their Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken ($19 Half / $35 Whole). The soy chicken comes with a distinct floral fragrance, and the meat is exceptionally tender with a beautiful caramel coat on the skin. This is all from the result of brining the chicken overnight and poaching it in a braising liquid concocted with home-aged soy sauce and a proprietary blend of Chinese herbs and spices. Top quality rose wine from Hong Kong is added to give it a beautiful floral scent. I really enjoyed the texture of the soy sauce chicken. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of rose wine. I am more than happy to order to just have it without the rose wine.
Honey-Glazed Black Barbeque Pork Belly 4.2/5
The fatty cut and the glossy dark coat of the Honey-Glazed Black Barbeque Pork Belly ($13) resembles the crystal char siew with its translucent meat. It is well executed with the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.
Egg Noodles 3.8/5
I would recommend ordering a plate of the Hong Kong Style Egg Noodles ($3.80) to go with the rose wine soy sauce chicken and honey glazed barbeque pork belly. It is springy and comes with blanched greens. I find that it still has a hint of alkaline taste. I would suggest adding the homemade crunchy chilli sauce for a little more heat and crunch, as well as masking the alkaline taste if you don't like it.
Shrimp Dumpling Soup 4.2/5
Not to be missed is the Shrimp Dumpling Soup ($8.80) that is plump and packed with juicy minced pork, prawns, chives and crunchy black fungus.
Pork and Prawn Rolls 'Hae Zor' 4/5
The Pork and Prawn Rolls 'Hae Zor' ($7.80) is fried to golden brown and stuffed with delicious pork and prawn filling. The size is exactly quite huge than the norm, giving customers value for money.
Seabass Fillet Steamed with Signature Nonya Assam Sauce 4/5
If you like your steamed fish, the restaurant offers a selection of seabass, threadfin and cod on the menu with a choice of the housemade sauces (nonya assam sauce, old ginger sauce, teochew style and superior soy sauce).
Cod Fillet Steamed with Old Ginger Sauce 4/5
We have the Seabass Fillet Steamed with Signature Nonya Assam Sauce ($14.80) and Cod Fillet Steamed with Old Ginger Sauce ($24.80). The seabass with the nonya assam sauce comes with a sweet, spicy and tangy note which goes well with a plate of rice. As for the cod, the older ginger sauce gives it a familiar homely and comforting flavour with mild heat from the finely grated blend of ginger.
Red Grouper Fish Fillet Congee 3.5/5
For something light and comforting, there is the Red Grouper Fish Fillet Congee ($9.80). The congee is smooth and silky with thick slices of fresh red grouper, garnished with ginger, spring onions and coriander. If you have a heavy palate, you may find the congee a bit bland for your liking.
Warm Red Bean Soup with Aged Mandarin Peel and Lotus Seed 4.2/5
I would suggest wrapping up the dinner with a bowl of Warm Red Bean Soup with Aged Mandarin Peel and Lotus Seed ($4.50). The addition of the aged mandarin peel elevated the traditional dessert.
The new casual dining concept is perfect for a quick bite, as well as a family meal with a selection of noodle, congee, rice and a la carte dishes.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Ho Fook Hei
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Tel: +65 62192262
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line), Outram (EW Line, NE Line), Tiong Bahru (EW Line)
Daily: 1130am - 330pm, 5pm - 930pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop opposite Orchard MRT station (Stop ID B09022). Take bus number 16 or 175. Alight 4 bus stops later. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Outram Park MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Outram MRT station. (Stop ID B06011). Take bus number 75 or 970. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to Great World City. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to the bus stop at Tiong Bahru MRT station (Stop ID 10169). Take bus number 5, 16 or 195. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]