The popular Chui Huay Lin Teochew Cuisine by Jumbo Group has a new sister outlet within the historic Far East Square precinct. The new outlet - Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine is nestled in a two-storey heritage building. Greeting guests at Zui Yu Xuan is a traditional Chinese entranceway adorned with intricate wood carvings and a sweeping tiled roof, before stepping into the historic courtyard that was once part of Chui Eng Free School founded in 1854.
Cold Crab 4/5
A delicacy in any Teochew restaurants is the Cold Crab ($12/100g). At times you even have to pre-order them. The flesh are sweet with unami creamy crab roes. Best eaten with a vinegar dip. However I find the size here a bit small.
Braised Duck with Beancurd 4/5
Not to be missed in any Teochew restaurants is their braised duck. In fact, it is a must order whenever I visit them. The Braised Duck with Beancurd ($18/portion, $32 Half, $60 Whole), well infused with the braised sauce is tender and flavourful. What I love most is the tangy chilli sauce, that always seem to bring out the taste of the braised duck further.
Deep Fried Ngoh Hiang 4/5
Deep Fried Prawn Balls 4/5
For the deep fried items, there are the Deep Fried Ngoh Hiang ($13/portion) and Deep Fried Prawn Balls ($22/portion). These are delightful appetisers to kick start the dinner.
Deep Fried Homemade Puning Beancurd 3/5
Lightly crisp on the exterior with a soft interior is the Deep Fried Homemade Puning Beancurd ($12/portion). It comes with a chive vinegar dip. The whole taste profile is quite light, which I didn't quite know how to appreciate it.
Geoduck Clam Blanched with Superior Broth 4.5/5
Not commonly seen in Teochew restaurant is the Geoduck Clam Blanched with Superior Broth ($16.80/100g). The thinly sliced geoduck clam blanced in superior broth, has an enjoyable crunchy texture on top of its natural sweetness. This is round off by the comforting and flavoursome soup.
Crispy Fried Sea Cucumber and Shiitake Mushroom with Abalone Sauce 4.2/5
Its rather interesting to come across another fried sea cucumber dish on the menu. This is probably the third time I have it within a couple of months. It seems like Chinese restaurants are trying to change the customers perspective of the slimy ingredient with more texture. I really applaud the effort and the Crispy Fried Sea Cucumber and Shiitake Mushroom with Abalone Sauce ($24/portion) here is probably one of the best I have eaten so far. It still retained the bouncy texture of the sea cucumber while giving it a nice thin crust.
Australian Lobster Wok Baked with Fermented Bean and Garlic Teochew Style 3.5/5
I have tried lobster cooked in many styles but the Australian Lobster Wok Baked with Fermented Bean and Garlic Teochew Style ($23.80/100g) is a first. However, I didn't quite taste the flavour of the fermented bean coming through in the execution.
Teochew Puning Fermented Bean Chicken 4.5/5
Another dish that uses the fermented bean is the Teochew Puning Fermented Bean Chicken ($22 Half/ $40 Whole). The fermented bean's flavour was more distinct in the dish, which complemented the tender chicken excellently. I love the dish so much that I kept going back for more.
Teochew Oyster Omelette Gooey Style 4.5/5
No to be missed at Zui Yu Xuan is their Teochew Oyster Omelette Gooey Style ($13/portion). This is probably the best oyster omelette (Orh Luak) I have eaten. I was told that they even have a delegated chef just to cook this. Crispy on the outside and gooey inside, this is only cooked upon order and takes about 20 minutes. Best paired with the slightly sourish chilli sauce to get the burst in flavours.
Wok Fried Kway Teow with Diced Kai Lan and Preserved Radish 4/5
The Wok Fried Kway Teow with Dice Kai Lan and Preserved Radish ($18/$27/$36) is packed with wok hei and the addition of the diced Kai Lan and preserved radish provides the extra crunch to the rice noodle.
Promfret and Rice Boiled Teochew Style with Dried Shrimp and Crispy Rice 4.5/5
Teochew loves their steamed fish and muay, so the Promfret and Rice Boiled Teochew Style with Dried Shrimp and Crispy Rice ($108/portion) kills two birds with one stone. You get a pot of hot piping Teochew porridge with slices of promfret. Dried shrimp and crispy rice are added for the extra lift in flavours as well as texture.
Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Gingko Nuts 4.2/5
Not to be missed at Zui Yu Xuan is the desserts too. All time favourites are their Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Gingko Nuts ($5.20/each) and Teochew Tau Suan with Gingko Nuts ($5.20/each). Even though the pork lard has been replaced with shallot oil for the yam paste, it still taste as good with the smooth consistency and distinct fragrant from the yam.
Teochew Tau Suan with Gingko Nuts 4.5/5
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine
130/131 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 67883637
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line)
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit B. Cross the street. Walk to Amoy Hotel. It is located opposite Amoy Hotel. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]