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Monday, June 5, 2023

Tan Xiang Yuan @ Dickson Road - A Seafood Hotpot Haven and Chinese Delights By Actor Ben Yeo


Nestled within a charming two-storey shophouse along Dickson Road, Tan Xiang Yuan offers a delightful array of Chinese dishes, opened by actor and host Ben Yeo. While their signature seafood hotpot steals the spotlight, the restaurant also presents a diverse selection of Chinese cooked dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.


Signature Seafood Hotpot 4/5

The centerpiece of Tan Xiang Yuan is their Signature Seafood Hotpot ($98/$188), a culinary masterpiece that is served over a charcoal fire. The broth, simmered for eight hours with prawn shells, old hen, and pork bones, exudes a rich and sweet flavor that is packed with seafood goodness. Sliced fish, yam, prawns, abalone, scallops, and more adorn the hotpot, creating a seafood extravaganza that will leave you craving for more.

Black Vinegar Pork Trotter Jelly 3/5

For a modern twist on a traditional favorite, the Black Vinegar Pork Trotter Jelly ($6) takes the stage. These mini sphere-shaped delights offer a unique and delicate rendition of the classic Teochew pig's trotter jelly, although the portion size may leave you longing for more.


Mao Shan Wang Durian Chilli Crab Ball 4/5

Prepare for a surprising combination with the Mao Shan Wang Durian Chilli Crab Ball ($12/pc), an appetizer that encases the bold flavors of durian and chili crab in a crispy shell. This unusual fusion surprisingly works, creating a burst of flavors that will intrigue your taste buds.

Handmade Fish Curd with Luffa Melon 2.5/5

Unfortunately, not all dishes at Tan Xiang Yuan live up to expectations. The Handmade Fish Curd with Luffa Melon ($20/$30/$40), while comprising luffa, handmade fish curd, black fungus, carrot, and mushroom, fell short in terms of flavor. It lacked seasoning, leaving a bland impression on the palate.

Signature Fried Rice 2.8/5

The Signature Fried Rice ($22/$33/$44), a staple dish in any Chinese restaurant, also failed to impress. With its lackluster taste and ordinary presentation, it did not meet the expectations one would have for a restaurant of this caliber.

Hand Drizzled Roast Chicken 4.2/5

However, Tan Xiang Yuan redeems itself with their Hand Drizzled Roast Chicken ($26 Half/ $48 Whole), a dish that showcases the artistry of drizzling hot oil over the chicken to achieve a crispy skin while keeping the meat tender and juicy. The result is a flavorful and satisfying poultry indulgence.

Signature Beef Cubes 4.2/5

To spice things up, the Signature Beef Cubes ($26/$39/$52) stir-fried in a piquant black pepper sauce take the spotlight. The succulent meat, infused with the aromatic black pepper, creates a mouthwatering symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Overall, Tan Xiang Yuan at Dickson Road offers a memorable dining experience with its show-stopping seafood hotpot and a mix of Chinese dishes. While some dishes may fall short of expectations, the restaurant's highlights shine through, making it a worthwhile destination for seafood lovers and Chinese cuisine enthusiasts alike.

Tan Xiang Yuan
1 Dickson Road
Singapore 209493
Tel: +65 80585527
Nearest MRT: Jalan Besar (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am to 3pm, 530pm to 10pm

1) Alight at Jalan Besar MRT statton. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Walk to Dickson Raod. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Avenue 87 @ Amoy Street - The Third Edition Tasting Menu


I am back again at Avenue 87, a modern Asian restaurant opened by co-Chef-Founders Glen Tay and Alex Phan. The duo has recently put together a new menu - Journey Menu (125++) and  Experience Menu ($168++).

Pork Jelly 3.5/5

I had the Experience Menu, kickstarting with several Snacks that showcase the chef's interpretation of the local flavours. For example, the Pork Jelly is inspired by the classic Teochew pig's trotter jelly sandwiched between two thin crispy sheets.

Tofu and Kueh Pie Tie 4/5

Next is the Tofu and Kueh Pie Tie. The Tofu is an interpretation of the mapo tofu substituting the spiciness with Korean chilli paste (gochujang). The Kueh Pie Tie is not a new snack but an elevated one for their love of the local curry fish head. It is Indian-style curry, tangy and packed with aroma from the spices.

Laksa 3.5/5

As for the Laksa sphere, it was an interesting representation of the local flavour topped with caviar and an Indian spiced cracker. Unfortunately, I thought the cracker spices overpowered the appreciation of the laksa flavour.

Uni on Toast 4.2/5

The last snack is the Uni on Toast. A delicious combination that will get one screaming for more.

Foie Gras 4/5

Moving on to the next dish, we have the Foie Gras, which is thick and creamy, paired with Chinese celery, confit tomato and mandarin orange. I like the touch of mandarin orange that helps to refresh the palate.

Duck 4.5/5

One of my favourite courses is the Duck item, a soup dish. Being Chinese, we love our soup. The saltiness from the salted vegetables and heat from the peppercorn made this a delicious pot of soup. You can also find a cabbage roll wrapped with duck meat in it.

Frog Legs 4.2/5

The Frog Legs are my dining companions' favourite dishes. The boneless and tender frog legs are cooked in a beautiful Thai green curry sauce, with the addition of lemongrass and Thai basil for the extra fragrant.

Toothfish 4.5/5

The Toothfish has a sweet buttery flavour similar to cod fish. The beautifully cooked fish is complemented by the crab roe and baijiu sauce, topped with ikura.


Aged Yamaguchi Wagyu

The last savoury dish is the Aged Yamaguchi Wagyu. It is served together with Taiwanese claypot rice with wild mushrooms. Having them together, it felt like having a plate of Asian char siew rice on a plate.


Before moving to the dessert, we had the palate cleanser that was sweet and refreshing.

Toast 4.2/5

For dessert, we had a soft and fluffy Toast deep-fried to a crispy exterior, paired excellently with kaya ice cream.



Last, we had the Petite Four to wrap up the dinner. I enjoyed the soft and spongy Mochi coated with peanuts. The Jackfruit Ice Cream Sandwich is as good too.

Overall, I enjoyed the new menu at Avenue 87. Previously, I felt their menu might be hard for customers to accept as it was too focused on local flavours. The new menu is more balance, incorporating more Asian flavours while still showcasing the local flavours in the snack items.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Avenue 87
47 Amoy Street
Singapore 069873
Tel: +65 98388401/ 69705491
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sat 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 10pm
(Closed on Tue, Sun and PH)

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Amoy Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Telok Ayer Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Restaurant @ Chui Huay Lim Club - Celebrates 7th Anniversary with Seven Exclusive Chef Recommendations


If not for the recent visit to Chui Huay Lim Teochew Restaurant, I do not even know the existence of the historical 170-year-old Chui Huay Lim Club at Keng Lee Road. If the club or road name sound foreign to you, they are to be too. I have to google map the location and realised it is near Newton Circle.



Before starting our dinner, we have a little introduction to the art of drinking tea. We started with washing the tea leaves and utensils, pouring the tea, holding the tea cup and appreciating the tea.

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine Classic Platter 4/5

Our dinner started with the Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine Classic Platter ($58 for 6 pax / $98 for 10pax). The platter consists of Teochew Braised Duck, Deep Fried Ngoh Hiang, Deep Fried Traditional Liver Rolls and Teochew Pig Trotter Terrine.


Two items on the platter stood out for me. The deep fried liver rolls which is made with minced pig and chicken liver, yam and water chestnut wrapped in beancurd skin. It is crispy on the outside and substantial inside. Best to have together with the sweet sauce. The other is the pig trotter terrine which is hardly served on the dining table nowadays due to the meticulous preparation extracting the gelatin from the pig skin and freezing it.

Wok Fried Kway Teow with Diced Kai Lan and Preserved Radish 4/5

A dish that is packed with wok hei is the Wok Fried Kway Teow with Diced Kai Lan and Preserved Radish ($18/$27/$36). The addition of the diced kai lan and preserved radish provided the extra crunch to the finishing.

Suckling Pig 4.2/5

We are kind of surprise when the whole Suckling Pig weighting around 3.5kg to 4kg was brought into our dining room as it was originally not on our menu. The specific weight of the piglet was chosen for its thinner skin, to get that desired crispiness. No short cut is taken here, like pre-bathing the piglet to speedup the cooking. The whole piglet is roasted from raw.

Teochew Oyster Omelette Gooey Style 4.5/5

A specialty at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Restaurant has to be their Teochew Oyster Omelette Gooey Style ($22). The restaurant even has a delegated chef to just cook the dish. It will be freshly cook upon order which takes about 20 minutes of waiting time. What so good about the orh luak here is the consistency, where each mouthful gets you the gooey and crispy texture. This is best paired with the slightly sourish chilli sauce.


In celebration of its 7th anniversary. the restaurant has created a limited edition menu that features 7 a la carte dishes between 3 September to 30 November 2018. These delicacies include time-honoured dishes as well as unique takes on popular favourites. Among the 7 dishes specially created for the 7th anniversary, we tried the Homemade Fish Balls and Fish Cake Braised with Tianjin Cabbage in Superior Broth ($22/$33/$44) and Crispy Fried Pork Belly and Water Chestnut Rolls Tossed in Sweet & Sour Sauce ($18/$27/$36).

Homemade Fish Balls and Fish Cake Braised with Tianjin Cabbage in Superior Broth 4.2/5

Simmer for hours in chicken and pork bones is the Homemade Fish Balls and Fish Cake Braised with Tianjin Cabbage in Superior Broth. The bouncy fish balls and fish cake are made from yellow eel, which is prized for their sweet flesh. The tianjin cabbage was also cooked to a delectable softness that emits a comforting sweetness to the superior broth. What lights up my taste buds is actually the hint of sourness amidst the sweetness from the salted vegetable.

Crispy Fried Pork Belly and Water Chestnut Rolls Tossed in Sweet & Sour Sauce 4/5

The Crispy Fried Pork Belly and Water Chestnut Rolls Tossed in Sweet & Sour Sauce is a heritage dish that has marinated pork belly and crunchy water chestnut wrapped with pig's caul fat. A traditional way of preparing it. It is steamed, deep fried and then glazed in a sweet and sour sauce. It is similar to sweet and sour pork but the roll itself is more meaty, almost like a ngoh hiang. You tiao is also added for that extra layer of texture.

Teochew Tau Suan 4.5/5, Yam Paste with Pumpkin 4.5/5

I would definitely recommend you to save some space for dessert. The Teochew Tau Suan with Gingko Nuts ($5.20) here are really special. The restaurant added orange peel in the dessert, which elevates the traditional dessert for a unique enjoyment. As for the Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Gingko Nuts ($5.20) the distinct fragrant from the pork lard brought a smile to my face. I have eaten too many yam pastes that do not use pork lard anymore which I thought it lacked that final punch to win my palate over.

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Restaurant
Chui Huay Lim Club
190 Keng Lee Road
Singapore 308409
Tel: +65 67323637
Nearest MRT: Newton (DT Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Fri-Sun, PH: 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Newton MRT station (Stop ID 40181). Take bus number 5, 54, 143, 162 or 167. Alight at next stop. Cross the road. Take the path between Newton 18 and Newton Life Church to Keng Lee Road. Turn left on Keng Lee Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Newton Circle and make your way to Keng Lee Road. Walk to destination. Journey time around 15 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Chinese Kitchen (厨神私房菜) @ Cavan Road (Lavender) - Comfort Traditional Chinese Dishes With A Touch Of Fineness


Newly opened in Lavender is The Chinese Kitchen (厨神私房菜), opened by local renowned Chef Austen Ong, the former president of society of Chinese cuisine Chef (Singapore). He is also dubbed the 厨神 (God of the Kitchen) by the culinary industry, probably from his numerous achievement such as winning the Gold medalist of Asian Cuisine in the 8th FHA International Salon Culinaire, Most Creative award in the 4th World Championship of Chinese Cuisine and Champion of Taipei's World Culinary Contest in both 2005 and 2007.

Organic Okra with Pickle Chilli 4.5/5

We started with some light bites for our dinner. First, we tried the Organic Okra with Pickle Chilli ($6). The okra or ladyfinger has a nice crunchy texture without that slimy texture. The star of the dish is actually the pickle chilli, it complemented the okra excellently. The pickle chilli is so good that I could not resist pairing it with other ingredients.

Pork Trotter Jelly, Passion Fruit Infused Cucumber 4/5

Given a touch of exquisite to a traditional dish is the Pork Trotter Jelly with Passion Fruit Infused Cucumber ($8). A Teochew delicacy which is not commonly available on the restaurant's menu due to the painstaking process of making it. The pork trotter jelly encased in a soft gelatine cubes with savoury pork shreds is accompanied with crisp chilled cucumber slice.

"Ma La" Baby Squids and Eryngii Mushroom 3.8/5

From the description of the dish, I thought the "Ma La" Baby Squids and Eryngii Mushroom ($9) would be very spicy but it turned out rather sweet. Putting that aside, the deep fried baby squid is very crispy and the eryngii mushroom provides the additional crunch for a multi-textural enjoyment.

Signature Old Fifty Collagen Broth, Ocean Catch 4.5/5

I was wondering why the next dish is named Signature Old Fifty Collagen Broth with Ocean Catch ($38 for 2-3pax/ $55 for 4-6pax)? It was explained that the broth is using the cooking style of the 50s, in which the pot of soup is simmered over charcoal for 10 hours. The collagen rich broth is a result of cooking the soup base with chicken, duck, pork and fish skin. Diners can choice from 3 different types of fishes - Ocean Catch, Wild Caught and Snapper. Not only that, you can have the soup in its original flavour, miso or spicy. This is definitely one of the best order dish here.

Charcoal Grilled Orange Sea Perch, Sea Salt & Spices 4.2/5

Not commonly used in modern Chinese cuisine is charcoal grilling. One of such dishes on the menu is the Charcoal Grilled Orange Sea Perch with Sea Salt & Spices ($58). I like how the grilling manages to locked in the moisture and succulent meat. The fish meat is best pair with the unique blend of sauces that brings out its freshness.

Braised La La "Ying Yang" Noodle 3.5/5

The Braised La La "Ying Yang" Noodle ($14) is another interesting item on the menu whereby Chef Austen uses two different type of noodles - beehoon and dangmyeon, giving the dish a contrasting textures, soaking up the sweet broth from the seafood. However, the kitchen was a bit heavy with the salt during my visit.

Charcoal Grilled Banana, Sea Salt, Caramel, Ice Cream 4/5

For dessert, is another item from the charcoal grill, Charcoal Grilled Banana, Sea Salt, Caramel, Ice Cream ($4.50). The different components on the plate seems rather isolated but when you have them together, a pleasant harmony sings in the mouth.


After trying the food by Chef Austen, my takeaway is that he has given a touch of fineness to dishes tat is close to our heart, without losing its roots of traditional Chinese cuisine. More importantly, the pricing is very reasonable.

Note: This is an invited tasting. 

The Chinese Kitchen (厨神私房菜)
20 Cavan Road
Singapore 209861
Tel: +65 66126024
Nearest MRT: Lavender (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
(Closed on Wed)

1) Alight at Lavender MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Horne Road. Turn left and walk down Horne Road. Turn right onto Cavan Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ah Orh Seafood Restaurant @ Jalan Bukit Merah - Lunar New Year Reunion Lunch


It has become a tradition for my wife's family to have our reunion dinner at Ah Orh Seafood Restaurant at Jalan Bukit Merah every Lunar New Year. Every year we will end up ordering a table full of food. Unlike previous years, we actually tried a few new items on the menu this year.

Cold Prawn 4.5/5

One of the new items we tried this year is the Cold Prawn. Without any fancy cooking method, this is just straight forward appreciation of the natural sweetness of the shell fish.

Pig Trotter Jelly or Pig Trotter Aspic 4/5

A must order for us in every visit is the Pig Trotter Jelly (Pork Trotter Aspic) which is painstakingly prepared. I have tried a few of these from other Teochew restaurant but I still have the one from Ah Orh better in terms of seasoning, flavours and texture. Not to forget having it togethr with the vinegar-chilli sauce.

Cold Crab 4.5/5

The other Teochew delicacy is the Cold Crab which is packed with the creamy unami crab roes on top of the sweet flesh.

Braised Duck 4.5/5

Another favourite item on the menu is non other than the Braised Duck which is fat and tender, absorbing the flavoursome broth perfectly. I like the fact that it is also thickly sliced for a satisfactory enjoyment with each bite.

Steamed Fish Tail 4.5/5

We actually wanted to order the steamed pomfret but the lady boss informed us that the supply today is not too good, hence we switched to the Steamed Fish Tail instead. The Teochew style of steaming with salted vegetable seems to work with any fish as long as it is fresh. The kitchen has got the timing of steaming the huge fish tail spot on. It was moist and not over cooked.

Prawn with Vegetable 4/5

The other new item we tried is the Prawn with Vegetable. The huge and crunchy prawns are sitting on a bed of delectable greens which has a a crunchy texture.

Prawn Roll 4.2/5

Another regular item which we always order on the menu is the Prawn Roll. Stuffed with minced pork and prawn, chestnut is added for extra crunch. This is wrapped in beancurd skin and deep fried to a delightful crispiness. Pair it with the sweet sauce for a sweet ending.


We met Ah Orh himself at the restaurant and he was very nice to share is lunch with us. He came over to our table and gave us two Rabbit Fish (Pek Tor Fish) to eat.

Arh Orh Seafood Restaurant (亚乌海鲜楼)
Blk 115 Jalan Bukit Merah
Singapore 160115
Tel: +65 62757575
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 2pm, 530pm - 9pm

1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Jalan Membina to the end of the road. Turn left at Jalan Bukit Merah. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]