Friday, February 03, 2012

Hua Ting Restaurant @ Orchard Hotel, Singapore


I just remembered these pictures and since Lap Mei Fan is seasonal, I better post this now.

Hua Ting is a must for the family and usually when I drop by Singapore, we end up having lunch here. Headed by the talented Hong Kong Chef Chan Kwok, we have our usual favourites here so most meals look identical.


For those who want to ever try Chef Chan's creations, keep an eye out in the middle of the year as he usually does a pilgrimage up to the Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur's Chinese restaurant to cook for a week or so.

He does different menus each year but I've always loved his roast duck (the best evah I reckon) and his politically incorrect but oh so good, double boiled shark's cartilage soup.


Our main aim for lunch that particular day was their waxed meats rice.

It's done a little differently here versus what is served in Kuala Lumpur.


At this place, they take it one step further than just the rice and the waxed have the option of cooking the rice crust with a superior soup broth (siong tong).

It's rather comforting to end the meal with the hot broth mingled with the rice grains and bits of dried radish (choy poh) in it.

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Before hitting the carbo heaven of the waxed meats rice (it takes a while to cook), we hit the dim sum selection and their yummy roast meats.

I love the roast pork neck char siew - tender thin pieces of pork that melt in the mouth. How one wishes that a Chinese restaurant starts serving this. Maybe when Singapore's Imperial Paradise opens in Petaling Jaya this year, they will bring this dish since it is not commonly found in Kuala Lumpur. 

Their roast pork is also incredibly good with a crunchy top that one piece is never enough. Other yummy eats were the crispy fried skin, crunchy wood ears and the salt and pepper deep fried fish with nary any excess oil.


The dim sum here is also good (no pictures though since everyone was tucking in) and my favourite was those vegetable dumplings.

We end the meal with dessert, a chewy and not overly sweet red date cake and a thick fluffy pastry covered egg tart.

Must admit I think I've not had a bad meal here ever as everything has been top notch. 

Hua Ting
Orchard Hotel
Orchard Road

Tel: 02-67396666

(Non Halal. For more pictures see the Flickr set.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.


Simple Person said...

D siu yuk seems not so promising. D char siu a bit lean......
Well seems more healthy but less delicious

boo_licious said...

Simple Person - the char siu may look lean but it is very tender and soft. Pork neck is the best part of the piggy. Even the roast pork has even fats so it melts in the mouth.

timing said...

What kind of damage per person can we expect? Financially speaking, of course :)

boo_licious said...

timing - seems abt S$50 to S$200 per head depending on the order. They do a weekend dim sum buffet brunch for S$88++ (for soft drinks) and S$148++ per person with champagne.

Kenny Mah said...

Oh how we would wax lyrical about waxed meats! :D

boo_licious said...

Kenny Mah - yes, waxed meats seems to bring out the words in us all....

Sean said...

this looks tempting enough to contemplate driving down to singapore this weekend before the chinese new year season ends! i remember having pork neck satay at vintry and grilled pork neck at leonardo's, but i've never tried pork neck char siew before. sounds like a very tasty variation! :D

Baby Sumo said...

Since we dont really go to Sg much, will have to lookout when the chef comes to GM KL.

Michelle Chin said...

I do agree that neck is the best part to prepare char siu. Hehe. :)

Then again, there are the cheeks. :D

Unknown said...

a very well executed food critic blog appreciate the work and photos

The Yum List said...

The roasted pork neck seems to have a bit more meat than a lot of char siew. Yum.

Yos Favorite said...

I love the rice crust with soup, look so special. Must ask my friends to go there with me.

Special contribute from Bunga Telur.

Julian Si said...

Wah, certainly looks exquisite :-)

Gong Hey Fatt Choy, Boo!

boo_licious said...

Sean - you must try if you are a char siew fan since this is like the wagyu of char siew.

Baby Sumo - yeah, am sure they will invite you since you have dined and reviewed in Lai Ching Yuen before.

Michelle - oooh, the cheeks sound like a delectable part too.

Thanks supriya!

The Yum List - less fat too but so tender and juicy.

Thanks Yos Favourite.

Hi Julian. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you. Enjoy the feasting.

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