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 meats...you 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.
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.
(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.