East Ocean Teochew Restaurant has been around even before I learn how to speak properly. It was established in 1992 and later moved to the current location at Ngee Ann City in the Orchard precinct. It serves up Hong Kong style Teochew cuisine and dim sum – the kind of restaurant I can bring my Teochew mum to. I haven’t heard of the restaurant prior to this (sorry for being a mountain turtle), and I was pleasantly surprised to see the restaurant packed, albeit a Friday evening.
We were here for its Dinner Special 6-Course Set Menu ($98++ for 4). This special promotion is only valid for dine-in dinner from Monday – Friday, excluding PHs and eve of the same.
After the Welcome Tea was served (which was really potent and intense), the appetiser was served. From the foreground backwards, it comprises (1) Sliced Soyed Duck, Jelly Fish, and Soya Sauce Chicken.
I personally liked the (2) Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Sea Whelk & Fish Maw. Not only is it nutritious, it has sea whelk (sea snail) in it. I had much preferred it if it was more chewy and firm. These, in the soup, likely because it was boiled for long, turned soft and less chewy. Nevertheless, the soup was addictive-ly good. (3) Stewed Soon Hock was served as a course of fish with dried beancurd skin and roast pork.
The dishes that didn’t quite make an impression was the (4) Live Prawns with Vermicelli in Claypot and (5) Stir-Fried Hong Kong Kai Lan with Dried Fish. I thought the prawns were overdone and more mushy than springy. The kai lan was nothing more than average. Use the accompanying oyster sauce sparingly (better to be for a dip than dressing), unless you want to have a salt fest.
Dessert was much enjoyable. Save that it was slightly rough with the crushed ice, I thought the flavours were apparent enough. It was not overly sweet, and the honeydew ice cream brought the (6) Honeydew Sago to a new level – love that here, you could really taste the flavour of honeydew.
My table of four nodded in agreement that it’s a very value-for-money dinner set for 4. It’s less than $30/person after taxes, but you get some pretty decent food. A rather value-for-money find – best for an affordable, proper sit-down family dinner. Ask if there’s a chance of return, I say yes.
Molten Salted Yolk Custard Bun ($5++/4pieces) :: It was by far one of the best Custard Bun (流沙包) I’ve tried. Admittedly, the fluffy bun was small in size. The custard, however, was filled to the brim and upon the slightest peel, it came oozing out uncontrollably. It was also intensely flavoured, which made it ultimately indulgent. For the price though, I’d say it’s most value-for-money. I could finish one whole steaming basket by myself.. maybe three, actually.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-08 Ngee Ann City
Telephone: 6235 9088
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri); 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Sat – Sun and PHs)