Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Classy, Comfortable Chinese Lunch
As church is in Suntec City, we normally settle lunch there as well. Having had many many many Sunday lunches there, we were happy to see a few new places sprout up.
One was Tang Dian Wang. The orange-lit balls hanging from the ceiling first caught our attention. Very oriental but also modern chic. And the music they played was like Chinese High Society. Pretty cool.
How about the food?
The Crispy Skin Duck in Hangzhou Style ($11.80) could be a little meatier and tender but was delicious with the tasty sauce drizzled over the slightly crispy skin. The duck meat was flavourful and all these beckoned for a bowl of rice.
We also ordered the Pork Dumplings in Szechuan Chilli Oil ($4.50). Overall, it was decent though I would have preferred more heat from the chilli oil and a greater Szechuan peppercorns influence over the garlicky sauce.
Crunchy Golden Mushrooms ($7.80) were a delightful snack! Crisp, light and lightly salted. Tiger anyone?
There was a congee dish but I can't recall it's exact name. I think it was sweet potato congee. Rather bland actually except for the sweet cubes of sweet potato and crispy keropok.
Time for more meat which arrived in the form of Chicken with Fragrant Chives and Onions ($9.80). I suspect the chef must have poured very hot oil over the chives and onions shreds. Some chefs do this to release the aromatics from shreds of ginger, spring onions etc. However, the version here seemed to lack that aromatic lift that I was looking for. Maybe I should have tried their drunken chicken dish.
What was the best dish for me that lunch was the Shanghai-Style Grilled Eggplant ($8.80). The whole eggplant was grilled (fried?) till soft and sweet before being topped with minced pork and chilli sauce. The combination of sweet, spicy and salty was great. Two bowls of rice please!
And speaking about rice. They also do a decent Lotus Leaf-Wrapped Rice (can't remember the price :/) which was fragrant with the lovely scent of the lotus leaf. The two main gripes are the less-than-well-marinated chicken pieces and the slightly wet rice.
For desserts, the above is the Young Coconut & Lily Bulb in Almond Cream ($3.80). I enjoyed the texture of the coconut. A little like a firm sea coconut.
Silky Egg White and Milk Custard ($4.80) I did not try but my sis who loves steamed egg/milk custard desserts polished this off without a word. That should say something...I think.
To sum up my visit at Tang Dian Wang, the place is nicely set-up, music is loungy/soulful Chinese, food is generally good but as with all new places, they probably need a bit of time to iron out the kinks.
Tang Dian Wang
Suntec City Mall (other branches at Bukit Panjang Plaza & The Heeren)
Tel: 6334 3007
Opens: Monday to Thursday- 11am to 10pm
Friday to Sunday- 11am to 10.30pm
Chew On This: The double-boiled soups at Tang Dian Wang look promising but a pity they were sold out when I visited for lunch. Do check them out!