Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cui­sine

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As be­fits its lo­ca­tion within the grand Chui Huay Lim Club, this tra­di­tional Teochew restau­rant’s large din­ing room is dressed in classy, con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese dé­cor. But it's not just good to look at, this is also one of the best places for tra­di­tional Teochew cui­sine.

Be­gin your meal with the Teochew cold crab, which har­bours a bounty of creamy, savoury crab roe. The deep-fried ngoh hi­ang rolls see minced pork boldly sea­soned with five-spice pow­der and flecked with crunchy chest­nuts en­cased in a crispy bean­curd skin. An­other de­li­cious starter that comes highly rec­om­mended is char­coal grilled sea cu­cum­ber.

One of the restau­rant’s best-known dishes is the Teochew braised goose with tofu. The smooth, ten­der meat is sliced thinly and served in the nu­anced herbal sauce it was cooked in. An­other sound choice is the steamed pom­fret in a light broth topped with salted vegeta­bles, pre­served plums and shi­itake mush­rooms.

Other high­lights in­clude the fried salted egg yolk prawns that taste as good as they look, and gooey Teochew oys­ter omelette, which comes gen­er­ously stud­ded with plump fresh oys­ters and im­bued with the smoky aroma of the wok. The braised con­poy vegeta­bles with eight veg­e­tar­ian trea­sures, mean­while, come well-flavoured, hearty and make for an im­mensely com­fort­ing dish.

Com­plete your meal with tra­di­tional Teochew desserts such as the sweet yam paste or stewed mung beans with hashima. The restau­rant of­fers a va­ri­ety of wines, mostly New World. Gongfu tea is served at the start and end of the meal—smooth and bit­ter­sweet, and per­fect as a palate cleanser. Chui Huay Lim Club, #01-02, 190 Keng Lee Road, Sin­ga­pore 308409

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