5SCS C •
14 Jun 2013
hotos and more: http://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/putien-restaurant-serangoon/
I rather like the putien chain – the flavours are light but intense, and while service can get rather hectic when full-house, it’s efficient and earnest when you do get it. highly reliable, consistently delicious, and a large enough menu to return frequently (though we do have our favourites, of course).
we started with jellyfish – decent, though I’ve had better. the better starter was their fried century egg: wedges fried up in a crispy batter and tossed in a sweet-sour sauce; this was delicious.
the salt and pepper clams are addictive, and the beancurd with kailan are a must order. the beancurd sheets are wrapped to a satisfying thickness – so they bite al-dente and the flavour of the soya bean comes through.
but my favourite really is their squirrel fish. essentially a filleted fish fried to a golden-brown and topped with a sweet and sour sauce. it’s completely, and utterly delicious – the fish is fresh and moist, the batter stands up fantastically to the sauce, which is enlivened by the tiny bits of vegetables strewn atop. I have massive cravings for this fish.
the meat dishes are pretty good home-cooking too. we finished the meal with a fruit platter and syruped loquats – I’m not one for syrupy things but the latter were very interesting.
honest cooking, good prices, decent portions and highly consistent standards even across outlets – and I have a soft spot for regional chinese cooking (much of what we have locally is more generally cantonese than anything else).