we went to dinner at this restaurant honestly for want of anywhere else to go and also because my dad and baby sister had never been to this place - the former having never seen the restaurant sign despite having lived within 3 km of the place for like the past like 20 years.
anyway, we had
Half a roast chicken
fried tang hoon
fried kailan with sliced fish
fried pork rib with special sauce
2 herbal teas
2 lime juices
Service is a little slow at the restaurant, which is housed on the first floor of a khek foundation building. so they ask you what you want to drink and basically you can like finish the drink, and the food wouldnt have been served yet. my dad and i had the herbal tea which was iced and purple in colour! my dad said the drink was probably from some lotus root thing, and the purple was natural. (othewise it looked terribly artificial and cancer causing probably) anyhow it tasted like how herbal tea tasted. not too sweet but not bitter or anything. if youre the traditional herbal tea drinking kind it would be rather refreshing. their lime juice is made from syrup and water, so not impressive.
the half roasted chicken was pretty good. with skin that was crisp and meat that was succulent (if you dont get the parts with bones.) my dad was of the opinion that it was very salty, but i thought it was okay. there is however, no need for the additional salt that they serve. the chicken goes well with the chilli sauce they provide - not the one with cut chilli in soya sauce.
the hotplate beancurd was my babysister's and my favourite dish. when they served it, they took off the lid and there was so much bubbling and fizzling and smoke. but honestly, you cant go wrong with the combination of egg and tofu - its very comforting. it wasnt salty, just enough flavour and the dish also contains minced meat, shredded carrot, mushrooms and capsicum. yum. they all went very well together.
the fried tang hoon was served last but i thought it was something different from the usual fried rice fried noodle dish that people inevitably order at such restaurants. it was my dad's idea and i think he was pretty happy with the dish. the fried tang hoon comes with egg, minced meat and shredded carrots and onions. again, very tasty. people should order this in place of fried noodles! its feels like a light dish also, so youre not like carbo overloaded.
the fried kailan with sliced fish was the most expensive dish at $16. it was okay, tasted decent and healthy in the sense that it wasnt oily or salty or anything, tinged with some garlic. the fish was really fat. like thick fat. im not sure if they were the mass produced kind of sliced fish but i think at $!6, they probably werent.
the fried pork ribs with special sauce was one of my favourites, as was my dad's. they say it is special sauce - english translated, but in chinese they state like honey or something like that. it was so TASTY! like sweet and yummy with enough salt. it was also cooked with capsicum and onions. it was just great. the amazing thing was that it wasnt oily or anything, and my boyfriend whose like this health freak also gave it a thumbs up.
it is pretty much sort of like a ONE restaurant coffee shop, so i mean thats why ambience wise its going to score so low. it isnt a place for people who need the comfort of air conditioning and the whole nine yards. also, parking might be a problem. but what the hell.
service and cooking time, as mentioned above was a little slow. but i mean if it is for a leisurely family saturday evening dinner, its okay. but either go early (at 6pm) or later ( 8?) i suspect they might close early like by 10? so better call if youre going late.