5Yummi Pursuits •
28 May 2015
I'm not easy to please when it comes to good chinese food, probably because my dad used to run a restaurant. I found Hua Ting to have great customer service, usually prompt and attentive. The ambience in Orchard Hotel is also pretty classy, so it's a great venue to entertain friends, overseas guests and family.
I've been there twice for tim sum lunch (once weekday, once weekend). They are immensely popular for tim sum so please book in advance. I have also been there once for dinner where the pace was less frenetic and we saw others with families or friends there.
Their dim sum is reasonably priced (as in relatively standard pricing compared to similar standard chinese reataurants) and the execution is pretty delicate in flavour and fresh ingredients.
their dinner menu is on the more pricey side and a great majority of the dishes are listed with 'per person' written in the side. I went with two companions so we tended to look for the dishes with 'per order' written next to it so that we could 'manage our budget'! Haha... just kidding.. we just don't like the feeling of ordering dishes based on 'per person' but i guess some places price dishes by 'small medium large' , so this is amother 'pro-rated price format'.
Anyway the peking duck is pretty good. They bring out the duck and show it to you before carving it up at an elegant island counter-style service station near the table.
They cook a second dish with the meat too and we were given several choices (some of the choices weren't the run of the mill ones). Anyway we opted for stew duck with tofu skin (this is a special tofu made inhouse by skimming off the top layer of tofu while making it and stacking those tofu skins up).. The texture of the tofu was most unusual.
We also tried their fish paste noodles- literally fish ground into paste and then made into noodle strands inhouse. it was cooked with great wok hei. Obviously they have very skilled chefs in Hua Ting!!
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