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The secret to loving Putien
's Heng Hwa cuisine lies in their proprietory chilli sauce, a blend of the sour, salty, sweet and one kind of stomach-churning spicy. Like the fairy dust that makes Tinkerbell fly, this wonderful concoction is the magic that makes the their so-very-delicate, almost bland, fare come alive.
1) Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon
($8.90 for small): Laden with miniaturized seafood like clams and prawns, mushrooms, pork belly strips, beancurd and crunchy greens, the plain-ish noodles blossomed into a bright punchy mee with copious lashings of the chilli sauce.
2) Putien Lor Mee
($8.90): also laced with pork belly, prawns and clams, but braised in a lusciously thick but mellow pork-based broth. This also got a much needed punch from the chilli sauce.
3) Homemade Beancurd
($9.90) - with silky egg beancurd logs with black mushrooms, carrots and sugar snap peas and smothered in a velvety oyster sauce gravy: good on its own and didn't quite need the chilli. But, it was still lovely when spiced with it.
4) Stir Fried Chestnut
($13.90) - with straw mushrooms and pork slices: The luscious nutty gravy was tasty enough on its own, but definitely lifted a notch by the robust chilli sauce.
5) Crispy Pork Ribs
($16.90): the Heng Hwa version of Cantonese sweet & sour pork; distinguished with the addition of crunchy water chestnuts.
6) Shredded Meat with Buns
($3.90 per pc) - pork strips stir fried with caramelized onions, complemented by deep fried golden sesame-d buns: the only dish that rendered the chilli sauce redundant. Rich and flavoursome, the pork buns were totally scrumptious.
7) Putien-Style Century Egg
($5.90): similar to Cantonese sweet and sour pork: I usually shy away from century egg (can't stand the smell), but I was surprised by how much I liked this. The Putien treatment of century egg was really quite awesome, and I'd definitely order this agai