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Didn't realize the poor ratings here in HGW previously when my sec sch friends and I decided to head over for some fish head steamboat and we decided on Whampoa Keng. I guess many of us agreed that the fragrant soup base was addictive and most importantly, the freshness of fish meat was there. It was really satisfying and all of us love it so much we were constantly clearing the soup!
Prices were slightly higher here for all the dishes as compared to elsewhere but definitely still worth the trip and suitable for large gatherings especially families. Though zhi char dishes we had were average but it was a hearty meal with the highlight of the dinner was good.
Thought this is quite a promising restaurant from the outlook. But it is not.
They have many dishes on their menu. But they are famous for their teochew fishhead steamboat, or so their sign said. We ordered a set dinner for two. It comes with the steamboat with for two (we chose groupa), one extra dish (we chose their signature "street tofu") and dessert for two.
The steamboat cannot make it. For a steamboat restaurant like this, it is definitely not passable. More hawker fair. Soup isn't of high quality. Put lot of milk inside. So a let down. Doesn't have much fish inside as well.
Tofu dish really nothing to shout about. Simple. Isn't very tasty.
Dessert is simple. Either mango pudding or the medicinal black jelly ("guai lang gou"). I thought the black jelly is ok. But yet my wife did not like it. I always think she is more of a foodie. She seems to taste better. So she must be right, haha.
For service I do see the proprietor there, so it is good. But the staff they hire some are not good. There is a lady from China taking the order for us. She won't quite respond to your questions as she is simply uninterested. I find such workers surprising. They should have done a more honest job. All businesses should observe their service staff and then weed them off or adjust them to another position if their character isn't suitable for serving customers.
For the money you pay, you really don't get much to eat. And it is not well cooked. So it make you wonder what you are paying for. Sure can give this place a miss.
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