A lunch date with my girlies in town is always a highlight in a busy work week. Other than enjoying yummy food together, we meet one another for a breather. Taking our minds off deadlines, mommy duties and problems (climate changes for eg.) for that hour or so.
We decided to have lunch at Tunglok Teahouse at Far East Square. The décor at this outlet is alike an old school coffeeshop (kopitiam) with stone tables and wooden brown chairs. The air-conditioning was chilly and the staff offered to lend us shawls – a plus point for service!
The food was served promptly despite the restaurant being full house. And the food was steaming hot – earn more points!
I usually like steamed carrot cakes better as it’s less oily. This pan fried carrot cake is surprisingly not oily, crispy on the outside and full of radish on the inside. Comparing to the awesome steamed carrot cake from Ah Yat, I think they are both equally good! As the Chinese say, 各有千秋 each has its own merits.
Ooo this is definitely one of my favourites from this lunch – crispy light batter on the delicate eggplant coupled with the sweet-salty chicken floss to add flavour and textures. It isn’t the least bit oily either! This is a must-have for me on next visit 🙂
Cheong fun is a tricky dish in my opinion to make and to eat. The rice rolls have to be delicate enough (not overly thick like what most restaurants makes them) yet it has to hold the ingredients inside well so that when you take a mouthful of it with the sauce, it stays together. The balance in the Tung Lok’s one was good for me. The sauce might been a little heavy handed for those who do not fancy salty food.
Don’t they just look so cute?! They look like cartoony versions of actual radishes like this one below.
These dumplings aren’t just cute, they were delicious too! Thin delicate crystal-like skins wrapping generous amounts of the mildly sweet radish filling inside – I just wanted more of these!
The queens and kings of Dim Sum – Siu Mai and Har Gow. I have often referred to these as royalties but who is the king and queen for you? I based it on my preference and on the look of the dumplings. Siu Mai generally have some toppings on it, be it Tobiko like in Ah Yat’s and Wah Lok’s or a wolfberry like Tim Ho Wan’s – so to me that’s the queen who loves jewels on top of the crown. The Har Gow has a regal aura with the folds on the dumpling and have pricier ingredients, prawns, as filling hence it’s the king for me. And also because I like Har Gow more 😀 Tung Lok’s Siu Mai and Har Gow were of great standards – appropriate thinness of the skin with well-seasoned fillings.
This was the star of the lunch for me. We honestly thought they were real mushrooms – looked like a fair amount of effort to create dark patches on the bun itself. And it was absolutely delicious! The soft bun pastry with the braised mushrooms inside that was full of abalone sauce and black truffle flavours, makes my mouth water thinking about it. It’s not overwhelmingly savoury as the bun itself balanced it out well. A must-have for me if you do have dim sum at Tunglok Teahouse.
The Baked BBQ Pork Buns were mediocre for me compared to Wah Lok’s and Tim Ho Wan’s. The filling seemed a little lacking comparatively. We also ordered steamed salted egg yolk custard buns as well as shared the century egg congee which were both pretty average.
Overall, I think the variety is great for both dim sum as well as ala-carte lunch menu. There were a fair number of unique items to try out plus the culinary quality is exceptional with superior ingredients. And with Amex palate dining privileges we had a 20% off the bill for 5 persons, so we only paid SGD$15 each! I visited their website and saw that they are having an ala-carte buffet dinner promotion, time to bring my family there to try out their Teochew dishes as well as dim sum!
Tunglok Teahouse @ Far East Square
7-13 Amoy Street, #01-01,
(65) 6877 1123
Mondays – Fridays: 11.30am – 3.00pm (2.30pm Last order)
Saturdays: 11.00am – 3.00pm (2.30pm Last order)
Sundays & Public Holidays: 10.00am – 3.00pm (2.30pm Last order)
Daily: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (9.45pm Last order)