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So family friendly
Just one of the smattering of Canto restaurants in Singapore.
Personally, I wouldn't waver in my loyalty for Crystal Jade restaurants but my family are easy going diners so we decided to give this a try.
I ordered wanton mee because I didn't know any better and it was surprising! Both the long time and the dish itself! It was something I can get downstairs my block. This is why you must forever remain loyal to your choice restaurant.
The service was adequate. Their mango sago was pretty good though, I give them that, so maybe I'd come back for desserts only.
A Good Family Dine-out Choice
Affordable and convenient, Wan Chai HK Tea Room is one of my family favourite lunch places on a weekend afternoon. During peak hours, there is always a long queue outside the restaurant, though it should not take more than 20 minutes. Also, unless you are seated at the sofa seats, the dining experience can feel rather chaotic with the waitresses bustling around the really crammed restaurant. I wouldn't commend the service, but at least it is efficient and the food gets served piping hot within 10 minutes.
I like the fact that they have a mix of staple and fushion dishes in their menu, perfect for a family dine-out. For mains, I recommend Seafood Hor Fun and Crispy Noodle (it can be changed to fish-only for people who are allergic to seafood or are cholesterol conscious) and Seafood Rice with Wasabi Cheese. They serve tasty peanut soup to go with some of the dishes as well. For side dishes, I highly recommend its Prawn Paste Chicken, which are value for money and absolutely delicious. In fact, it is a chef recommendation and one of the best I have ever tried. If you are more health conscious, you can opt for Crispy Silk Beancurd with Pork Floss.
Bustling crowd here during mealtimes, which I suppose is testament to the establishment's goodness.
My experiences here have been that of standing around waiting for people to clear off so that we could actually get seated. There are ludicrous amounts of people here during lunch, so expect to wait if you don't get there early.
The food here is okay. I wouldn't say it's very good, but at this price point it's hard to beat. The portions are decent and the food is always to a certain standard. I will frequent here because it offers good food at a good price.
My rest stop in IMM
Whenever I am in IMM, there will be two shops that I will definitely visit. One is Daiso and the other is Wan Chai Tea Room. Coincidentally both shops are located so near to each other.
Wan Chai Tea Room is smart in providing stools rather than comfortable chairs for customers. This in way shorten the time customers stay in the shop and enable them to serve more customers. It also increased the number of tables they can put in the restaurant.
Normally, when I was in Wan Chai Tea Room, I would only order drinks and the desserts. I had not really tried their main meals yet, that was only because we normally visit IMM after dinner so it would be too filling to have another main meal. My favourite drink here is yuan yang.
Just like in Hong Kong
Some say the best Cantonese food isn't found in extravagant restaurants but at cha chaan tengs (tea rooms). I do concur with that very much. Fortunately for us in Singapore, there is quite a number of these tea rooms. But I’d say that one of the better ones would be Wan Chai Tea Room.
While their usual wanton noodles is delightfully similar to those I’ve had in Hong Kong, I find my favorite in their menu to be the har jiong kai (prawn paste chicken). Deep-fried with an extremely fragrant prawn paste, the chicken oozes flavor and is as heavenly as Cantonese food can get.
Prawn Paste Chicken Wings
This is one place that I've visited almost 10 times and come out of it each and every time telling myself never to go there again.
I guess I'm always drawn to the place cause it's so near Daiso and pretty affordable, cheaper than the other restaurants in the mall but feels classier than Kopitiam.
However, the food is just mediocre and it comes in small servings. Take the braised pork rice, it is barely enough for one person! The chicken cutlet tastes pretty normal too.
I have to concede and give praise to Wan Chai for one thing though --- their prawn paste chicken wings are DELICIOUS. It's fried to perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Gosh i feel hungry just writing about it.
If you want to stop by Wan Chai for some food, I suggest to just buy a few of their wings!
Good affordable Hong Kong food
I frequent Wan Chai HongKong Tea Room quite a bit as they serve delicious yet affordable food. I like their chicken leg baked rice which has a thick layer of oozing cheese baked to golden perfection. The chicken leg that comes with the baked rice is huge. Very valued for money I would say. Other times, I like to order their Macau fried rice too. It isn't too oily and comes with pork slices, juicy prawns, and topped with pork floss. Their baked rice comes with a complimentary bowl of soup too, which is light yet flavorful.
However, Wan Chai HongKong Tea Room's milk tea pales in comparison with most Hong Kong cafes. Their iced milk tea is special as they add a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the milk tea. But the tea taste is not distinct and is too milky in my opinion. Other than that, the food at Wan Chai HongKong Tea Room is pretty decent and it can get quite crowded on weekends.
Get the duo coloured baked rice.
Their baked rice came cheeeesy just like the way i liked it. I ordered the seafood version which came with juicy, not overcooked clams. The rice were fragrant, soft and fluffy, accompanied with white and red-based sauce which were not at all "jerlat". One can finish the whole baked rice.
Being a hongkong food kinda place, of course they do sell the usuals- their deep fried french toast, milk tea, yuan yang and the likes. This place is one of the better ones compared to other hongkong tea room with food that taste so commercialized and mass produced.
Great toasts and dumplings
I love their toasts and especially love the thick butter toast. Although the bread is very thick (twice the normal thickness of Gardenia slices), they managed to toast it evenly. The toast set comes with one thick slice of bread, 2 soft boiled eggs and a cup of coffee/tea/yin yong. The butter is sliced thickly and laid on top of the bread which is cut into 3 smaller pieces.
Besides, their shrimp dumpling is quite good, with lots of filling like mushrooms and really fresh prawns. Their noodles with dumpling is quite good but the soup tends to be a little too salty for my liking.
The best part is that they have a branch in NTU and prices are lower there. I would recommend going to NTU for Wan Chai. But there's less choices there.
better than Xin Wang, definitely
I really don't understand how people can go to Xin Wang for 'hong kong' dishes when places such as Wan Chai offer such quality meals. It's a matter of ordering the right dishes - Wan Chai is a really underrated place one must definitely try.
I highly recommend the Rice dishes. The one that comes with salted fish and mushrooms and chicken is a value for dollar meal, at about $7. Also the one with the meat patty. Their shrimp wantons with noodles may not compare to its true Hong Kong counterparts but they are really not bad, the shrimps are fresh and the wanton skin is not too thick. The best part is the Yam Paste (Or Nee) which is really fragrant. The yam flavour is strong and the paste is rich, complemented perfectly with the coconut milk. At $4.50, it is indeed a steal.
Try it out when you are at the Heartlands area, and you won't go back to your usual Xin Wang.