PUTIEN restaurant, a modest eatery specializing in Heng Hwa cuisine, offers an oasis of simple indulgences amid one’s daily bustle.
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#02-20 Marina Square
4 Tampines Central 5
#B1-27 Tampines Mall
1 Jurong West Central 2
#02-34 Jurong Point
80 Marine Parade Road
#02-13 Parkway Parade
1 HarbourFront Walk
23 Serangoon Central
26 Sentosa Gateway
#01-20 Resorts World Sentosa
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probably one of the best chinese restaurants around
As a kid, I always enjoyed eating Hing Hwa “pah mee” cooked by one of the uncles in my home church, Hinghwa Methodist. I never knew what Hing Hwa cuisine was until I got introduced to Pu Tien, and it blew my mind. Hing Hwa cuisine differs slightly from regular tze char we eat at hawker centres, yet they still preserve the raw taste home style chinese cooked food. If I had to pick a favorite chinese “cuisine”, it would definitely be this.
My favorite dishes, as mentioned, the pah mee which consists of a clear yet flavorsome broth, white handmade noodles and condiments such as vegetables, crispy seaweed and peanuts. I super adore the garlic cockles and Hing Hwa bee hoon in Pu Tien too. You will never go wrong with Pu Tien, literally everything on the menu tastes great.
Pu Tien is also a great venue to host family gatherings as their restaurants are relatively spacious to accommodate large groups. Pu Tien ranks as one of the better chinese restaurants in around, although it might be a little pricier than usual.
You’ll love their yam even if you hate taro
Putien shook up my whole world. I used to hate anything yam. There was this one time at KOI, I ordered taro milk tea without knowing that yam and taro were the same nasty root vegetable, and had to throw away the entire cup away. But everything changed when I tried Putien’s carmelised yam dish.
The softest, fluffiest yam you’ll ever taste is encased by a crackly caramelised exterior. Sweet yet salty, this is better than salted caramel. Take one bite and you’ll be on your way to yammy paradise. The quality of the yam differs for each piece and if you’re unlucky, you may bite into a not so fluffy chunk. Nothing can beat the caramelised yam, but the sweet and sour pork is a close second. The pork is nothing like the floury sweet and sour pork you’ll find in food courts. Crispy on the outside, but oh so tender on the inside, and smothered with a tangy sweet gravy.
With an emphasis on Heng Hwa cuisine, Putien’s dishes are clean and light - perfect for the day where you’re feeling like something tasty but not too unhealthy.
Oriental cuisine modernised !
Pu Tien brings back loads of memories of my younger days in the advertising industry during the 90s. I was working in what is now a dinosaur - Yellow Pages. Remember? "Let your Fingers do the Walking"... I was assigned to "pull-in" Pu Tien to be one of our advertisers. I remembered I then spoke to Mr. Fong, the founder, on the need to reach out to more diners , as their "Heng Hwa" cuisine needed more publicity. The answer "No need!" came as swift as the flash in wok.
Moving forward more than a decade later, Mr. Fong must have been doing the right thing. Just look at the restaurant stature, branding and popularity in the local (and indeed, the region), Pu Tien have come a long way and will be even more popular in the years to come.
I had the opportunity to dine there when my Russian friends were in town recently. And by the look of it, it will be on his list of fave "last meal" in town before his late night flight home. He even joked that Pu Tien was spelled wrongly, "should be Putin" (the Russian president), "Hmmm, Putin is popular in Russia, also in Pu Ti(e)n. ...talked about pre-dinner humour.
So what's good at Pu Tien ? apparently, you can't go wrong with anything. The wide range of dishes were like pieces of artwork. Delicious and photogenic (^__^). Our favourite had to the Claypot Chicken with fermented red rice wine...succulent and balanced, And the crisp and cool bitter gourd with honey is an interesting appertiser. And the Spinach with century/salted eggs in supreme sauce ,,,were supreme. And the braised pig intestines were snapped up real fast. The rest of the dishes were like one delicious affair after another..(pardon the analogy..it's just that yummy. No wonder people coined the term "foodporn"). For beverage.. I definitely recommend the premium Tie Guan Yin, as it aromatic and complements the light, delicious and low-oil dishes.
My only grouse with Pu Tien is their tableware...so cleaned, so slick and somewhat slippery it felt like slipping off the table. I hope they will lay table runners in future. Otherwise, dine daintily... Don't rush. And of course, a table reservation is much advised, Just look at the loooong queue. Bon Appetite (^___^)
Classic Chinese Dishes Presented In A Modern Way
Rather than reinventing dishes, Putien plays it safe, by sticking with classic Chinese Zi Char cuisine, and focusing on the quality of each dish. Named after the Putian province in Fujian, China, Putien dishes can be described as simple, homely, uncomplicated comfort food.
Ambience at Putien is modern, with clean lines, bright lights and minimal decor. The main theme uses blue-glass decor, and furniture is similarly decked out with it. Putien can get especially noisy during peak period though, so it's definitely not a place for a quiet meal. Also, queues for a table can stretch from 10 minutes to 40 minutes.
Because Putien is generally bustling, staff can be quite brusque and impatient. Fortunately, food is served very quickly as well, within 10 minutes of ordering. Staff move about quickly and with purpose, and they will clear empty plates upon request. During peak periods, you might have to take some time to attract their attention though.
Food at Putien is described as Heng Hwa / Xinghua / Henghua cuisine, which has an emphasise on clean, light, but tasty and flavourful food. The ingredients are simple, but showcased in a way to allow their individual flavours to shine. Consistency is assured no matter which branch of Putien you visit, because ingredients are all prepared at a centralised kitchen, then delivered to the individual outlets.
Prices are slightly more steep as compared to a neighbourhood Zi Char place, but at Putien, you're paying for the higher quality and taste.
I have only visited Pu Tien once or twice with my family, but each time I left with a favourable impression of the restaurant. Except for the prices (which are slightly expensive compared to other restaurants), everything else about Pu Tien makes it worth visiting - the friendly staff, good food and nice atmosphere.
During my visit there, I tried a variety of Pu Tien's dishes, including its stir-fried yam that absolutely lived up to its name. All my friends tell me that their stir-fried yam is a must-try, and I can see why now. It is delicious, and makes you want to keep eating more and more. Pu Tien has a wide selection of dishes, and we also tried their signature mee sua which was rather average, but still tasty.
On a whole, I would recommend Pu Tien but only for big groups.
Pricey Chinese cuisine that's worth the price!
The ambiance of Putien is classy and elegant, with the tinted glass walls around the restaurant. It is lighted well with white lights and gives off a sparkling clean feeling.
While I've dined at Putien for a handful of occasions with my family (not exactly the kind of place I would choose to go with my friends for I find the classy Chinese settings to be not suitable for hanging out), the impression which left me the deepest impression would be the drunken cockles, ironically, not having tried that at a Putien restaurant.
I was in the recent food fair at Singapore Expo and there's half the hall taken up by restaurants, with the center turned into a make-shift restaurant. The selling point of this is that you can practically order from any of the restaurants there (around 10), all at the same time, allowing you to try all the food from different places at one go.
That's the place where I had the chance to try out Putien's drunken cockles. The portion of cockles was generous (I'm guessing about 40) and to my surprise, they were served chilled. They have made it easier for consumption since they removed half the shell so you can easily pull out the cockles' meat. With the abundance of garlic served and a tinge of chili padi, it covers any fishy smell from the cockles and allowed an enjoyable eating experience. Cockles were cooked just right, neither too long (for they will become hard and hard to chew) or too short for my liking (no traces of blood or that's perhaps the blood was camouflaged under the black gravy).
All in all, after the first experience then, I would make it a point to order the Drunken Cockles every time I return to Putien.
Unique Chinese Cuisine
Putien is a frequent visit of mine among my date or my families because we enjoy the unique variety of food and reasonable prices. The ambience is pretty normal although the 'flagship' store at Kitchener Road looks nicer.
i particularly recommend the drunken cockles as they made a good and refreshing appetizer. Main course recommendations include the fried yam duck, mee hoon and the putien lor mee as they are my personal favourites.
They have S,M,L portions that are suitable for your group size as well. One thing to note is that people who prefer a stronger taste in their food may find it a little bland but i find it just right and healthy
I will recommend this to familes and cozy dates as well, and they have more outlets opening in the upcoming busy district of marina square and Nex because some may find the original branch at Kitchener road a little inconvenient
Excellent Food and Service
By some chance, there was a time we chose to eat at Pu Tien instead of the really crowded food court and Pu Tien has grown to become a family favourite.
I don't particularly like how this outlet at Vivocity is located on the same premises as the food court. You would hear lots of noise from the adjacent tables at the food court, which is merely separated by a partition.
Nevertheless, the food is lovely. Homemade beancurd, a common sight on Chinese restaurants' menus, has a wonderful silky texture inside. The sauce cooked with it is savoury and sweet and I liked it a lot.
Now here's something unique. Pu Tien serves a dish called Bamboo Herbal Prawn. Two whole prawns sit in an actual piece of bamboo containing a light herbal broth. The prawn is succulent and there is a faint smell of bamboo as you eat.
Finally, the Sweet and Sour Pork with Lychees is a must try! This dish is unlike most Sweet-and-Sour dishes you would get. Being freshly prepared, the pork has a crisp layer despite the sauce, which suggests the care taken by the chefs to ensure that the coating on the pork does not turn soggy.
I feel that this place is ideal if you want a taste of good Chinese cooking although the prices may be a little steep for some people.
Pu Tien is one of those places that you don't have to pay an exorbitant amount to have a meal that you really enjoy. The ingredients used are very simple, nothing fancy, but the style of cooking and seasoning used bring out the taste of the main ingredients perfectly.
My top picks from this restaurant would be the stir-fried yam - for yam lovers, a bite of this is like a step into yam heaven. The outer coating is sweet and crispy, and the yam inside just crumbles in your mouth. The shredded meat with bun is simply divine as well. Pork stir fried with onions, you stuff it into a golden sesame bun for the ultimate c-c-c-c-combo.
This place would be a good idea for family gatherings and birthdays, most certainly a place that your parents would enjoy (traditional chinese food and all), without putting too big a hole in your pocket.
loved every single dish we had~
There are not many places where I can say this, but Pu Tien is one of those where I can say that the food was great and I truly loved every single dish we ordered, yes Every Single One.
First, the Stir Fried Yams are really addictive with their sweet outer coating and especially since they come bite-sized and so easy to eat. The Fried Egg Plant with Pork Floss is also a really interesting combination of flavours, sweet, salty and crispy – they blend really well together. Next, there is the Sweet and Sour Pork with Lychee, a fruity twist on an old favourite that is surprisingly delicious and fragrant.
I would also say their dishes are slightly more unique and different from the usual spread at Chinese restaurants and therefore worth trying out. However, it can get rather crowded so do make a reservation beforehand to ensure you get seats.