Chui Huay Lim Club is a club with a long history in Singapore. Founded in 1845, its purpose was to be a venue for Teochew businessmen to network and enjoy recreational activities. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings and is now housed in a new and impressive building located at Keng Lee Road, near Newton Circus. On the ground floor of this building is Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine, a restaurant managed by the Jumbo restaurant group. This was where we had lunch when we had a craving for Teochew food.
The restaurant is fairly large and can easily accomodate 250 pax in a squarish hall packed full of tables. One end of the hall houses the aquariums containing live seafood and a bank of wine cellars. The decor is typical modern Chinese restaurant – bright, efficient with a few oriental elements. Business is brisk. Service is efficient and straight to the point. People do not come here for the ambience or to relax. They come for the good traditional Teochew food. We ordered a few Teochew classic dishes.
The steamed pomfret was fresh and well cooked. At $88, the price was not cheap but was reasonable for such a large fish. Steamed in traditional Teochew style with minimum seasoning, sour plums and tomato, the taste was light and pure.
We also had the braised duck ($16) and spinach toufu with crabmeat ($6.80 per individual portion). The duck was soft and was not gamey. The gravy was light and gave enough flavour to the duck without overpowering it. The dish also comes with a generous portion of beancurd which was smooth and made a good combination with the gravy. The spinach tofu was not a very traditional dish but was delicious nevertheless.
We ended the meal with, what else, but the legendary Teochew dessert Oh Ni (yam paste with pumpkin ($4.50 per portion). It was really well done, not too sweet and with a robust yam taste and ‘sandy’ texture.
Food : 5
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 2
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs
Average cost per person : $70
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine
190 Keng Lee Road #01-02
Tel: +65 6732 3637
Mon-Thu: 12-3pm, 6-11pm
Fri-Sun & PH: 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-11pm
Nearby Station : Newton
#Street fact – Keng Lee Road is named after Ching Keng Lee, a Municipal Commissioner of Singapore, who worked for P & O Steam Navigation and Reuters before starting the firm Ching Keng Lee & Co. Auctioneers & Estate Agents.
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