Moi Lum Restaurant was one of those old affordable Cantonese restaurants that families head to after collecting the keys to their new HDB flats. That was during the days when the Housing and Development Board offices were in Maxwell Road. HDB ceased to occupy the Ministry of National Development Building in 1987 when Bukit Merah became the home to HDB’s headquarters until the move to HDB Hub Toa Payoh in 2003. Moi Lum Restaurant has a longer history than HDB, tracing its roots back to the 1920s, and has moved quite a few times more than HDB. Since 1993, Moi Lum had operated in Henderson, Geylang and Murray Terrace before moving into its current premises in Airview Building at Maxwell Road in 2008. Moi Lum Restaurant is still going strong and still serving good traditional Cantonese food.
Moi Lum Restaurant has the old world look of Chinese restaurants of the era when HDB was building new towns in Tampines and Yishun. It is functional and it is air-conditioned. It is a place you go to eat not to get inspiration for decorating your new HDB flat.
Moi Lum Menu
Crispy Fried Chicken 梅林烧鸡 and Golden Coin Beancurd 金钱豆腐 are their signatures dishes. Salted Egg Spring Rolls, Oyster Duck Roll and Honey Glazed Pork Ribs are a few of the other popular dishes of Moi Lum Cantonese Restaurant. The Chef Recommendations included items such as Lala White Bee Hoon and Frog Leg Claypot Rice.
The menu covers most of the usual zhi char dishes plus a number of items to cater to current tastes. Below are photos of a few random pages of Moi Lum Restaurant Menu.
There are some affordable prices set lunches and one dish meals available on weekdays.
Lunch at Moi Lam Restaurant
We were at Moi Lum Restaurant for lunch and ordered their Fried Egg White with Crab Meat ($15), Salted Egg Prawns ($18) and Crispy Prawn Paste Chicken ($14). Rice was $1 per bowl and tea was charged at $1.80 per person. Other typical Chinese restaurant overheads (towel and appetizer) plus service charge and GST would be added to the bill.
The food was served quite promptly. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the food was neatly plated.
The fried egg white had a smooth and soft texture and was quite tasty. With the crunchy lettuce leaves provided, we could make a wrap of contrasting textures.
The crispy prawn paste chicken wings were not good looking but they were delicious. The well marinated wings had crispy skins that were flavourful. The prawn paste did not overpower. The meat inside was tender and moist. The dipping sauce provided would add layers of taste and allowed you to enjoy the chicken in a different way. The crispy prawn paste chicken was definitely the best dish of the day.
The salted egg prawns dish was quite well done. Six or seven plumb deshelled prawns were coated with salted egg yolk sauce and deep fried with strands of curry leaves. The result was a tasty crispy batter with juicy prawns inside. It was an enjoyable dish.
Good Old Cantonese Restaurant
The food at this good old Cantonese restaurant is not fancy but palatable and the prices are reasonable. It can be a place for a quick lunch or for sharing a feast with a big group of friends or colleagues. Moi Lum Restaurant, with its good old school zhi char dishes, should also be a nice restaurant for a meal with the family, especially when you want to reminisce about collecting the keys to your first HDB flat.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Moi Lum Restaurant
38 Maxwell Road
Airview Building #01-01/02
Lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm
Dinner 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Nearby MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar
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