As much as I crave western cuisine most of the time when I am dining out, there is an occasional longing for chinese comfort food - a part of me that remains uniquely Asian somehow. Yet I will not succumb to such a longing especially in Western countries, still not a chip of the old block like the Dad yet! Off to Tunglok Signatures this time! The last visit was not all that impressive but being CNY-related, I have to discount them from the lacklustre display since it was CNY.
Bookings are absolutely necessary, the place was packed to bits.
Usual table shot.
Appetizers of pickles and braised peanuts that the companions polished off in the hour waiting for all of us. Our bad!
Crispy Roast Pork Belly ($10)
No gamey aftertaste but the layers of fat overshadowed the meat, not the best eaten albeit commendable.
Deep-fried Silver Bait with Seven Spices ($8)
All crunch without a trace of silver bait, disappointing.
Deep-fried Prawns coated with Golden Sauce ($24)
8 large prawns for a small portion, a feat I deem cholesterol-ly challenging. Coated with a thick indulgent layer of golden sauce which really is salted egg yolk, the batter unveils a crystallized prawn which I would have much preferred if it were a succulent fresh one. Delicious, nonetheless.
Braised Beancurd with Wild Fungus ($20)
Spinach-coated fried beancud with mushrooms, these were not extraordinary but good enough to signal the bowls of rice to accompany.
Braised Star Garoupa served with Hot Stone Pot ($38)
Anything in hot pot appeals to the Cantonese in me. The Star Garoupa fillets were coated too thick with batter, uninspiring stuff. Yet what I liked about it was the beancurd skins and mushrooms. Worth skipping.
Braised Noodles ($28)
This took forever to arrive and we nearly cancelled it. Thankfully not! Mee sua cooked to the right tendency, without being too mushy. Well seared scallops and a dash of anchovies made this really flavourful. Throw in a dose of soya sauce, all was hearty good. Even the pan fried garlic tasted good!
Longevity Buns with Salted Egg Yolk Filling ($4.80)
Brushed with golden powder, these buns looked like they had butt rash. Jokes aside, these were barely piping hot. Salted egg yolk filling was alright. Yet another bummer.
Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo, Diced Mango and Sago served with Ice-cream in Young Coconut ($8)
As young as the coconut looked, the flesh was hard. The mango cream pomelo sago combination was average at best.
Chilled Purple Rice Puree and Beancurd Pudding topped with Icecream ($6)
Yet another that fell short of expectations. Oh-so-ordinary.
Service was overall acceptable as much as I should be annoyed my order of warm water never came despite numerous reminders. Food is generally alright but desserts were sorely disappointing.