Si Chuan Dou Hua has cement its position as my family’s favourite restaurants. I remembered celebrating my 19th 20th birthdays and couple of family dinners here. I tried all three outlets all dotted within city central but the one that we frequent the most is at ParkRoyal Hotel, Kitchener Road. I personally prefer trying out new places so I can constantly do new reviews but hey! If my grandmother is attach to one place and she thinks it’s decent, then hack it!
Let’s go back again!While I would say their Roasted Pork was decent but nowhere as good as the petite piece I had at Grand Mandarin. In my opinion, skip this appetizer and go for the deep fried crispy sliverfish instead. The Deep Fried Eggplants In Chicken Floss on the other hand fair better. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside coated generously with sweet floss. I think restaurants these days just love pairing everything with floss. While it appeals to kids and even some adults, I say this getting a little common don’t you think so? Salted Egg Yolk Prawns were really huge fresh prawns coated with salted egg yolk sauce then finished off with almonds and basil leaves. A slight variation of the standard deep fried cereal prawns most places would offer but I would liked it more if there was more egg sauce. I like mine dripping luscious gold liquid as I sink my fork into it. Putting the entire crustacean in my mouth chewing it and sucking the sauce concurrently. Now that’s what I call enjoying your food.
Beijing Duck wrapped with cucumbers, plum sauce and pancakes are a must have too. This time we came, they added too much sour sauce making it a little too curd-ish to love it. Do consider their premium soups too. While they weren’t exactly photogenic (due to lighting and our messy table), they were palate cleanser after the fried oily appetizers. I remember there were bowls of shark fins soup on our table but the one I remembered having was a clear chicken based broth with assorted herbs.
Sweet & sour pork, blanched broccoli with crabmeat & scallops and one steamed fish. They were not impressive by my standards. Honestly, I could have them elsewhere at a slightly cheaper price. I was only looking forward to the Open Beancurd, two slab of fried tofu sitting on a pool of silk-consistency steamed eggs.
Doused generously in oyster minced meat sauce, this was simplicity at its best. Do request for no chilli if you’re having kids on the table. The additional spice might not be taken nicely by young children.
Perhaps I come here a little too often. I no longer go WOW when my cup was served by gong-fu experts swilling boiling water from metal pots with long scouts. Their food was decent and dinner for 10 was still reasonably affordable (Sorry, I do not have the receipt but it was under $400 if I recall.) although a few of my clan members felt that this visit, the food was on the saltier side.
I would still recommend this Sze Chuan-Cantonese brand but for my family? Perhaps it is time to convince ah ma to go somewhere else. There’s a few established brands I can’t wait to try. I shall plan and propose.
Sze Chuan Tou Hua Restaurant
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road
Tel: +65 6428 3170