ming chung restaurant, maude road

pretty good heng hwa food at this rather out-the-way eatery swamped with regulars. heng hwa food is tremendously difficult to find (other than my favorite putien, which is considerably mainstream), and we basically ran into a rut after our favorite restaurant at beach road closed down.

with this one though, you have something a little more like the local version of heng hwa food (as opposed to the beach road one, which served up what seemed to be more mainland-chinese heng hwa) – very homestyle, very simple, but plenty tasty and flavorful. it’s completely without frills, and the very sort of establishment in which you get cantankerous service from old ladies who couldn’t be less bothered about what you want.

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putien restaurant, serangoon

really good heng hwa food at this crowded outlet at the nex mall in serangoon. the weekend is here! and with father’s day looming this sunday, most of you are likely looking for a place worthy of family gatherings, and I think this could be it.

I really rather like the putien chain – the flavours are light but intense, and I frequently get cravings for their squirrel fish (that lovely specimen you see up there). and while service can get rather hectic when full-house, as they often are, it’s efficient and earnest when you do get it. highly reliable, consistently delicious, and a large enough menu to return frequently (though we do have our favourites, of course).

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