Sunday, August 13, 2006

Guan Hin

Dinner at Guan Hin used to be a regular affair when my grandfather was still around. After a lay off of about a decade, my parents and I decided to revisit Guan Hin to see if anything had changed. We made a booking for 7pm but arrived there slightly earlier. The place was quite packed, probably due to the limited amount of tables. The decor was as how my parents and I remembered it some 12 years back, even the table arrangements looked the same. It was still as cramp as ever. We proceeded to order fish maw soup, braised goose, hand made tofu and asparagus with scallops.

The tofu came first. It was a little too rough for my liking, because I personally prefer smooth silken tofu. But the prawns that came with it were nice and crunchy. Next up was the asparagus with scallops. The asparagus was crunchy and cooked just right, but the scallops didn't seem too fresh. The soup followed and it was pretty normal, nothing much to shout about. They gave us 3 pieces of fish maw with minced meat filling for the 3 of us. My favourite dish was last; the braised goose. It came with tofu and the meat was tender. But the meat seemed a little fatty under the skin on this particular occasion. To top it up, the 3 of us had yam paste with ginko nuts (Orh Nee), which the 3 of us agreed that it was good. The yam was very smooth and there wasn't much coconut milk in it. Orh Nee the way it should be!

Breakdown of the bill:
Tofu - $13
Veg - $13
Soup - $6
Or Nee - $2 x 3 = $6
Braised duck - $16
Rice, tea, towel, GST - $9
Total damage: About $63

I recommend Guan Hin for its Orh Nee and braised duck. I personally haven't tried the other recommended dishes such as cold crab and kong ba pow, so I can't pass any comments.


The yummy braised goose



Yam paste with ginko nuts (Or Nee) after mixing


Final Verdict:
Ambience:6.5/10 (Very traditional teochew restaurant)
Service:6/10
Food:6.5/10 (I give the Or Nee 7.5/10)
Value for money:7/10

Overall:6.5/10

Address: Blk 34 Whampoa West.

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