In the vicinity of the notorious Desker Road lies a hidden gem - Pu Tien Restaurant. This modernly furnished restaurant is situated along Kitchener Road, just a short distance away from the famous Jian Dao Jian Curry Rice. Business was brisk when my gf and I got there at about 1930hrs and we had to wait outside for a table. Mind you, the restaurant seats at least 80 people, so you can imagine the crowd. I was rather impressed by the seemingly elaborate decor, which is quite rare in eateries like this. But it also made the restaurant stick out like a sore thumb in a neighbourhood where old dilapidated shophouses are predominant. A quick flip through the menu saw us ordering the set menu for 2 pax, which included Bamboo Herbal Prawns, Stir Fried Kailan with Beancurd Skin, Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic, Bee Hoon, and dessert. We also added on a dish of the highly recommended Braised Homemade Tofu.
Our first dish was the Bamboo Herbal Prawn. Served in a bamboo pith, the prawns were fresh and juicy, whilst the soup was light yet tasty due to the addition of wolfberries, ginger and leek. I'm not sure if the bamboo was supposed to enhance the taste of the soup, but if it was, I honestly couldn't make out the bamboo taste. Its probably just a novelty, but hey, the soup is quite good.
Next up was the Stir Fried Kailan with Beancurd skin, which I found rather normal. The beancurd skin was a little chewy and tasted a little starchy, which I like. But other than that, a pretty average dish. The Braised Homemade Tofu was soft and flavourful. Every bite made you crave for more. Even my gf, who usually doesn't eat much tofu, had more than a few pieces of it. I attribute this in part to the gravy as well, which was rich in taste and not too coagulated.
I'm a sucker for Deep Fried Chicken (I'm sure alot of us are) and the Deep Fried Chicken with Garlicwas nicely done. The chicken skin was crispy and the meat was tender. The deep fried garlic imbued the chicken with a lovely fragrance and complemented the meat very well. The Bee Hoon followed and I wasn't exactly impressed by it. The bee hoon was very fine, but I personally found it a tad too dry and it didn't have much taste. There were a lot of ingredients though, which we promptly cleared and left the bee hoon standing.
Dessert was White Fungus with Gingko Nut, a rather lacklustre substitute to the one I had at Dessert Boutique of Delectable Blessings's version.
Dinner for 2 stood at $41.60/- which is very worth it for the large potions (our meal could have easily fed 3 hungry people) and the quality of food. At the end of it, both of us were too stuffed up to even walk properly and we had to even let some food go to waste. The service staff are friendly and no service charge is levied, which is a plus. If you are looking for a place to have homely and down to earth food at equally down to earth prices, Pu Tien is a place you definitely won't want to miss. Remember to try out their recommendations.
Happy Pu Tiening!
Peek a boo! - Bamboo Herbal Prawns
The stuff that gives life to the soup
Braised homemade Tofu
Stir Fried Kailan with Beancurd Skin
Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic
Fried Bee Hoon
Notice how fine the Bee Hoon is?
White Fungus with Gingko nuts
Value for money:7.5/10
Address: 127-129 Kitchener Road
Comments: Opens from 12pm-3pm and 6pm-11pm. Valet parking is available at the front of the restaurant for a small tip.