Sunday, August 03, 2014

Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant Part II

Dropped by Lee Kui for lunch with the family for some Teochew grub to celebrate Mother's day. My last visit a few years back was pretty decent, albeit expensive so the restaurant never really featured in my return list. But as fate would have it, there we were, on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Nothing seems to have changed in the few years, with the decor still retaining its 70s/80s nostalgia. Let's not forget the steel frame chairs with the red cushions.

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Pork Leg Aspic

The 猪腿冻 was served chilled amidst a plate of ice, coming across as nicely gelatin and mildly salty. Only small issue was that the pork was a tad too cooked.

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Sliced Pork Feet

I'm honestly not a big fan of pork feet (分蹄) because of the wine they use but the meat was really lean though.

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Prawn Roll

The prawn roll aka heh zhor was pure prawn with no meat or liver mixed in, boasting a crisp exterior with a nice shellfish taste and mildly chewy texture. Nice!

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Oyster Omelette

The omelette had minimal flour with a relatively generous serving of plump oysters. Only gripe I had was that the dish was a tad too oily for my liking.

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Deep Fried Chitterlings

Deep fried till a charring crisp on the outside, the pig intestines were chewy (due to the fats)  on the inside and rather bland as a whole. Could really do with more salt. 

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Braised Duck Slices

A quintessential Teochew dish, the braised duck slices were a tad dry although the gravy sported a rich yet mildly salty/sweet flavour. Served on a bed of sliced beancurd which went great with rice.

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Stir Fried Kailan with Garlic

I love the colour of the kailan; vibrant and fresh looking with a nice wok hei. However it did come across as a tad too oily whilst the dried sole fish (tipo) was a tad too soft for my liking. 

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Teochew Yam Paste

Another quintessential Teochew dish, this orh nee was one of the better ones I've tried; Fragrant with a natural smoothness and topped with a chunk of pumpkin and some gingko nuts. Nice!

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The 5 of us chalked up a bill of about $187, which is comparatively expensive for the decent quality of food. I'll probably stick to eating at Chin Lee in future. On a more positive note, Lee Kui finally accepts credit cards so no more having to struggle with wads of cash for big dinners.

Final Verdict:

Food:6.5/10 (7.5/10 for the orh nee)
Value for money:6/10


Address: 8/9/10 Mosque Street

Contact: 6222 3654

Opening Hours: Daily: 11am–2.30pm, 5pm–10pm

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