Ho Yuen Ting is an undervalued place in Chinatown that serve Teochew dishes. Was glad to return for dinner after a long hiatus.
Teochew style braised duck was as good as every. Good flavour, elegantly carving and presentation, delicious dipping sauce if chilli, garlic and vinegar.
Empress chicken was lovely -- roasted perfectly, the bones still red, the flesh tender, moist and smooth. Flavour was greatly enhanced by the ginger and chive dip.
Other old favourites continued to hold their own: mung bean vermicelli stir fried with minced pork and bean sprouts showed the requisite textural complement, spare-ribs with crispy garlic were aromatic and tender.
A crab and melon soup was savoury and fresh, the crab meat carefully layered on the surface of the thick, starchy soup to form a yin-yang pattern.
A darker stew of beef and bean curd skin with a salty bean dip was hearty. We also enjoyed the light and graceful bitterness of bitter gourd in an omelette.
Some odds and ends:
Noticed that the signage on the awning at Buteco says Trattoria Toscana. New place or just old awning? (was closed today, couldn't check)
Bistro Petit Robert in the old Il Bico space around Kenmore Sq was open since Friday. Lots of dessert offerings (around 7-10ish, iirc) which can be had in their pastry bar downstairs. Chef was the guy that helped start Bistrot Pierrot (they're independent restaurants).
A labmate kindly gave me a couple to Temper, a new chocolate place at the Hotel Commonwealth a few weeks ago. However, it's still not open. Always keen on chocolate, so kinda looking forward.