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Singapore - Old Lai Huat Restaurant for Old-fashioned Seafood Dishes

klyeoh | Aug 18, 2012 08:50 AM

Old Lai Huat started back in 1963. Today, it's still amazingly busy - the clientele are mostly locals 'in-the-know'. Situated at the end of Rangoon Road, pretty close to the very busy "bak kut teh" Ng Ah Sio and also Founder stalwarts, finding a parking spot can be quite a challenge.

This evening, we ordered:

- Duck & salted mustard leaves soup. Tomatoes, sour plums, and ginger added some strong flavors to this very traditional soup. We ordered seconds here.

- Old Lai Huat's house specialty, the crisp Sambal Pomfret, which can be consumed bones & all, I thought the sambal was a bit too spocy for me, but the manageress assured me that quite a few Singaporean customers asked for even spicier versions!

- Spinach cooked with sambal belachan - another extremely spicy dish.

- Minced pork omelette - perfectly cooked here.

- Crisp yam ring filled with sitr-fried chicken & cashews. The dish had a very old-fashioned flavor reminiscent of the cooking we get in Singapore back in the 1960s. The food of my childhood :-)

- the piece the resistance: chilli crabs. Surprisingly, not a very spicy version served here (especially when compared to some of the earlier dishes). Golden-fried "mantou" buns were perfect to dip into the eggy-spicy chilli sauce.

- Crispy baby squid - another very well-done dish, as the crisp squid were coated with a sweet-tangy sauce.

Very reasonably-priced here: the above dishes plus drinks (beers, soft drinks, fruit juices) for 6 persons amounted to S$160 only! Mind you - we're talking about old-fashioned "tze char" style of cooking here: simple, robust flavors.

Address details


Old Lai Huat Restaurant

223 Rangoon Road

Singapore 218460

Tel: +65-6292 7375

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