The Eastern Restaurant – Gathering the Best of the East
I have previously blogged about The Eastern Restaurant during the Olympic Games held in Beijing. For some continuity, it will be interesting to look at this restaurant now during the Asian Games.
The Eastern Restaurant which is located at the unnoticed back part of Centrepoint, has a loyal following for its wide range of authentic Chinese delicacies.
It is almost impossible to leave out the Eastern Yi Ping Steamed Pork Dumpling ($4.00 for 4 pieces) which arrived in a cabbage-based basket, containing broth filled dumplings that exposed thick fragrant broth when eaten. However, they came rather sad looking and I wished these were more attractively wrapped though.
I also tried other dishes – each are signature dishes from Szechuan, Zhe Jiang and Shanghai. How do they fare?
Wanton with Hot Chilli Sauce 红油抄手 ($6.00 for 5 pieces)
Also known as 红油抄手, these are literally dumplings soaked in red chili. It is not difficult to guess where it originated from – Szechuan Chengdu, famous for its fiery spicy dishes. The ‘Chap Shou’ were one of the best, fresh pork fillings wrapped with delicate silky skin. The chili oil was not overly peppery, but still had the fragrance and spikiness to stimulate the senses.
So what is the difference between Sichuan Chao Shou and the usual wantons or guo ties? Well, these are wrapped with square shaped skin while the usual shape is round.
Chicken Marinated with ShaoShing Wine 绍兴醉鸡 ($6.00)
This well-known appetizer dish which originated from Zhe Jiang, has chicken cooked and marinated exclusively in historic Shaoxing wine to create a deep and impressionable taste. I liked it that it was served cold, as enhanced the flavours of the wine. Somehow the chicken meat tasted smoother and ‘drunk’.
Shanghai Pan-fried Pork Bun 上海生煎包 ($4.00 for 3 pieces)
These buns has been one of the most common breakfast items in Shanghai for the last century. Some may think that these buns are first steamed then fried, which is not the case.
The name of the bun comes from its method of cooking. The buns are lined up in an oiled, shallow, flat pan. Water is placed at the bottom or sprayed onto the buns to ensure the top is cooked through heat from the steam.
Similar to the Pork Dumplings, the Pork Buns came quite unevenly shaped and somehow reduced the appetizing level. Besides an appealing taste, an attractive presentation can definitely affect the desirability of a dish. Otherwise, most of the dishes such as the Furong Special Scramble Egg ($10.80) and Zha Jiang Noodles are definitely worth a try.
Thank you to The Eastern Restaurant for this lunch invite.
The Eastern Restaurant, Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road Singapore 238843 Tel:+65 6736 2638
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Daily)
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