Feeling nostalgic, I have decided to take a look back at some of my favourite Heritage Chinese restaurants in Singapore
Since papa is Hokkien and mummy is Teochew (that makes me half-Hokkien-half-Teochew), I grew up with some of these familiar foods, and many of these restaurants still contain the same kind of décor and old-school charm, which is perhaps fast disappearing.

Of course going to these restaurants in the past was quite a luxury, perhaps only once or twice a year during birthdays and wedding dinners.

Rather celebratory of sorts, every moment there was usually a happy one and reminds me of the togetherness as one whole extended family – you know, when my ah gong and ah mum would gather all their grandchildren together.

Swa Garden Restaurant 汕园潮洲酒楼
540 Macpherson Road Singapore 368223
Tel: +65 6744 5009
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm Daily

Steam Pomfret at Swa Garden Restaurant MacPherson Road. If your mother is a traditional Teochew, you would get steamed fish all the time for your celebratory family meals.

Beng Hiang
Jurong East, Blk 135 Jurong Gateway Road #02-337 Singapore 600135
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm Daily
Note: Beng Hiang has moved to Jurong from Amoy

I love love love all the authentic Hokkien Cuisine at Beng Hiang (which unfortunately has moved from the old school space Amoy Street) such as Kong Ba Bao, Black Hokkien Mee, Fish Maw Soup, Oyster Omelet and of course, Prawn Roll. This was where I attended a few wedding dinners of my relatives.

Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee Restaurant
719 Havelock Road Singapore 169644
Tel: +65 6272 3182
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm Daily

My dad always brought me for Teochew Muay at Bt Ho Swee. There is a well-visited Teochew restaurant Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee, known for its afforable and delicious braised duck.

Red House
Prinsep: 60 Prinsep Street Singapore 188661
Robertson Quay: The Quayside #01-14, 60 Robertson Quay Singapore 238252
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 11:30pm (Sat-Sun)

Red House Seafood was established in 1976 (older than me) and one of its earlier signature dish is their barbecued squid.

Ka Soh
Alumni Medical Centre, 2 College Road Singapore 169850
Tel: +65 6473 6686

Swee Kee Fishhead Noodle House
96 Amoy Street Singapore 069916
Tel: +65 6224 9920
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:45pm

Talk about Ka-Soh, and most of the older generation would know it by its fresh fishhead noodles with generous servings.

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  1. Have you try the Red Star tim sum restaurant along Chin Swee road? They still have the old style trolleys moving around. Tge im sum ok only, but its always long queue early in the morning!


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