This is especially so when a couple of Hong Kong style cha chaan teng didn’t survive that long in this part of the Orchard Road belt.
Remember Xin Wang at Cineleisure? Remember Ruyi Sweetheart?
This Tsui Wah at The Heeren is a two-storey 192-seater establishment which features a quick service concept on Level 1 and a contemporary-styled restaurant on Level 2.
That means customers can choose to drop by for takeaways or dine-in alfresco without any service charge at Level 1; or they can also head upstairs to the full-fledged restaurant.
Outside = no aircon; inside = aircon (can smell kitchen). You choose.
Closing hours are at 10:30pm though, with last orders at 9:45pm. Otherwise, it would have been a suitable supper place for Orchard Road night owls.
As for the queue system, customers will be informed via SMS so they can keep cool shopping at Heeren and return when it is time to be seated. (Though there appears to be some hiccups with the system).
If this is your first time to Tsui Wah, pick one of those Top 10 signatures, including the Pork Chop Bun ($8.50), Kagoshima-style Braised Pork Cartilage with Tossed Instant Noodles ($10.50), Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk ($4), Brisket Curry with Steamed Rice ($15), Chicken Wings in Supreme Sauce ($13) and Jumbo Hot Dog ($6.50).
Okay, the not-so-good news. Many of the items are about 50 cents to $2 pricier (when I compare to the first menu at Clarke Quay).
Also one of the most iconic items – the Fish Paste Puffs in Fish Soup with Mixian, has been removed from the menu. Nooooooo….
The Kagoshima-Style Braised Pork Cartilage with Tossed Instant Noodles ($10.50), is a homage dish to a Japanese chef who shared this recipe with Tsui Wah.
Stewed for many hours daily, the pork cartilage is tender, chewy and gelatinous, with a good savoury aroma.
The chunks of pork are served over Hong Kong’s famed instant noodles, coated in a luscious gravy.
I also had the Stir-Fried Flat Rice Noodles with Beef ($14.50), a not bad rendition with tender beef slices except that it was a tad oily and salty.
Tsui Wah The Heeren will also be including two new dishes at Level 2, such as the Mala Prawns ($11) – mala soup of prawns in a broth laden with enoki mushrooms and stewed radish; and the Assorted Vegetables and Prawns Curry with Steamed Rice ($16).
Launched exclusively at Tsui Wah The Heeren is the Tsui Wah Bottled Milk Tea. Freshly brewed daily and served chilled, customers can choose to grab-and-go at Level 1 ($5.50) or enjoy it cold from an iced bucket at Level 2 ($5).
Tsui Wah – The Heeren
260 Orchard Road, The Heeren #02-02 Singapore 238855
Tel: +65 6366 9270
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm, Last Order 9:45pm (Mon – Sun)
Tsui Wah – Clarke Quay
3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-03, Singapore 179020.
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 4am (Fri, Sat)