[Circuit Breaker Special] The Chef Lam team previously from Golden Mile Food Centre has relocated to City Gate at Beach Road.
For fans who are craving for comforting zi char dishes such as their Superior Broth Crispy Noodle or the Signature Fish Head Steamboat, you can now order takeaways, pick-up via drive-thru, or islandwide delivery.
– Min. order for delivery is $15. Delivery rate is $5 nett island-wide.
– Call +65 9638 6387 or Whatsapp at https://wa.me/6596386387
– Make payment via PayNow (UEN 202007561D) or bank transfer to UOB 3923103218
For Takeaway or Drive-thru orders, let the restaurant know your estimated time of collection, and they will update instructions for drive-thru or dabao from their restaurant.
Chef Lam’s previously located at Golden Mile Food Centre was one of my favourite zi char hawker stalls in Singapore, for many good reasons.
The zi char stall stands out due to its affordable pricing, interesting dishes, and restaurant-level skills in cooking.
One thing you would notice is the chefs are in uniform and chef’s hat, hinting at the pride in their roles.
However, regulars would notice that they have closed, relocated to Sultan Gate, then closed again.
Accordingly, there was some lease dispute. While the eatery at the Sultan Gate location is called “Chef Lam Malay Seafood Restoran”, note that there is no relation with the old Chef Lam team.
The team has finally settled at City Gate Level 2, at an inconspicuous corner, and renamed as “Lam’s Garden”.
Owner-Chef Lam Loon Tuck has previously worked at Shangri-La, Traders and Hotel Jen, and therefore you can savour restaurant-quality fare at affordable prices.
The one signature item is the Fish Head Steamboat, included with Batang Fish ($30, $40, $50), Red Snapper ($30, $40, $50), or Red Garoupa ($40, $50, $60).
As for zi char fare, you can look forward to Salted Egg Crispy Fish Skin ($10, $15), Deep Fried Prawn Rolls ($8, $12), Har Jiong Chicken Wings ($10, $15), Bentong Ginger Sesame Oil Chicken ($10, $15), Iced Sweet & Sour Pork ($10, $15), Crispy Baby Squid ($10, $15), Sambal Sotong ($$15, $20), Chilli Sweet Clams ($12, $18), Sambal Petai with Prawns ($18, $28).
If you need some carbs, go for the Signature Fried Rice ($6, $8), Claypot Mee Tai Bak ($10), or Seafood Mui Fan ($6, $8).
If there is ONE dish to order, it would be their “Twin Peaks”, otherwise called “Shuang Feng Tai”.
This is a Crispy Noodle Seafood dish ($10) of “sheng mian” on top of a base of sauce and generous seafood of sliced fish and prawns.
Presentation was “instagrammable”, ingredient fresh, noodles tasty, and the seafood-egg sauce had a great smooth texture which tied all the components together.
There is a cheaper version of this dish, but it comes with only one peak.
The Green Chives with Beansprouts ($10, $15) is a not-too-commonly found dish, but the fresh chives and refreshingly crunchy beans sprouts worked well, with some saltiness coming from black bean dace fish.
The same can be said about the Wok-Fried French Beans ($8, $12). Somehow chef managed to get the texture just right with a good bite, and not too soggy or soft, not bland-tasting at all with the addition of silver fish.
Plus, wok-hei was on-point, even after dabao.
While I won’t say that the Har Jiong Chicken Wings ($10, $15) are the best I ever had (wishing for more crispiness there), the margination and juiciness was still locked in, making every bite very pleasurable.
Okay, I wished there was some chilli sauce to go along.
I have noticed that there is quite a wide repertoire of dishes to order from, and portions are good for maybe 2 to 3 to share – neither too heavy-going nor greasy.
When this post and news gets well, I guess that previous regulars would probably hit the call button to order some takeaways and deliveries (actually am quite sure of that).
Do be patient if they do get over-whelmed, and you shall be well-rewarded with good-old zi char fare.
All right, got my zi-char delivered. 😀
371 Beach Road, City Gate #02-29 Singapore 199597
Tel: +65 9638 6387
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last order 9.00pm (Mon – Sun)
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