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“Good food”

Chin Lee Restaurant
Ranked #761 of 11,172 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Cosy and good place for lunch or dinner. Serves authentic teochew , food highly recommended. Remember to order yam paste dessert

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

My dinner group had a nite out at this restaurant. 7 of us had their soup of the day, home make tofu, chestnut chicken, crispy pig trotter, garlic asparagus, crayfish with cabbage wrap and teochew Kway teow. Bill came to $232. It was a steal as the food quality was excellent on most part and the quantity was such that we nearly could not finish the last item which was the Kway teow.
The soup was good and had Fish maw, abalone and chicken together with some unique herbs which I have not heard of. Definitely a better alternative to shark's fin.
We had the crispy pig trotter instead of suckling pig as they do not take order for 1/2 a pig and we felt that we would not be able to finish a whole suckling pig since some of us do not partake of this item. No regrets as the crispy pig trotter was excellent.
So was the asparagus and chestnut chicken.
The crayfish with cabbage was superb and was easily the best item of the night. Again the teochew's would usually wrap this with shark's fin and omelette but this beats that version hands down.
The last item was the teochew Kway teow. It was less oily that that in most other teochew restaurant and was popular with the ladies.
We were tempted to get the yam paste for dessert when the wait staff asked if we wanted any sweet to end dinner but were so stuffed we just could not put this in anymore. We took a raincheck on this.
All in all an excellent meal and for he price we paid, a steal.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were a party of 9 to celebrate a birthday. Altogether there were 10 ala carte dishes --all Chinese "Teo chew" style cuisine. We were not disappointed. The pork terrine was served cold, which accentuated the delicate flavour of the pork. It did not have that strong "porky" taste but exudes that finesse that could rival the French version.

The fish maw soup is to die for. It is one of the restaurant's signature dishes, The smooth texture of the soup gently combined with shredded ingredients of maw, prawns, egg drop etc reminds me of a good class seafood chowder without the cream. On balance it looked like superior shark fin soup and may taste like one with added plum vinegar sauce or better still add in some English mustard!

The the stir fried coffee pork was excellent. With a slight tinge of sweetness and a strong hint of coffee roast it went well with our steamed white rice and judiciously accompanied by a bottle of Chardonnay.

No Chinese dinner is complete with Teo Chew steamed pomfret . It was a real mother of all pomfret that was served for the birthday bash. You know it is fresh because it did not exude the typical "fishy" aroma and the flesh did not have that "powdery" or "card board" texture in the mouth. The gravy had all the essence of a delicately steamed fish with a concoction of pickled plums, salted vegetables, young ginger and coriander.

The deep fried prawn roll ( hae chor) is a signature dish -- crispy on the outside and yet incredibly tender on the inside. It went well with sweet dark sauce.

The braise duck was served like as though it was goose meat. The herb marinade was enough to blow your mind off especially accompanied by either a good bottle of Pinot noir.

There were no corkage charges for the 7 bottles of wine we consumed. The service staff were really attentive to our table. Our soiled plates were regular replaced with clean ones. The waiting staff seem to know which type of wine glasses were to be used.

You must make an effort at least in your lifetime to patronise this remarkable "neighbourhood" restaurant.

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1  Thank JamesChua
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Visited again after a long lapse and it is as good as before. Cannot think of a bad dish, although I thought the steamed pomfret was somewhat relatively over priced. Their yam pudding was, as usual, the best dish.

Simple HDB void deck location but with cuisine fit for a Chinese wedding dinner and at very reasonable prices.

1  Thank AngPS
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

My brother took us for lunch at this restaurant which is located in a HDB estate. There were 20 thus required seating of 2 tables. To cut down all the fuss, we chose the Set Lunch of the Day from the Menu. It was a 8 course dishes. The variety of food served from hot combinations , sharkfin soup ,steamed cod fish ,stewed duck in herbs with seacucumber & mushroom , stir fry spinach with scallops ,drunken prawns , fry mee suah to the last dessert of almond pudding was great to our delight and services rendered was efficient. The restaurant was packed with lunch crowd , but service staff were attentive and courteous. The restaurant is not big but the atmosphere is quite soothing with good clean toilets. A place worth patronising !!!

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