Old Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Restaurant located at 74 Amoy Street offers a wide variety of Sichuan dishes.The restaurant is just a walking distance away from Telok Ayer MRT station. As I searched online about Sichuan food, I got to know that Chengdu was named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and it is also one of the Eight Regional Cuisines of China. I rarely take spicy food but I am adventurous to check out the food with my friends.
Here are the dishes we tried:
Chengdu Style Skewer S$12.80
This is one of the signature appetizer recommended by the staff. It comes with variety of meats, vegetables; tofu and quail egg on wooden skewers. The food is cooked and served with pepper and spices in it. This is pretty much like the dishes and snacks on the streets you can find in Chengdu.
Pork Belly in Garlic S$12.80
Popular Sichuan dishes where the pork belly are sliced into real thin slices and matched with spicy garlic sauce, Sichuan peppercorn and spring onion on top of it.You can request for the spiciness level too. I requested for less spicy though.
Fish Fillet in Sour Soup S$25.80
The fish fillet in sour soup here is cooked using pickled mustard green, pickled cabbages and mushrooms.It is a perfect blend of spicy and sour taste I would say. This was the favourite dish that night.
Chengdu Steamed Pork Ribs S$18.80
The presentation reminds me of “Lo Mai Gai” (steamed glutinuous rice) . The steamed pork ribs are cut into smaller sizes and served with potatoes.
Mapo Tofu S$11.80
I was quite excited to try the mapo tofu.Soft tofu with fermented chilli bean paste and handful of Sichuan peppercorns and plenty of red-hot chilli oil. Although it looks spicy from the picture, the taste wise is still bearable. It is appetizing flavour that goes well with a bowl of steamed rice. The ‘mala’ (numboing spiciness) flavour is not that significant and I personally feel that the flavours can be stronger though.
Pumpkin with salted egg S$11.80
The idea of having salted egg in the dish sounds good so we decided to try the pumpkin with salted egg. It was crispy on the outer and soft in the inner with salted egg and sugar coated. We find it a bit tad sweet with the sugar coating.
There are other dishes to explore but we were quite full. If you are a spicy or mala lover, give this place a try. There are hit and misses though. I would come back for the Fish Fillet in Sour Soup and perhaps try out other dishes. The menu here includes the spicy and fiery side of the cuisines and there are other non-spicy dishes available as well. And customers can request the spiciness level for some of the dishes too.
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Chengdu 成都 Restaurant
Address: 74 Amoy Street
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00AM – 3:00PM | 5:00PM – 10:30PM
(Closed on Sunday)
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