Reevaluating Dim Sum Classics Part II: East Ocean Teochew Restaurant 东海潮州酒家, Ngee Ann City Singapore

NOTE: East Ocean has moved to Ngee Ann City. This visit was done in early February when it was still at Lido Shaw.

Strange that a Teochew restaurant is serving (Cantonese) dim sum. Regardless, we just wanted to see if it’s ho bo ho chiak (delicious or not). The queue is insane but there is a certain joy is breezing past the queue and walking up, saying “I have a reservation.” Make reservation, people! Why queue?

A boisterous, rowdy, noisy crowd which we love. Soak in the convivial ambience!

We had fu pi juan (beancurd skin), congeecheong fun, har cheong gai (prawn-paste chicken), fried carrot cake, siew mai, har gow, char siew bao, and egg tart.

The really good dim sums are fried fu pi juan (beancurd skin), congee (very flavorful on its own), har cheong gai (prawn-paste chicken), and fried carrot cake. Do you notice the pattern here? They are the less delicate dim sum items, the ones that don’t require steaming.

The egg tarts and liu sha bao (salted egg yolk-custard bun) are so-so. Given that liu sha bao has so much calories, we cannot decide if “so-so” is good enough.

What is disappointing are the har gow and siew mai. Tasted strange and don’t have a good texture.

Service: Chinese restaurants are notorious for bad service, however these bunch of aunties are quite friendly. A note to management: please remove some tables to make space for pushcarts. How would you feel if your mother is carrying a heavy tray of dim sum, walking around for hours? Make the load lighter for the serve staff please. (this refers to the Lido restaurant. We are not sure if the Taka branch still operates the same way.)

Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. The food is, if uninspiring, acceptable. We paid $30-$35 per person.

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant 东海潮州酒家

391 Orchard Rd
#05-08 Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
T: 6235 9088

M-F: 11:30am – 3pm; 6pm – 11pm
S-S, PH: 10am – 3pm; 6pm-11pm

Rating: 3.438/5 stars

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  1. Today,I have visited the East Ocean Restaurant for dinner with my family. The food court or a hawker centre provides a better service than this so-called high class restaurant. I asked for some cut chilli but was turned down by the staff because i have rejected the extra cost of the pickles and towels. What is the cost of some cut chilli as compared to the cost i have paid for the dinner? I feel that it was ridicules as we had to pay for the extra charges in order to get simple cut chilli. As such, i feel that for my next time i should buy a pack of chilli from the nearby cold storage and request the staff to cut it as i am paying them the service charge. Since they could not even provide with such request, I feel that this place should be renamed to “East Ocean Teochew Fast Food Outlet ” instead of a status of a “Restaurant”. What a shame! Mr Seah


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