After the awesome Penang hawker buffet promotion at White Rose Cafe, York Hotel, the hotel has come up with Provincial Cuisines of China by Chef Charlie Tham. Besides the regular menu, the 7 new Chinese dishes, available till end of July, are inspired by Tham’s travels to Fuzhou, Guilin, and Kunming.
The 7 dishes are extremely affordable, ranging from $12 – $18. And when I compare the “Saving Private Ryan” atmosphere during the Penang hawker buffet and the current tranquil atmosphere, I couldn’t believe they are the same space.
Out of the three appetizers, the best, spicy tangy octopus (above), is a Fuzhou dish of octopus and dragonfruit cubes tossed in a light tangy sauce. A nice start to the meal.
But I didn’t quite like the other 2 appetizers. The oyster biscuit patty is an oyster in a fishcake, but the Fuzhou Oyster Cake at Maxwell Market is more shiok, greasier, crispier, and has more oysters. The Guilin escargot with orange is undistinguished.
The most delicious Fuzhou main, fish noodles with seafood ($15), is as good value as it is delicious. The noodles is handmade with fresh fish; and the pot brims with oysters, clams, mussels, prawns, and crab. The broth is extremely sweet; it’s similar to the sweet fish soup noodles at hawker centre, but it’s much sweeter.
The other three mains, fish wrapped with spinach from Guilin (above), pork belly in spicy sour sauce from Kunming, and spicy BBQ fish in banana leaf, are ok.
It is an interesting concept to bring provincial Chinese food to Singapore. The food, on the whole, is not bad. The affordable dishes make a good family meal.
White Rose Cafe, York Hotel
21 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228516
T: +65 6830 1156
Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm – 10pm
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.