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Published May 24th 2013
Dine at an original Teochew Restaurant
The chef who cooks outside the restaurant.
Tee Soon Loong Chan Teo Chew Seafood Restaurant is quite a mouthful for the name of what is a traditional Teochew restaurant. Teochew is a Chinese dialect group with its own distinctive cooking style - with lots of seafood as its people lived in Southern China near the sea.
My friend and I missed out on coming to Tee Soon Loong Chan on our last trip to Melaka, as they were already massively overbooked. We booked our tables 2 weeks in advance this time and we got places finally.
It was clear that the restaurant was limited in space. There were around 6 tables maximum. The old man in black in the photo below is the restaurant owner. He came around to take our orders and recommended to us what he felt was the best in the place.
Pretty traditional and old place.
We were not disappointed by the food. As there was just 2 of us girls, we ordered a simple four course - oyster noodles, fried meat dumpling (ngoh hiang), stir fried kailan and yam paste (orh nee) for desserts. While the overall food quality is slightly above average, I have to say the service was excellent.
Let's review the food first.
The oyster noodles tasted plain initially - it was just some noodles swimming in a dark sauce with a minor sprinkling of vegetables and oysters. I was a little taken aback as this is known to be the speciality of the shop. The boss of the restaurant came up and told us that we needed to put the black vinegar onto the noodles. I don't know what goes into the black vinegar, but it was fragrant, sweet and yet tart to taste. The oyster noodles were transformed instantly and became extremely palatable.
The fried meat dumpling was excellent. Its soybean curd skin was crispy and flaky. The pork meat fillings were well flavoured and juicy.
While there was plenty of vegetables on offer to be stir fried with garlic, our head waiter recommended us to take the kale vegetables from Hong Kong. It was cooked lightly to perfection. The sauce was possibly made with Thai fish sauce - I could detect it mildly but without its pungent smell.
Yam Paste (Orh Nee).
Yam paste (orh nee) is a classic Teochew dish, that is pretty hard to come by these days. The yam paste, made by Tee Soon Loong Chan, is made most definitely with yam and not from a packet; as I had found the texture to come with bite and not fine. The extra touch with mango chunks inside the yam paste is original, made it extra yummy. The dessert was not too sweet, which is great since yam is already full of carbohydrates!
The waiters rushed to get my teapot filled all the time. And the boss came around frequently to check if the food was fine. I'd say that I liked the food, but loved the service more.
Tee Soon Loong Chan Teo Chew Restaurant is a must visit.
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