I have always been a huge fan of Chinese cuisine, so when I heard that Paradise Teochew has opened a new outlet in VivoCity, I had to pay this outlet a visit. Greeted by an elegant traditional Chinese setting, this 240 seater outlet in VivoCity is offering 13 new innovative interpretations of traditional Teochew dishes exclusive to the Vivocity outlet.
To kick off the feast for the night, we were first served the Teochew-Style Roasted Suckling Pig ($198), featuring a 25-day-old piglet that is marinated in an aromatic spice blend. Out of my sheer curiosity, I inquired what was special about the “Teochew-Style” Suckling Pig and was told that there is a little bit of meat left below the roasted skin while the more popular styles of Suckling Pig completely separates the roasted skin and the meat. I enjoyed this style of Suckling pig although it does taste a lot more sinful due to the layer of fat present between the roasted skin and meat.
Next was the Teochew-Style Braised Duo Combination Platter consisting of the Sliced Irish Fat Duck and Sliced Pork Knuckle ($26 for the small portion). A sinful treat served right after the Suckling Pig, I enjoyed the soft and tender Fat Duck. But when I got to the braised pork knuckle, I couldn't very well tell the difference between it and the duck, but perhaps it was because they were both marinated the same way.
When it comes to Chinese cuisine, my favourite dish is always the fish. Here at Paradise teochew, the Pan-fried and Braised Live Soon Hock (Seasonal Price) was served on a bed of seasonal vegetables complimented with a milky-like gravy. I could taste the freshness of the fish at every bite, and found myself slurping the gravy till the last drop. This was undoubtedly my favourite dish of the night.
The Steamed-Diced Abalone and Shrimp wrapped in Egg White crepe ($18) is one of the 13 new innovative dishes we got to try here at Paradise Teochew. Served individually, this beautifully plated dish is more filling than it looks. I enjoyed the light seasoning of this dish bringing out the taste of the abalone and the shrimp but, I personally felt that the egg white crepe was a bit too thick for my liking, I would have preferred if it was a little thinner.
The colourful Paradise Teochew Stir-fried Assorted Vegetables and Cuttlefish ($28) is a light vegetable dish complimented with cuttlefish, which gives the vegetables an extra flavour. Although I am not a fan of cuttlefish, I felt this dish was pretty well-done and found myself picking the pieces of cuttlefish as it was not too fishy nor too chewy.
The Wok-fried Hor Fun with Kai Lan and Preserved Turnip ($18) is a dish that I guarantee will not disappoint, although simple, it cannot be recreated at your kitchen at home. The charred and smokey flavours can be attributed to the huge fire used to fry the Hor Fun. This dish was not as filling as I thought it would be and I ended up gobbling down the bowl of Hor Fun faster than everyone at the table.
Before dessert, we had the Teochew Style Pan-fried Seafood and Yam pancake ($24). This is the first time in my life seeing the combination of Yam and Seafood in one dish. The starchy texture of the yam was complemented very well by the sweetness of the seafood such as the prawns present in the pancake. What I enjoyed most about this dish was how the sides of the pancake were done crispy while maintaining the fluffy texture in the middle.
Finally for dessert, we had the option to choose between the Tau Suan with Gingko ($4.50) or Mashed Yam with Gingko ($5.00). I decided to go ahead with the Tau Suan as it ismy all-time favourite Chinese dessert. Served with crispy you tiao, I found that the Tau Suan was done very well as it wasn't too sweet and had a nice thick texture.
What I noticed about the Vivocity outlet was the beautiful water-view of resorts world at its al-fresco dining area. I was told by the restaurant staff that advance bookings can be made and is recommended especially on Saturday evenings where light shows or fireworks can be enjoyed if guests are lucky.
I had a wonderful experience during my first visit to Paradise Teochew and I will be sure to bring my family back here as I am certain my folks will enjoy this place as much as I did.
Paradise Teochew Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk,
Tel: +65 6221 0159
Mon to Fri, 11am - 3pm; 6pm - 10.30 pm (last order at 10pm)
Sat, Sun & PH, 10.30am - 3.30pm (last order at 3pm); 6pm - 10.30pm (last order at 10pm)