The Eastern Restaurant Part 2
Xiao Long Bao is my comfort food. Imagine this, you await your order of xiao long bao. The steamer arrives. You delicately take a dumpling between two chopsticks, carefully dipping it into vingar and then pop the dumpling into your mouth, letting the broth escape and fill your mouth…I enjoy the moment where I can slowly savor the essence and juiciness of this delicacy.
The Eastern Restaurant’s Yi Ping Steamed Pork Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao, $4 for 4) here are much bigger than any of the dumplings that I had before. Its skin may not be thinnest, but within the seemingly-thick folds, it was bursting with hot, fragrant broth every bite.
For a quick savoury fix that is not quite as complex in flavour but no less rich and tasty, Huai Yang Salted Duck ($7) is one of the recommended appetizer. The meat is tender, and if there is a garlic sauce to go with it, it will taste better.
Shrimp in “Long Jing” Style ($19) is an interesting name. Bitter tea + prawns = I don’t know what does it give. But actually, I can’t taste the Long Jing tea in the dish, all I had was crunchy fresh prawns which is similar to the prawn salad we have in wedding dinners.
No matter how many times I have visited this place, Fu Rong Special Scrambled Egg ($10.80) is the dish that I will always order. The plate was full of crab meat and egg white, with a yolk on top, mix well with vingear and you get this tempting juicy dish.
Sauteed Green Bean with Minced Pork ($9.80) is crispy, gives a balance to the meal.
When I visited the restaurant last year, I clearly commented that the Braised Pork Belly with Mui Choy is too salty. This time, I decided to give it another chance and I must say that it was so much better. Well marinated, the meat is tender and flavourful.
How can I complete a meal with ordering some dim sum? We concluded our most impressive meal with Flowing Custard Bun ($4.50 for 3) which you can see is very well made such that the fillings are just oozing out.
This is the Shanghai chef, making the la mian.
Combo Meal is at $6.90 only (Weekdays 12 – 5pm, excluding Public Holidays). Be their Facebook fan to enjoy an additional 5% discount!
The Eastern Restaurant
176 Orchard Road, Centrepoint #01-57
Tel: 6736 2638
*This is an invited tasting*