TungLok Teahouse @ Square 2 – First Chinese Restaurant To Deliver Dim Sum Automatically on Trays
Most casual-dining sushi restaurants are conveyor-belt type of establishments. But for Genki Sushi, their food is prepared and sent out to the tables from the kitchen on trains. Now, Tunglok Teahouse is following suit as the FIRST Chinese restaurant to launch the automated tray delivery system!
Located at Square 2, customers start by ordering dim sum and other Tunglok signature Chinese dishes through ipad. The food is handmade on the spot and steam to order. It is then then delivered to you table automatically via trays. Now with shortage of manpower, this automation definitely helps to restaurants to operate more effectively, even though it also means less human interaction.
There are two levels, one on top of the other. Dim Sum is typically ‘transported’ from the top while all other signature dishes are delivered from the bottom track. There will be a beeping sound when food arrives and you can off load the dishes on the table. The empty tray is then sent back to the kitchen with the press of a red button beside the table.
We ordered some of dim sum items like steamed shrimp dumplings ($5.30), steamed siew mai ($5.90), Teahouse signature rice rolls ($7.80) and steamed juicy xiao long bao ($5.30). The har kau and xiao long bao didn’t quite impress as the skin breaks easily but forgiven lah, since it was their soft launch anyway.
Teahouse Signature Rice Roll Cheong Fun is one of my favourites with silky skin stuffed with crunchy prawns, scallop, vegetables and a crispy netted rice paper offering varying textures in dish. Other signatures including the Brainsed House Special Beancurd with spinach ($16) is so soft with eggy fragrance.