The Place By an ex-chef behind Jumbo’s Teochew restaurant Chui Huay Lim, I visited the restaurant previously and decided to return with a group of friends to try more dishes again. San Shu Gong Private Dining is located along the busy stretch of Geylang Road, just across the road from Kallang MRT station.
With just a handful of tables, each aptly named under a family member such as 二嫂 (aka Second Aunt), you are invited into 三叔公 (aka Third Uncle) house for a feast of home-styled Teochew fare. Simple décor, keeping things clean and for diners to focus on the food instead.
Make very sure you reserve early for a table here as they been quite popular. Definitely not a place for walk-ins.
Of course, we must have the Braised Goose, Teochew Style (S$26) considering how much I love braised dishes. Surprisingly though, the star of the dish for me is the braised tofu below the braised goose meats. Though I do find the pricing a tad high for the portion.
Another must-order in every Teochew restaurant, the Pan-fried Oyster Omelette (S$15) is as good as I remember it to be. Crispy outside and gooey inside, the rendition here is definitely worth a try.
Not my usual order since am not a fan of liver, my friends decided to have an order of the special for the day the Pig’s Liver with Crispy Youtiao and Spring Onion. Honestly, while I only had a bite of the liver, the crispy youtiao is oh-my-gawd. Make sure you get a generous dip of the sauce, and you might just order another portion of this just with the youtiao – which they should put on the menu honestly!
Steamed anything with ‘caipo’ and I will finish it up, and so we had to order the Steamed Fish with Aged Radish and Minced Meat. Would not mind if there is a more generous portion of the radish, otherwise fresh fish always does the trick for a steamed Teochew fish dish.
Ordered some greens to balance the meal. The Braised Salted Pork Ribs with Mustard Green ($28) and Wok-Fried Kailan with Dried Sole (S$18) were chosen, and I will recommend the former. The pork ribs stole the show here, the tender ribs together with the broth is such a delight to have!
Ordering another must-order Teochew dish here, the Wok-fried “Cai Pu” Kway Teow with Homemade XO Sauce (S$12) looked divine when served. Though it was way too salty even for someone who generally like my food with stronger flavours.
To cap the meal, we decided to try the Deep-fried Yam Stick Encrusted with Fine Sugar (S$18) and the Fried Water Chestnut. Skip the former, which is a tad too dry and coated with way too much sugar. The Fried Water Chestnut is worth a try!
Rants Visited it when it first opened, the restaurant exudes a homely vibe which was lovely. The recent visit reminded me of a well-run restaurant, losing the earlier homely charm of what prompted me visit again.
Will I Return Again? Perhaps not so soon again. But if you have not visited them once, it is worth a try.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
San Shu Gong Private Dining (三叔公私房菜)
135 Geylang Road
Tel: +65 67410344
Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Rantee