SINGAPORE - Tsui Wah first opened in 1967 in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, and its popularity has not died down since.
The cha chaan teng (tea cafe) opens in Singapore - the first in South-east Asia - on Friday (June 15) with a menu of all its most popular dishes.
Here are the five you must try.
1. Borscht with Thick Toast ($5.50)
The best way to describe this soup is punchy because it hits you at first sip. It’s a 30-year-old recipe that includes ingredients such as tomato, celery and beef chunks. The plus? The thick toast is delicious when dipped in soup.
2. King Prawns in XO Sauce with Tossed Noodles ($11)
Think of this as your interactive dish because you’ll have to toss the noodles (although it’s on a shallow plate, so be careful about spilling your noodles) and you add the XO sauce to it for more flavour. Then there is the cup of tasty fish soup too, which you can either drink straight or use to moisten the noodles.
The prawns are also fresh and huge, making this dish a winner in taste and value.
3. Tsui Wah Signature Pork Chop Bun ($7.50)
Pork chop buns are so easy to find in Hong Kong and Macau but when you taste a good one, it’s magic.
This version has bits of pickles, a buttered bun, a mildly sweet sauce on the pork, and when you take it all in one bite, it’s heavenly.
4. Kagoshima-style Pork Cartilage with Tossed Instant Noodles ($9.50)
The stewed pork is tender and an alluring sweet salty combo of flavours.
5. Savoury French Toast Bites ($9.50)
You’ll need to be patient when ordering this. It is freshly prepared and comes to the table piping hot and crispy. And eat it immediately.
It may be an Instagram-worthy dish, but it is better warm.
Where: Tsui Wah, 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-03, Singapore 179020
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm