Thursday 6 June 2019

Ting Heng – Hong Kong Style Steamboat

House Speciality Steamboat Pomfret 

Ting Heng Seafood Restaurant (“Ting Heng”) is an old school seafood restaurant around Tiong Bahru area that has been around for generations. The aquariums at the dining area displaying their live seafood is an example of the restaurant showcasing the freshness of their seafood.

Ting Heng Seafood Restaurant 

A must try here is House Speciality Steamboat Pomfret ($40 / $60 / $80). The cloudy steamboat broth is sweet and robust, results from a long cooking process. At the start, the pot is filled with chopped deep fried pomfret fish bones, diced yams, seaweed, tang oh and Chinese cabbage.

House Speciality Steamboat

House Speciality Steamboat Pomfret 

The pomfret flesh is fillet and serves separately, for cooking after the broth is boiled. It is fresh and springy, almost like eating steam pomfret.

Pomfret Fillet

The first thing that goes into the pot is Three Kind of Balls (Fish, Pork and Chicken) – ($12 / $18 / $24). These homemade balls are meaty, delicious and you can easily distinguish the meat that you are eating. It reminds me of the steamboat in Hong Kong

Fish and Pork Balls

Fried Beancurd Skin ($7 / $10 / $14). This usually served piping hot, as the beancurd skin was deep-fried again before it is served. It is crispy, flavourful and it can be eaten on its own. Most of the time, half of the plate is gone while we are waiting for the broth to boil.

Fried Beancurd Skin - Half eaten due to hunger

Sliced Beef ($15 / $22 / $30). The marbling is just awesome. It is tender, succulent and melts in your mouth. You just need to dip if for about 8 to 10 seconds, then it is ready to consume.

Sliced Beef

Tang Oh Vegetable ($6 / $8). LD’s favourite steamboat veggie and mine as well. A bit bitter, crunchy and minty flavour in the background.

Tang Oh Vegetable

For carbs, we tried their Udon ($4 / $8) and rice. The udon is thick and springy, good for those who like bouncy stuff. I prefer a comforting porridge, so I throw in a couple bowls of rice in the pot, followed with well beaten raw eggs, and let it simmer for a few minutes till it soaks up the essence of the broth. The result is a tummy warming Teochew style porridge.

Although seafood is the signature of this restaurant, Ting Heng non-seafood cooked dishes are tantalising as well. Claypot Chicken with Beancurd and Salted Fish ($12 / $18 / $24) is LD’s favourite. The nice smoky and pungent aroma from the salted fish, followed with soft beancurd and succulent chicken is just yummy. The saltiness in the dish is a good pairing with a bowl of white rice and you can consider this dish “a rice thief”. The only pity is that there is not enough gravy in this dish, or else it will be perfect.

Claypot Chicken with Beancurd and Salted Fish

Sweet and Sour Pork – ($12 / $18 / $24). Crispy and crunchy popcorn pork, nicely coated with a sweet and tangy sauce. I find it missing some diced pineapple to balance cut through the richness in this dish.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Signature Roasted Spring Chicken ($20). We have ordered this every time we dine here. The kids love it because the flesh is juicy and the paper-thin skin in tasty enough. It is well marinated; you don’t need any sauce or salt and pepper dip for this dish. Ting Heng used spring chicken for this, so it only comes in a whole chicken portion.

Signature Roasted Spring Chicken 

Stir Fried Frog with Spring Onion ($20 / $30 / $40). The frogs are coated with flour before it is fried so it seals the moisture in its flesh. The combination of spring onion, ginger plus a solid “wok hei” aroma in this dish is very good. I wish there is a bit of gravy that I can put on my rice.

Stir Fried Frog with Spring Onion

Ting Heng has two seating options indoor and outdoor. I prefer indoor as I like to eat my food in a comfortable ambience. The service is pleasant, friendly like a traditional Chinese restaurant standard.

Menu Page 1

Menu Page 2

Overall, Ting Heng is an old school type of seafood restaurant. We enjoyed the steamboat as it reminds us of the steamboat in Hong Kong. The ingredients are fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. Best of all, they open until 4 AM, so you can pick what time you want to dine here. Cheers!!

Food & Drinks: 7.75/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Ting Heng Seafood Restaurant
82 Tiong Poh Road
Singapore 160082

T: +65 6323 6830
OH: Daily 17.00 – 04.00

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