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Friday, March 16, 2012

Ah Orh Teochew Restaurant

Ah Orh is one of the more famous Teochew restaurant in Singapore. Originally from the Ellenborough street market, when the place was demolished it moved to a shop unit at Jalan Bukit Merah where it has been since. The last time I was there was a zillion years ago but for some reasons or other, I have not been back since.

Anyway, finally managed to go there for dinner one fine evening. Other than set menu, they have no other menu and to order, one go to the counter where there are an assortment of tanks of seafood and placed the order directly.

At the recommendation of the son of Ah Orh, we ordered the winter melon soup which came in the whole winter melon. I wondered how they managed to keep the soup in and even more how M scooped the soup and the winter melon without breaking it. But this was probably the best dish of the whole evening.

All Teochew restaurant worth it salt will have the oyster egg and this was no exception except that I thought it was rather ordinary. There was quite a lot of oyster though.

We went for the chilli mussel next. This wasn't too bad but then again I had tasted better mussel at those HDB zhizhar stores.

A house specialty which was apparently a must have is the crayfish. We opted for ours fried in black pepper sauce. The portion was rather big.
 Another house special the ngoh hiang.  The pieces were cut into big chunks but again I didn't think it was that great.

Of course a must have for us is crab and so we ordered the chilli crab.

Finally everybody favourite, the yam paste and we scrapped the bowl clean. 
But was it that good? Frankly we tasted better food at neighbourhood zhi zhar stall and at lower price too. The public seems to agree too, judging by the lack of customer.

Will we be back? I certainly don't think so.

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