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Singapore - Old Lai Huat, Perenially Underrated

Julian Teoh Jul 7, 2012 04:34 AM

I was at a wine pairing lunch earlier today at Old Lai Huat.

I've mentioned this place in some earlier posts, but it always amazes me that this place is always quiet (except for weekend nights, when it is completely packed out). The sambal belacan pomfret or sole is a wonder to behold, and its deep, rich chilli crab is far superior to the insipid versions that you find at the famous chain outlets. Its sauce is truly worthy of mopping up with fried mantou buns. Yam ring is another must order, a very rustic but deliciously filling dish.

Old Lai Huat is currently offering a 10% discount for lunch, including on weekends and public holidays. Definitely one to keep an eye on if you are looking out for an excellent seafood cze char.

The photos are below but I have some wine tasting notes here: http://julianteoh.blogspot.com/2012/0...

Old Lai Huat Seafood
223 Rangoon Road
Singapore (off the CTE Rangoon Road turn-off)

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    klyeoh Jul 7, 2012 06:43 AM

    That pomfret dish looked absolutely delicious. It kind of reminded me of the version at Mooi Chin Palace Restaurant (美珍苑), one of Singapore's oldest Hainanese restaurants - now located at the Golden Landmark. One of my all-time faves, but I'd never wrote about it as the last time I ate there, it was during my pre-Chowhound days. Maybe you'd want to give Mooi Chin a try & tell me how they compare?

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    1. re: klyeoh
      Julian Teoh Jul 8, 2012 02:13 AM

      Thanks klyeoh for the pointer. I will try Mooi Chin and report back. I had a quick google and it's interesting that Mooi Chin started off as (and looks like it still is) a Hainanese restaurant, but later incorporated other local dishes such as the sambal fish. But I love trying these old school joints (well, most of them anyway!) and seeing what classics they are still serving up.

      BTW, the family behind Lai Huat opened its first incarnation in 1963 near Ophir Road, and a second branch is now at Horne Road near Lavender MRT. That branch serves identical food to the Rangoon Road branch but it is not air-conditioned. I'm not a typical 24/7 air-con dweller but it can be quite challenging eating piping hot spicy seafood alfresco on a city side street!

      1. re: Julian Teoh
        klyeoh Jul 8, 2012 02:34 AM

        I'm a sucker for traditional old places, too, so will try out Lai Huat the next time I'm in the neighborhood. Mooi Chin operated out of the old Funan Centre for the longest time. I remembered many a-times dining there with old workmates - tastes are much simpler back then :-)

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