Presently with a total of eleven food and beverage brands in Singapore and Asia, Paradise Group is now into their 12th brand concept introducing its first Teochew Cuisine restaurant in Singapore. The all-new restaurant concept – Paradise Teochew Restaurant at Chinese Swimming Club, plays a huge role in fulfilling the potential needs of Chinese patrons seeking authentic Teochew cuisine in a modern setting.
The stakes of authenticity are clear when the kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Cheng Fa Kwan, whom grew up in a family of Teochew chefs and brings 34 years of culinary experience in Teochew cuisine to the Paradise Group. Since young, Chef Cheng knew his true calling was to follow his father and grandfather’s footsteps, which cultivated his passion for culinary art over the years and made him of what he is today.
Diners can look forward to an extensive menu of over a hundred dishes of exquisite Teochew signatures and innovative creations, prepared with superior quality fresh ingredients and authentic recipes. Here are some highlights of the signature dishes at Paradise Teochew Restaurant, ranging from appetisers, soups, seafood, meat, vegetables, noodles and more.
Starting with Teochew appetisers, you’ll discover traditionally handmade and classic Teochew dishes on the Paradise Teochew menu. The Teochew Four Varieties combination ($10 per person; min order 3 person) showcases an assortment of tantalising appetisers consisting of Teochew Pork Roll, Teochew Prawn Ball, Braised Sliced Duck and Pan-fried Scallop with Minced Garlic.
Diners can also enjoy other mouth-watering signatures like the Teochew style Roasted Suckling Pig, Chilled Yellow Roe Crab in Teochew style and chilled Pork Trotter Jelly in Teochew style.
The restaurant offers a selection of traditional soups and Shark’s fin in different style. Found only in fine-dining establishments, you savour the best of the Teochew Style Braised Shark’s Fin in Casserole ($42 per person) with generous serving of the shark’s fin delicacy in a flavourful thick broth.
Other tasty alternatives include Fish Maw in Conpoy Broth, Double-boiled Pig Stomach Soup with Salted Vegetables and Spinach Puree in Egg White Broth.
Paradise Teochew Restaurant serves up a myriad of sea treasures and crustaceans like whole Abalone, live crabs and lobsters, fish and prawns. One of the must-order seafood dishes here is the Sauteed Pomfret Fillet with Tomato and Salted Vegetables ($28 – small).
The most basic ingredients of this soup are pomfret fillet, tomato and salted vegetables. The white fish fillet is firstly steamed the Teochew way, and then pan fried to achieve the crisp skin. Lastly, it is simmered in tomato broth and salted vegetables to give that zing and bring out the natural sweetness of the fish.
Whether it is beef, pork, chicken or duck, I’m sure you be able to find your favourite meat from the extensive menu choices. Stewed Duck with Yam in Casserole and Roasted Chicken with Yellow Bean in Teochew style are the popular picks, but most impressive is the Steamed Diced Chicken wrapped in Egg White Crepe ($18 – Small, $27 – Medium, $36 – Large).
Plain looking as it may seems, this dish requires much patience and years of skills to prepare. It has the delicate crystal skin of Teochew dumpling made from egg white crepe, but with a filling of chopped chicken bits, Chinese ham, diced water chestnut and bamboo shoots borrowed from Cantonese dim sum. The result is the best of both worlds.
Teochew cuisine is well known for its seafood and vegetable dishes, there is a relatively heavy emphasis on braising – one of the popular methods of cooking in Teochew cuisine, and the Braised Mustard Green with Shredded Conpoy and Dried Shrimps ($18 – Small, $27 – Medium, $36 – Large) is one of the notable vegetable dishes prepared with this method.
Crunchy but tender, the vegetables get a little snap from the savoury broth which adds a flavourful dimension and further soften the harshness in the greens.
The plate of Crispy Sweet and Sour Noodle in Teochew Style ($14 – Small, $21 – Medium, $28 – Large) is served with a side of vinegar and sugar. The flat crispy noodles is sort like the rosti, and best eaten with a dash of vinegar and sugar for that crunchy tart, sweet and savoury combination.
Was told that the noodles come originally in orange colour, and can only found be in Hong Kong. It is so rare that Paradise Teochew Restaurant probably is the only restaurant serving this in Singapore.
Unlike other typical Teochew restaurants, Paradise Teochew Restaurant makes a bold debut of recreating popular Teochew desserts in Chef Cheng’s culinary way – Crispy Pumpkin, Yam and Sweet Potato Strips ($12 per serving).
Traditional desserts such as Tau Suan (Mung Bean) and Orh Nee (Yam Paste) are also available to satisfy the die-hard fans of Teochew cuisine.
Paradise Teochew Restaurant
Address: 21 Amber Road, #03-01 (Arrival Pavilion) Chinese Swimming Club, Singapore 439870
Reservations: +65 6348 7298
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11:30am to 3:30pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm / Saturday, Sunday and PH 10:30am to 3:30pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm