Located in the heart of Orchard Road, the second outlet of Paradise Teochew Restaurant at Scotts Square presents authentic Teochew cuisine in a sophisticated contemporary setting.
Helmed by Executive Chef Cheng Fa Kwan, the 147-seater restaurant prides itself in using fresh produce and strong emphasis on traditional cooking techniques. This is evident in the quality of food served.
Paradise Teochew also boasts four private dining rooms that can accommodate groups of up to 15 people, making the restaurant a good venue to host business lunch/dinner as well as small, cosy casual gatherings.
The Scotts Square outlet offers an expanded menu featuring over 100 classic and modern Teochew dishes for lunch and dinner. A selection of dim sum is also available for lunch.
Tea is an integral part of Teochew cuisine and like all other authentic Teochew restaurants, Paradise Teochew serves complimentary Gongfu tea before and after your meal. What’s worthy to note is that the restaurant serves glutinous rice Gongfu tea instead of the usual Oolong or Tie Guan Yin.
Chilled Yellow Roe Crab in Teochew Style ($8/$9 per 100g) to kick-start our lunch. The yellow roe crab is steamed, chilled and served cold, thus, preserving the natural sweetness of the fresh yellow roe crab. One can either dip the crab in sweet-citrusy orange oil (金橘油) or in black vinegar with shredded ginger. I prefer to dip mine in black vinegar though.
Teochew Crabmeat Roll ($22 for 6 pcs) – Reminiscent of hae chor (prawn roll), the crabmeat roll is made with a mixture of handpicked fresh Sri Lankan crab meat and prawn paste stuffed in beancurd skin. The roll is steamed then deep-fried till golden brown. The chestnut bits in the filling added crunch and I like dipping the crabmeat roll in the sweet sauce. By the way, this appetiser is exclusive to Scotts Square outlet.
Braised Irish Sliced Duck ($18/$32/$60) – Tender slices of duck braised in a special sauce (with more than 10 ingredients) for more than four hours. The sauce’s very flavourful and this dish will go very well with a bowl of piping hot Teochew porridge ($2.80/pax).
If you don’t fancy duck, opt for the Braised Trio Combination in Teochew Style ($26/$39/$52) where you can select three items from the range of braised specialties. Recommended choices include octopus slices, pig offal, duck’s tongue, web and wings.
*SPECIAL LAUNCH PROMOTION* Order a plate of Braised Trio Combination in Teochew Style – Braised Sliced Duck, Braised Octopus and Braised Sliced Pork Belly at $8 (U.P. $26) from now till 17 July 2016. Promotion is available for PGR (Paradise Gourmet Rewards) members, and Maybank and OCBC Credit/Debit Cardmembers only.
Braised Crispy Sea Cucumber in Abalone Sauce ($42/pax) – A modern Teochew dish featuring pan-fried sea cucumber with abalone sauce. The succulent sea cucumber is first braised, then coated with egg and flour and pan-fried.
The result? Crisp on the outside, while retaining its firm yet slippery texture on the inside. So good that even my dining companion; who don’t usually eat sea cucumber; wiped his plate clean!
Pan-fried and Braised Soon Hock (seasonal price) – The Soon Hock (Marble Goby) is first pan-fried, then braised in a superior broth made of bean sauce, radish and mushroom. The Soon Hock has a nicely crisp exterior with moist, flaky and tender meat within. The broth’s so good, I had two bowls of it.
Pan-fried Oyster Omelette in Teochew Style ($16) – Having tried this dish at a few Teochew restaurants, it strikes me that Teochew style oyster omelette has a thicker, more starchy and gooey texture (that can get a little overwhelming after awhile) as compared to the usual oyster omelette we are used to. That said, Paradise Teochew‘s version is probably the best Teochew style oyster omelette I’ve eaten to date.
Yes, it’s more starchy and gooey inside but the starch layer is not as thick as other Teochew restaurants. In fact, it has a nice chewy bite to it. Loving the golden brown omelette with crisp edges! Oh yah, they are very generous with the oysters. There are at least 3 plump oysters in each quarter of the omelette!
Crispy, Sweet and Sour Noodles in Teochew Style ($14/$21/$28) – Using noodles specially imported from Hong Kong, this pan-fried noodle dish is crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside. Best eaten with a sprinkle of sugar and a dip of vinegar. Crispy, sweet and sour indeed. So good! A must order at Paradise Teochew!
Close up of the noodles with crisp exterior and chewy interior.
Crispy Pumpkin, Yam and Sweet Potato Sticks ($12) – A traditional street snack found in Shantou, Chao Shan, this crunchy sweet treat is made of deep-fried thin strips of pumpkin, yam and sweet potato sprinkled with peanuts and sugar. Try to consume the dessert once served and not leave it in the open for too long. Otherwise, it will lose its crunchiness and turn soggy.
Mashed Yam with Pumpkin ($4.50) – Orh Nee, as I prefer to call it, is a classic Teochew dessert that I never fail to order whenever I’m at a Teochew restaurant.To achieve a light and smooth consistency, steamed yam is pounded by hand before wok-frying in shallot oil. A labour-intensive dessert as it takes six hours to prepare one batch of orh nee!
If you love dim sum, do give the Teochew-style dim sum a try. Available only during lunchtime, Paradise Teochew serves a variety of classic and modern dim sum as well as Teochew porridge. We tried the Steamed Custard Bun in Piggy Shape ($5.80 for 3 pcs). The piggy buns are filled with custard and pine nuts. Cuteness overload!
I like that it’s not too sweet and the pine nuts added crunch to the soft and fluffy buns. By the way, the custard filling is NOT the molten kind. If you prefer the molten kind of custard buns, order the Steamed Molten Custard Bun ($5.80 for 3 pcs) but not in piggy shape though.
Steamed Glutinous Rice Roll in Teochew Style ($4.80 for 3 pcs) – Glutinous rice with a twist. Here, the savoury glutinous rice is wrapped with a thin layer of soft, sweet bun. We love it!
Judging from the success of its first outlet at Chinese Swimming Club, we believe that the latest Paradise Teochew outlet at Scotts Square will continue to garner more loyal fans due to the accessibility and high quality of food served.
Paradise Teochew Restaurant (Scotts Square)
Address: 6 Scotts Road, #03-04/05/06/07 Scotts Square, Singapore 228209
Telephone: +65 6538 0644
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3.00pm (last order 2.30pm), 6.00pm – 10.30pm (last order 10.00pm)
Sat, Sun and PH: 10.30am – 3.30pm (last order 3.00pm), 6.00pm – 10.30pm (last order 10.00pm)
*Photography by Alainlicious & Words by Geraldine