Imperial Treasure Teochew Cuisine is one of the very few restaurants in Singapore which serves authentic Teochew food. But to cater to the mass market, the restaurant here also combines some popular Cantonese chinese cuisines which are more sellable compared to Teochew food.
The menu for Imperial Treasure group has been standardise for all its restaurants from the Super Peking Duck chain to its Teochew chain here.
One of the best corners in this restaurant to dine are these private booths near the entrance. Although you are quite near to the next table, but it is quite dark and gives some intimacy for diners who do not want to be disturbed.
Even though we had ice water....
but here at Imperial Treasure Teochew, the service staffs will serve you "Kung Fu Tea" at the start and end of your meal. And each person is suppose to drink 2 cups of the tea. I like their pickled vegetables too. Think it was Szechuan vegetables.
Double boiled Shark's bone & fish maw soup (S$25) - the soup was flavourful and the shark's bone has been boiled for many hours in the soup till the stock becomes creamy. Unfortunately, the "fishy" taste was all over the place.
On the other hand, the much cheaper Daily Soup of Papaya, Snow fungus and Pork Ribs (S$6) was a bit better. The soup was also flavourful but would have preferred the chef to boil the papaya even more to let the sweetness sip into the stock.
Sauteed scallop with egg-white and Truffle Oil (S$8 per portion). This is a simple yet comforting dish. Although truffle oil was used, but the flavour of the truffle was not as intense as we had hoped for. Perhaps it was deliberately kept to a minimal so that diners can taste the sweetness of the scallop.
Stir fried live prawns (S$24) - The prawns were fresh and sweet.
Chinese, like the Japanese, take great effort to cook their plain white rice (S$1.50 per person). I like how each grain of rice is clean and seperated from one another, yet not too dry.
Braised Beef Cheek (S$15 per person) - Beef was tender and the vegetables added some vitamins to the dish. As this is a Teochew restaurant, don't expect the braised beef to be as flavourful as what the Cantonese will do, which is to serve it all in a bubbling claypot with radish and carrot.
Live Garoupa (100g) cooked in seafood and minced pork broth (S$60) - This is one dish which we will definitely not order again. Desite the high price, everything here does not go well with one another. This was a dish created by the kitchen for us as we did not want the normal steam or fried fish. The sliced garoupa dish which we had at Noble House was way better.
Ended the dinner with traditional Teochew dessert of Sweetened Yam and Pumpkin cream (S$4.50 per person) which was pretty average....
and Teochew steamed crytal dumplings (S$3 for 3) which was very good. The skin was thin and the fillings were not too sweet, and not too dry.
Imperial Treasure Teochew Cuisine
391 Orchard Road
Ngee Ann City