Where do you go to when you are beat from a whole day of shopping, laden with shopping bags and famished from all the walking? And you are just beat from the whole day of hubbub that you want nothing but familiar and hearty food to soothe the senses?
Well, if your craving is leaning towards Chinese food, then your answer is TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Restaurant, an outlet that offers a classic menu of modern Beijing cuisine. Conveniently located at Orchard Central and The Grandstand (Turf Club Road), the outlet is one that is clean and spacious, with a modern Chinese décor that is minimalistic and elegant.
There are many Chinese establishments that impressed us and left us good memories, but TungLok XiHe is one that is timeless. We love its concise menu and how it does not differ too much from its origins – nothing but the comforting familiarity of Chinese food at competitive prices. It is the kind of place that you can host your business associates, throw a celebration or to simply gather with your close ones.
When we had our meal, our tummies were so pleased with the quality meal that we were thinking about all the flowery adjectives and phrases to document the experience, but looking back now, we want nothing but to present TungLok XiHe Peking Duck as it is – unpretentious and classy. Here are our picks from the very good meal we had:
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The meal began with the Rose Cherry Tomato (S$10). It looks unassuming, but it is going to be a pleasant surprise when you pop your first in your mouth. Lightly marinated with sour plum and chilled to a nice coolness, this is one great snack to whet your appetite for the great meal ahead. We have previously shared about the infinite benefits of consuming tomatoes, and we are sure even non-tomato lovers will be pleased with this appetiser.
Another appetiser that we would recommend is the Deep-fried Huai Shan with Dried Chilli (S$8). Huai Shan, for the uninitiated, is Chinese yam and a type of Chinese medicinal herb that is known to be really beneficial for our health. We cannot stop munching on this!
The Stewed Duck Tongue in X.O. Sauce (S$14) is an acquired taste and not something that everyone will appreciate, but it is finely executed and it makes a good starter while waiting for your Peking duck.
The food at TungLok XiHe can be described as modern Beijing cuisine. While the focus is on its signature peking duck, TungLok XiHe is more than that. It serves a delectable selection of authentic Chinese classic dishes, cooked with recipes that have been refined over years in the kitchen by the chefs from TungLok Group and Beijing’s XiHe Group.
Some of the seafood dishes that you must try include the Smoked Sliced Fish in Sweet Sauce (S$12), Poached Sliced Fish in Chilli Spicy Sauce (S$22), Bamboo Clams (S$10/pc), and the Sichuan-style Steam ‘Soon Hock’ (S$9/100g).
A dish that the chefs at TungLok XiHe have mastered perfectly is Mrs Zhang’s Braised Lion’s Head Meatballs (S$6/pax). For those of you who have no clue, Lion’s Head Meatballs originated from Hangzhou as a banquet dish reserved for royalty. The chefs have improvised on the recipe by adding bits of mantou with the minced pork to add texture to the meatballs.
The Stewed Mushroom with Minced Pork and Chilli (S$18) is quite unlikely to get your attention among the many meat and seafood dishes, and it may seem pricey, but it really isn’t quite like your usual predictable fungi dish. The whole mushrooms are plump and juicy; the lightly stir-fried minced pork and chilli so fragrant. The seemingly simple combination is really quite a party in the mouth and not so simple after all!
And of course, the star of the show and what everyone must order when dining at TungLok XiHe is most definitely the Peking Duck. To maintain the age-old roasting method, the duck is hung and roasted in a traditional oven for 50 minutes at 200 degree Celsius.
What we really love about TungLok XiHe’s Peking Duck (S$78 for a whole duck) is that it not only comes with the usual sweet sauce, but also a specially-blended blueberry sauce which goes really well with the duck, as well as mustard and popping sugar. Yes, the very same popping sugar that we used to have when we were kids!
There are three ways to enjoy TungLok XiHe’s Peking Duck. Start with the highly-prized duck skin. Dip the crispy skin into the blueberry sauce, followed by the popping sugar. Never in our wildest dreams would we have thought of this combination. Yet, the marriage of peking duck, blueberry sauce and popping sugar is so impressively good!
Next is the tender and succulent duck breast meat which you can eat with the wheat wrap, together with other ingredients from TungLok XiHe’s ‘Eight Treasures Box’ – a variety of condiments and sweet sauce. Last but not least is the duck thigh which you can eat it directly by dipping it in the sweet sauce. But if we had to pick, we would prefer the aforementioned blueberry sauce which goes unbelievably well with the savoury duck meat. Actually, the blueberry sauce is really a miraculous invention and we believe it goes well with anything!
For the second dish of the Peking Duck, there are three options – cereal, ginger and onion, and TungLok XiHe’s signature salt & pepper.
If you need another reason to visit TungLok XiHe Peking Duck, they are having special promotions at 50% off different signature dishes every day from now till 30 September 2014. On Mondays, TungLok XiHe’s whole Peking Duck is available at half the price for just a whopping S$39++. What a steal!
On Tuesdays, you can sample the Wok-fried Australian Wagyu Beef at S$19++, while Crispy Pork Shank (S$14++) will make a special appearance on Wednesdays. How about having Sautéed Honey Glazed Prawns for just S$13++? Make a reservation for a table on Saturdays! With so many irresistible daily deals, you will be seeing us at TungLok XiHe regularly.
As with the other TungLok restaurants, there is no extra charge for booking of the private dining room. The only condition is to fulfil the minimum number of 10 people, so if you are planning a birthday celebration or to celebrate a special occasion, make a booking at TungLok XiHe!
TUNGLOK XIHE PEKING DUCK GIVEAWAY
1. TungLok XiHe Peking Duck is giving away 5 x Peking Duck vouchers (worth S$91.80 each).
2. Leave a comment in this post and tell us why you want to try TungLok XiHe’s Peking Duck.
3. ‘Like’ TungLok Group on Facebook.
4. Share the link of this post on your Facebook timeline.
5. The contest starts from now till 10 September 2014, 2359 hrs.
6. Winners will be notified by email.
Updated // The five winners are Lim Li Ting, Wenyi, Zoe, Sheryl Teo, and Kathryn.
TungLok XiHe Peking Duck
181 Orchard Road, #07-07/09
Tel: +65 6736 0006
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
200 Turf Club Road, #01-23/26
Tel: +65 6466 3363
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens
This feature is brought to you by TungLok Group.