TungLok Signatures has been around for a long time and has since branded itself as one of Singapore’s most established and well-loved Chinese restaurants for impeccable service and high quality food. The restaurant serves modern interpretations of traditional Chinese food, while still keeping traditional flavours intact, hence, appealing to both the older and younger generations.
TungLok Signatures’ cuisine concept is centred upon offering a menu which is planned and executed by Hong Kong-born Senior Executive Chef Li Man.
It features a unique combination of traditional Chinese cuisine, such as Cantonese Shanghainese and Sichuan dishes with a dash of Modern creations – authentic in tastes but with TungLok’s distinctive touch.
It is little wonder TungLok Signatures has been a perennial favourite among Singaporeans and visitors alike, and it is the benchmark for Chinese cuisine.
#1 AUSTRALIAN LOBSTER TWO WAYS – CHILLED & DEEP-FRIED
If you are shooting for a fancy meal or simply want to indulge in the best and most luxurious dishes, go for the Australian Lobster prepared in two ways (S$58++ per pax). Lobster is a tricky ingredient to perfect. However, the masterchef at TungLok Signatures has aced both ways of preparation.
The chilled lobster is exemplary and very refreshing. We recommend starting out with this one before moving on to the deep-fried lobster. The deep-fried lobster was something we couldn’t forget – beneath the crunchy exterior is a glistening juicy center that is well complemented with the accompanying honey sauce.
#2 BRAISED MINCED PORK RICE
We have to admit, this pork rice bowl (S$8.80++ per pax) did not catch our attention at first as it faded into the background beside all of the other upmarket, classy dishes. But we regretted judging it after the first mouthful. The braised minced pork a la Taiwanese style was so tasty and flavourful, with the egg to complete the experience.
#3 BRAISED BAMBOO CHARCOAL BEANCURD
This black beauty is a signature dish in TungLok Signatures and something we can never get bored of. You may think it is just another bamboo or beancurd dish, but we are telling you this – the Bamboo Charcoal Beancurd (S$24++ per sharing portion) is going to be the best beancurd dish you’ll ever try.
The beancurd is handmade with a flawless texture, with light woody notes of bamboo. The sweet pumpkin sauce elevates the taste of the beancurd without overpowering the freshness of the dish entirely. No trip to TungLok Signatures is complete without this dish!
#4 FLAMBÉ VOLCANO SALT-BAKED FORTUNE CHICKEN
The Salt-Baked Chicken (S$98++ per chicken) is both a treat for the eyes and the palate. The poultry is enormous and the chef will flambé it right before your eyes; it is theatrical to say the least.
The chicken is only flavoured with a salt crust, and the natural juice of the poultry is brought out through the flambé process. Great sharing dish, even better experience.
#5 PAN-FRIED FRENCH FOIE GRAS AND PEKING IRISH DUCK SKIN
This was unforgettable. The Pan-Fried French Foie Gras (S$22++ per pax) is meant to be rolled up with glistening Peking Irish Duck Skin and Wheat Wrap to produce a magical umami goodness in your mouth. All the premium tastes wrapped in one; the kind of “explosion” we appreciate.
#6 PAN-FRIED LOBSTER STEAK IN CHEF’S HOMEMADE SAUCE
More lobsters for you? Yes, we have the Lobster Steak (S$28++). This is slightly different, with the sweetness of the crustacean brought out through light pan-frying.
#7 SICHUAN-STYLE DEER TENDON WITH CHILI ON HOT STONE PLATE
It is not every day that you see Deer Tendon (S$38++ per serving) on menus. The tendon must be eaten quickly so as to savour the best taste. The texture is very similar to beef tendon and no less delicious. You might be intimidated by it if you haven’t tried tendons, but the Sichuan sauces and spices will balance the taste out altogether.
#8 ‘SOON HOCK’ FISH TWO WAYS – DEEP-FRIED & STEAMED
Fish is a mainstay at every Chinese restaurant. TungLok Signatures takes it up a notch by, again, serving it two ways (S$12++ per 100g). The steamed version is cooked in a traditional Chinese style, with Chinese Wine and Parsley. Steaming it with Chinese wine gives it a very pleasant aroma and also a very smooth and moist texture on the fish. It is no wonder that this is always the preferred way to cook fish!
The Deep-Fried Soon Hock is served simply with some soya sauce as to not over-complicate matters. We liked that the fish remained juicy inside despite being deep-fried to a golden brown.
#9 CHILLED DURIAN WITH BLACK GLUTINOUS RICE PURÉE
To end your meal, complete it with the all-time favourite – Chilled Durian with Black Glutinous Rice Purée (S$12++ per serving). The local-style dessert is served in a coconut shell and filled generously with black glutinous rice and very creamy durian. We went a little too gaga over this!
#10 YUAN YANG ALMOND & SESAME CREAM
However, if you prefer something a little lighter, the ‘Yuan Yang’ Almond and Sesame Cream (S$6++ per serving) might work better for you. Each bowl is beautifully presented as a Yin and Yang symbol. The cream is rich and smooth and it comes with plenty of healthy and beauty benefits.
TungLok Signatures currently has 4 outlets. Besides the flagship outlet at Orchard Parade Hotel, you can also visit the other branches at Changi City Point, VivoCity and The Central @ Clarke Quay.
Orchard Parade Hotel #02-18
1 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 6834 0660
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
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