June 09, 2019
Chao Ting 潮亭 @ Far East Square ~ Delicious & Affordable Teochew 'Pao Fan' By The Jumbo Group
I was so intoxicated by the superb meal at Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine 醉宇轩经典潮膳 that I fell into food coma and forgot to take my shopping bag with me as I left the restaurant.
Oops! But it gave me a perfect excuse to return the very next day for that tau suan which I love so much, and also to check out its sister concept, Chao Ting 潮亭 which is located right beside Zui Yu Xuan at Far East Square.
The fast-casual dining joint specialises in Teochew 'Pao Fan', a classic Chinese dish of cooked rice grains served in savoury broth. Most of us would not be unfamilar with this rustic comfort food. After the meal, I was hooked. The 'pao fan' at Chao Ting is worth many trips back.
Related post: Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine 醉宇轩经典潮膳 @ Far East Square ~ Cold Crabs, Kway Teow With 'Wok Hei' & That Unforgettable 'Tau Suan'!
The menu is concise with three types of pao fan: King Prawn 'Pao Fan' 大虾泡饭 ($11), Sliced Fish 'Pao Fan' 鱼片泡饭 ($9) and Fried Fish 'Pao Fan' 炸鱼片泡饭 ($9).
There are add-on options of King Prawn ($5), Sliced Fish ($3), Fried Fish ($3), Fried Egg Floss ($1), and Fried Fish Skin ($3).
Customers may choose to order takeaway or dine al fresco at the sheltered seating area.
The staff manning the ordering counter was friendly, efficient, and gave all customers a pack of tissue along with their orders. So thoughtful! (which I later understand why haha).
Excitement rose up as my bowl of pao fan was only a short 'beep beep' wait away.
Truth to be told, the 'pao fan' doesn't look visually appealing at all as ingredients are mostly submerged under that orangey-brown broth. Totally unlike the pictures we see on the menu haha #picturesareforillustrationpurposesonly
But once the aroma from the bowl hit the nose, it made me want to dig in as soon as possible.
The broth is slow-cooked over five hours using prawns, pork, chicken, and fish bones.
No wonder each sip was so packed with robust flavors! The soup is thicker than the typical clear seafood soup you get in hawker centres. It's the more 'gao' type which I like.
I also like it that the prawn is split into halves, making deshelling easier and more convenient for eating. Enjoyed that bouncy bite.
The slices of Batang fish were fresh and delightful too, and I saw many customers ordering the fried Dory fish and adding an extra portion of fried egg floss into their bowls.
Together with soft Jasmine rice and crispy rice for that lovely textural contrast, the 'pao fan' was really a medley of comforting goodness that warmed both the tummy and heart.
Chao Ting is opened only on weekdays from 11:30am to 3pm, and it can get rather packed once the office crowd descend for lunch at around noon.
My tip is to be there early if your schedule allows to avoid the queue. You might even get to choose a table in front of standing fans which is important because.....
Having a bowl of hot and soupy pao fan without air-conditioning in this passionate Singapore weather is really no joke! So grateful for that pack of tissue which the staff gave me earlier lol.
Chao Ting 潮亭
Address: 132 Amoy Street, Singapore 049961 (located within Far East Square)
Contact: Not Available
Opening Hours: Weekday Lunch 11:30am-3pm | Closed on Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and inclusive of GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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