We are used to eating Cantonese cuisine in most Chinese restaurants but to find real traditional Teochew restaurants with good food, you have to dive into the Teochew neighbourhood to find the ones which are really popular within the community.
The restaurant Liang Kee is nestled along the stretch of shop houses at Havelock road. This stretch of shops is famous for their Teochew porridge where many clubbers go to for supper. There is 2 Liang Kee along the same stretch, make sure to go to the one named Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee. The restaurant itself is not big and can only house around 10 tables so make sure to call in advance for a booking.
The restaurant has been around for many years and serves many Teochew traditional dishes which will make your parents or any elderly happy.
One of the main dish to order here is the Teochew braised duck with braised tofu and duck organs. The Teochew braised sauce is usually a family secret recipe and is boiled and cooked over the stove for many years. In fact, in the old days, the best sauces is those that is never changed but instead continuous addition of sauces and condiments and ingredients make the sauce better. The duck is braised thoroughly with umami flavours bursting into your mouth as you bite into the succulent meat. It goes extremely well with the garlic chilli provided.
Next dish you always see on tables here is the steamed fish Teochew styled which is basically steamed with salted pickled vegetables and sour plum. The result is very fresh softy fish meat with a sweet, salty and sour sauce from the steamed fish which is very light and tasty.
The fried prawn roll is common in most Teochew or Hokkein restaurants and some are lack lustre while the ones here are full of ingredients with a crispy skin and juicy fillings.
The sambal crayfish was simply amazing with a sauce that can beat Chilli Crab at its game. The sauce was creamy and spicy and coating the flesh of the crayfish very well. I believe you can order the same sauce with prawns or crabs.
The home made bean curd with minced meat sauce has well fried bean curd where the skin is crispy but the inside of the tofu remains soft and fragile. There is a strong bean taste which complements the meat sauce very well.
The oyster omelette had very huge oysters and very soft and fluffy eggs which are well seasoned. The oysters are very fresh and juicy and cooked perfectly.
The star of the meal is dessert which is the ever so famous yam paste. When you are in a Teochew restaurant, you must have yam paste. The yam paste here is neither too sweet or bland and is smooth with nice blend of mashed pumpkins and gingko nuts. You can taste the natural sweetness and fragrant of the yam from the sweet consistency which is not possible in many yam paste sold outside. You have to try this to believe it.
Overall, Liang Kee is a nice restaurant to have family gatherings especially for people who love Teochew cuisines and it is easy to please the elders with the dishes here as they follow traditional methods of Teochew cuisine closely.
Address: 719 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169644
Operating hours: 11.30am to 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 10 pm