I was too ignorant to learn, Teochew dialect Chinese is used in our family. This might be a small clue that tells me that my ancestors were probably from somewhere South of China. Although I have just a few simple words of Teochew Chinese that my grandmother said often remain in my memories, the granny herself and the taste of her food, on the other hand, were subconsciously embedded in.
Just last weekend, I stepped into this restaurant that gave me a nostalgic moment of her.
Putien @ Kitchener road is one of chain restaurants that serve Heng Hwa cuisine, an uncomplicated, light yet flavorful goodness. Name Putien derived from name of a beautiful coastal town, Putian, in Fujian province, south of China. ( Now you can imagine seeing me thinking...is that where she came from?? )
There are a lot of good looking dishes to choose from their Ala Carte menu. For us, a first timers, just to try them out , we opted for an all day set menu.
|Braised shark's fin with crab meat and cordyceps|
Shark fins themselves normally are tasteless, just they are known for their textures of chewy, stringy while the taste comes from all other ingredients in the soup. We were happy to see that there wasn't much of the fins in the soup. The soup itself was pretty good. Cordyceps gave the soup extra fragrance and sweetness. Crab meat also gave additional textures and flavors to the soup. This dish reminded me so much of my childhood special meals on those very special occasions. Guilty as charged, we would have to say this soup was pretty good.
|Steamed prawns with minced garlic|
|Shredded meat with bun|
|Putien's spice Mum chilli sauce|
|Mea sua - simple with a touch of nostalgia|
We like the restaurant overall. Just now that I'm writing about it, I realize that we missed to try quite a few of their signature dishes, eg Bamboo herbal prawn, Putien sweet & sour pork with lychees. Having said that, we probably would make our way back there again sometime.
Putien @ Kitchener Road
127 Kitchener Road