Singapore: Mouth Restaurant

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Massive dim sum lunch one Friday at China Square’s Mouth Restaurant a while back with my fantastic colleagues – a veritable feast (a.k.a what happens when all your bosses are out of town for a firm conference). Obviously there are way too many dishes to do an individual review of each so I shall note the particularly memorable ones (in both good and bad ways):

  • coloured har gaus more gimmicky than anything, but the prawns were plump and well seasoned
  • crispy whitebait was delicious and nicely salted, a great appetizer
  • fried carrot cake was filling, not too sweet and pretty spicy
  • xiao long baos were average and under-seasoned
  • black skinned meat dumplings were not my cup of tea at all – starchy minced beef that tasted more flour than cow
  • congee was very silky and tasty, delicious
  • baked salted egg yolk buns were downright sinful and greasy, could stop at half for the sake of my arteries
  • fried dumplings were very tasty, but could do with a wee bit more chives (excellent with the chunky chili)
  • siew mais were good, if nothing to shout about
  • beancurd skin prawn rolls (fu pi juan) were nicely crisp and well stuffed, but extremely greasy
  • siew yoke / roast pork wasn’t crisp enough – as if it had been left out for a while, and slightly tasteless
  • fried rice had a good hint of wok hei, though that dissipated unfortunately quickly
  • char siew sou was lovely and buttery and flaky, with a very tasty bbq pork filling
  • lotus leaf glutinous rice was decent, well-seasoned meat, but not outstanding
  • egg tarts weren’t too sweet, which I appreciated, encased in a flaky tart shell. Unfortunately we were way too stuffed and could only weakly down these two hours later for tea.

I think I missed out a dish or two; we shamefully went a little overboard. But it was lovely getting to know my colleagues, and Mouth Restaurant (or any classic Chinese place really) is a great, if not the best, place for communal dining – whatever those new-fangled bistros would like you to believe. A valuable, affordable CBD option to satisfy any dim sum cravings, of which I have many!

Mouth Restaurant
22 Cross Street #01-61 China Square Central
South Bridge Court Shop House, Singapore 048421
Tel: +65 6438 5798
Hours: Mon-Fri 1130h-1500h, 1800h-2200h Sat/Sun 1000h-1630h, 1800-2200h


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