Thursday, June 11, 2009

Zhou's Kitchen: eating at Tung Lok's own home kitchen?

with family

Zhou's Kitchen is touted to be the modelled after the Zhou family kitchen...the very kitchen of Andrew Tjoe, restauranter extraordinaire of Tung Lok. Serving home made like specialities, this is a rather newer concept in the very successful Tung Lok chain...which ranges from the high brow high dining venues like My Humble House, to more regular down to earth places like Zhou's Kitchen.

Housed in house like structure at the former beer brewery, the restaurant oozes with some charm.

The decor was quaint, and simple...rather homely.

Wasabi Prawns, a dish supposedly invented by Tung Lok's Executive Chef Sam Leong

Indeed proved to be one of the better ones around...the other being Peach Garden's wasabi prawns. The very fresh, large prawns were succulent, crunchy, and smothered with the wasabi-mayonaise paste. The wasabi had a small kick, and was not totally creamy as some tend to be.

The Hae Cho, a typical Hokkien/Teochew dish also had a home-made feel:

Rough chopped prawns and meat with chesnuts were wrapped with bean curd skin to form a tube, and deep fried. The skin proved very crispy, and the fillihg was very flavourful and rich tasting.

The house tofu, with spinach

Great tofu - smooth, creamy, fragrant...Maybe because this is one of my favourite dishes, but perhaps the base material of good tofu hass either readily available, or many of the chefs have mastered the art of making great tofu. This dish was excellent...but perhaps its my soft spot for tofu. It was fragrant, smooth, rich, creamy. The spinach provided a nice complement.

We also had pan fried beef

Slices of very tender beef was pan fried with black pepper. Very nicely done. The sauce was beguilling, and provided just the right balance of salt and savoury. The beef had some texture, but was tender enough to almost melt in mouth.

Definitely a good place for a family meal, not expensive, good service, great food.

Zhou's Kitchen
368 Alexandra Road
The Copperdome, Anchorpoint
Tel: 6473 1123
Lunch: 11.30am - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm - 10.30pm
Hi-Tea: 2.30pm - 5.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
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