[Pixs copyright Ewe Paik Leong]
Johor-based TaangShifu is a retailer of Chinese herbs and restaurant-chain operator. It has a branch in Festival City which I patronized recently.
The restaurant is divided into an open area and cosy cubicles separated by bead curtains. The décor appears pleasantly high-class but not intimidating. The well-designed menu and its prices promise a memorable culinary experience.
I order Mixed Seafood Good Fortune Basin (aka “Poon Choy” in Cantonese) (S) and Fish Maw With Cod Fish in Claypot. The bottom of the basin – actually a claypot -- was filled with vegetables on which were piled the different kinds of seafood. Several items had been cooked in separate styles as there was a variety of textures. Overall, it was a five-star dish. The cod fish was also a winner as the meat practically melted in my mouth and the soup was smooth and packed with a soothing flavour.
It’s only a matter of time when TaangShifu will beat established names like Tai Thong and Oversea. Oh, forget about the restaurant inside Eu Yan Sang in Shaw Parade. They serve food fit only for Imperial Palace’s maids, figuratively speaking, while TaangShifu offers lip-smacking fare for the Emperor's concubines.