Friday, October 24, 2014

Restaurant HOME @ The Rail Mall

Located at The Rail Mall, Upper Bukit Timah Road. Usual route to get there would be via bus #67 from Choa Chu Kang bus interchange. The bus stop is right infront of The Rail Mall, so it could still be conveniently accessible.

HOME by award winning and celebrity Chef Tan Yong Hua

A slight rain prior but the clouds cleared just as we approached the appointed dinner time.There's a classy homely feel to the place.

table setting
chinese tea

Started with HOME's signature, the Peking Duck Barbecued with Lychee Wood. The table was served with the duck's crispy skin, to be dipped in sugar. Cracklingly crispy. A delicacy.

crispy skin
sugar dip

After which, one gets to wrap the thin sliced meat with the flour crepe. The sauce here is not overly salty, so one could dip plenty.

Peking Duck Barbecued with Lychee Wood ($38++ half/$68++ whole)
place all together
Peking duck wrap

The second serving (of the bones and remaining bits of meat) of the Peking duck was then deep fried with dried chili, roasted minced garlic and capsicum pepper fine salt. The appearance of this dish is close to the one that I had in Duck King (鸭王) Beijing.

deep fried duck with dried chili, roasted minced garlic and capsicum pepper fine salt @$10++

The next signature dish was the Baked Soon Hock in Claypot. Pricing is based on weight @$9/100gms.

baked fish in claypot

Fish was fresh, firm and sweet. Chef Tan shared that to make a good claypot fish dish, the size matters. Fish ought to be at least 1kg. A splendid, simple dish.

soon hock fish

Next up, Homemade Egg Bean curd with Shrimp Paste, Crabmeat and Roe in Pi Pa Style. It must've been quite a big spoon to make such a big piece of pipa styled beancurd.

Homemade Egg Bean Curd with Shrimp Paste, Crabmeat and Roe in Pi Pa Style

Loved the striking golden colour. Served piping hot, with plenty of sauce. Deepfried beancurd that tasted so good.

crabmeat, shrimp paste, beancurd

Next dish was the Stewed Golden Noodles with Lobster and Spring Onions wrapped in O Ba leaves.

Lobster in O Ba leaves

The noodles were requested to be specifically made using Chef Tan's recipe. The result? Springy, egg noodles without the alkaline taste. It tasted as though it was tossed simply with sesame oil, and light soy sauce. Very yums.

Lunch Sets

Next we sampled Restaurant HOME's lunch sets. In the lunch set, one gets a soup of the day, a dessert and a noodle dish. Price ranges from $20++ upwards.

The soup of the day happened to be Boiled Dried Vegetables with Candied Dates, Wolfberry and Pork. A soothing kind of soup that reduces heatiness.

Soup of the Day

Noodle choices include Crispy Roast Pork, Barbequed Duck, Honey Glazed BBQ Pork Loin (char siew) served with yellow noodles.

The plates pictured below, were of tasting size. The actual serving size for example, one gets a quarter of a duck for the BBQ Duck with Lychee Wood set lunch @$24++ per pax.
barbequed duck with lychee wood served with homemade yellow noodles
crispy roast pork with homemade yellow noodle

Or, one could try the homemade Ramen with 8 Head Quality Amidori Abalone (fresh).

homemade ramen with 8 head abalone

After so much meat, the Chilled Rosella Flower Jelly with Diced Mango was a welcomed change.

Chilled Rosella Flower Jelly with diced Mango

For those working nearby, the lunch sets will surely satisfy the big eaters. Or, share it with someone.

Special thanks to media personality, Chef Tan Yong Hua whom is also the Director-Executive Chef of Restaurant HOME (家). A humble and affable man, whom patiently answered our queries, shared tips and his philosophy on food.

Thank you too, to my fellow blogger friend, Hence for this session.

Restaurant HOME

Location: No. 394, Upper Bukit Timah Road, S678046
Contact number: 6465 1698


  1. Mmmm....the lobster in o-ba leaves and fish in claypot looked sooooo good!! Guessed I've missed out on lots of good stuff!


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