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Putien @ Nex Mall
Putien’s Kitchener Road outlet bagged them a Michelin One Star back in 2016 and they’ve been growing in popularity ever since.
Their most recent expansion creeps into the heart of Serangoon with a new outlet springing up @ Nex Shopping Mall.
I’ve eaten at their Kitchener Branch before but I wanted to see if there was consistency at their new outlet.
Note: I only ordered the Lor Mee then. I decided to be a little more adventurous this time
Choose a couple of dishes from their “Signature Dishes” page in their menu if you find yourself in a mental jam when ordering your food. When someone mentions Putien, ordering the Lor Mee is a no brainer. So that’s a definite must order!
I might have over-ordered judging from how stuffed I felt at the end but that’s just what I do at Michelin Star Restaurants. I JUST HAVE TO TRY EVERYTHING or most things. (Kiasu much?)
Putien Lor Mee, $9.50 (small)
2 people can easily share the small portion and feel slightly full so do take note when ordering your dishes.
There’s something special about the Lor Mee at Putien. The stock they use for the thick and creamy broth is packed with strong pork flavors with hints of seafood. Yum!
They could be a little more generous with the prawn but the amount of pork belly and clams were just about right.
The Lor Mee is a signature dish that should not be missed no matter what. The one they serve at Nex mall is pretty consistent with the Kitchener Road branch for sure!
Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon, $9.50 (small)
For this dish, I understand that they sundry the rice noodles by hand. It honestly felt a little too dry though. The peanut garnish they used also felt redundant but other than that, everything else was perfect.
It feels like the dry counterpart of the Lor Mee but if you ask me but I’d opt for the Lor Mee any day.
PUTIEN Bian Rou Soup (with Vinegar), $13.90 (small)
This tasty wonton soup is yet another highlight of my visit to Putien. They don’t mess around when they say “with vinegar”. You can taste the strong sour notes of the vinegar from the first mouthful of soup. Strangely enough, it’s the vinegar that makes you keep wanting to have more!
They’re a bit stingy with the meat in the wonton but don’t worry, there’s HEAPS of wonton dumplings in the soup.
Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun, $4.20/piece
DELISH! There’s no argument here. Make sure you eat these babies as soon as they’re served. You don’t want them buns to turn cold before you eat them.
First, the buns, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The sesame seeds give these buns an added crunchy texture that’s just simply amazing and makes it a well thought out dish.
Next, the meat, leaning a little on the sweet side and even more so with the sweet onion but it works great with the buns. Given the chance, I’ll definitely order more of this on my next trip.
Bamboo Herbal Prawns, $5.90
It’s a really small portion of soup but they throw in two of the freshest and pretty huge live prawns for you.
The broth has a minute smoky edge that some might or might not like and the Chinese herb flavors hit you hard initially during your first few sips. To figure out whether you’ll like it, you have to try it! (It’s affordable too so do it!)
Avoiding the Queue
No matter which branch you decide to head to, do expect to see long snaking queues during peak hour. I went at 9.10pm which is approximately 30mins before closing and there was no queue. So if you fancy having a Michelin Star meal without having to queue, take a leaf from my book.
A definite “MUST ORDER”
Before I sat down, I did a quick scan of what dishes there were on different tables (It’s just a habit of mine) and I found most tables ordered the Shredded Pork Sesame Buns and The Lor Mee. Just Putien it out there (this is a pun) in the event you don’t know what to order.
Putien accepts reservations but I think getting a reservation might be a little difficult. You can try your luck and call the respective outlets which are listed HERE.
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #02- 18 / 19
Tel: 6634 7833
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11.30am- 3pm, 5.30pm- 10pm Weekends 11.30am- 4.30pm, 5.30pm- 10pm
*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.
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