This Father’s Day, my siblings and I took our dad out for a quiet lunch at a place that’s full of memories for our parents. Ever the traditional man when it comes to his food, it was a breeze deciding what cuisine to have for lunch. My dad loves Chinese cuisine and of the many types available in Singapore – Teochew, Hokkien, Hainanese, Hakka and Cantonese – he loves the latter most. So 48-year-old Lai Wah Restaurant at Bendemeer Road was a shoo-in in that aspect. Lai Wah was also where my parents held their engagement party with family and friends back in 1985. My parents still fondly remember the table they dined at during the party. Lai Wah Restaurant is a Cantonese restaurant that serves up traditional Cantonese fare like Yam Pot with Prawns and Cashew Nuts (佛钵虾仁), Mandarin Stewed Chicken (京都镡子鸡), Cold & Hot Dish Platter (丽华拼盘) and Pork Chops in Delicious Sauce (京都排骨).
Of the dishes listed, I liked the Mandarin Stewed Chicken and Yam Pot (as did my parents). The stewed chicken was well-braised in a master stock with fish maw, dried scallops and black fungus while the yam pot was crunchy and light on the outside with a smooth paste on the inside.
Some of the other dishes that came in the Father’s Day Set Menu ($128) include Black Pepper Venison, Broccoli and Mixed Vegetables with Scallops & Fish Maw, Braised E-fu Noodles and Almond Jelly with Longan.
If old school Cantonese cuisine is what you’re looking for, Lai Wah Restaurant and Hillman Restaurant are the two you should start with in Singapore. I’m friends with a few Cantonese dads and they all seem to like these two so these should be good for starters.
Charlinary wishes all fathers a Happy Father’s Day and may you form scrumptious memories for the years to come!
Lai Wah Restaurant
Block 44 Bendemeer Road
Tel: 6294 9922 / 6298 4460
Mon to Fri : 11 am to 2:30 pm, 6 pm to 9:30 pm (last order 9 pm)
Sat and Sun : 11 am to 2:30 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm (last order 9:30 pm)
Nearest MRT: Boon Keng (NEL)
Buses: 13, 23, 31, 64, 65, 66, 125, 133, 147, 857, 985 (stops at Blk 44 Bendemeer Road)