Located on a quiet side street off Newton Circus flanked by towering apartment blocks is a very unlikely building. The structure is a sight to behold: through an ancient Chinese gateway with giant roaring lions guarding either side of its doors lies the Chui Huay Lim Club. Founded in 1845 as a place for prominent Teochew families to meet, you wouldn’t guess the site’s 166-year history from the brand new building that just opened in October.
The home of Singapore’s oldest Teochew community club, you can be sure that dining at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine restaurant is one of the most authentic Teochew experiences possible. Run by the JUMBO Group of Restaurants, the food here has been refined to perfection by the keen eyes of generations of critical Teochew matriarchs. Classic dishes range from Cold Crab to Braised Duck, but for variety you’ll also find some familiar favourites like Boiled Live Prawns and Chilli Crab. The seafood comes from tanks lining the restaurant, and was some of the best steamed pomfret the Chope Team has ever had. The house specialty though is clearly the Teochew Style Roasted Suckling Pig, which multi-generations seem to flock to the restaurant for day after day.
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine offers traditional cuisine in a comfortable and tasteful setting – a must-try dining experience for your entire family, and you don’t even need to be a member of the club! (Feb 2012)