Originating from Guangdong, Cantonese cuisine’s prominence outside China is due to the large number of Cantonese migrants all over the world. In terms of cooking styles, Cantonese cooking incorporates a range of styles including steaming, stir frying, braising, and so on. In general, the flavours of dishes are well balanced with a modest amount of spices and herbs used. As it is palatable and enjoyed by most, a meal at a Cantonese restaurant is an excellent choice for family gatherings. Below, some notable restaurants to choose from in Singapore.
Founded by chief executive officer Chan Shu Kit, who opened the first restaurant in 1973 in Hong Kong, you can expect the Cantonese food here to be très authentic. The one Michelin-star restaurant at Chijmes is well known for humble fare done very well, such as its Cantonese roast meats (char siew and crispy skin roast pork), as well as more decadent items such as the Double Boiled American Sea Whelk Soup with Common Yam Rhizome and Wolfberry Soup. What’s interesting – and heartening – also is that Lei Garden has a farm-to-table system in place, which ensures a sufficient supply of quality ingredients at its restaurants. It has at least three eco-farms in China and New Zealand, which rear pigs and chickens, and which cultivate fruits and vegetables with organic fertilisers. Overall, an excellent place to bring the family on the most special occasions.
#01-24 Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996. Tel: 6339-3822. Visit www.leigarden.hk/en
Don’t be distracted by its elegantly modern but very much Western-styled entrance and interior. When it comes to food, this award-winning Chinese restaurant, established in 1988, is decidedly Cantonese. Its must-tries, which range from the traditional to modern, include the double-boiled whole yellow melon soup with mixed seafood (served in a scooped-out melon), lobster mee sua, baked barbecued pork buns, braised bird’s nest wrapped in egg white in red carrot soup and roasted pork. Authentic dim sum is available during lunch.
Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah, Singapore 189558. Tel: 6311-8188/8189. Visit https://www.carltonhotel.sg/wah-lok.html
Located at the glitzy Ritz Carlton, 1 Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion is the place to head to if you’re celebrating a big occasion. Offering authentic Cantonese cuisine in a sophisticated setting – we’re talking hand-painted tableware, exquisite private dining rooms and a tea salon offering specialty selections from well-known purveyor Tea Bone Zen Mind – a trip to this restaurant demands some serious dressing up (great for the kids to practise their manners too!). Its chef’s recommendations include Summer Pavilion Monk Jump Over The Wall; Pan-fried Japanese Wagyu Beef with Wild Mushroom; and Poached Rice with Canadian Lobster Meat.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799. Tel: 6434-5286. Visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining/summer-pavilion
Located at the luxurious St Regis, this is another suitable restaurant for celebrating those special occasions as a family. Though dishes are presented in a delicate and refined manner, the fire which traditional Cantonese cooking is known for is not diminished here. Favourites include Steamed Marble Goby Soon Hock Fish Served With Bean Curd And Seasonal Greens, Braised Lobster Broth With Crab Meat In 8-Hour Golden Broth and Stir-Fried Kurobuta Pork With Sliced Garlic And Scallions. If you want something more casual but no less refined, try the Weekend Dim Sum Brunch, with options for free-flow champagne, beer, wines, soft drinks, juices and Chinese tea.
29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Level 1U, Singapore 247911. Tel: 6506-6887. Visit https://www.yantingrestaurant.com/