Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lao Beijing (老北京食堂), Velocity @ Novena Square

Lao Beijing (#02-11/12, Novena Velocity, 238 Thomson Road, tel : +65 6358 4466) does Northern Chinese food, has a couple of outlets and is run by Tung Lok Group. I don't know how Northern Chinese the food here actually is since it all looks generic, but I've always considered them to be rather generic Chinese. And one which does better than a number of Tung Lok's other outfits which I've tried.

I've been here a few times over a number of years (no, I'm not a regular at all). A couple of the said visits were for their lunch buffets which was really pretty decent food, albeit small in variety, for what they charged. This was an impromptu dinner from the a la carte items which I haven't had for years.

Their cumin scented lamb was not bad at all. It says braised lamb on menu, but it's probably also deep fried after the braising. A tad greasy for me, but tender and nicely spiced and slid off the bone easily. I don't think I would have minded if there was more of the natural flavors of the lamb. The green stuff on the side is mint jelly. 

The other item we liked was their minced pigeon soup. Not so greasy, clarity on the flavors and tasted heart warming. 

It tastes better if you mixed up the minced meat patty/mousse at the bottom.

These were crab meat xiao long bao. I don't think they contain enough crab to deserve to be called crab meat xiao long bao. While they were actually competent as regular dumplings of such, having the word 'crab' in the name raises my bar. And in this case, also my ire.

I couldn't help but think of the spinach filled crystal dumplings from Red House Seafood as we ate these. These here are no match for those in terms of texture of the skins and the flavors of the fillings.


red fir said...

Is that the minced pigeon-meat soup? Wow I last had it eons ago at Charming Garden in Novotel Orchid Hotel along Dunearn Road, the first restaurant by the Tung Lok group. Was good.

LiquidShaDow said...

Bingo. It's nice!