Sunday, July 22, 2007

Manhill Restaurant, 99 Pasir Panjang Road

This place was another recommendation from co workers. I was told they was known for their claypot dishes. I wonder what made the owner of this restaurant call it 'Manhill'. They are an old school Chinese restaurant. Certainly not with a name I would expect. And it's the first time I got to drink chrysanthemum tea in Tiger beer mugs. 

Some of their dishes stood out. There was a claypot sea cucumber with roasted pork featuring fragrant and chewy sea cumbers with roasted pork belly that were further braised in gravy. There was a apple pork rib soup that which was boiled with real apple wedges. The soup didn't really taste of apples but had a light sweetness. Nice stuff - considering that I'm usually not a fan of most Chinese soups. Another delicious item were their paper wrapped chicken which were essentially chicken thigh meat marinated in some Chinese cooking wine before they are wrapped in oiled paper to be cooked. The meat of the chicken was nicely done with the juices preserved in each paper package. There was also aroma from the cooking wine in each bite. The icing on the cake was the lack of bones in the meat!

If it helps, this restaurant is less than half a minutes drive from the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority.

claypot sea cucumbers and roast pork

claypot beef

forgot what this is, but it contains a variety of vegetables and some seafood

apple pork rib soup

paper wrapped chicken


fatpig said...

Used to eat there a few years back whenever I went to Pasir Panjang Port. Didn't find it very fantastic actually and they can be quite empty on weekend nights. But that was a long time ago, so maybe things have changed.

LiquidShaDow said...

The place looks pretty old and as I mentioned, I used to be around that area for 2 years and never took notice of it. I was there on a Friday evening and the crowd looked quite healthy.

Anonymous said...

It does get pretty crowded on weekends. Not a glam place, but excellent food. You've gotta try the "ha'ar look" which are giant prawns fried with black soya sauce, and the claypot liver. Of course, the claypot beef brisket & paper-wrapped chicken are familiar favs as well.

Anonymous said...

Manhill restaurant has relatives that run the Hillman restaurant which was previously at Cantonment Road where the new HDB development is now. Its current location now is at 135 Kitchener Road, near the Fut Sai Kai vegetarian restaurant.

They serve up similar Cantonese dishes. Yummmmm...