Mum was raving about Moi Lum Restaurant. a Chinatown Heritage Brand, which has been an institution since the 1920s, and she insisted that we had to try it. We reached the restaurant at 5.30pm when it opened for dinner and the crowd grew steadily till it was full by the time we left at 7pm.
Despite the fact that it is a traditional restaurant, each table comes with its own call button!
Majestic Roast Chicken ($16 for half a chicken). I must say that my family was very impressed by the chicken. In most cases when we order roast chicken, the chicken tends to be dry inside. However, this was crispy on the outside and amazingly tender and juicy on the inside.
Apparently their Crispy Prawn Paste Chicken is also very delicious and if you want the best of both worlds, the platter for both cooking styles costs $32. However, I felt that it would make more sense to order an individual serving of the Prawn Paste Chicken as the dish is priced at $14, which would make the total $30 if you ordered them separately.
Red Snapper Fish Tail ($40). This dish is off the menu and was recommended to us by the staff, and I must say I loved the dish! It came with copious amounts of friend cai poh (preserved turnip), making it crunchy and simply awesome!
Dried Scallop White Cabbage ($16). Honestly, this did not look as spectacular as the pea shoots version in the menu. The vegetable was soft but bland without the sauce.
Mango Indulge ($7.50), which is actually mango gelato in young coconut. I would recommend that you order this instead of the mango puree one which costs $1.50 lesser, as this also comes with the mango puree. Never thought that I would find gelato at a Chinese restaurant!
Moi Lum Restaurant
38 Maxwell Road,
Tel: 6226 2283
Opens daily from 1130-1430hrs and 1730-2200hrs
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar Station (East West Line)