Lao Si Chuan Tofu Restuarant is a Sichuan restaurant specialized in Tofu. It is located in the heart of Chinatown, along Temple Street. This street, sandwiched between Pagoda Street and Smith Street, is lesser known as it isn’t a touristy stretch. I was informed that the Tofu are made in-house.
I was introduced to this Sichuan restaurant by some friends. Personally, after trying, I strongly recommend it to all. Each and very dish is so tasty and it isn’t as oily as some of the PRC Chinese Restaurant. This is one of the most authentic and yet a healthier version as compared to others.
The Tasty Chicken 口水鸡 ($8) as an appetizer 凉菜 is almost always a must order at Sichuan restaurant. The chicken was smooth and tender. It is close to our Steamed Chicken texture and the sauce the chicken soaked in was tasty with a good balance of spiciness and saltiness too.
A second appetizer we ordered at Lao Si Chuan Tofu Restuarant was the Chinese Salad with 3 shredded vegetables 凉拌三丝 ($6). I re-translated the English name, on the menu it is known as Salad Three Wire which I find it so hard to swallow. Anyway, this dish as compared to the Tasty Chicken is pale in comparison. As it is lesser flavourful. One would tasty mainly the natural flavour of the ingredients and some light seasoning.
Since Tofu is a specialty here, a Tofu dish is a must. There are several selection and our choice was the Tofu Chicken 豆花鸡 ($18). The Tofu isn’t the silky kind, instead it is firmer. With this characteristics, it could withstand long boiling time, as such the Tofu absorbed the essence of the Soup.
The next dish on the table is the Preserved Vegetable Soup with Fish and Frog 酸汤肥肠鱼/美蛙鱼 ($28). The soup is lightly sourish. It is very appetizing.
The Grill Mutton Rib 手抓羊排 ($18) at Lao Si Chuan Tofu Restuarant was succulent and tender. The marinate has successfully masked the pungent mutton flavour. But for those who are sensitive to the mutton sense, this may not be true. Personally, I like the dish.
At all Sichuan Restaurant, the Griddle dish is a must order. I never understand why the 干锅 dish is always translated as Griddle. Anyway, we went with the Griddle Cauliflower 干锅花菜 ($12). This dish though it is light spiced, it is tasty. And it isn’t as oily as it usually is at other restaurant.
The Salted Egg Corn 金沙玉米 ($12) is my all time favourite. On the menu, the English name is known as Sand Corn. Each corn grain is coated with sufficient salted egg. Diner could savour the balance of sweetness of corn and savoury of salted egg.
We ordered a Stir fried Lettuce with garlic 蒜茸油麦菜 ($10). Nothing much to highlight about a vegetable dish except for the strong garlicky flavour.
Lastly, the Cold Noodle with vinegar and Sesame Oil 鸡丝凉拌面 ($8). I enjoyed this dish to the max. It has enough of vinegar and sesame oil in the gravy and when .
Lao Si Chuan Tofu Restuarant is certainly a great Si Chuan restaurant which NAHMJ would recommend to all. Each and every dish at Lao Si Chuan Tofu Restuarant is fabulous.
As the dinning area isn’t huge, if you need big group gathering, it is wise to make a reservation via StarTaster.
Lao Si Chuan Tofu Restuarant
46 Temple Street, Singapore 058591
Daily 1100 to 2330
- Northeast line or Downtown line – Chinatown station; or East West line – Outram Park station
- alight at New Bridge Road bus stop 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 80, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28
- alight at South Bridge Road bus stop 61, 80, 145, 166, 197
- alight at Eu Tong Seng bus stop, outside People’s Park Complex 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 143, 197, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28
- alight at Eu Tong Seng, outside People’s Park Center 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851