Lao Beijing at Orchard Central


Craving comfort food on a rainy evening, Rachist and I went to Lao Beijing  at Orchard Central for dinner. Eschewing the temptation of the restaurant's a la carte buffet dinner promotion (featuring a more concise menu), we decided to order from the regular a la carte menu instead.

Golden Sand Fish Skin at Lao Beijing
Golden Sand Fried Fish Skin @ S$8++
Fried fish skin coated with salted egg yolk

I love salted egg yolks and fried fish skin, so Rachie recommended this dish that she had tried previously and loved. She was right! The crisp, non-greasy shards of fish skin were coated with golden, sandy-textured and savoury puree of salted egg yolk. Definitely a Must-Try!

Lao Beijing's Hot & Sour Soup
Hot & Sour Soup @ S$5

The Hot & Sour Soup was tasty and had just the right amount of tang without being excessively sour. I wished it was a little more spicy though and that there were more Sichuan Peppercorns used in this dish to induce a tongue-numbing sensation. This is also a Must-Try

Lao Beijing's Shui Zhu Yu
Shui Zhu Yu @ S$18

I've been craving the tongue-numbing sensation and spiciness of Sichuan food for a while. The craving grew stronger after I heard a few weeks back that Chef Tang (my favourite Sichuan chef) had left Lao Si Chuan and returned to China. Sadly the Shui Zhu Yu here lacked the flavour, burn and the numbing effect that is characteristic of Sichuan Ma La dishes. The fish slices were overcooked and tough. Not worth a try.

Lao Beijing's Ma Po Tofu
Ma Po Tofu @ S$10

The Ma Po Tofu fared slightly better than the Shui Zhu Yu as the silken tofu cubes that were were a joy to bite into although the sauce lacked the depth and burn that I was yearning for.

Lao Beijing's Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao @ S$8 for 8 pieces

How could we come to Lao Beijing and not order the Xiao Long Bao? Served in 2 bamboo steamers, the piping hot, soup-filled pork dumplings were delicious although the dumpling skin was a little too thick for my liking.

Lao Beijing's Fried Mian Xian (aka Fried Mee Swa)
Fried Mian Xian (aka Fried Mee Swa) @ S$10

It's never a good idea to let 2 hungry foodies order wantonly. We'd ordered too much food again. By the time the Fried Mian Xian (Fried Flour Vermicelli) were served, we were too full to eat anymore and nibbled on small mouthfuls of the carb dish. Even though I was feeling very full, I noted that the Fried Flour Vermicelli dish was flavourful and well-executed. This is a Must-Try!

Lao Beijing's 8 Treasure Tea
8 Treasure Tea @ S$3

One of my favourite Chinese drinks is 8 Treasure Tea. The recipe varies from household to household but they generally contain ingredients such as Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers, Jasmine Tea, Chinese Red Dates, Chinese Wolfberries, Dried Longan, Rock Sugar, Figs, and Tremella. A soothing drink that's suppose to help balance the "heatiness" within the body, this was a perfect warm drink to wash down a rich and substantial meal.

Lao Beijing
Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road, 
#07-14 / 15
Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6509-1878
Operating Hours: 
Daily: 11.30 am to 3 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm