I love char siu (or char siew as it’s spelt in Singapore), and so when I found out so many people raving about Char restaurant, I thought I’d got to go and check it out for myself, to see what the fuss is about.
As I have already got all my evening meals planned for my holiday in Singapore, I decided that I would visit Char restaurant for lunch, and opt for a “lighter” lunch.
It’s not too busy at lunchtime and so that’s definitely a good move.
Apart from the signature char siew, I also wanted to try their siu yuk (sio bak) – it’s not something I would usually go for, as I find many places with the siu yuk either too dry or too salty (or both). Not here, the siu yuk is moist, with a good layer of fat on every piece, and has the right amount of saltiness. The char siu comes in a very dark sticky coating of sauce – very different from the char siu elsewhere. There’s a good proportion of fat in between the meat, and the meat almost melts in the mouth.
Apart from the mixed platter of pork, I decide to try the soya sauce chicken. For me, a good soya sauce chicken would mean that the breast meat is still moist and flavoursome – and Char has got that spot on! The sauce, again, is on the sweet side but it’s delicious.
Having ordered just meat, I thought I’d balance the meal out with some stir-fried dou miao – if only to make me feel healthy after this delicious lunch.
It’s definitely worth a visit to Char restaurant – and even if you can’t have a sit down meal here, get the char siew as takeaway!
Address: 363 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208994, Singapore
Telephone: +65 6842 7759
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–9:30pm
Total: 17/20 [Based on visit in January 2022 ]