Zi Char - Fung Ding Hung Restaurant

June 13, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Zi Char - Fung Ding Hung Restaurant
9 Bras Basah Road
#02-01 Rendezvous Gallery


http://www.fungdinghung.com/


Excellent, Tasty & Healthy Chinese Fine Dining

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $45 per person.


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Celebrated 2 friend's birthdays at Fung Ding Hung Restaurant, as they are regulars here, and know the owners quite well.

Since 2012, Fung Ding Hung Restaurant has been serving up tasty, yet healthy and nutritious Chinese Zi Char dishes. Located in the quiet Rendezvous Gallery beside Rendezvous Hotel in the Dhoby Ghaut area, Fung Ding Hung Restaurant is a true hidden find, as they do almost no advertising, relaying on business from their regulars and by word-of-mouth.

Fung Ding Hung Restaurant has a very small, limited floor space, but the management have turned it into a plush, luxurious dining destination. Imperial Chinese style decor with elegant touches are the theme here, and the huge plush chairs lend a touch of extravagance. Fung Ding Hung Restaurant sits less than 50 people though, but you sure did feel comfortable here, almost like royalty!

Service at Fung Ding Hung Restaurant is fantastic. As befitting its Chinese Zi Char fine dining status, Fung Ding Hung Restaurant staff are articulate, observant, efficient, and attentive. The senior staff / duty manager is well versed and knowledgable about the menu, able to make recommendations and describe the ingredients / making of each dish. Drinks are topped up without request, and small amenities are provided without being asked.

The concept of food at Fung Ding Hung Restaurant is Chinese health and wellness, meaning dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients, often using Chinese herbs for flavour, and without the use of artificial ingredients. The team of 3 chefs in the kitchen ensure that each dish is prepared quickly, while still being high quality, great tasting, and beautifully presented.

Such premium quality is not without a price though, and Fung Ding Hung Restaurant lives up to its Chinese Zi Char fine dining status here as well. Budget about SGD $40 - $90 per person. Great for celebrating special occasions! I feel Fung Ding Hung Restaurant provides good value for money despite the steep prices though. Also, do note that Fung Ding Hung Restaurant does not offer ala-carte or individual dining, all dishes are part of a set menu for communal dining, though you can swap dishes around.


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Despite having a small and limited floor space, the interior is extermely plush and extravagant, exuding class and luxury without being garish or cheesy. Love the decor, and the seats!

Fung Ding Hung Restaurant Layout


Fung Ding Hung Restaurant Seating


Fung Ding Hung Restaurant Plush Chairs


Fung Ding Hung Restaurant Special Menu


Table Ornament


Fung Ding Hung Restaurant Contact 01


Fung Ding Hung Restaurant Contact 02



The 8 Treasures Tea is flavourful and slightly sweet, without any bitterness. This fragrant liquid is great as a palate cleanser, and its thirst quenching properties kept me reaching for my tea cup!

8 Treasures Tea



The Young Pumpkin Slices In Passionfruit Syrup is a fantastic appetizer, opening the palate. Thinly sliced, fresh young pumpkin is brushed with passionfruit syrup, resulting in a tender, sweet, and citrusy taste when bit, with a texture of firm papaya fruit.

Young Pumpkin Slices In Passionfruit Syrup


Young Pumpkin Slices In Passionfruit Syrup



The Deep Fried Crispy Fish Skin With 7 Spices Powder is absolutely crunchy and crisp, shattering when bit. Fresh, without any fishy taste, and fried perfectly, the flavour is enhanced with tasty 7 spices powder, which is sprinkled liberally over the dish and tossed to balance the seasoning.

Deep Fried Crispy Fish Skin With 7 Spices Powder


Deep Fried Crispy Fish Skin With 7 Spices Powder



The Longevity Lotus Paste Buns was probably the weakest dish I had here, being average at best. A rather decent rendition, the filling of lotus paste is hot, sweet, and smooth, while the soft bun peels away easily. If their weakest dish is still good, it speaks volumes of the tasty, high quality food they churn out!

Longevity Lotus Paste Buns


Longevity Lotus Paste Buns



The Double Boiled Ganoderma And Dried Longan With Chicken Soup is fragrant, with a complex savoury and sweet taste from the chicken stock, chicken meat, wolfberries, and dried longan. The chicken meat is dark chicken meat, which may not suit everyone, but is tender.

Double Boiled Ganoderma And Dried Longan With Chicken Soup


Double Boiled Ganoderma And Dried Longan With Chicken Soup



The Double Boiled Pork Ribs With Apple, Shiitake Mushroom And Dried Scallop Soup is clear and piquant. The shiitake mushroom and apple slices are nicely soft and tender, releasing a burst of flavour. The pork ribs have little meat on them though, being used more as pork stock to flavour the soup.

Double Boiled Pork Ribs With Apple, Shiitake Mushroom And Dried Scallop Soup


Double Boiled Pork Ribs With Apple, Shiitake Mushroom And Dried Scallop Soup



The Stir Fried Egg White With Adenophora Stricta And Odoratum was a delight to eat! Soft, wobbly, perfectly done egg white, sitting in a crisp cracker bowl, the taste of the dish was enhanced due to the use of Chinese herbs.

Stir Fried Egg White With Adenophora Stricta And Odoratum


Stir Fried Egg White With Adenophora Stricta And Odoratum



The Steamed Sakura Chicken With Cordyceps Flower And Black Mushroom has a flavourful gravy / broth, piping hot and very comforting. The use of Chinese herbs, including cordyceps flower, and other vegetables like black mushroom and carrot made the taste complex. The steamed sakura chicken itself was very tender and flavourful, juicy and hot within.

Steamed Sakura Chicken With Cordyceps Flower And Black Mushroom


Steamed Sakura Chicken With Cordyceps Flower And Black Mushroom



The Deep Fried Prawn With Angelica Dang Gui 7 Spices is so crisp, even the shell can be eaten! I like that it isn't too oily, and the prawns used are very fresh, such that the shells come off easily. The actual prawn used is of medium size, somewhat meaty, still having some juice within despite being deep fried.

Deep Fried Prawn With Angelica Dang Gui 7 Spices


Deep Fried Prawn With Angelica Dang Gui 7 Spices



The Charcoal Beancurd Braised With Bamboo Fungus And Pine Mushrooms was an unusual dish. The beancurd itself is charcoal infused during production, lending a depth of flavour, but turning it a deep black colour. The accompanying vegetables including nai bai and pine mushrooms are very fresh and crisp, without being too firm or limp. The bamboo fungus lends an unusual spongy textural contrast.

Charcoal Beancurd Braised With Bamboo Fungus And Pine Mushrooms


Charcoal Beancurd Braised With Bamboo Fungus And Pine Mushrooms



The Deep Fried Black Sesame Rice Cake With Osmanthus Sugar dessert features a warm, black sesame paste and rice paste cake, coated outside with sesame seeds and topped with a floral osmanthus sugar. The desset has a firm, crunchy texture outside, while being soft and warm within, very satisfying and very tasty!

Deep Fried Black Sesame Rice Cake With Osmanthus Sugar


Deep Fried Black Sesame Rice Cake With Osmanthus Sugar


Osmanthus Sugar



The Spinach Fried Rice With Goose And Crispy Rice is unusual for its spinach infused rice grains, lending a fresh, earthy taste to each grain. Contrast in texture is achieved with rice krispies, lending a nice crunch, while the savoury goose meat chunks lend a salty, meaty feel.

Spinach Fried Rice With Goose And Crispy Rice



The Cold Double Boiled Snow Pear With Chuan Bei is a refreshing palate cleanser after a meal, and has a thick, syrup like texture with a refreshing sweetness and lightness.

Cold Double Boiled Snow Pear With Chuan Bei






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