I had the opportunity to eat at Tung Lok Classics the other day when a family friend took my visiting grandmother to dinner. The Chinese Swimming Club is actually two buildings – think old, and new. Tung Lok is situated on the third floor of the new Club.
Overlooking the pool, this unassuming restaurant serves authentic, time-honoured Chinese classic dishes from Shanghainese, Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. Expect no surprises, but eat well ! The dishes are carefully created and complex and serve to delight your tastebuds.
We started with the ubiquitous roast pork squares, with its crispy skin and melt-in-your-mouth tender meat, followed by traditional peking duck. The duck was served three ways – crispy skin skillfully removed, in pancakes with shallots and hoisin sauce, roast duck meat, and then duck congee. The soup of the day was a pork and salt fish soup with herbs that soothed the stomach and the soul, fragrant and tasty without being overpowering.
This was followed by juicy, firm, steamed fish fillets with preserved vegetables, braised homemade tofu, fried snake beans.
For dessert, I ordered the durian mochi, which was a deliciously soft intense explosion of durian it was almost shocking. Absolutely the best way to end an evening of well-executed, classic food.
The one thing I will add is that I noticed that the restaurant also specialises in Sharks Fin Soup. If it were up to me to choose the venue I would have gone to Szechuan Court at the Fairmont Hotel where they have taken Shark’s Fin off the menu.
Tung Lok Classics
Chinese Swimming Club
21 Amber Road, Singapore
+65 6345 0111
Mon–Sat: 11.30am–3pm, 6pm–10.30pm
Sun & PH: 10am–3pm, 6pm–10.30pm
Level 3, Fairmont Hotel
8o Bras Basah Road
+65 6431 6156