Fu Er Dai is a Bold Endeavour of a New Generation

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The Good
A modernised take on food that doesn’t stray from its roots
One of the best braised pork dishes... ever!
The Bad
Silly QR code ordering system
"Surprise" drinks were forgettable (great coffee, though)

Craving some Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu? The Yong Tau Foo-type dish with boat noodles is a speciality at Fu Er Dai. The casual Chinese fusion restaurant, situated in Serangoon Gardens is run by the second-generation of the very famous Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu chain in Singapore.

Fu Er Dai does a good job at adding new dishes without forgetting its roots. The Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu was a very delightful and light dish that did not require any extra condiments to satisfy my palate. The accompanying condiment, a type of chee cheong fun sauce, the yong tau foo ingredients such as the tofu, meat and seafood items really well.

We were then treated to a platter of some of their sides which were mostly great. I personally found the deep fried pork (or ‘F Pork’ on their menu) especially scrumptious. It was nice and crispy on the outside and still juicy on the inside.

A special mention would have to be given to the Iceplant dish called Ice Ice Veggie on the menu. It’s a unique dish that is very nicely displayed. It’s served with nacho cheese and sesame dressing, making it a very interesting eat. And an even more interesting subject for Instagrammers.

Following that, we were served the braised pork trotter, which, to me, was the highlight. It was by far one of the best braised pork trotters I have ever had… and I’ve had many braised pork trotters.

The usual factors of tender meat and really well-rendered fat were certainly met, but what made it go above and beyond the sauce. Not only was it tasty, but it complimented the type of rice they used, and it made every bite that much more enjoyable.

The Abalone Cheese Beehoon, was actually kind of a surprise as I’ve never seen or eaten anything like it. New and refreshing, this somewhat modern take didn’t stray too far from its roots, making it my second favourite dish. I loved the generous portion of prawns and abalone. Additonally, the broth itself was fantastic with the right amount of cheese. The balance ensured the presence of flavour without it being too jarring to finish.

Topping it all off, was a western touch with the creme caramel. A special type of custard, it was really delicious but perhaps a bit small for the price point.

Overall, dining at Fu Er Dai was a great experience. The price points are reasonable and the food is definitely above par. My only gripe is with the weird QR code to access their menu which can only be used Facebook. The “Surprise” drinks were sadly quite forgettable. That said they serve really good kopitiam style coffee.

So, if you’re in Serangoon Gardens seeking some Chinese food and want to try something famous or even different definitely head to Fu Er Dai.

Fu Er Dai is located at 55 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555951

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