Since its inception in 1984, Goodwood Park Hotel’s Coffee Lounge has been well-known for its scrumptious Taiwan Porridge. For those who love variety, do check out the a la carte buffet, which offers 31 traditional favorites to accompany the piping hot bowls of watery rice porridge or sweet potato porridge. Small eaters may wish to opt for the a la carte menu (46 selections) instead.
Gluttony us went for the a la carte buffet ($39++ per adult, $19.50++ per child), which also includes a dessert buffet. I’ll start with the must-try savory dishes….
The first wave of food arrived- Taiwan Sausage, Shredded Bamboo Shoots and Wok-fried Beef with Black Pepper. The sausages were juicy and chewy, but a tad too salty for my preference. My favorite savory plate that night was the Bamboo Shoots, coated with chilli oil which added an interesting dimension to mellow vegetable. We enjoyed the tender black pepper beef very much too.
Salted fish with Salted Egg, Muy Choy with Pork, Fried Omelette with Chye Poh and Braised Pork Belly with Dark Soy Sauce should never be absent when having porridge! Mention-worthy is the omelette, which stole our hearts with its light, fluffy texture and intense bursts of flavor from the chye poh.
Like popping popcorns, I just can’t stop myself from having more Fried Chicken with Prawn Paste. Bite into the crispy skin and savour the well-marinated meat!
Sautéed prawns with dried chili. The large, sweet prawns were delightfully crunchy, a trait that can only come from being fresh.
Braised Bean Curd, topped with minced meat, was delicately soft, such that it disintegrated beautifully in the mouth.
Stirred fried Broccoli with Garlic.
The only item that is limited in the buffet is the fish. A table of 2-4 persons can only have one order while a table of 5-8 diners can have 2 orders. There were 2 selections, Deep-fried Pomfet with Black Soy Sauce or Steamed Sea Bass with Crispy Bean Paste. I’m no fan of promfret, but the in-laws and hubby wiped it out in 2 blinks. Blink blink, gone!
The other dishes we tried were alright, not particularly outstanding but not unacceptable either.
Stirred fried Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish
Stirred Fried Kang Kong with Sambal
Everyone knows that humans have another stomach for desserts! Although the offerings are limited and some cakes not particularly thrilling, my sweet tooth was nonetheless satisfied by a couple of exceptional desserts.
Elegant and captivating, the Lychee Charlotte consist of subtly sweet moist sponge layers. The creamy and dense Cheesecake was another highlight; I couldn’t help myself from having seconds.
Chocolate Rocher Roll
Raspberry Mousse Cake
Trio of Chocolate Mousse Cake
Bread and Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Ice cream lovers have 4 selections to choose from: Pistachio, Chocolate Strawberry Swirl and Panna Cotta.
For those who like Asian desserts, there’s Ondeh ondeh, Kueh Lapid Sagu, Kueh Talam Hijau, Ang Ku Kueh, Green Bean Soup and Tau Suan.
Overall, I felt that its $39++ is a little steep for a porridge buffet, but it was still a pleasant dining experience and the quality of the ingredients were great. I won’t hesitate to take my family here again to satisfy their cravings for nostalgic comfort food.
Oh yes, do note that the Taiwan Porridge a la carte buffet requires minimum 2 persons to dine. For the busy folks, the Taiwan Porridge Lunch Bento is perfect for a quick but nutritious lunch. Diners have a choice from 2 lunch sets, featuring 5 popular dishes, which are rotated on a weekly basis.
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road