In celebration of Mother’s Day, TAO Seafood Asia unveils exclusive home-styled dishes that families can enjoy without mummy lifting a finger. Aptly named “Mrs Lee’s Favourites”, founder and head chef Mr Lee shares his wife’s beloved dishes to delight your palate.
Upon seated, we were served chilled Lemongrass Drink with Rock Sugar ($5), which was both purifying and healthy.
We kicked-start the heart-warming meal with a plate of refreshing Chilled Drunken Chicken ($10). Each slice of well-marinated meat was delectable and whetted our appetites. Spice lovers will relish TAO’s homemade Thai-Teochew Green Chilli Sauce, which not only went superbly well with the drunken chicken, but also many other dishes.
The next appetiser was much more luxurious. Presented with an intricate fish carving (from pumpkin), the silky smooth steam egg, spruced up with coconut juice was crowned with pops of salmon roe. Embedded within lies a surprise-chunks of succulent crab meat! The Steamed Egg with Coconut juice topped with Crab Meat and Salmon Roe ($9.80 each) is utterly divine and should not be missed!
Don’t be fooled by the humble presentation of the next 3 mains. Each dish is bursting with flavour and oh-so-gratifying.
Rich in nutrients and collagen (#helloyouthfulskin) TAO Pig Trotters with Sea Cucumber ($48) had soft, chewy tenacity. Drizzle the tantalising gravy over plain rice and enjoy! No judgment if you’d like a second bowl of rice 🙂 Please note that this dish needs a 2-day advance order.
TAO takes pride in cooking each clay pot dish individually to lock in and maximise flavours. No mass cooking here! Braised till tender, with splashes of rice wine to enhance the flavour, the Claypot Braised Chicken with Abalone and Rice Wine ($48) deserves two thumbs up. The chewy abalone adds a touch of opulence to the occasion. Like the previous dish, its gravy is impossible not to love and marries well with plain rice.
Chef Lee’s Homestyle Wok-fried Prawns ($30), with a kiss of wok-hei, were finger-licking good! We’re advised against using cutlery to deshell the prawns. This allows one’s fingertips to be coated with the addictive sauce while peeling the crustaceans. Live prawns are used in this dish, each large with a crunch that can only came from being fresh.
Apart from the “”Mrs Lee’s favourites”, we also sampled 2 items from the usual menu. I’m a big fan of anything with salted egg hence it’s no surprise I adored TAO’s Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Sauce ($10). Ahhh…fish skin deep fried then generously pan tossed in salted egg yolk sauce, it’s melody in the mouth!
Popular signature TAO Seafood Asia Stewed Rice Vermicelli($24) is comfort food at its best. It’s essentially Bee Hoon stewed in a special traditional essence full of layered flavours and complemented with swimmingly fresh seafood.
We rounded off the meal with Orh Ni Sago Dessert ($6). TAO’s rendition of the Teochew classic has a lighter consistency and is less sweet, with taro cubes at the bottom.
If you’re looking for affordable, quality Asian food, set in a sophisticated ambience, TAO Seafood Asia should be at the top of your list. Everything is so tasty and wholesome, embodying the spirit of family dining. “Mrs Lee’s Favourites” are available from 1st to 31st May 2015, alongside with TAO Seafood Asia’s usual menu. Shower love to the first lady in your life!
Much love to Nicole and TAO Seafood Asia for the invite.