Chin Lee restaurant can be found on the ground floor of Block 115 Bedok North Road and has been offering authentic Teochew zi char since 1973.
Food at this establishment is always delicious and it has earned the loyalty of traditional zi char fans who return for its signature dishes such as chye poh kway teow, hei zhou, orh nee and more.
Traditional Teochew Cuisine
Chin Lee Restaurant offers authentic Teochew cuisine to suit the entire family, featuring fresh ingredients prepared using natural flavors that stand out. Their chefs use various cooking methods such as steaming, braising and stir-frying to create unique textures and tastes in their dishes – serving traditional as well as contemporary Teochew fare at this location at 115 Bedok North Road with modern yet classic Chinese decor.
Restaurant is renowned among locals for its delectable dishes and exceptional service, drawing locals in for its amazing cuisine and warm hospitality. Staff is attentive and always willing to assist customers with their orders; delivery and takeout services make getting food easily delivered even simpler for customers.
Restaurant at 115 Bedok North Road provides an ideal setting for family dinners and business meetings alike, offering delicious cuisine at reasonable prices with superb service to match. Their cuisine uses fresh ingredients prepared on site while their staff members are highly helpful and friendly – giving this restaurant its stellar reputation in both terms of cuisine and service.
Modern Fusion Cuisine
Chin Lee opened its doors in 1921, catering to young people’s cravings for frivolous fun. Vaudeville acts, cabaret performers, and dance orchestras filled the theatre district; diners enjoyed Chinese cuisine such as chow mein and chop suey served up from its building which proudly boasted its name on an illuminated movie-theater-style awning.
At present, this restaurant has all but vanished from Chicago’s culinary history. Its Theater District building now serves as a Latin nightclub; any sign of its past can only be seen if one travels to Chinatown.
Chin Lee Restaurant can be easily reached via bus or MRT station in Bedok North Road. This air conditioned establishment is clean without being overbearing; our first dish – orh luak on opeh leaf – drew out gasps of delight from around our table as we had never experienced oyster omelette before; its combination of succulent oysters with crispy egg batter made for an incredible dining experience!
Other dishes to try include Wu Fu Lin Men “5 Kinds” Deluxe Platter ($35 for medium, $55 for large), which consists of deep-fried crispy sticks, deep fried crispy sticks with deep-fried crispy sticks on them, deep fried crispy sticks in sauce with deep-fried crispy sticks on it, deep fried crispy sticks dipped into sauce made of shrimp salad and rolls, jelly fish jelly fish jelly fish as well as grilled squid. Also try Ka Pei Pai Gu coffee pork ribs which are juicy and flavourful while to finish your meal enjoy Teochew yam paste served pumpkin served up with Ginkgo Nutee for dessert.
In 1939, when you spotted big bamboo-style letters spelling “CHIN LEE” on a Broadway theater building in the Theater District, they lured you up a flight of stairs towards coat check, bustling dining room with jazz band playing music and packed banquet tables for 70 cents meal choices such as club sandwiches, ham omelets and chow mein; with its signature dish being chop suey.
Chop suey restaurants were an opportunity for restaurateurs to show off their skills, while simultaneously blurring the boundaries between Chinese and American cultures, between thriftiness and style, domestic cuisines, and foreign ones. Today, all that remains tangible from these once-renowned eateries are souvenir fans and menus in museums dedicated to Chinese in America.
Chin Lee still offers great food worth trying, such as their Hei Zhou ($15) which is a classic Teochew dish and their delectable Fried Oyster Pancake filled with succulent oysters coated in crisp egg batter. Also recommended: Wu Fu Lin Men “5 Kinds” Deluxe Platter ($35 for medium; $55 for large), which features deep-fried crispy sticks, prawn salad and yam rolls wrapped in sinful pork lard; for those with sweet tooths looking to finish off your meal; try their Ka Pei Pai Gu Coffee Pork Ribs which come wrapped in foil to seal moisture and enhance flavor from within!
Chin Lee Restaurant boasts an extensive menu that ranges from traditional Chinese fare to innovative modern fusion cuisine, and offers vegetarian-friendly options as well as reasonable prices with delicious food. Service is friendly and attentive while prices are fair – this spot definitely delivers.
Bedok North Road’s family-owned restaurant flourished by blurring lines between Chinese and American cultures, frugality and fashion, tradition and modernity, drawing patrons from across Singapore as well as abroad – publishing menus in English and Chinese on postcards and matchbooks, drawing them in with cabaret performances and dance orchestras for additional enjoyment.
Wu Fu Lin Men “5 Kinds” Deluxe Platter ($35 for medium, $55 for large) is one of their signature starter platters, featuring deep fried crispy sticks, prawn salad, prawn rolls, jelly fish and fried mixed vegetables – all fresh and flavorful ingredients presented generously!
Ka Pei Pai Gu Coffee Pork Ribs ($15 for small; $30 for large). These tender, moist pork ribs combine beautifully with the sweet aroma of coffee to form this popular Teochew dish. With such large portions available, this dish should probably be shared.