On the 8th day of the Lunar Year of the Goat, my ex-colleague organised a Lo Hei gathering at the First Culinary Restaurant. It’s an annual affair with this group of ex-colleague.
The First Culinary Restaurant is located within the ground of ITE Ang Mo Kio. The setting is of the typical Cantonese Restaurant design.
As we have a total of 13 diners (initially was 15), we requested for a big table to seat all of us. Due to the big group, beside getting a Set for 10, we added a few more Ala Carte Dishes.
In the set, there were a total of 7 dishes. I only took a glance of the menu, so can’t really remember which were the dishes included in the set. The first will definitely be the Lo Hei since it was Chinese New Year.
First Culinary Restaurant is one of the rare restaurant these days that serves Shark’s Fin Soup. The pieces were relatively huge but unfortunately there was a slight fishy-like taste.
Next the Deep Fried Fish with special sauce (I suppose the fish was Garoupa.) We love the sourish flavoured sauce. It was appetizing.
It was followed by the Wasabi Prawns. The sauce was creamy with slight wasabi flavour. It was a littler too light for me but I think this is great for the general diners.
Then the ten-head abalone with Mushrooms with Lettuce.
As it was only good for ten, we added three more Ala Carte. It came with Dried Oysters and Broccoli instead of Mushrooms and Lettuce.
There was Ee Fu Noodles as the second last dish. This is one of the very tasty Ee Fu Noodle served. It was delish.
Finally, the Chilled Mango Sago. It was full of Mango goodness and they added some strawberry into it for the nice reddish colour.
The Ala Carte dishes that we have (I think these are Ala Carte) were, the Roast Suckling Pig, Roast Duck and Scallop and Prawns with Tofu.
The Suckling Pig skin was very crispy as it should be. It was very well roasted. And there was thin layer of fat underneath the skin. But I didn’t like the fat.
The Roast Duck was a huge portion. We didn’t finish it so my ex-Manager took the remaining home to enjoy with her family as none wanted. Don’t think we didn’t finish because it wasn’t delish. That was incorrect! This is one of the more flavourful Roast Duck. I am not a duck fan, but found this to be good. Everyone at the table sang praises of it.
The last Ala Carte was the Scallop and Prawns with Tofu. The Tofu was hidden under the Scallop and Prawns. I found the scallop a little fishy. The remaining was fine. Not an excellent dish but was decent.
A great place for gathering especially if you have about 10 – 15 people and wanted to be seated at a table, instead of two. Food was delish with good service staff. And the bonus, free parking at the ITE carpark. And you could drop by NTUC, a few door away, to pick up your groceries too. Lol!!
I enjoyed the food and most importantly the great company.
First Culinary Restaurant (第一食为鲜)
ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Block A, #01-09, Singapore 567720
Tel: +65 6481 5500
Daily 1030 to 1500, 1730 to 2200
By MRT: North-South line – Ang Mo Kio station (either walk or take bus 159 from Jubilee along Ang Mo Kio Ave 8)
– alight at or opp ITE Ang Mo Kio along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 – 72, 88, 159