Who would’ve thought there’s a reputable Chinese restaurant hidden within a college? Established in 2011 and tucked within Ang Mo Kio ITE Central College, First Culinary specialises in Southern Chinese cuisine at an affordable price. With traditional culinary techniques passed down from generation to generation, customers can enjoy authentic Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and Hakka cuisine all at the humble restaurant. With each dish meticulously-crafted to suit the tastebuds of all ages, First Culinary has thus been very popular among the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood.
They have, this time round, elevated the familiar flavour of tradition by introducing a LIMITED TIME ONLY 6 Course Black Garlic themed menu at only $68++ (members at only $48++)! Think mouth-watering dishes such as the Black Garlic Honey Pork with King Prawn tossed with Salted Egg Yolk sauce, the nourishing Double-Boiled Black Chicken Soup with Black Garlic & ‘Sheng Di’ and many more.
Oh yes, if you didn’t know, Black Garlic (a result of careful fermentation) is known to have extensive health benefits such as boosting immune system, improving cholesterol levels and having high antioxidant level. So, what are you waiting for? Treat your loved ones to a nourishing Black Garlic themed menu before it ends on December 2018! Black Garlic feast, here we come!
Honestly, the Black Garlic themed menu is very value-for-money! Even if you’re not a member, you can enjoy this top-quality and specially-curated menu at only $68++! Just look at the cod fish, abalone and scallops! Definitely worth travelling down even if you’re not staying in Ang Mo Kio. If you have any important corporate clients, you can impress them here as well!
Psst! For those who irks the strong stench of garlic, Black garlic has none of it. So, don’t worry!
Black Garlic Honey Pork with King Prawn tossed with Salted Egg Yolk sauce
I was so excited when they served the appetiser on our table. Because First Culinary is very much known for their succulent Char-Siew (thus I’m looking forward to it) and they have incorporated Black Garlic into it as well. The result = Beautiful! Char-Siew was well-roasted and flavourful; it has a balanced sweet-savoury combination and I really liked the crisp on the slightly burnt edges. It was also not too fatty. The other appetiser was the King Prawn tossed with Salted Egg Yolk sauce – not too bad; strong salted egg flavour and the prawn was fresh and crunchy but I thought it was a tad too dry for me!
Double-Boiled Black Chicken Soup with Black Garlic & ‘Sheng Di’
This was my favourite and probably the highlight of the Black Garlic themed menu. The soup was bursting with flavours and you can really taste the different herbs used in boiling the broth. From the colour, I thought the soup was gonna taste really bitter but it was the exact opposite. It was comforting and very soothing to the throat. Super nourishing! Oh yes, no MSG is added thus you won’t get thirsty after drinking every sip of it.
Steamed Cod Fillet with Minced Black Garlic and Chili Soya Sauce
We all know that cod fish can taste really fishy if it’s not cooked properly but First Culinary did a really good job in handling it. Cod fish was flavoursome and it has a really nice texture (melty). The only thing I thought could be further improved would be better incorporating the Black Garlic with the cod fish. Perhaps instead of placing the Black Garlic on top of the fish, they could infused it with the sauce.
Braised Whole Abalone with Home Made Bean Curd in Oyster Sauce
Just look at that beautiful glaze on the abalone! It has a really nice texture – not too tough and the oyster sauce complemented it really well. But you know what? That soft and silky Bean Curd actually stole my heart! Hmm, my stomach is satisfied!
Stir-Fried Angel Hair Pasta with Scallop and Minced Black Garlic in White Truffle Oil
This dish, sadly, was the least favourite out of all. Pasta lacked a punch and I would have loved it even more if the flavour was a tad stronger.
Chilled Sweetened Cream of Young Coconut & Chilled Sweetened of Osmanthus Jelly Cake
Always perfect to end a hearty feast with a refreshing platter of dessert! Loving that traditional Osmanthus Jelly Cake which was not too sweet.
Nearest Mrt Station: Yio Chu Kang
Location: 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, ITE College Central, Block A, #01-09, 567720
What To Order: Black Garlic Themed Menu
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 7.5/10
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)