Dad's 70th Feast @ Hua Yu Wee Singapore

What else can we do but eat? Another excuse to feast! We did two birthday dinners, one at the old school Cantonese Hua Yu Wee where people above 60 throw birthday banquets. We were only 4, so we couldn’t go overboard.

hua yu wee singapore

The mandatory longevity birthday buns filled with lotus bean paste.
longevity bun hua yu wee singapore

sea cucumber, mushrooms and abalone, one of my dad’s favourite dishes for its layered chewy squishy texture, that the Chinese call 口感 which translates to mouth feel.
sea cucumbers hua yu wee singapore

“Buddha’s bowl” made of fried taro filled with cashew nuts, prawns and vegetables. I can never resist deep fried taro 芋头角, it’s one of my favourite dim sum dishes to order. This is suppose to be an auspicious dish with its name associations but the fillings didn’t do much for me, I’d rather have had it plain. :)
hua yu wee singapore buddhas bowl

buddha bowl

And we went with a deep fried sun hock fish, also known as Ikan betutu or Goby, found off the coast of Indonesia. It’s always been one of the prized fish in Chinese restaurants and don’t come cheap. They also taste pretty good and requires some fine wok skills to make sure it doesn’t overcook. There’s nothing worse than overcooked seafood!
sun hock fish singapore

And then we rounded up with longevity birthday noodles, meen seen and a greasy yam dessert orh nee cooked with pork lard and ginko nuts. I used to love it as a kid, but am no longer a fan.
hua yu wee singapore longevity noodles

While dinner wasn’t super impressive, it was still pretty good food. As my dad says, it takes good ‘wok hei‘ which translates somewhat to “spirit/intensity of the wok” to do good dishes. It all boils down to wok skills—done the old school way.

Hua Yu Wee (华友园)
462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore
+65 6442 9313


  1. olive
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:24:16

    even if the food is so-so, you just need that little bit of sentimental value to have the best dining experience. and yes. good wok-hei as well….which michelin starred ang moh restaurants will never have IMHO. =P


  2. baobabs
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 19:08:57

    agree about wok hei, but all the squishy rubbery stuff like sea cucumber and albalone, i’m not into it anymore even though I ate the same old dish growing up.

    aiyah angmoh restaurants don’t use wok what! but they still do flambee. hehe


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    Mar 07, 2012 @ 00:35:00

    […] favourite dish, also known as Buddha’s bowl which I blogged about earlier about my dad’s 70th birthday. They do it well here, crispy flakey bits of flour on the outside and tasy taro nestled inside, […]


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