Like Imperial Treasure at Paragon, Wah Lok is another one of our favourite Cantonese restaurants to dabao from. Parking at Carlton Hotel to takeaway from Wah Lok also doesn't attract any charges because we're well within the grace period when we call ahead to pre-order our food. Although they don't have an exhaustive a menu as Imperial Treasure, there are a few favourites that we always fall back on whenever we want dependably delicious and familiar Cantonese fare. Besides, a major plus of taking away from Wah Lok is getting to avoid the Orchard Road jam and the parking mayhem at Paragon.
We had dinner at Wah Lok with Shazzy, and brought Cass along as well this time. The former's frequent bouts of nausea and morning sickness (make that all-day-and-all-night sickness) means that dining options are limited. Since her stomach apparently took well to Wah Lok the last we were here, we brought her back for another dinner (that she won't have to throw up thereafter). As expected, service is dependably warm and familiar, and so sweet when the staff were informed that Shazzy was preggers. They'd fussed over her like endearingly concerned elders.
The Double Boiled Yellow Melon Soup ($18) with a bunch of fresh seafood was refined and exquisite. Dried and fresh scallops, fish maw, sweet crabmeat were dunked in a well-rounded broth rich in umami essence.
The Sauteed Egg White ($22) laced with freshly shredded crabmeat is delicate, but can veer towards the bland. Nothing a light sprinkling of salt and white pepper to amp up the flavour can't solve. Still, Imperial Treasure's take with truffle oil definitely trumps this.
Wah Lok's Roasted Chicken ($20) is not to be missed, and we got the version with Fermented Bean Sauce instead to spice things up. The sauce added a pungent saltiness that made the juicy white meat extra punchy.
The Braised Ee-Fu Noodles ($16) was a tad ordinary and run-of-the-mill. That said, the noodles were done well, chewy with a toothsome bite. In this regard, Tung Lok Signatures' version with truffle oil is the undisputed king of ee-fu noodles.
The Pickles of the day ($4) were a lot fruitier than usual, with strips of green apple vinegar-ed alongside carrots and radish. A real appetite whetter.
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
76 Bras Basah Road
Carlton Hotel Level 2
Tel: 6311 8188
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner
Sundays and PHs from 11am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner