Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tingha Palace (2) - Parramatta

With family and close family friends, we decided to dine at Tingha Palace at Parramatta Leagues Club. The one inconvenience about this restaurant is that you have to sign into the club if you're not living in the area, or if you are, you have to join the club.

Lobster with egg noodles

We had 1.3kg of lobster with braised thin egg noodles. This was extremely tasty. Lots of lobster, each piece soaking up the juices of stock, ginger and shallots - but the noodles were the highlight for me. But I am biased. I love noodles especially noodles soaked in lobstery sauce. All coloured-glasses aside, the lobster was cooked quite well, was fresh and was extremely meaty.

Coral Trout cooked two ways

We also ordered coral trout cooked two-ways. One was pan-fried with beans and mushrooms, the other was cooked in a pot, deep-fried then stewed with barbeque pork, chinese mushrooms and veges. The fish meat was soft and tender. The fish cooked in the pot had a much heavier, richer taste whereas the stir-fry was a lot lighter and bought somewhat a fresher feel to it.

XO Scallops with greens

We also ordered XO scallops with greens. Slightly oily, the scallops were cooked quite nicely - not too cooked, and not too raw. The XO sauce was interesting though, it was all stuck to one side of dish. I don't think this was by special request by my parents - but it could have been. What it meant was that one half was spicy (for my standards), whereas the other was like a normal oyster-sauce type stir fry.

San Dong Chicken

Last but not least, we had the "san dong" chicken. The chicken was deboned. Normally, "san dong" chicken tends to be slightly chilli, a little sour and a little sweet. This one, on the other hand, was really quite sweet more than anything else. Well I didn't mind. The chicken was also quite tender - bonus.


Dessert-wise, we got these cookies and these traditional chinese steamed white sugar cake which was really sugary fluffy airy. On top of that we got chinese sweet soup and oranges.

Overall, the dinner was pretty good. The service was slightly lacking at times but the food was tasty, came out hot, and was fresh. To top it all off, the dinner was pretty cheap considering what we ate.

Food- 8.5/10
Service - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Value for money - 8/10
Overall - 30/40

Tingha Palace
Parramatta Leagues Club
13-15 O'Connell St
NSW 2150

tel: (02) 9890 1688


A cupcake or two said...

I love this place in Parramatta. They used to have the small one too that had the best special fried rice. Nice photos. Everything looks delicious

Simon Food Favourites said...

sounds like a good find. i love a good lobster dish and sang dong chicken :-)

bbsnoopy said...

The lobster was better than expected (and cheaper than expected)
but the san dong chicken was just average ish.