Having previously been located at Yuan Ching at Super Bowl Jurong, Sun Lok Noodle House had recently moved to a more accessible location at 321 Clementi.
Comparing its new address with where it used to be located, Sun Lok’s new location is certainly more accessible — the restaurant is situated around Clementi Town Centre, though slightly further away from the hustle and bustle around The Clementi Mall as well as the market and food centre. Despite having moved into its new premises recently, the interior of Sun Lok Noodle House seemed to be stuck in time, looking like the old Chinese/Hong Kong tea rooms of the past. Sun Lok Noodle House offers a wide variety of Cantonese dishes, such as noodles, congee and dim sum as well as Hong Kong style roast. The menu also extends to serving up tze char fare which makes it an ideal spot for family gatherings or for groups.
Since it was a “noodle house”, we decided to give the Shrimp Wan Ton Noodle a try. The dish seemed to lack a care in the presentation; the noodles strewn messily on the plate while the shrimp wontons were seemingly around all the corners of the entire plate.There was also an odd addition of cabbage over the top, covered in sauce. All that aside, however, the Shrimp Wan Ton Noodle was actually pretty delicious; the noodles were springy without carrying an alkaline-y flavour, while it comes with enough sauce to be tossed with for more flavour. The Shrimp Wanton were also well-filled; each comes with a fresh, plump prawn that gives a good bite wrapped within the delicate skin on the exterior.
We also went for the Roast Meat Platter for two types of meat, which we opted for the Char Siew and Roast Pork. The former was not as outstanding; while the texture was good considering how tender the Char Siew was a cut that contained more lean meat, they seemed to use the generic dyes for their Char Siew considering how it was not particularly sweet and the meat carries a bright red colour; not quite what we were expecting from a Chinese restaurant. We enjoyed the Roast Pork though; the meat was incredibly flavourful whilst carrying a good balance of fats and lean meat. What was particularly delicious was the skin atop; absolutely crisp as one chews through; very well-executed!
Going for quite a number of their dim sum, the Deep Fried Crispy Wan Ton came to our table first. These were essentially the same as the shrimp wantons served with the Shrimp Wan Ton Noodle but fried; pretty crisp, though some folks might find it a little hard to bite through.
(Steamed Shrimp Dumpling Har Kau)
Steamed Shrimp Dumpling Har Kau was pretty good; the translucent skin was not too thick nor too thin without peeling off the dumpling on its own too easily, while every morsel comes with a plump and fresh prawn that provides enough bite as well.
(Steamed C/ Dumpling Siew Mai)
While some places do their Siew Mai with more meat, the Steamed C/ Dumpling Siew Mai here comes less meaty, though with more prawn instead; the flavours are not particularly porky here, while it carries the distinct flavour of the dish itself pretty well.
(Steamed B.B.Q. Bun)
Having tried the Char Siew from the Roast Meat Platter before the Steamed B.B.Q. Bun, we were not carrying very high expectations for the Steamed B.B.Q. Bun. That being said, the Steamed B.B.Q. Bun managed to impress; the char siew used for the Steamed B.B.Q. Bun seemed to be different as compared to the Char Siew from the Roast Meat Platter. The buns were well-filled with chunky bits of pork that is smothered in a thick and sweet honey-laced sauce all within the fluffy bun; the char siew were more delicious than the ones served on the platter. Pretty good.
Rice rolls are one of our must-have items at any dim-sum/Cantonese/Chinese restaurant for us; we opted for the Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll. The Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll, despite being on the slightly thicker side, was slurpy and smooth; the rice roll was silken to the point that it seem to just melt-in-the-mouth, while being all savoury from the soy sauce that it sits atop. Again, the shrimp wrapped within were plump and fresh, providing a good bite with the rice rolls.
Chinese restaurants may be aplenty in Singapore, but Sun Lok Noodle House is probably one of those hidden gems in the neighbourhood; most of the Chinese restaurants around these days seemed to lack that rustic feel that Sun Lok Noodle House has especially with its minimal decor and furnishings. The food was generally good, save for a few items where presentation or the execution could be changed to appeal to the current taste buds. That being said, Sun Lok Noodle House would probably be a good place for family gatherings, considering the number of communal dishes that they offer; they even have set menus that cater to large groups as well. A place situated in neighboruhood, for the neighbourhood, Sun Lok Noodle House would be a good dining destination for Chinese fare for Clementi residents, as well as those who are around the area.
Sun Lok Noodle House
321 Clementi Avenue 3
Telephone: +65 6564 5188
Web Page: http://www.sunlok-sg.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Sun-Lok-Noodle-House-1955114211401266/