OK, it's food is not half bad either. We started off with the usual cze char dishes like soup, cereal prawns, assam fish, fried chicken and ngoh hiang ( prawn and minced pork rolls). The ngoh hiang was the most disappointing dish, it had a texture that was too processed for our table's liking.
The meat balls and cabbage soup was better, the sweet cabbage and the home-made minced pork balls reminded me of when I was a bachelor girl and couldn't be bothered to cook for myself. When I needed some homecooked food, I would go to my friend's house for dinner. Her mother made this soup all the time.
Actually the chicken, the fish, the prawns, the ngoh hiang, the brocolli, all were all merely decoys. To fill up our stomachs so that we would not have the appetite to fancy the later, and far better dishes. Like dongpo rou and deepfried pig trotters.
Dongpo rou is named after the poet Su Dong Po. It is pork belly braised slowly so that its skin and fat becomes gelled into something sweet and unctuous yet does not feel in the least greasy- if done right. There are many recipes and techniques; some involve straw mats while others call for repeated swabbing with paper to absorb the fats. I don't care how it is made as long as it is tasty. The Family Wok did well with its Dongpo rou, the fatty part were melt-in-the-mouth and the meat had a lovely well rounded sweetness. Though I would have to say it is still a long way from the recklessly sinful (Oh-my-God-I-can't-believe-I-am-eating-pure animal fat) version I once ate in a restaurant by a lake in Hangzhou.
But the highlight of the evening was the deep-fried pig trotter. This was truly superb, the skin all crackly and the meat not dried out from the frying. Yeah babe...
Dessert was something I have never encountered before. Fong Sha Yam is mashed yam deepfried and rolled in caster sugar. I must have liked it because I even help the other table finish theirs.
Therefore, if you are ever in North Bridge Road in the middle of the night and fancy pork done all sorts of unhealthy ways, go and indulge at The Family Wok.