I was sourcing for a venue for my grandmother's birthday celebration and thought of trying a different cuisine this year. We usually celebrated at Chinese and Cantonese cuisines. I heard that Ban Heng has a long history of delectable cuisine and I decided to try this restaurant for this year.
My friend and I made a table reservation at Orchard Central, one of its four outlets, and ordered a variety of food for sampling. The restaurant located at the penultimate floor was surrounded by a roof-top sky garden. The tranquil, yet serene environment combined with beautiful scenic view along the Orchard Road shopping belt was invaluable and breathtaking. The restaurant was crowded that day. At that time, it also offered ala carte buffet dinner.
We spent a total of $191.00 for two persons just to test some of the dishes for birthday celebration. The dishes in general were affordable.
Three-head Australian Abalone with braised sauce (澳洲原只三头鲍鱼) came to me as a great surprise. I do not like abalone as I find it rubbery. I gave the abalone a chance as I might want to order a abalone dish at my grandmother's birthday celebration. When it was served, I tried the braised sauce and it was delicious. The thick oyster sauce was just nice in taste - neither too salty nor sweet. As for the abalone, it was tender and soft. For once, I thought I was eating fish or something. I could not find a food to describe the texture of the abalone. However, it changed my perception of the texture of the abalone. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
The Shark Fins soup is generally a popular soup dish of Chinese cuisine, usually served at special occasions. For this special occasion, we ordered a Shark's Fin in Shark's Cartilage (鲨鱼骨汤鲍翅) for sampling. The shark cartilage is known for its rich collagen. Without a doubt, the broth was rich in collagen. How do you know if the soup contains sticky collagen? The easiest test is to smack your lips. The sticky, lip smacking soup was one of the highlights throughout my meal at Ban Heng. The soup was delicious. More importantly, the shark fins came in one whole piece. The tender soft fins tasted delicious as well. (Food rating: 4/5)
For some time, I was crazy for steamed minced pork. Without fail, I ordered a Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Egg (咸蛋蒸肉饼). The steamed minced pork was absolutely delicious. I think it was better than the other restaurants I have tried. Well, I guess that there will always have a restaurant to outdo each other. The minced pork was so tender and the flavourful. The sauce was sweet and there was a tint of sesame oil. The pork and sauce together were simply heavenly. (Food rating: 4/5)
We were very particular about scallops. We tried many restaurants but were always disappointed. The scallops were limp. Over here, we too ordered a scallop dish - Steamed Tofu with Scallops (鼓汁带子蒸豆腐). The tofu in cylindrical shape was very soft and the scallops placed on top of the tofu were soft. However, the sauce tasted bland and interesting. I could not make out what it was. It was neither spicy nor sour nor sweet. More importantly, I tasted charred. We did not enjoy this dish. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Without fail, we ordered a plate of Ban Heng Signature Fried Rice (万兴富豪炒饭). The aromatic fragrance of the wok and generous ingredients made me feel as if I were in seventh heaven. The white rice was very fragrant that we could not stop eating more. (Food rating: 4/5)
Address: 181 Orchard Road #11-01/02, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896