Tang Dian Wang

August 15, 2010

Last week, we were at Suntec City, looking for a nice place for some Chinese food. Although we love Crystal Jade a lot because it never fails to serve up consistently tasty food at affordable prices, we reminded ourselves of our new philosophy of not going to the same places too frequently.

So we plodded past the Crystal Jade located at the Fountain of Wealth level, and spied Tang Dian Wang. I’d previously tried Tang Dian Wang about 1 or 2 years ago, and I recalled it to be a pleasant experience. But I’ve always noticed that Tang Dian Wang seems to be just a little less crowded than Crystal Jade, although it could very well be because of the huge seating area. Well, with fingers crossed, we decided to find out.

Tang Dian Wang specialises in Shanghainese food. Apart from dumplings and Xiao Long Bao, I don’t really know what constitutes Shanghainese food, and in any case, many of the menu items looked similar to what Crystal Jade offers. We weren’t too adventurous this time round, and stuck to our usual favourites, with the sole exception being the fish soup.

TangDianWang - Roast Duck

Crispy Duck $12.80 – How not to love this dish? It was half gone by the time I finished with my photos!

TangDianWang - Broccoli sauted with garlic

Broccoli sauted with Minced Garlic $9.80 — Nice, with a firm bite and not too oily. The portion was tiny though. It may look like a lot in the photo, but that’s it actually, all the broccoli is within the photo already.

TangDianWang - Beancurd w Oats

Crispy Fried Bean curd with Oats $9.80 — I really liked this dish a lot! I’ve never come across this combination before. Usually you see fried prawns with oats, but bean curd with oats is a first for me!

TangDianWang - Codfish

Steamed Cod with minced garlic in special sauce $13.80 – This was tasty, and had a somewhat deeper cod taste than usual, which I quite like actually.

TangDianWang - Wasabi Prawns

Wasabi Prawns $16.80 — There were mixed reactions to this dish. I thought the dish looked kinda messy and unpalatable, with the wasabi mayo looking quite gunky and thick on the prawns. Also, the portion was miniscule! Despite all that, the prawns still tasted quite good.

TangDianWang - Double Boiled Fish Soup

Mudcarp fish and beans with arrowroot soup $19.80 — This was supposed to be the highlight of the meal, because it was highly recommended on the menu as well as by the friendly waitress. However, of the 4 diners, only 1 person liked it. Firstly, the soup totally failed the looks category. Tell me if you didn’t mistake the soup for some left over liquids scooped out of the kitchen dustbin? Secondly, the soup tasted sour and lacking in a rich fish flavour. Ok maybe I’m being overly critical. Perhaps it’s a dish you either like or hate because my father single-handedly finished the entire pot on our behalf.

TangDianWang - Soup Fish

And he also finished all the mudcarp that was used to make the soup.

TangDianWang - Red Bean Pudding

Red bean jelly cake with coconut sauce $4.20

TangDianWang - Inner Seating Area

TangDianWang - Corridor Seating Area TangDianWang - Menu Click on the photo to see Tang Dian Wang’s menu in detail

On the whole, excluding the disastrous and expensive soup, we really enjoyed the meal. We even ordered more bowls of rice because the food was very appetising. As for me, I think I will just stick to pork or chicken based soup from
now on!

You can also check out the Tang Dian Wang Website. The food pictures look really good. It’s amazing now even Chinese restaurants have cool websites of their own. Tang Dian Wang is owned by the same group that runs Thai Express, New York New York, Pinle, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe, Shokudo and Double Bay. Looks like they’re on a quest to conquer every type of cuisine available in Singapore!


Tang Dian Wang

Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-033/036
Tel: (+65) 6334 3007

Opening Hours:
Mondays — Thursdays: 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm (Excluding PH)
Fridays — Sundays: 11am to 10.30pm



  1. I had dining experience in tang dian wang. The food is like shit, small portion, bad customer service, and unreasonable price (given the quality and portion of food).
    I brought my family there. Apparently we paid quite high bill and we left with still-hungry-stomach.

    • Sorry to hear u had a bad time there. I think the prices are higher than Crystal Jade, which kinda means that for the same price, the portions are smaller. Eg if you see the broccoli and prawns dish I had, they were miniscule too! What did you order? Taste wise, pretty good.

  2. Actually what does matter is not the price, though it is slightly more expensive than Crystal Jade. What make us having a bad experience is that the portion is ridiculously small, and the customer service was not good.
    I cant remember what my family ordered, but i ordered a set lunch with pork belly. There were just 3 small pieces of pork belly served, which u can just put all them in ur mouth at once.
    Sorry if i m being offensive, honestly, Crystal Jade is much better, in terms of price, food, portion and service.

    • You are absolutely entitled to your opinion, that’s what the comment boxes are for 🙂 Guess I’m luckier then. The food portion was small for some but not so bad for others. Service was ok for me. I have to agree that Crystal Jade is much better value for money though.

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