Cafe De Tai Tong is the kind of place where your grandparents used to go for family celebrations. The restaurant has been around for many, many decades but has been refurbished. It is your typical Chinese dimsum, noodles and rice shop where everything is tacky and plastics.
Don’t expect any sweet young things waitresses or any service. All the workers are probably faithful employees whom had worked for decades. They are brash, loud and patronising. Actually, this is the uniqueness. They will tell you straight away that you have ordered too much food or your dishes aren’t balance meals.
The place is usually packed at night. (Gee, I am not sure if they open during the day because I only go at nights.) Patrons have to fight for tables! If you want your food to be fast, then, try picking up the dimsum from the trolley instead of waiting for the trolley to come to you.
Prawn and sharksfin dumpling.
De Tai Tong is actually famous for its crispy mee or sang meen. However, I haven’t got a chance to take a photo of this yet. It is like a huge birdnest made of noodles.
Mussels steamed with ginger sauce. I also like De Tai Tong yam fritters (wu kok) and white radish cake.
The dessert made of soyabean jelly and longan. A hit with kids.
Price is very reasonable and food is decent.
De Tai Tong is located at Cintra Street/Campbell Street junction. One cannot miss it because it is very brightly lit. Opposite De Tai Tong is Foo Heong, another heritage Chinese restaurant.
De Tai Tong accepts phone orders. When I was working, we used to order our dinners (during overtime) and pick them up ourselves.
If you enjoy the atmosphere of loud and noisy crowd, jostling for seats and food and typical Chinaman restaurant, give De Tai Tong a visit. I know many tourist guides take their Caucasian tourists there.