A new venture by the owner of The Lawn, Jonathan, and his family, Ah Lim Zi Char sits in a coffeeshop at Wcega Plaza. A huge space serving mainly the office crowd in the day, the coffeeshop is quieter come night time and might just be the ideal space for large groups to enjoy a tze char meal!
It's a huge surprise to know that Jonathan has taken over this
coffeeshop, especially so because the previous occupant was actually my
mum. Hahaha. Coming back here was pretty nostalgic.
Ah Lim's Homemade Tofu - $12
Homemade tofu is definitely impressive. I can't imagine the hours and effort that goes into making this seemingly simple item! I would have liked this dish more if the sauce was a tad tastier. The fried enoki certainly requires some work as all I could taste was fried batter. I'm pretty critical about fried enoki because my gramms makes the most awesome ones!
Fish Head Steamboat
As the signature of the stall, the fish head steamboat didn't quite leave the impression I thought it would. Every pot of soup is prepared upon order and this might be the reason why the taste of fish is lacking in the soup. Basically, this was a tasty pot of vegetable soup to us.
Fried Five Spice Pork - $10
My favourite item of the night is this unpretentious dish that was laced with an indescribable homely flavour. Highly addictive and a must-try!
Salted Egg Prawn - $18
The dish that I was looking forward to was really, this. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the mild taste of salted egg yolk. I always feel that salted egg yolk dishes taste best if the salted egg yolk is molten and rich. Not too big a fan of fried renditions. Can definitely be improved and I look forward to trying the new and improved version!
More dishes and improved versions of current ones are in the works and I'll be back to give it another shot a couple of months down the road!
If you're looking for a tze char place for dinner in the west, do consider Ah Lim, especially if you're driving because there's a huge carpark or you can just park by the road!
1 Bukit Batok Crescent
Thursday- Tuesday: 11am- 2.30pm, 5.30pm -10.30pm