Cheap eats in the CBD: Tea Valley
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Affordable and tasty Taiwanese treats at Tea Valley in Chevron House
Tea Valley is a hole in the wall eatery located in the basement of Chevron House. Tucked away in a corner, the casual diner is often overlooked as an option for lunch thanks to the diverse range of eateries at Chevron House.
With an unbeatable set meal that comprises of your choice of main, side dish and a drink from $9, its comprehensive Taiwanese menu impressed me so much that we had to share this find with you!
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Tender and juicy fried chicken breast dusted with Tea Valley’s special salt seasoning.
Start your meal with a deep fried snack like the crispy Salted Chicken ($4.80) or battered Shitake Mushrooms ($3.80). Despite being deep fried, neither side dishes were too greasy. In fact, the Salted Chicken seemed almost healthy since Tea Valley uses lean breast meat instead of fattier cuts of chicken. The Shitake Mushrooms also retained its natural juiciness without retaining too much oil.
The Oyster Noodles was my favourite dish out of everything I tried.
As for mains, the standout dish has to be their Oyster Noodle ($5.50) with chilli and vinegar. I loved the addition of bonito flakes to the thick gravy which added more umami to the dish. The noodles they used also has more bite compared to mee sua, adding some much-needed texture.
Tea Valley’s Honey Chicken Rice makes for a hearty and satisfying meal.
For something more substantial, the Honey Chicken Rice Bento ($$6.50) impressed with its generous portion of tender, grilled chicken. The rice also comes drenched in a sweet brown sauce, making it impossible for us to hold back on the carbs.
Ending on a sweet note
Tea Valley started out as a humble bubble tea shop, so naturally they pride themselves in serving high-quality teas. The wide range of tea leaves including red, scented, fruit and floral teas are imported directly from Taiwan.
The rose buds used in this tea are imported from Taiwan and are exceptionally fragrant.
Catch up with colleagues or have an informal meeting over a cup of Rose Honey Tea ($4) beautifully presented in a glass tea kettle. People with more of a sweet tooth will also enjoy the Mango Pearl Tea ($3.50), a smooth, milky concoction served with chewy clear colour pearls.
by Nicole-Marie Ng
Tea Valley. #B1-04 30 Raffles Place, 30 Raffles Pl, Chevron House, Singapore 048622. www.teavalley.com.sg