Putien's mission? 'Lip-smacking good food made with an unyielding enthusiasm you feel in every mouthful'. And they nail it. Each Chinese-inspired dish here is bursting with authenticity, simplicity and energy.
A concise menu waits for you at Putien. They don't complicate things here, it's just about tasty, honest eats. Take the Putien Lor Mee broth for an example. Prawns are met with spring onion, pak choi and a load of other vegetables, and tossed with bouncy noodles in a fiery broth.
We also love the Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon, where vermicelli noodles are rustled up with nuts, pak choi and mushrooms. And we think the fact that it's one of the most popular items on the menu speaks for itself…
Putien takes inspiration from a city of the same name, a coastal town in Fujian. It's a place rich with history, folklore and – most importantly – food. Settled between mountains and the sea, it reaps the rewards from both for its thriving foodie culture. While that may seem a world away in the middle of Singapore, the restaurant keeps the simple and pure vibe of that culture to this day.
And they must be onto something. Since 2000, they've opened up multiple locations in Taiwan, Shanghai, Malaysia, Hong Kong and here in Singapore.
Land and sea
Few dishes give that simple hit of gratification like the pork bun. And at Putien it's no different. The pillowy soft roll is sprinkled in toasted sesame to add slight texture, before being packed with deeply rich shredded pork and spring onion filling. The tang of that sauce playing against that smooth bun is done so simply yet so effectively, you'll be ordering these little parcels over and over for the foreseeable future.
Diving back into the sea, the Pan Fried Yellow Croaker is a must try for any seafood lover. There's no fancy, unnecessary twists here – the fish are flown in fresh from the Fijian coast and cooked to a perfect crisp by deep frying. It's dishes like this that show that sometimes, simple is best.