Established in 1963
成立于 1963 年

Lai Wah Restaurant

Since 1963, Lai Wah Restaurant was the world’s first restaurant to bring you famous dishes such as Chinese New Year Yu-Sheng (鱼生), Yam Pot with Shredded Meat (佛钵飘香), Mandarin Stewed Chicken ( 京都镡子鸡), and many more .. including the modern-day version of Chilli Crabs* …

* : Chillis crabs were invented by Palm Beach, but the Four Heavenly Kings (of whom Two Kings were at Lai Wah Restaurant) modified the sauce into the version that Singaporeans love, with chilli sambal, tomato sauce, stock, a hint of vinegar, eggs, onions and spring onions

About The Restaurant

Lai Wah Restaurant at 377C to 383C Jalan Besar was opened in Sep 1963 by the late Mr Wong Kok Lum 黄国林  and Mr Tham Yui Kai 谭锐佳 and Mr Lau Yoke Pui 刘育培 — two of the Four Heavenly Kings of Singapore Cantonese culinary( 饮食界 “四大天王”)

VIP was Mrs Lee Chin Koon 李進坤夫人 / Mdm Chua Jim Neo 蔡认娘女士 mother of Singapore’s Minister Mentor and former Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew 李光耀

12 noon, 14 Oct 1970 (Wed) – Lai Wah Restaurant at Block 44 #01-1436 Bendemeer Road was opened. VIP was again Mrs Lee Chin Koon / Mdm Chua Jim Neo (李進坤夫人 蔡认娘女士) mother of Singapore’s Minister Mentor and former Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew (李光耀)

After his passing, Lai Wah Restaurant at Bendemeer Road is run by his eldest son Mr Wong Kah Onn and his late wife Helen Lim

Lai Wah Restaurant is the world’s 1st restaurant to serve Chinese New Year Yu-Sheng in 1964

Lai Wah also invented the modern-day method of serving Yu Sheng with a pre-mixed special sauce comprising plum sauce, rice vinegar, kumquat paste and sesame oil — instead of customers mixing inconsistently-concocted sauce

In 1960s, the 2 famous dishes that we invented:

Yam Pot with Shredded Meat (佛钵飘香) and
Mandarin Stewed Chicken ( 京都镡子鸡)
costs only S$5 !!
(photos : our 1960s menu book)

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TODAY 29 Jan 2011 Page 3
i-weekly issue 669 26 Aug 2010 Page 2
Shin Min Daily 15 Feb 2003 Page 24
Lian He Wan Bao 17 Feb 1996 Page 34
Sin Chew Jit Poh 27 Jan 1979 Page 11