Keeping it light and flavorful: experience Fujian cuisine at Putien Philippines
With its beginnings as a coffee shop in Singapore’s Kitchener Road in 2000, Putien (a play on Putian, the city in Fujian) has since grown into a popular chain with over 80 outlets not only in Singapore, but also in other countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Taiwan, and most recently in The Philippines.
It was the result of one man's mission to only give the freshest produce to its customers, a successful blueprint that doesn't often happen by chance, but with time and dedication to its promise.
Uncle Fong, the owner, continues to wow customers and pay homage to Putian City, the place he grew up in, before making his mark in Singapore. Putien's cuisine comes from the Fujian Province in China, giving the spotlight on the area's local produce, with dishes that are characteristically light, down-to-earth, and flavourful with an emphasis on umami thanks to fresh ingredients from the nearby sea and the cool mountainside.
With numerous dining and business awards that include a MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & as of today, the 2021 MICHELIN ONE-STAR RESTAURANT Award (Kitchener Road Outlet) and Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016~2021 BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANT Award (Causeway Bay Outlet).
Thanks to the Vikings group in The Philippines, Putien opened its 67th branch a year ago in 2020, giving a new take on Fujian (Chinese) cuisine in a country that has always been exposed to many Cantonese and Szechuan-based dishes.
Fujian cuisine is influenced by its coastal waters and mountains that bear prized, seasonal ingredients such as first-harvest seaweed, lychees, loquats, bamboo shoots, fish, shellfish, and more, all of which are highly regarded and used regularly by the locals.
Traveling to Fujian province may not be possible at the moment, so Putien is the answer to those who are craving such local specialties. For newbies like us, it was a mini-vacation waiting to happen as we tried some of their popular drinks and award-winning dishes on the menu.
With our senses open and our tummies ready, we journeyed around the province as we get a taste of Fujian's best and finest ingredients.
Photos don't really do justice, so if you get hungry, don't you dare lick that screen.
Chinese Loquat and Fritillary Bulb Tea with Crystal Sugar: thirst-quenching and soothing
Putien Bian Rou Soup: you won't believe that the actual wonton wrapper used here are ALSO made from pounded and meticulously rolled meat paste and flour
Seaweed and Mini Shrimps Dressed with Sauce: fresh and clean sea taste
Deep-Fried Yellow Croaker: created as an appetizer that's naturally tender and sweet
Stir-Fried Chili Clams: sweet and spicy
Braised Homemade Beancurd: made in-house, and gently placed in a warmer, making every bite perfect
Cereal Prawns: crispy and sweet
Sambal Kangkong: spicy with a hint of garlic
Sweet and Sour Pork with Lychees: best served while hot
Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun: playfully flavorful
Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon: not your standard plate of vermicelli. It has a distinct bite, not to mention, served with the freshest seafood
Here's another take on the Braised Homemade Bean Curd
Deep-Fried Chicken with Garlic: available in whole or half; you can also have it chopped by request
Putien Lor Mee: with a rich yet clean broth, seasonal shellfish and veggies
Putien Crispy Oyster: not your typical oyster cake, with a texture that's unforgettable
Loquat in Herbal Jelly and Fruit Jelly: a few of the sweet endings served to us
during our magical dining experience at Putien
Glutinous Rice Cakes with Sesame and Grated Peanut: Reminiscent to our local palitaw.
Deep-Fried Durian Puree: Uniquely cool, but may seem to be an acquired taste for some folks out there
Putien also sells the following retail items (from left): Raw First Harvest Seaweed, Bee Hoon, Mee Sua, Da Hong Bao Tea (bestseller and always running out, so make sure you reserve a box!), their famous Spice Mum Chili Sauce, and local spirits such as the prized Dream of the Blue Chinese Baijiu (price available by request).
The Podium Mall beside NIU by Vikings
Safe Dining Protocols:
-Observes use of facial mask and shield
-Observes social distancing
-Cutlery and plates are provided only once you're seated
-Private rooms available
Mall parking available
Takeouts and Delivery:
You can order via Vikings Delivery Portal here.
No pets allowed
Open for private gatherings/functions?
- Weekday Lunch and Dinner Promo (click below)
-Platters for take out and delivery