You arrive looking for The Dragon Chamber. But you find yourself at the entrance of a kopitiam, where patrons are sipping beer and having bowls of noodles—it's just an ordinary street food stall.
You think to yourself...
"This can't be the place..."
The hostes gestures you toward the beer fridge as if to offer you a drink. But instead of pulling out a cold brew, the fridge door opens up a portal into another realm like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
“This is where you must continue alone,”
says the hostess, as the fridge door opens into a street alley that transports you into the braised underbelly of the Long Tang Kopitiam.
Things are not always as they appear.
This is it. You've found yourself in The Dragon Chamber.
Secretly located within a brightly coloured kopitiam, This hole in the wall offers an unconventional menu serving “guerilla style” food. The dishes are not clearly not your typical banquet style Chinese food.
Among its own wild concoctions from The Dragon Chamber’s kitchen, the underground restaurant also brings back age-old Chinese dishes that never caught on in mainstream restaurants, because of their unconventional ingredients.
The flavours are immense, contrasting well-loved Chinese-American recipes, Dragon Chamber pushes the diner’s comfort zone with adventurous dishes that may even shock diners with unusual Chinese techniques of nose-to-tail animal preparation.
The Dragon’s Claw, touted as one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, features a crocodile foot braised in Chinese herbs, served on a bed of greens and a literal ring of fire. The meat is tender, gelatinous and sweet. Its skin is painstakingly descaled with a torch, revealing a thick and rich layer of collagen that coats the succulent herb-marinated meat with a soft and sticky texture. Every bite is inexplicable.
Crocodile foot and mammal innards excite the bravest and boldest of us. For those less inclined, creative takes on conventional favourites, such as Firecracker Chicken and Wagyu Truffle Hor Fun, delight diners adventurous and meek alike.
One thing is apparent here -
There is no appetite for mediocrity.
By the time your experience is complete, this much is clear. This is no space for political correctness and mellow elevator music. This isn't the best place to bring your pastor or conservative in-laws.
No, this here, is a contradiction, a convolution. This is a place where old tastes collide with new ways for strange new dimensions of deliciousness.
It is a journey to discover one's true gastronomic self.
At least for those who dare enter the jaws of...
The Dragon Chamber.