Putien was founded by Mr. Fong Chi Chung who migrated from Putian of Fujian Province in China. Putien restaurant began as a coffee shop in Singapore’s Kitchener Road in 2000. Mr. Fong was inspired by the home cooked dishes from his native homeland which he had missed dearly.
From such modest beginnings, Putien has grown into a popular chain with 28 outlets (by end Oct 2016) internationally in the last 16 years and will soon expand into 33 outlets by end of 2016.
Mr. Fong is very particular about the ingredients used and insists on only the freshest ingredients even if it means having to drive to the destination in the wee hours of the morning. Putien has won the One Star Michelin Award for its Kitchener Road outlet awarded by the inaugural Michelin Guide Singapore 2016.
Putien Malaysia celebrated the chain’s 16th Anniversary and being awarded the One Star Michelin Award with a Gala Dinner at its 1 Utama outlet last month. The occasion also served as a launching pad to introduce Putien Festival – a month long festival featuring Festival Roadshows and a special Festival menu comprising new dishes such as Deep Fried Yellow Croaker (marinated with premium peppercorn and sea salt for 24 hours before deep frying to crispness yet retaining tender, juicy meat within), Yam Braised Pork Rib, delicious Fish Maw soup and Strawberry Prawn.
Thumbs up for the Shredded Meat with Bun, one of my favourite items on Putine’s menu thanks to the superb crispy golden bun and tender pork strips. Also, Putien Lor Mee is such a wonderful comfort food. Strawberry Prawn is an unusual combination but it works.