Quite a mouthful, this Chinese restaurant in Singapore. But the name suggests its authenticity, and add to this the fact that the restaurant’s Temple Street premises are about as close to Chinatown MRT as you can get without getting run over, and you know you’re on to something special, even for a district packed with Central and East Asian dining options. Lao Si Chuan Dou Hua Zhuang, if you squint a little, gives its specialisation away in its name: Sichuan Chinese regional cuisine is what this kitchen is very, very good at. You can also find local Chengdu dishes on the menu, which also offers sage advice like ‘Put a harmonious shape to fight pleasant and tidy appearance’. Mandarin-speaking service just makes Lao Si Chuan Dou Hua Zhuang all the more appealing when you’re looking for real Chinese food in Singapore.