Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jade Restaurant (玉楼) Chinese New Year 2015


Ring in the lunar new year of the goat with auspicious artisanal cuisine from Jade Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel Singapore. During the lunar new year, Chef Leong and his culinary team has come up with a delicious selection of a la carte dishes, set menu and takeaways.

Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng 4.2/5

Toss to an auspicious year with Jade Restaurant's signature Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Salmon, Olive Oil and Peach Dressing. The Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng will feature the beautiful, artistic calligraphic drawings complemented with auspicious greetings personally drawn by the talented Master Chef  Leong. The exquisite drawings are drawn using olive oil and then dusted with cinnamon powder. I like Chef Leong's cleverly used of champagne jelly with gold leaves inside to symbolise wealth and prosperity. The little touch of luxury helps to balance the sweetness of the peach dressing.

Poached Minced Fish and Mutton Fortune Dumpling 4/5

A customary dish that is usually eaten during spring festival as it is believed that the more dumplings one eats, the more fortune one will receive. In conjunction with the year of the goat, Chef Leong combined minced fish and mutton for the perfect flavour. Chef Leong has also shaped the dumpling to resemble ingots for abundance of wealth.

Braised Seafood Soup 4.5/5

The Braised Seafood Soup with Abalone with Fish Maw in Superior Golden Broth is filled with collagen richness. The thick soup is boiled in big fire for a good 6 hours for the rich flavour. Together with premium ingredients like abalone and fish maw, this is treasure in a bowl.

Sauteed Boston Lobster with Chicken Floss in Spiced Fragrant Salt 4/5

Many often we have oven baked cheese lobster but this Sauteed Boston Lobster with Chicken Floss in Spiced Fragrant Salt is a new for me. The chicken floss, spiced fragrant salt and ginger flower gave the lobster a new lease of life with the addition aroma for a new experience.

Stewed Pork Belly 4.5/5

The Stewed Pork Belly with Dried Oyster, Black Fungus, Yam, Mushroom and Leek Flower is inspired from traditional dishes cooked by many Singaporeans during special occasions. The ingredients were stewed on low heat for 90 minutes until tender, resulting in a comforting and satisfying blend of flavours.

Fragrant Wok Fried Five Grain Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage 4.5/5

A must try is the Fragrant Wok Fried Five Grain Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage. Each mouthful is filled with delectable grains dancing on the palate with bites of diced Chinese sausage bursting it into a samba.

Trio of Dessert 4.8/5

Wrapping up the dinner is the trio of dessert, Almond Cream with Bird's Nest, Pistachio Muah Chee Glutinous Rice Ball and Yam Paste Nian Gao Tart. Bird's Nest is tasteless but the almond cream uplifted the luxurious bowl of delicacy with a complementing flavour.

Available for takeways is the Pistachio Muah Chee Glutinous Rice Ball ad Yam Paste Nian Gao Tarts. The softness of the muah chee is further boosted with aroma from the added pistachio. Another must try creation is the Yam Paste Nian Gao Tart with a layer of nian gao and a lay of yam paste encased in a buttery crust. The lunar new year goodies and takeway with be available from 3 February 2015 to 5 March 2015.

Jade Restaurant (玉楼)
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Tel: +65 68778188
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT Station. Take Exit H. Turn right and walk towards the river. At the river, turn right again and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Luk Yu Restaurant and Teahouse @ Chinatown Point


The family decided to drop by Luk Yu Restaurant and Teahouse at Chinatown for dinner one day. I quick check online seem to suggest this outlet is not affiliated to the popular restaurant in Hong Kong. Anyway, let the food be speaks for itself. We actually wanted to have dim sum but it is not available during dinner time. Hence we ordered some dishes from the ala carte menu to try instead.

Wasabi Prawn 3.5/5

We started with some Wasabi Prawn. Pretty decent execution with crunchy prawn that was coated in a wasabi mayonnaise sauce.

Sai Pang Xie 3/5

Next was the classic Chinese dish, Sai Pang Xie. All of us did not really enjoyed it. It came across rather bland and watery. I remembered adding quite a bit of vinegar to boost the taste.

Roasted Duck 3.8/5

Char Siew 3/5

Roasted Pork 3.5/5

Following that we have the Roasted Meat Platter. We chose the Roasted Duck, Char Siew and Roasted Pork. My favourite on the platter was the roasted duck. The other 2 roasts was rather mediocre.

Three Eggs Vegetable with Superior Broth 4/5

Lastly we have a vegetable dish. The Three Eggs Vegetable with Superior Broth is an usual greens that I commonly order. I like the combination of the century egg, salted egg and normal egg with the vegetables. The version at Luk Yu is slightly different with the addition of yam balls. Actually the yam ball was quite a mis-match for the dish. I don't understand the concept behind it. Nevertheless the vegetable itself in the superior stock was ready good.

Overall, I find the food at Luk Yu is rather average. There was nothing memorable about it. As the restaurant also serves dim sum, maybe the dim sum will fare better.

Luk Yu Restaurant and Teahouse
Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 62621717
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am to 10pm

1) Alight at Chinatown Point. Take Exit E. Walk to Chinatown Point. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]


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