Peony Jade at Keppel Club is ushering in the Lunar New Year with its 'Crow of The Crown' celebration. The oriental interiors in its red hue and shimmering gold set me in the CNY mood immediately the moment I walked in.
A Touch of the Crowning Gold 4.5/5
My first Lou Hei of 2017 started with an "Instant Enormous Windfall, Good Health and Longevity” (金雞献财宝, 撈到风生水起大) - a Rooster-shaped Yu Sheng ($268.88 for 10-12 pax). One day advance order is required. The lobster accompanying the rooster certainly injected a sense of vigour and longevity into the dish. After all, a rooster is not a phoenix. The array of ingredients - conch, poached blue-swimmer prawns, fresh blue swimmer crab meat, salmon sashimi simply excites our appetite. Chef's homemade fresh apricot and peach jam dressing was refreshing, and extra crunch was lent by the crispy silver bait. Not only that, to see everybody trying to pick the lychee pops with their chopsticks off the plate was fun! Bursting them in our mouths adds dimension to both the taste and experience.
Pot of Luck & Wealth 4.5/5
We were amazed by how glossy the Poon Choi is. Brimming with 18 premium ingredients, ‘Prosperity & Smooth Sailing’ (玉凤凰展鸿图, 献生财聚宝) - Australian Premium Whole Abalone Poon Choi is one of its signature ($468.88 to $698.88). I am not a big fan of poon choi but I quite like the combination of the ingredients, such as the well braised South African spikes sea cucumber, whole scallops and pork tendons. What tasted just as satisfying as all the seafood are the well braised radish, mushroom and soft yam buried underneath the pot which have soaked up all the essences and flavours. Every order of the Poon Choi come with five complimentary yu sheng, fish maw soup, chicken, claypot rice and dessert.
Big Successes in Mini Pockets 4/5
Try “Reaping Prosperity” (金雞贺岁,好市好利丰收年) with its Baked Norwegian Salmon and Cod Fish Dace with Chestnuts and Black Truffles ($38.88 per pax, minimum 4 pax). Stuffed in half baby pineapple, the patty was moist and slightly fatty with fish oil. The baby pineapple was not at all astringent but was sweet and juicy with a slight acidity, which is perfect for the fish patty. The Chef has managed to harmonize all the components together using the piquant homemade rojak sauce. The black truffles, however, seems to be missing in action.
When Ocean and Earth Unites 3/5
Bestowed with “Progress & Advancement Wealth” (禧龙添满福)- Sautéed Boston Lobster Meat with Blue-Swimmer Crabmeat in Avocado Wrap (S$168.88 for 6 pax). The dish did not turn out as I expected. It was more like an elongated dumpling with avocado pastry skin wrapped with minced lobster filling. The avocado skin has a texture of an under cooked pasta
The Prosperity Lucky-tori! 3/5
Another rooster dish would be “Eminence Prosperity” (金雞送宝,满载而归,一雞(只)棒) - Braised & Sautéed Abalone & Baked Chicken Skewer ($38.88/per pax, minimum 4 pax). The accompanying salad with tangy yuzu dressing goes really well with the skewers. The chicken was tender with smokey charred taste at some corners of the meat.
Prosperity Gold Bar 4.8/5
Despite all the top notch ingredients above, nothing seemed to have excited the tables as much as Peony Jade’s Signature "Wish Fulfilling” Prosperity Gold Bar" (年年易高升) - Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Layered Nian Gao ($98.88). Indeed, everybody's wish comes true as we dug our fork into the pure goodness of Mao Shan Wang. It was so pure that there was even traces of the seeds being left behind. The niao gao in between was soft and blended into the durian puree seamlessly.
Prosperity Fish 3/5
One of the prettiest I have seen so far - 'Prosperity Fish’ (如鱼得水年, 年年富贵有余) - Mango Sago with Pomelo Pudding ($78.88). Not just pretty, the taste lives up to expectation too.
Mao Shan Wang Niao Gao 4.8/5
If you wish to share the joy and experience of Peony Jade's Crow of The Crown CNY, other than the Poon Chai, a few gift sets are also available for takeaways. One of which is this “Over-flowing Wealth & Bountiful Harvest” 王牌寓号,金雞八兴八旺发财礼盒 ($118.88), made of pure organic Black Gold Mao Shan Wang. Just imagine the taste!
Celebrate and Rise to an Unparalleled Prosperous Fire Rooster Year with Peony Jade’s 10 Festive Classics with a Modern Flair, Handcrafted Gourmet Gift Sets, and Takeaway Treasures from 7 January to 28 February 2017. For more details, please visit http://www.peonyjade.com/
Written and photography by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
10 Bukit Chermin Road
Tel: +65 62769138
Nearest MRT: Telok Blangah (CC Line)
Mon-Fri: 11am - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Sat-Sun: 1030am - 230pm, 6pm - 11pm
1) Alight at Telok Blangah MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk towards Bukit Chermin Road. Turn right into Bukit Chermin Road. Walk along Bukit Chermin Road. Turn right into destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]