With the opening of Hai Di Lao Hotpot and Cuisine Master Hotpot, Crystal Jade has jump on the bandwagon and introduces an all day casual steamboat concept in Balestier at Zhongshan Mall. Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant not only features steamboat with quality ingredients, it also offers a selection of new Teochew and Cantonese specialties as well as the well loved dim sum and roasts.
The Superior Broth which is the base for the 7 types of soup offered at Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant is made from whole chicken, lean pork and pork bones simmered for more than 12 hours resulting in a hearty and flavourful broth. I tried both the Pork Bone Soup and Tom Yam Soup. One sip and I could tell these soups were simmered for hours with the freshest ingredients. I noted an unique soup base on the menu that I have not tried before, Preserved Egg with Beancurd & Parsley Soup. I am very keen to come back and try this.
Assorted Meat 4/5
Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant also offers 9 Steamboat Sets that are good for two persons priced between $28.80 and $38.80. I tried the Assorted Meat Steamboat ($32.80) which comes with a selection of chicken, beef, lamb and Kurobuta pork. It is a delightful set for the carnivores with fresh quality meat.
Assorted Handmade Balls 4.2/5
Not to be missed is the Handmade balls. They are the Handmade Meat Ball ($6.90/portion), Handmade Prawn Ball ($6.90/portion), Handmade Fishball in Teochew Style ($6.90/portion), Handmade Squid Ball in Teochew Style ($6.90/portion). These bouncy balls are a flavourful addition to the steamboat enjoyment.
Among the four different handmade balls, the handmade meat ball was my favourite. It is painstakingly chopped by hand into a fine paste and molded into a ball shape. Water chestnut bits were also added to enhance the sweetness of the meat and giving it an extra crunch. I can really taste and appreciate the hard work behind it.
Handmade Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Roll 4.8/5
A must try and must have for any steamboat lover at Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant is the Handmade Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Roll ($5.90/portion). During the frying process, the specially imported bean curd skins are delicately rolled in the hot oil into a delicious crispy golden sticks. One can enjoy the roll by itself in its crispy form or cook it in the soup base to soak up the lovely flavours.
Assorted Vegetable 4/5
For a good balance diet of course we should not missed out the greens which comes together with the set. You can also order more from the ala carte menu.
Grilled Sea Bass with Preserved Vegetables 3.8/5
Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant is not just only about steamboat. The restaurant has also created a few new specialties. One of them is the Grilled Sea Bass with Preserved Vegetables ($32.80). Instead of steamed fish the version here is grilled. Individual they were beautiful but internally I was crying out for the salted vegetable broth to be paired with a duck instead.
Sauteed Chicken with Dried Chilli & Onion 4/5
Another new creation on the menu is the Sauteed Chicken with Dried Chilli & Onion ($18.80/half chicken, $32.80/whole chicken). I can smell the lovely aroma when the dish was served. While the chicken was tender and moist, it was also very intense with the "Ma La" aftertaste that will send your taste buds numb. The beauty of this dish is you can add some superior broth and turn it into a spicy steamboat pot.
Salted Pork's Bone & Dried Vegetable Porridge 3/5
Lightly salted and smooth, the comforting and traditional Salted Pork's Bone & Dried Vegetable Porridge ($9.80 small serving) is perfect for the cold weather or supper.
It is great to see that Crystal Jade introducing its first full day steamboat dining concept. The new restaurant also serves delectable Teochew and Cantonese specialties as well as dim sum for supper besides steamboat. Another exciting news is that Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant is opened until 2am in the morning!
Crystal Jade Steamboat Restaurant
20 Ah Hood Road
Tel: +65 63390283
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line), Toa Payoh (NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 2am
1) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to the shuttle bus service pick up point at Velocity @ Novena Square. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Irrawaddy Road. Walk towards Ren Ci Community Hospital direction along Irrawaddy Road. Turn onto Shan Road and walk to the end. At the end of the Shan Road, cross Balestier Road to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Toa Payoh bus interchange (Stop ID 52009). Take bus number 139 04 145. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
4) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to bus stop at Toa Payoh MRT station along Toa Payoh Lorong 2 (Stop ID 52189). Take bus 56, 105 or 153. Alight 1 stop later. Cross the canal. Cut through the cluster of HDB flats and carpark towards block 103 onto Ah Hood Road. Continue on Ah Hood Road to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]