With Lunar New Year around the corner, Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts has curated an selection of befitting celebratory dishes for dine-in and takeaway, as well as sumptuous set menus perfect for festive feasting across its various fine and casual dining restaurants. I dropped by Crystal Jade Golden Palace (翡翠金阁) at Paragon to have a glimpse of their Chinese New Year offerings.
Garden of Wealth Lo Hei 4.2/5
For this year, Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Dining IN has introduced the the new Garden of Wealth Yu Sheng ($88 Small / $138 Large) featuring julienne carrot and turnip, various pickled items, lily pad-shaped nasturtium leaves, freeze-dried wolfberries, ice plant, wood sorrel red leaves and edible flowers. This is accompanied with an appetising sweet-tangy dressing with a touch of zingy finish from fresh lemon juice.
Hong Kong 'Wei-Village' Treasure Pot 4.2/5
Another new item on this year gourmet offering is the new Hong Kong 'Wei-Village' Treasure Pot ($338 Small / $498 Large), inspired by a version popularised in the area of Yuen Long in New Territories, Hong Kong. The celebratory dish comprises of 18 different items such as 8-head abalone, sea cucumber, homemade dace fish balls, prawn balls in tomato sauce, braised Chinese yam, lotus root, fish maw and braised pork among others. Different from the other pen cai is the spiced gravy and the aroma of toasted fennel seeds.
Abundance Abalone Treasure Pot 4.8/5
I personally prefer the more traditional Abundance Abalone Treasure Pot ($338 Small / $508 Large) for its richer and full-bodied thick sauce. In the hearty generous pot of wholesome goodness, you can find 8-headed abalone, sea cucumber, dried oyster, conpoy, black moss, pig trotter, prawn, mushrooms and others.
Deep Fried Dumpling with Prawn Bits and Assorted Vegetables 4.2/5
A delightful light bite is the Deep Fried Dumpling ($28 for 6pc). Besides the delicious stuffing of prawn bits and assorted vegetables, what stand out is the chewy texture of the dumpling skin.
Deep-fried Chicken coated with Black Bean, Garlic and Spice 4.2/5
Buried under a bed of fried minced garlic and black beans is the Deep-fried Chicken ($18.80 for half) coated with black bean, garlic and spice. Besides the flavoursome crispy skin, the chicken still retains a moist texture. The bed of fried minced garlic and black beans is definitely a good change to the usual chicken dishes served on the menu.
Teochew Style Longevity Poached Vermicelli with Scallop 4.8/5
I thought I would be too full to finish the Teochew Style Longevity Poached Vermicelli with Scallop ($18/pax) but I actually cleaned up the whole plate. The dish may be light in taste but its very appetising. I could not resist slurping down the silky vermicelli which is complemented excellently by the light and refreshing broth.
Lychee Sakura Flower Crystal Jelly 3.5/5
Ending the dinner is a light dessert, Lychee Sakura Flower Crystal Jelly. The sakura pink colour jelly is really adorable. It is actually quite bland in taste. You need to have it together with the lychee pops, bursting the lychee flavoured liquid within to better enjoy it.
Chinese New Year dining at Crystal Jade restaurants' will commence from 5 Feb to 2 March 2018 and reservation can be made through the respective restaurants. Takeaway orders for select items can be made online at www.crystaljade.com from 27 Dec 2017 to 27 Feb 2018.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace (翡翠金阁)
290 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67346866
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line), Somerset (NS Line)
Daily: 10am - 11pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit C or D. Proceed to the road level. Walk down Orchard Road until the junction of Orchard Road and Orchard Link. Cross the road and walk to Paragon. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Proceed to the road level. Turn left on Orchard Road and walk down Orchard Road until junction of Orchard Road and Orchard Link. Cross the Road and walk to Paragon. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]