After 12 years at Rochester Park, Min Jiang at One-North has relocated to another heritage destination at Dempsey Hill. The new premises features an interior of contemporary chinoiserie. It is bigger and more spacious compared to their previous location. With the relocation, Master Chef Goh Chee Kong has also revamped the whole menu, which eloquently showcases the intricacies of Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines.
Steamed 'Goldfish' Prawn Dumpling 4/5
The skilful chef at Min Jiang has shaped the Prawn Dumpling ($4.80/pc) into a goldfish. It is really too cute to be eaten. The juicy prawn is wrapped in a housemade crystal dumpling skin, steamed and topped with tobiko, swimming in a pool of simmering egg white, chicken stock, Chinese ham and potato starch.
The Heritage Treasures Platter 3.5/5
The Heritage Treasures Platter ($88) showcases iconic dishes that were much acclaimed from the 60s to 80s in Singapore. From left to right, we have the Crisp-fried Teochew-Style Shrimp Roll, Braised Pork in Wuxi-Style, Deep-fried Crabmeat with Chicken Liver and Salted Egg Yolk, and Stir-fried Freshly Harvested Seasonal Greens and Macadamia Nuts. I am glad that I am still able to savour this heritage dishes in the 20th century.
Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup accompanied with Prawn Spring Roll 4/5
The delicious bowl of Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup ($12/pax) comes in a chicken broth with finely cut sea cucumber, bamboo shoots, tofu and chicken meat. They are simmered with white pepper, black vinegar, light soya sauce, dark soya sauce and housemade chilli oil. The combination of spicy and sour is very appetising. Probably my personal option, I would prefer the ingredients to be more coarsely cut, for that textural enjoyment. Not to forget the crispy prawn spring roll at the side. If only I can have more of it.
Turbot Fish served in Two Styles 4/5
A rare fish to be used in Chinese restaurants is the Turbot. At Min Jiang, It is served in two styles for the appreciation of the fish. The deep fried style comes with aromatics such as chopped garlic, shallots, almond flakes, dried shrimp and bread crumbs. It somewhat reminds me of the Bi Feng Tang style. The stir-fried style allows the natural flavour of the fish, paired with Australian baby spinach, carrots and hon shimeji mushrooms. Truffle oil is added, but I thought it is not necessary.
Steamed Chicken and 'Kai Lan' served with Ginger Paste 3.5/5
The Steamed Chicken and 'Kai Lan' served with Ginger Paste ($34) reminds me of the samsui chicken dish at Soup Restaurant. The chicken is cooked to perfection. It is tender and comes with a layer of gelatin skin. Maybe I am used to the way of eating samsui chicken with a lettuce wrap, I felt that it is missing something to bring the chicken and ginger paste together.
Homemade Tofu with Crabmeat, Assorted Mushrooms and Seasonal Greens 4/5
The Homemade Tofu with Crabmeat, Assorted Mushrooms and Seasonal Greens ($28) is not your ordinary vegetable dish. There are many components in the dish. Besides the stir-fried spinach, the highlight is the handmade tofu that is formed into shape from a mixture of mashed tofu, minced prawn, egg and mushrooms. Holding the dish together is the baby spinach puree with crabmeat sauce.
Iberico Pork Fried Rice served in Mini Pumpkin accompanied with XO Sauce 4/5
Packed with 'wok hei' fragrant is the Iberico Pork Fried Rice served in Mini Pumpkin ($18/pax) accompanied with XO Sauce. It is a comforting yet luxe enjoyment of fried rice with the use of Iberico pork char siew.
Chilled Blue Pea Lemongrass Jelly and Malay Cake with Salted Egg Custard 4/5
Last but not least, we have the Chilled Blue Pea Lemongrass Jelly with Lime Sorbet and Malay Cake with Salted Egg Custard ($12/pax) for dessert. A light and refreshing dessert to wrap up the meal.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Min Jiang At Dempsey
7A and 7B Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 67740122
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line), Holland Village (CC Line), Farrer Road (CC Line)
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to the bus stop along Orchard Boulevard (Stop ID 09022). Take bus number 7, 77, 106, 123 or 174. Alight 7 stops later. Walk to Dempsey Road. Walk to the roundabout near block 17 and 18. Continue walking into the far right inside of the estate. Walk to destination. Journey time 30 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Holland Village MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to the bus stop at Block 12 (Stop ID 11401). Take bus 106. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to Dempsey Road. Walk to the roundabout near block 17 and 18. Continue walking into the far right inside of the estate. Walk to destination. Journey time 20 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Farrer Road MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Farrer Road MRT station (Stop ID 11119). Take bus number 174 or 564. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to Dempsey Road. Walk to the roundabout near block 17 and 18. Continue walking into the far right inside of the estate. Walk to destination. Journey time 20 minutes. [Map]