I used to frequent Imperial Treasure Steamboat a lot, but I didn't know they have another concept known as Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant at Ngee Ann City. The restaurant offers a plethora of modern yet nostalgic dishes from traditional Northern and Southern Chinese cuisine. For a limited period, the restaurant has launched the "Taste of Nostalgia" menu.
Steamed Fish Head with Minced Ginger 4/5
We started our dinner with the Steamed Fish Head with Minced Ginger ($45 Half). I guess not many people may know how to appreciate this as has a lot of bones. However, that is where the most delicate part of the fish is at.
Stewed Pork Belly with Preserved "Mei Cai" Vegetables 4.5/5
The Stewed Pork Belly with Preserved "Mei Cai" Vegetables ($24 Small) is one of my favourite dishes in the new menu. The pork belly is braised until melted in the mouth. The sweetness of the Mei Cai vegetables helps to cut through the oiliness while giving it a nice crunch.
Congee with Flower Crab 4/5
Great for rainy days is the Congee with Flower Crab ($11 per 100g). The smooth congee is cooked together with the flower crab for that crustacean flavour. I would recommend adding a bit of the deep-fried youtiao for that extra textural enjoyment.
Poached Wagyu Beef with Hor Fun & Beansprouts 4.5/5
The Poached Wagyu Beef with Hor Fun & Beansprouts ($70 Small) is a lavish enjoyment which is cooked at tableside. First, the superior stock of pork bone, chicken bone and Jinhua ham is brought to a boiled.
Once the superior stock is boiling, the staff will cook the Japanese A5 wagyu beef first. Similar to shabu shabu, the wagyu beef slices are cooked in the superior stock to allow diners to enjoy the fresh and tender wagyu beef.
Lastly, the Hor Fun is added and cooked in the superior stock. The Hor Fun is then served together with the soup which has that extra beef jus flavour in it from the previous cooking of the wagyu beef. This elevates the whole appreciation of the rice noodle.
Sweetened Red Bean Paste with Lotus Seed 3/5
Chilled Steam Fresh Milk with Egg White 3.5/5
For desserts, there are 3 classic options. One can choose from the Sweetened Red Bean Paste with Lotus Seed ($5), Chilled Steam Fresh Milk with Egg White ($6) and Chilled Aloe Vera Jelly with Fruits ($6). I would prefer the red bean paste to cook longer as the red bean still has a bite, unlike the paste texture I was expecting. For something light, I would go for the smooth and silky chilled steam fresh milk with egg white. Last but not least, the refreshing chilled aloe vera jelly that will wake up the senses with its sourish kick.
Chilled Aloe Vera Jelly with Fruits 3.8/5
The "Taste of Nostalgia" menu is available daily for both lunch and dinner. From now to 31 July 2019, Imperial Treasure Club members can enjoy a 20% discount off all items from the ‘Taste of Nostalgia’ menu (Non-members enjoy a 10% discount off).
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant
Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67381238
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Mon-Thu: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Fri-Sat: 11am - 1030pm
Sun: 1030am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit C or D. Walk to Ngee Ann City. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]