East Treasure Chinese Restaurant at Clarke Quay has been on my bucket list for a while after hearing raving reviews from my foodie friends. The Chinese restaurant is opened by Astons known for offering quality and affordable western cuisine. In recent years, it has expanded its business into Japanese and Chinese cuisine too. Together with a few foodie friends, we decided to go to East Treasure for our Chinese New Year celebration.
Yu Sheng 4/5
As in all Chinese New Year celebration, we started the dinner with Yu Sheng. Unlike the usual yu sheng with a lot of shredded carrot and cucumber, this is replaced with the crunchy crystalline ice plant. Another modern take is the truffle maltosec powder instead of five spice powder and pepper, giving the dish an aromatic finishing. My disappointment is the used of crispy shirauo instead of raw fish for abundance.
Double Boiled Tonic Soup with Crocodile 4.5/5
If you are not into exotic meat, it is ok. What you cannot miss is the flavoursome soup from the Double Boiled Tonic Soup with Crocodile. It is packed with depth and robustness with the herbal sweetness. If you have eaten turtle soup, it is somewhat similar. If you are adventurous, not to forget the crocodile meat which is cooked to tender and taste like chicken.
Steamed Dragon Grouper Fish 4.2/5
I find the Steamed Dragon Grouper Fish in Shoyu and Pickled Chilli unique and delicious. Perfectly steamed, the fish meat was moist and sweet. The tang from the pickled chilli complemented the freshness and gave the dish an appetising touch.
Sauteed Sea Prawn 4.2/5
The Sauteed Sea Prawn was given a coat of the Chef fragrant sauce, which is sweet and lift the appreciation of the fresh and bouncy meat.
Braised Beancurd 4/5
The Braised Beancurd is a hearty dish with a soft silken interior paired with seasonal green. Holding the dish together has to be the gravy packed with snow crab meat and gingko nut.
60 hour Dry Aged Roasted Duck 4.2/5
A must-have at East Treasure is the 60-hour Dry Aged Roasted Duck. Usually, this is air-dried to achieve the crispy skin. Since Astons has a dry ageing cabinet for its beef, this allows them to come up with the dish. The result is tender meat with the flavours all locked in and extremely crispy skin.
Fragrant Onion Rice 4.5/5
Quite similar to the claypot rice, each mouthful of the Fragrant Onion Rice is filled with beautiful aroma from the mixed cured meat and onion. It is also paired with arrowhead and french beans, rounding off the enjoyment with extra textures.
Lastly, we ended our dinner with Red Bean Soup that comes with a rice dumpling in it. Overall I have enjoyed the meal at East Treasure. As I visited the place during Chinese New Year and what I had is their festive menu, it did give me a glimpse of the culinary skill of the chef. I look forward to my next visit to try their a la carte items. I am sure to discover some tasty and unique dishes.
East Treasure Chinese Restaurant
3B River Valley Road
Tel: +65 62524645
Nearest MRT: Fort Canning (DT Line), Clarke Quay (NE Line)
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 1015pm
1) Alight at Fort Canning MRT Station. Take Exit A. Turn right and down River Valley Road. Turn right onto Tan Tye Place. Walk to the end of the road. Turn left onto Clark Quay. Walk to destination. Journey time bout 5 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit C or G. Walk to the riverfront. Turn left and walk down the river. Cross the bridge. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]