Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Yue Bai (月白) @ Duxton Road - Refined Fujian Heritage Dishes Paired with Portuguese Wines


Yue Bai on Duxton Road has launched a new Summer Menu crafted by Singaporean Chef - Owner Lee Hong Wei for the summer season. Celebrating his Fujian heritage, Yue Bai's new seasonal menu offers a touch of modernity to Fujian dishes from various cities. In addition to the Summer Menu, Yue Bai also introduces its extensive selection of Portuguese wines for wine pairing, the largest collection in a Chinese restaurant in Singapore. These wines, known for their varied and lively notes, complement the refined flavours of Hokkien cuisine without overpowering them.

Appetisers 4.5/5

We began with some appetisers. Tinted in pink, the Roselle Flower-Infused Chinese Yam ($12) was a light and nourishing bite, crunchy with an elevated sweetness. Crisp-Fried Burdock with Sesame Seeds and Spice Powder ($14) was moreish, and the Crisp-Fried Beancurd Skin with Minced Chicken and Water Chestnut ($14), seasoned with Five Spice, boasted a juicy and mouthwatering texture. Made from organic purple rice, the Deep-Fried Organic Purple Rice Cake ($16) carried a nuttier flavour, enriched with XO Sauce, Rice Puff, and Spring Onions. The Lion Mane Mushroom Nuggets with Salted Egg, Curry Leaf, and Bird's Eye Chilli ($18) was a table favourite. The minced and pressed mushrooms created meat-free nuggets with a surprisingly juicy and non-greasy texture. The salted egg and milk powder formed a perfect powdery light coating.

Double-Boiled Night Blooming Cereus 4.5/5

Next, we enjoyed a nourishing Double-Boiled Night Blooming Cereus, Dried Fig, and Duck Breast Soup ($18). The clear broth, featuring Ba Wang Hua (dehydrated Night-Blooming Cereus flower), known for its detoxifying properties, offered a herbaceous taste and sweetness with a comforting deep flavour.

Tong Ann Braised Pork Belly 4/5

The mains showcased timeless Fujian classics, which are relatively labour-intensive and traditionally reserved for special occasions. The Tong Ann Braised Pork Belly ($38) featured a thick cut of pork belly slow-cooked with Dried Oyster, Dried Shrimp, and Chestnut. While the dark and umami sauce was delightful, some parts of the meat were somewhat dry, which was a pity.

Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Cake 4.8/5

One of the highlights was the Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Cake ($32) with Shiitake, Sakura Prawns, and XO Sauce. The dish's smoky and umami flavour made it a crowd-pleaser, and the chewy texture of the sweet potato cake was impressive. Apparently, it hasn't been easy for Chef Lee to create such a texture as the characteristics of our local flours differ from those of China. Chef Lee's effort paid off, making this a must-try!

Hokkien Braised Noodles 4/5

Hokkien Braised Noodles ($35), a native's favourite, is elevated with a Seafood Medley. Braised in an oyster-based stock, the noodles were served with scallops, prawns, and lettuce, topped with minced mushrooms, pork, and fried garlic. The noodles' texture was enjoyable, and their light flavour profile complemented the more robustly flavoured dishes.

Braised Yam, Alkaline Rice Cake 4.5/5

The Braised Yam, Alkaline Rice Cake ($18) is traditionally reserved for Chinese New Year. Chef Lee replaced rice with yam using his grandmother's recipe because of its higher collagen content. The rice cake was tender with a slight hint of alkaline taste, paired perfectly with the tender pieces of yam doused with a highly flavoured sauce.

Braised Chinese Mustard Green 4/5

Braised Chinese Mustard Green, Minced Pork, and Sun-Dried Chinese Mustard ($24) was a simple, homely dish. The lightly poached Chinese mustard was topped with an appetising mixture of minced pork and mei cai.

Jasmine Milk Pudding 5/5

Dessert was impeccable. The wobbly Jasmine Milk Pudding ($12) was aromatic with jasmine floral notes and finished with Xiang Pian Tea to balance the sweetness. We ended the evening with an amazing dessert wine from Portugal, adding a perfect finale to the meal.


Yue Bai is proud to unveil a special promotion in tribute to Chef's Fujian heritage and in the spirit of sharing Hokkien creations with a broader audience. Enjoy 50% off select weekly dishes from 20 May to 30 June 2024. Six dishes will be on promotion on rotation depending on the different weeks:

20 – 26 May 2024: Stir - Fried Sweet Potato Cake, Shiitake, Sakura Prawns, XO Sauce (UP $32)
27 May – 2 June 2024: Braised Chinese Mustard Green, Minced Pork, Sun-dried Chinese Mustard (UP $26)
3 – June 2024: Tong Ann Braised Pork Belly, Dried Oyster, Dried Shrimp, Chestnut (UP $38)
10 – 16 June 2024: Hokkien Braised Noodle with Seafood Medley (UP $35)
17 – 23 June 20 24: Chinese Mustard Green, Shiitake, Sakura Prawns, Pork Belly, Rice (UP $28)
24 - 30 June 2024: Red Vinasse Pork, Turnip Pearl (UP $28)

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.

Yue Bai (月白)
33 Duxton Road
Singapore 089497
Tel: +65 97218055
Nearest MRT: Maxwell (TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 1145am - 3pm, 545pm - 10pm
(Closed on Mon except PH)

1) Alight at Maxwell MRT station. Take Exit 3. Cross the road and walk down Duxton Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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