Photo: Crystal Jade Palace
Looking for the next ideal spot for your next power lunch, business dinner, or gathering with friends and family? With exciting new openings and revamped menus, one of these Chinese restaurants will surely suit the occasion. Expect a whole range for your fancy, from innovative takes on Chinese cuisine, to brand new tastes to the use of premium quality ingredients and timeless but exquisitely executed fare. Read more below.
1. Charming Shanghai Cuisine at Yan’s Shanghai Private Dining, Mandarin Gallery
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Yan’s Shanghai Private Dining, a charming restaurant located in Mandarin Gallery, is but a few months old but already garnering fans. Must-try dishes here include the Old Shanghai Smoked Fish ($18), which is not smoked but marinated, deep-fried and dipped in a special sauce to bring out sweet-smokey flavours. Traditionally carp is used, but chefs here picked fleshier and largely boneless pieces of local fish instead. Crab Meat with Bean Curd ($18 per person), a golden stew of smooth, silky beancurd with crabmeat enriched with crab roe served still bubbling in individual mini shallow pots, is another winning dish (if it gets too cloying, adding a few drops of vinegar helps gives the dish a lift). Pickled cucumbers ($8) and Jiangnan crispy eel glazed with sugar and vinegar ($16) make pleasant starters, and classic favourites such as fork-tender braised pork belly ($48) served in a claypot, and noodles tossed in scallion oil ($26), are also well executed and good for sharing. Come in larger groups (at least four people) so you can enjoy a variety of dishes.
Yan’s Shanghai Private Dining is located at #04-22 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238867, tel: 6836 1188. Visit http://yansdining.com/
2. Timeless Teochew Fare at Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine
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Zui Yu Xuan, the latest venture by Jumbo Group of Restaurants which opened May 2019, is an ode to classic Teochew cuisine. Tucked away in a two-storey heritage building complete with a charming courtyard, the restaurant, dressed in calming beige with a touch of maroon, exudes a sleek, elegant vibe that is perfect for entertaining guests and associates. Six private rooms on the second floor, complete with karaoke facilities, are available for those seeking more discreet options. Cuisine-wise, expect Teochew classics such as Cold Crab rich with creamy roe ($12 per 100g), a suitably tender Braised Duck with Beancurd (from $18 for half portion), and gooey Teochew Oyster Omelette ($13). If you love seafood, do consider the freshly sliced Geoduck Clam, blanched briefly in a comforting superior broth ($16.80 per 100g) to retain its pleasant sweetness and light crunch. The Crispy Fried Sea Cucumber ($24 per portion), served with shiitake mushroom and umami abalone sauce, has a lovely fleeting crispiness (read: don’t wait too long to eat it) that melts away to tenderness and bounciness. For dessert, Teochew ‘Tau Suan’ with Gingko Nuts ($5.20) brightened with orange zest, and the smooth Yam Paste fragrant with shallot oil and topped with sweet pumpkin and gingko nuts ($5.20) are both must-tries.
Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine is located at 130/131 Amoy Street (within Far East Square), Singapore 049959, tel: 6788 3637. Visit www.facebook.com/zuiteochewcuisine
3. Delectable Family-friendly Fare at Yun Nans, Jewel Changi Airport
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Renowned Yunnan F&B chain from China, Yun Nans (known as “Yun Hai Yao” in China) opened its first overseas store in Jewel Changi Airport in April 2019, giving first-time diners a glimpse into the diverse world of Yunnan food. Start with an appetiser such as chilled rice noodles (made in Yunnan using spring water) tossed with a tangy peanut sesame sauce ($12.90), then move on to the must-try signature Steam Pot Chicken Soup ($23.90) – the chicken, with no added water, is pressure-steamed for three hours (the steam enters a specially designed pot and eventually becomes soup). The resulting soup is clear, wholesome and delicate with pure flavours of chicken (a special breed of black feet chicken raised for 150 days in Malaysia is used). Chicken meat from the soup, which some diners tend to neglect, can then be enjoyed with bean sprouts and topped with spicy dressing so nothing goes to waste. Grilled Seabass with Lemongrass ($22.90) is another recommended dish. Whole seabass is butterflied, grilled over charcoal till fragrant and seasoned with a tongue-burning in-house spice mix. You may request for the spice mix to be served on the side if you don’t do too well with spicy (read: it’s kids-friendly too). The Pork Collar with Pickled Chillies (from 16.90 for small portion), with lean sliced pork swimming in a mouth-watering hot and sour broth (more sour than hot), is a highly addictive dish that we will order again. For dessert, the sweet but not cloying chilled Beancurd Pudding with Brown Sugar ($4.90) hits the right spot.
Yun Nans is located at 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #02-217, Singapore 819666, tel: 6908 3677. Visit www.facebook.com/yunnanssg
4. Taste of Many Worlds at Shang Social, Jewel Changi Airport
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Shang Social, the first standalone dining establishment by the Shangri-La Group outside of a hotel setting, presents diners with dishes from three distinctive Chinese cuisines – Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan— curated by three of Shangri-La’s highly acclaimed master chefs accomplished in each field, namely Chef Mok Kit Keung from Shangri-la Singapore, Chef Joe Hou from Shangri-la Nanjing, and Chef Rick Du from Shangri-la Shenyang. The restaurant, which opened in April 2019, is also divided into three distinct spaces, each with its own menu and offerings. There is a more formal Shang Social Dining (which takes reservations), a casual dining area called Shang Social MRKT, and a bar. Fans of Chef Mok, who helms Shang Palace in Singapore, will be glad to know that his signature Deep-fried Whole Boneless Chicken stuffed with Fried Glutinous Rice ($78) is also available here. Other must-tries include Chef Du’s sour, spicy and slightly tongue-numbing Red Garoupa Fillet Stewed in Pea Mash Soup with Pickled Peppers and Chinese Cabbage ($78 for 500g) and Chef Hou’s classic fork-tender Jiangnan dish of “Jiangnan Wok” Braised Black Marbled Pork ($28). At MRKT, where you can grab a quick meal and go if you are in a rush, a selection of starters, dim sum and noodles are available. Crowd favourites include the signature Pan-fried Bun with Pork ($5.80 for three pieces) aka Sheng Jian Bao with juicy filling, and Bamboo Noodles served with dark soy sauce pork lard ($6). Be sure to drop by the next time you visit Jewel Changi Airport, and do take some time to chill at the bar with an Asian-inspired cocktail in hand.
Shang Social is located at Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, #01-219 to 222, Singapore 819666, tel: 6346 0260. Visit www.shangsocial.com
5. Cantonese “Omakase” at Crystal Jade Palace, Ngee Ann City
Photo: Crystal Jade Palace
After extensive renovations, Crystal Jade Palace at Ngee Ann City has re-opened its doors this June 2019 to present a new look and an inspired menu by Chef Martin Foo, Group Executive Chef of Crystal Jade Group. The group’s flagship fine dining restaurant now boasts a sophisticated space that includes a communal dining hall, an intimate tea room, an elegant courtyard area, and chic private dining rooms (one of which caters to up to 120 guests). Diners can expect an updated repertoire of familiar favourites such as dim sum and claypot dishes, as well as imaginative dishes such as Organic Crystal Ice Plant and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Jamon Iberico (Spanish cured ham) ($28), and Stir-fried Shredded Fish Maw with Shishito Peppers and Black Beans ($98 for regular portion). Diners seeking a truly unique dining experience can opt for Chef Foo’s customised “omakase”-style menus where you leave the menu up to chef (Discovery 6-course at $138 per person and Extravagant 8-course at $188 per person), and you may be presented with creations such as the rich and comforting soup of Braised Fish Maw and Conpoy in ‘Tanfu’ Broth with Hokkaido Sea Urchin, or a decadent dish of Pan-seared foie gras paired with Roasted Black Truffle Duck.
Crystal Jade Palace is located at 391 Orchard Road, #04-19, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872, tel: 6735 2388. Visit www.crystaljade.com/palace
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