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Crystal Jade

I feel so hungry looking at these photos! I think I need to go eat dinner again. This was what we had for dinner yesterday. Just 2 simple dishes of broccoli sauteed with garlic and braised beancurd with mushrooms. And plain rice. Sometimes, only Chinese food will do, and yesterday was 1 such day, even though we walked past Caffe Bar, which was having a promotion on $20 steak.

Broccoli sauteed with garlicWhat is it that makes these broccoli florets so crunchy and tasty? They never taste half as crunchy when we do it at home. They soak up the garlic oil so well. The Partner thinks that butter is used, but that would be rare for Chinese cuisine wouldn’t it?

Stewed beancurd with mushrooms Yet another seemingly simple dish, once again carrying so much flavour.

Crystal Jade was having yet another one of their meat promotion. This time round, get a whole braised duck for $10 takeaway and $16 eat in. We would have ordered this had we not been binging all weekend long.

What did you have for dinner during the weekend?

Royal China

Ok the soup pot below was to whet your appetite…incidentally quite the same idea in Chinese cuisine as well.

During the Vesak day holidays last week, I took my parents and the Partner out for a nice dim sum lunch. As posted some time back, we like to dine at Pearl River Palace at Suntec Convention Centre. The service at Pearl River Palace is good, and the dim sum dishes are of hotel standard, presentation-wise as well as taste. But still, one can’t always dine at the same place all the time or one would never discover other potential gems.

I’ve dined at Royal China at Raffles Hotel many times with my colleagues. A lot of my colleagues from Hong Kong love the dim sum here, and swear that Royal China serves the best dim sum around the Raffles Hotel and City Hall area. My family had never tried Royal China prior to this so the Vesak day holidays was a good chance to let them sample what Royal China had to offer.

I like the decor of the new Royal China. It has a baby blue theme which I really love, but I hear from the more macho of men that they find it too girly. If you ask me, it’s a wonderful place to bring your girlfriend.

Royal China Chilli

First we start with the Chilli. No Chinese cuisine is complete without it, and let it be known that different types of chilli go with different types of Chinese food.

Royal China double boiled pumkin soup

This is the double-boiled pumpkin and pork soup dished out from the funky pot, photo posted earlier. I was a little afraid that it would turn out to be the thick pumpkin soup you get from Western restaurants, but this was a wonderfully light and flavourful broth. The Chinese, in particular the Cantonese, cannot survive without their comfort soups. With soups prepared so lovingly over so many hours, squeezing out every ounce of nutrition from the bones of the pork, it is no wonder that the Cantonese do insist so. I would drink this soup everyday if someone would prepare it for me.

Next, we were served an assortment of exquisite morsels of dim sums.

Royal China Crystal Vegetarian Dumplings

Crystal dumplings – Dumplings filled with mushrooms and crunchy veggies.

Royal China Siew Mai

Siew Mai – No dim sum meal is complete without Siew Mai or Har Gow.

Royal China Har Gow

Har Gow – Prawn dumplings wrapped in paper thin rice flour skin. The better restaurants use only prawns and not pork as filling for their Har Gow.

Royal China Mango and prawn sesame fritter fried

Mango and prawn sesame fried fritter

Royal China special deep fried dumpling

Special deep fried dumpling, to be dipped in soup served on the side.

Royal China 7

Nondescript buns…..

Royal China 5 

… with a salty surprise inside. These buns filled with a salted egg yolk and mango liquid filling was oh so delicious. Just for this alone, and perhaps the soup, I would be willing to return to Royal China, because it is very hard to find salted egg yolk buns in Singapore, or good ones for that matter! It is absolutely essential that the filling is oozy and liquid, none of the hard muck for me.

Can’t wait to go back again!

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