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Real Food Revisited 3

In line with the healthy theme these 2 weeks thanks to Zespri’s Kiwifruit Challenge, I decided to take my parents to the new Real Food outlet that just opened at Killiney Road. The original Real Food cafe is at The Central just above Clarke Quay MRT Station and I’ve been there many times over the last 2 years.

It’s interesting how when you do something unappealing a number of times, it soon becomes more palatable, and may even turn into a habit? After having a Kiwifruit daily, plus the more or less raw dinner at The Living Cafe, my mind is more attuned to the benefits of eating healthily which was why I instantly thought of Real Food for Saturday brunch.

Real Food strives as much as possible to utilise organic ingredients in its food. Also, no meat is used. However, you would be really hard pressed to miss it because all the other flavours in each dish come together so nicely even without the meat! Another reason why I like coming to Real Food is because the prices are very affordable, and comparable to non-organic cafes!

Real Food - Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

For example, this dumpling soup. There is no meat in the dumplings but because it’s bursting with other ingredients, and chestnuts to give it a bite, you don’t miss the meat at all. In fact, my mother asked me if the dumplings contained minced meat as it was so flavourful. The soup itself is also a delight to drink, and has a peppery base that warms you.

I almost always order this dumpling soup, or the dumpling noodles. I believe most customers who patronise Real Food consider the dumplings to be one of their signature dishes.

Real Food - Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

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Crystal Jade Dining IN Dim Sum

When it comes to Dim Sum, the Parents have probably tried more places than I have in the last few months. They have been secretly dining out without inviting me, on the pretext that I was too busy with my own programme. What kind of an explanation is that?? My programme is always flexible when free food is involved. Yeah they knew they were on shaky ground, so a reservation was quickly made at their latest discovery, aka Crystal Jade Dining IN at Vivocity.

I was initially surprised that they would suggest Crystal Jade. Although I had a good dim sum meal at one of the casual Crystal Jade restaurants several years ago, I just didn’t associate Crystal Jade (a really affordable restaurant) with good dim sum. I forget that Crystal Jade has so many outlets ranging from cheap to premium. Crystal Jade Dining IN is of course one of their premium restaurants.

I love this Vivocity outlet. Not only do you get a view of Sentosa, the natural light coming in makes for great food photography! The staff are really attentive and will not hesitate to fill up your cup with tea the instance it is empty. We were sitting at the lower tier, nearest the glass walls, and because of the tiered seating, we didn’t realise that the restaurant was totally full during lunch, it was that cosy.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Chinese Tea (2)

Believe we ordered Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) tea, The tea is a little light because I was too hasty in pouring it out.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Dim Sum Dishes (2)

I haven’t caught on to the Tapas fad, but small bites in the form of Dim Sum is okay for me. I wonder why.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Pumpkin soup with Seafood $12 Pumpkin soup with Seafood $12

I thought my parents were joking when they said they were going to order pumpkin soup. I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin, and much less pumpkin soup, which I expected to be a thick puree of pumpkin. Thankfully, it wasn’t and it was a really good recommendation too. There wasn’t a strong pumpkin taste actually. It lent itself in the colour of the soup, the smooth/slightly thick texture and sweet flavour. I loved the diced vegetables and seafood in the soup. I like my soups to have something to bite into, and not just be pure liquid.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Char Siew Bao aka Steamed B.B.Q Pork with Honey Bun $4.20 Char Siew Bao aka Steamed B.B.Q Pork with Honey Bun $4.20

I found this to be delicious at first bite, with the sweetness of the BBQ pork being just right. The pork was also firm and I did not detect fatty bits, which to me is a sign of a cheap quality bun. Towards the end, I did feel like there was a sort of off flavour in the pork, which made me wonder if the pork was not fresh.

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Victoria Peak at Suntec Convention Centre

***CLOSED DOWN at SUNTEC***

Still open at Orchard Central : #11-01/02 Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

Just in case you didn’t already know, the Pearl River Palace that used to operate on the 3rd floor of the Suntec Convention Centre is no longer there. For quite a number of months now, Victoria Peak has been operating in it’s place. In fact, this is Victoria Peak’s 2nd outlet, the 1st being located on the 11th floor of Orchard Central! As for my beloved Pearl River Palace, it has closed for good so you won’t find it anywhere else in Singapore. I did actually enjoy dining at Pearl River Palace. The service and dim sum were exquisite!

So obviously, I had to go check out Victoria Peak to see if it would match up to the standards of Pearl River Palace. Whaddya know, upon stepping into Victoria Peak last Sunday for afternoon dim sum, I discovered that the place looks almost exactly like Pearl River Palace! The decor hasn’t changed! The only difference is that it wasn’t as crowded, the staff are no longer the same and for some strange reason, they don’t provide napkins anymore (the type you lay on your lap).

Victoria Peak is having a 30% discount on all dim sum dishes from now until perpetuity (ok the staff don’t know when the promotion ends so that means it’s relatively safe to go in the next few weeks). There was a huge signboard advertising the 30% discount, but not one of us saw it. I blame it on the throngs of New Creation Church goers who might have blocked my view of the signboard!

Victoria Peak - Deep fried beancurd skin with prawn

Deep fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn $5.50 – This is one of my favourite dishes to order whenever I have dim sum. I just love beancurd skin! This version here was not oily tasting which is good, but I thought that the prawn taste didn’t come through.

Victoria Peak - Har Gow

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling $5.50 –  Another must order for me. Dumplings were a little on the small side. Pretty good. At least the skins were nice and thin. Don’t like those dumplings with thick skins that go soggy after a while.

Victoria Peak - Siew Mai

Siew Mai/Pork Dumpling $4.80 – I liked the bouncy texture of the pork dumpling and they were quite generous with the roe at the top of the dumpling.

Victoria Peak - Prawn Rice Roll

Steamed Cheong Fun with Prawn $5.50 – This one was so so. Rice Roll felt a bit soggy and mushy. Prawns were not big enough.

Victoria Peak - Pumpkin Dumpling

Steamed Dumpling with wild mushroom in pumpkin sauce $5.50 – I have no idea how this tastes cuz this was served wrongly to our table. We spent 5 minutes trying to guess what this was, before relinquishing the dish to the wait staff. Should have quietly eaten it! And this wasn’t the only dish that was sent wrongly to our table. A total of 3 or 4 extra dishes were sent to our table! We should have grabbed them all! Even a jug of beverage was also sent to our table! At least none of the dishes we ordered went missing.

Victoria Peak - Crystal Dumpling

Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling with Spinach $4.80 – This was so so on the flavours but I liked the crunch of the ingredients. As with crystal dumplings, the skin tends to be thicker and stickier. Have you ever come across one with a thin skin?

Victoria Peak - Char Siew Pau

Steamed Barbecued Pork Bun aka Char Siew Bao $3 – Bao was pretty good. Everyone liked it as the meat tasted fresh and there was a lot of meat rather than cheap fats. I would have liked for the sauce to be slightly sweeter, but that boils down to personal preference. Bun was fluffy and light.

Victoria Peak - Vegetable Pot

Vegetable Pot $19 – Being a pescetarian, my father decided to order this to supplement the number of meat-free dim sum he consumed. I was hesitant to order this at first (I mean dim sum is supposed to be relatively veg free and I was in a dim sum mood) but it turned out to be a great dish. Everyone loved it very much! The soup broth was really flavourful and rich. The vegetables were all fresh and still had a bite to it. Really really nice and healthy too!

Victoria Peak - Crispy Noodle with Prawns Victoria Peak - Crispy Noodle with Prawns (2)

Crispy Noodle with Prawn $19 – This was also another great order although I’m not really sure if it is worth $19. There weren’t that many prawns, and noodle is cheap. Nonetheless, the thick stock that they ladled onto the crispy noodle made the noodles taste very good. The stock is provided separately so your noodles remain crispy until when you desire to have them.

Victoria Peak - Flowing Salted Egg Bun

Steamed Egg Custard Buns $4.80 – Last but not least, the flowing custard bun. Served hot with lots of oozy custard in a fluffy bun. Really no complaints here. Sorry no photo of the custard oozing out cuz it’s just tooooo precious to waste on a photo!

On the whole, I would say that Victoria Peak’s dim sum is very good, especially considering the price. For all that we ate, we spent only $79 including tea! It’s just not as good as my beloved Pearl River Palace, but I will certainly make another trip back, while the 30% discount promo is on! Remember, the discount applies only to the dim sum dishes, so if you’re ordering the crispy noodle or the vegetable pot, you have to pay full price!

Victoria Peak Restaurant

3rd Level, Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre

http://www.victoriapeak.com.sg

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