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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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Taste Paradise at ION Orchard

I normally spend about $75 for 4 people when I dine at my favourite dim sum restaurants. It helps that my favourite dim sum restaurants some how seem to have perennial promotions going on. However, the other day when I dined with my good friend YJ, I also spent $75 for 2 people. It’s a wonder how we managed to even finish the food. And tip to self, never let a guy do the ordering or all the items will most likely be fried.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Skin Pork Belly

One of my favourite all time dishes, the crispy skin pork belly. Can’t find anyone out there who dislikes this. I love how the mustard is presented.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Spring Roll with Smoked Duck Meat

Crispy spring roll with smoked duck meat – Smoked duck meat in spring roll is quite a unique dish but it was a little difficult to detect and appreciate the duck since there was very little of it.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn in Beancurd Skin Roll

Deep fried prawn in beancurd skin. Quite nice but too oily. The skin is way to fried. I prefer the types found in Royal China where the skins still remain very thin and flat.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn with Mango Roll

Deep fried prawn with mango roll. Also nice but too much cream in the mango roll which made this really way too sinful and hard to appreciate the mango and prawn flavours.

Taste Paradise - Har Gow

Stick to the steamed items. They are much better. The prawn dumplings were succulent, juicy and large!

Taste Paradise - Steamed Rice Roll with Scallop

Prawn rice roll

Taste Paradise - Special Fried Carrot Cake

Carrot cake fried in special sauce. Ok seriously, I didn’t really detect any special sauce and I think my neighbourhood chai tow kuay stall does a better version.

Taste Paradise - Mini Egg Tart Egg tarts

Taste Paradise - Vegetable Water

Vegetable water. Stick to tea.

Taste Paradise (2) Taste ParadiseTaste Paradise - Dim Sum Menu

This visit to Taste Paradise was rather disappointing for me. I blame it on the fact that we didn’t order the right things. My first visit to Taste Paradise was so much better.

 

Taste Paradise

No.2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 9660  
Fax: 6509 9661

http://paradisegroup.com.sg/taste/

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