Christmas bells are still ringing, but CNY footstep is already hot on our heels. To usher in the Lunar New Year, Crystal Jade Golden Palace created an auspicious feast revolving around Health, Wealth and Prosperity using premium ingredients with a contemporary spin.
Yu Sheng, an indispensable dish is enjoyed by both the young and old during the festive period as it signifies prosperity and longevity. The Hearty Five Treasure Yu Sheng ($78.80 for a small serving and $128.80 for a large serving) made a successful return to the table after its debut 2 years ago. Apart from the colourful array of crunchy fresh vegetables, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, white sesame, peanuts and taro strips are generously tossed with a special blend of plum sauce and hazelnut oil to give it that fragrant nutty flavour. Premium amberjack and salmon further sweetened with mango strips and gold leaf flakes completes the luxurious touch.
The Deep-fried Japanese Amadai Fish sprinkled with Shichimi Powder ($5.50/37.5gm) is an expensive delicacy specially air flown from Japan. Uncommon in Singapore, the whole fish is deep fried with its scales on and dusted with a sweet and piquant blend of chilies, dried orange peel, peppercorns, sesame seeds, dried ginger and seaweed. It’s a pity the fish was a tad over fried which do not serve justice to its delicate flesh.
Seafood is also widely used in CNY dishes for auspicious reasons. Not forgetting the Dragon of the Sea, the Stewed Canadian Lobster in Superior Broth ($11/100gm) is the most ideal cooking style to savour the freshness of the succulent meat. The shellfish is first seared with hot oil to seal in the natural sweet flavour before simmering in a rich broth containing halibut, a flat fish. It is almost blasphemy to even think of drenching the crustacean in a cheese sauce and baking it.
At one glance, the Sautéed Kurobuta Pork Strips with Assorted Mushrooms and Capsicum ($32) might not raise an eyebrow. However, the simplicity of this pork dish is elevated with the use of cordycep flowers, subtly perfumed with aromatic organic raw extra virgin coconut oil. This won my vote for the night. All I wish for is a bowl of fluffy carbs to go with it.
Another dish worth mentioning is Braised Sea Cucumber and Scallop with Barley in Special Sauce ($38) The pearl barley is a wonderful substitute to rice as it soaked up the superior stock without turning mushy. The sautéed asparagus and corn added a fresh touch of colours and texture to this savoury dish.
The meal ended on a happy note with the Festive Trio of Black Eye Pea Cake ($25.80), Carrot Cake ($25.80) and Glutinous Rice Cake ($23.80). If your sweet tooth is still tingling with craving, its never too early to indulge in their Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Tarts ($15.80 for the Abundance Pack, $17.80 for the Double Happiness and Classic Happiness Pack and $31.80 for the Happiness Quartet Pack)
A word of caution. These little nuggets are dangerously addictive and is detrimental to your diet plan.
Gallop into the year of the Horse with Crystal Jade unique festive menu from 20 December 2013 to 14 February 2014.
CRYSTAL JADE GOLDEN PALACE
290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6734 6866
Many thanks to Samantha from Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts and JJ from Pinstripes Communications for the invitation.