From fine dining to casual dining, Crystal Jade has no lack of restaurants under its culinary belt to cater to different taste buds. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Crystal Jade Korean Ginseng Chicken and BBQ Restaurant shifted to their new home, taking over the spot vacated by their sister restaurant Crystal Jade Kitchen. Korean foodies are in for a treat with the expanded menu offering healthy wholesome home-styled Korean food within a traditional “hanok” inspired dining environment.
The Korean appetizers in a set of 6 ($10) is a great tummy filler before the mains arrive. The variety changes daily to keep things refreshing. After tantalizing my taste bud with the spicy appetizers, the Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup provides a totally different experience. Fresh whole young chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice, red dates and gingko nuts and steamed for 1.5 hours with ginseng and ginseng water before simmering for another 3 hours with chicken stock. The whole laborious affair resulted in a ginseng infused chicken meat that tears apart at the prick of a fork. This traditional summer time dish with rejuvenating and detoxing effects is chicken soup for the soul indeed.
When the stewed top grade beef short rib arrived simmering in a claypot, I knew it will be a show stopper. Prime Australian chunky beef ribs are massaged with an assortment of pepper, sesame, ginger and garlic before braising with rock sugar, apple, pear, carrot and radish. The vegetables and meat are totally infused with the thick stewed sauce packed full of umami flavour. Throw in some of the fresh Korean handmade noodle for a delicious carbo intake.
The Korean Imperial Hotpot ($39/serving) came beautifully arranged with assorted vegetables topped with fresh pork belly in a kimchi broth. I’m not a fan of kimchi and prefer my hotpot to be purely chicken or pork broth to fully appreciate the natural flavour without the enhancement of something spicy.
What’s a Korean meal without BBQ? To complete our Korean dining experience, the beef short rib ($28/serving) comes into play again, glistening over the hot grill, after being marinated with a secret recipe. The ox tongue ($25/serving) and gorgeous marbled pork collar ($22/serving) are both juicy and succulent with just a few short flip over the grill.
Ironically, the dessert is the most memorable dish for the night. Double boiled Snow Pear with Chuan Bei and Dried Longan ($5/serving) Affectionately known to many Koreans as “baesuk”, this simple home-styled dessert is a remedy for colds and coughs. Served icy cold, it is a refreshing end to our delightful BBQ meal.
CRYSTAL JADE KOREAN GINSENG CHICKEN AND BBQ RESTAURANT
391 Orchard Road
#B2-36A Ngee Ann City
Tel: 6733 3229
Mon to Fri: 11am to 3pm (Lunch) 5.30pm to 11pm (Dinner)
Sat to Sun: 11am to 11pm
This was an invited tasting.
Thank you Samantha and Lucas from Crystal Jade and Joh Ju from Pinstripes Communications for the kind hospitality.