The Fullerton Hotel was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument by the National Heritage Board last December, and to commemorate this occasion, Jade Restaurant’s chef Leong Chee Yeng specially created the Fullerton Monumental Menu (S$88 per person) featuring dishes that are inspired by the historic building’s rich heritage. To start, we were served the By the Riverside – a trio of starters comprising Singapore chilli crab meat served with mini mantou, stir-fried morning glory topped with baby squid and fermented bean curd, as well as deep-fried spring onion crispy prawn. We were told that the hotel’s location near the Singapore River gave chef the idea of starting the meal with seafood. The next dish – Beauty in Stone, which is inspired by the timeless quality of the majestic Fullerton Building, is definitely one of our favourite dishes from the menu featuring braised abalone and deep-fried fish maw stuffed with shrimp paste in rich broth served on stoneware.
Another highlight on the menu is the Bridges of Steel consisting two pieces of golden fried pork ribs in garlic flavour served with spicy pickled cabbage – this dish pays tribute to two of the oldest iconic bridges of Singapore – Cavenagh Bridge and Anderson Bridge.
For dessert, we had the Letters from Home comprising a refreshing coconut ice cream topped with mango sauce and strawberry slices, served with a perfectly cooked caramelised banana ball, and durian glutinous rice ball. This decadent sweet treat is inspired by the old Fullerton Building’s glorious history as a General Post Office (GPO).
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