Crys­tal Jade Palace Restau­rant

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Chinese -

The per­pet­u­ally busy Chi­nese restau­rant in Or­chard is a top choice for week­end gath­er­ings. It is, af­ter all, Crys­tal Jade—an es­tab­lished brand serv­ing top-notch Cantonese fare. A true tes­ta­ment to the kitchen’s abil­ity is the xiao long bao, which doesn’t dis­ap­point. Served pip­ing hot in a steam bas­ket, the skin has the right thick­ness and con­sis­tency that eas­ily gives way to the meat and flavour­ful broth. A heav­ier op­tion is the fried rice, which isn’t oily, has a hint of smok­i­ness and is gen­er­ously stud­ded with shreds of crab­meat, egg, sakura prawns and chives. It pairs well with the roasted pork rib, kurobuta pork and roast duck from the com­bi­na­tion plat­ter. The dou­ble-boiled yel­low melon soup is served ex­tra hot, which is com­fort­ing on an empty stom­ach. On a busy week­end, the staff are able to han­dle a full house, en­sur­ing ev­ery­one is taken care of and dishes are served on time. There are lim­ited op­tions for wines by the glass, so stick to other bev­er­ages.

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