INDULGE IN EXQUISITE NANJING SIGNATURES AT THIS CHARMING SPOT IN THE HEART OF TOWN
China is a massive country with an array of regional cuisines to offer. But if you only have time (and appetite) for one, zoom in on Nanjing. The province known as the “city of emperors” was the centre of six major dynasties back in the day, so it’s no surprise that its chefs and kitchens specialised in crafting delicacies fit for royalty.
If you want to feast to your heart’s content, Nanjing Impressions at Plaza Singapura is a must-visit. Originally from China (established over two decades ago), the restaurant takes you back to Nanjing’s glorious days in the 1900’s with signature dishes and gorgeous interiors.
The menu showcases the province’s timetested recipes, a testament to the restaurant’s dedication to keeping Nanjing’s heritage and food culture alive. The Jinling signature salted duck, which dates back 1,400 years ago (during the Southern Dynasty), is a prime example.
The duck goes through a meticulous 10-step process, which includes a hand-fried dry rub of seasoned salt, a spiced brine, drying and a second and final dip in the brine to give it its unique and sumptuous flavour.
There is also the poached “lion’s head” meatball, a masterpiece if you think about the precise knifework involved in creating this one dish. The meat is carefully diced by hand so the lean meat and fat are evenly distributed for the best taste and texture. The meatball is then steamed for six hours. The end result? Irresistible meat that melts in your mouth.
To cap your gastronomical adventure, you can even watch special Suzhou Pingtan performances at certain timings throughout the week
(except Mondays). These shows are essentially storytelling sessions with singing and familiar Chinese instruments such as the three-stringed lute and pipa.
When you dine at Nanjing Impressions, you’re guaranteed a memorable meal that’s hard to beat in terms of quality, ambience and entertainment.
The Jinling signature salted duck is a favourite among gourmands for its unique taste that represents the “flavours of Six Dynasties”