In the seemingly never-ending search for good yum cha in Singapore, I think we finally hit the jackpot at Crystal Jade on the weekend. When I say “good”, I have to admit that my search is to find the best replica for Sydney yum chas, so perhaps my idea of perfection is a tad skewed.
Yum cha is definitely better enjoyed with more than two people. D and I have tried to go a few times (just the two of us) and it just means you don’t get to order the variety of food that makes yum cha so perfect for people like he and I who cannot make up their mind and basically want a bit of everything.
The restaurant is airconditioned to Arctic temperatures, which I never understand in Chinese restaurants (maybe they want you to eat faster so the turnover is high ? Then again, this doesn’t look like the sort of place that relies on turnover, so who knows) and the menu limited, but consists of firm favourites – har gau, siu mai, carrot cake – and each one is done to Sydney-grade perfection. My only comment was that the other yum cha staple – char siew pau – was a bit doughy and the char siew a tad too sweet.
The firm favourite for both D and I was the roast pork. A small, delicate perfect square of 9 crispy pieces, not too fatty, not too dry. Delicious by itself or dipped into the accompanying mustard.
All in all, I’d be happy to back there again and again each time the urge for yum cha hits me (which is pretty often, actually). Hurrah !
#05-22, 290 Orchard Road S(238859), Paragon Shopping Centre
Tel: 6734 6866