Sunday, April 25, 2010

Crystal Jade Palace @ Ngee Ann City Singapore

Look at the gigantic seafood!

The Crystal Jade Palace restaurant is very well established place for yum cha as well as lunch and dinner. This group of restaurants can be found all over Asia from Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and many more. Even in Singapore itself, they have more than 30 outlets countrywide. The funny thing is, I have not tried the Crystal Jade in KL which is present in The Gardens, Pavilion and also Lot 10.

Just before my flight, my friend, Johnny took me to this place for lunch. According to him, this restaurant is always packed to the brim and people are willing to queue for this place. Speaking of which, don't all Singaporeans like to queue? They like to queue for good food. For me, it depends, if I have to wait for more than 30 mins for it, I'll say forget it and I'll go elsewhere. Surprisingly, the night before, I was willing to wait for 45mins for a particular restaurant in Singapore. Lucky, Johnny made a reservation and we were shown to the table right away as we arrived at 4th floor of Takashimaya Shopping Centre in Ngee Ann City.

As I was still very full from a heavy breakfast, we didn't order much. I wanted to try as many dishes as possible but I know I can't and thus settled for just 4 dishes. The must try dishes for every yum cha place must not run away from the classic favourites like the Siew Mai (steamed pork dumpling), Har Gow (prawn dumpling) and also the Char Siew Pau (Roast Pork Bun). But I decide to skip the Char Siew Pau and opted for the Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawns instead. That's one of my favourites of all time!

The dim sum didn't disappoint. In fact the prawns are not only fresh and succulent, they are rather big too! Notice that the portions come in fours unlike in KL, they usually come in threes. A dish costs S$4.00-5.00 which in my opinion is very affordable and fair, provided you do not convert. Come to think of it, things in KL is rather expensive, as a plate of Har Gow of threes will cost around that price too, in Ringgit of course. If you earn in Singapore and spend the money there, it wouldn't be expensive at all.

Johnny strongly recommend me to try a new type of Chee Cheong Fun (Rice Roll) which is not available in KL and it's popular in Singapore. This CCF is called the Sauteed Rice Roll with Dry Shrimps. It's indeed very special. The rice roll come all sauteed and infused with soy sauce, dry shrimps and spring onions. The condiments for this dish is none other than ketchup and also peanut sauce. I find it very interesting on the palate as the rice roll goes very well with the paired sauces! Although it's not my usual favourite steamed Hong Kong CCF, I wouldn't mind having this in KL once in a while if they do serve this.

The whole bill only come up to S$31.00 for both of us. a word of advice though - come early or make a reservation prior to lunch or dinner to avoid queuing. Weekends is crazy!

Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant
391 Orchard Road,
Ngee Ann City #04-19
Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65-6735 2388


Sean said...

ooh, i've never tried crystal jade outside of m'sia ... but i like all the branches, especially the one at the gardens. pretty reliable chain...

CUMI & CIKI said...

wah , very cheap worrr! nice one

Huai Bin said...

I like that shell with a huge appandage coming out of it! I wanted to order at King Crab but it costs something like RM 200+ for one.

SGD 31 is a pretty good deal! :)

KY said...

why didn't u order the lanciao clam?! :P

SydneyJ22985 said...


thule a.k.a leo said...

yeah.. agree that weekend in Singapore can be a crazy affair!
Same as you.. I haven't been to any Crystal Jade in KL too! WEnt to their Singapore outlet but I haven't started blogging then :P

suituapui said...

$31 only? That's cheap...even after conversion. The dim sum looks great!

Simon Seow said...

I went to Imperial Treasure in Ngee Ann City for dim sum two years ago with my sis and brother-in-law. Very nice.

Pattaya Girls Blog said...

wow, nice looking grub, do they do international take out.

A Arthur said...

wow you are going places, eiling, good that you introduce some of the good food around.

How about going international like Phnom Penh or HCMC?

warm regards

eiling lim said...

Sean: Yup, but I don't see queues here unlike Singapore! haha

C&C: Yeah it is.

Huai Bin: That's a Geoduck. Yeah I think the price is reasonable.

KY: eee... I don't want!!!

Sydney: ?!!

Thule: Haha.. dunno why we can go all the way to Jade Crystal Singapore but not go to the one in KL.

STP: I'm sure you'll like it!

Simon: ooh. At first we were thinking to go to the Imperial one but then still decide to go to Jade Crystal instead.

Pattaya girls blog: Sorry not sure about that. perhaps you can call and ask?

A Arthur: Thanks! Well, I haven't been to Phnom Penh except Siem Reap in Cambodia. Maybe it can be planned!

breadpitt said...

i also been to sg , well 1k+ just gone for 4 days 3 nights;-) ..agree with once a while indulge good for body and soul...

eiling lim said...

Breadpitt: yeah cos our currency is so low. I actually used more than 3k

foongpc said...

Yummy food! I dun like to queue for anything!!! : )

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: I don't like to queue too!

Anonymous said...

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