Monday, February 23, 2015
Jing Hua at Palais Renaissance
Jing Hua recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and opened its third branch in Singapore. Was invited to the new restaurant at Palais Renaissance together with my mysterymakan girls!
A special mention here is the Guo Tie - I don't usually crave for pan-fried dumplings but after having the ones here, I crave for it every other day! Read on to find out what else to order when you visit.
First, I love the modern oriental decor! The background music of 80s Chinese tunes also further enhanced the nostalgic charm of the restaurant!
My Lime Juice ($4++) drink went well with the dishes! There are also cocktail sodas, which the rest had.
And here comes our food! Chinese Pizza ($10.80++), was like flat curry puff crust with meat and chives fillings inside. Quite interesting!
Noodle with Minced Pork & Soya Bean Sauce ($6.80++), which is also Zha Jiang Mian with a supposedly lighter soybean sauce. I think that it is quite nice, but I personally would skip these carbs and fill my tummies with the dumplings instead!
I was initially quite skeptical about the Little Juicy Steamed Meat Dumplings ($8.80++ for 8 pieces). Not many restaurants do Xiao Long Bao well, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ones here. The broth is flavourful and special, and that's not just it. The skin is thin to my liking, so I don't feel that it's too much dough. Two thumbs up!
We had a small serving of Hot and Sour soup and it's quite appetizing. Good to eat at the start of the meal!
We were served these Boiled Mixed Seafood and Pork Dumplings ($9++ for 10 pieces), which were very yummy, until the next dish came....
The next dish was this! Pan Fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($6.50 for 6 pieces and $9.50++ for 10 pieces). This totally won me over! Although the boiled version is healthier and tastes good enough, but the pan fried version is crispy, fragrant, juicy, and perfect. The best guo-tie I have ever had! The skin was not too thick, so I could have several pieces at one go without feeling sick of it. One thing, Jing Hua is really good at their dumplings. I noticed that I liked all their meat fillings, no matter how it was presented.
Time for the sweet stuff! The Crispy Red Bean Pancake (豆沙锅饼) ($10.50++), is highly recommended as dessert after the dumplings!
We also had the Sweet Osmanthus Flower Rice Ball Soup (桂花汤圆) ($4++) and although we were already very full, we wanted to try every single flavour. I personally liked the peanut one best, out of the rest that were red bean paste, lotus and walnut paste and black sesame. I liked that the soup tasted clear and light too.
Group photo with the girls after our delightful dinner - Nadia, Jacelyn, and Fidelis!
Our shoes and the floor's motif.
We went for drinks after, since it was still early!
Had an enjoyable time chatting with these girls and getting them to open up their presents!
It was a great meal! I will definitely be back!
Original Chinatown Shophouse
21 Neil Road, Singapore 088814
Tel: +65 6221 3060
159 Rochor Road, Singapore 188434
Tel: +65 6337 7601
Palais Renaissance #B1-04/05
390 Orchard Road Singapore 238871
Tel: +65 6733 8231