I have been coming to this restaurant for dimsum for over 20 years, and some of the service staff has seen my little princess grow up. Many have come and gone, just like the menu here has changed over the years, but the dimsum has been consistently good.
Used to occupy where the Koufu foodcourt is today and was as Crystal Jade Kitchen 翡翠小厨, it had live seafood tanks and dimsum selections. It was the only proper Chinese restaurant in the North, and it would be packed from the moment it opened and until it closed. The menus were from 2013, and they showed how much the prices had remained steady over the years.
Fast forward to today, they have moved to the current position on the 5th storey after the 2016 renovation. And since recently, they renamed to Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen, empathising the HK aspect of the menu changes. The menu features some HK-style food and drinks, like these yuenyeung 鸳鸯 which contained coffee and milk tea.
My favourite has always been their beef brisket noodles. In the past I would order double the noodles with more sauce. These days you cannot customise the order.
These deep fried prawn dumplings were very good eats, each of them generously filled with prawn meat and chives. Served with Kewpie mayonnaise as a dip.
Simple but delicious, the steamed pork ribs did not overpower with fermented black beans like elsewhere. I still cannot get used to these plastic steamer baskets though.
Surprisingly their Shanghai soup dumplings were better than DTF’s. They had thin skin with really juicy filling. The filling was meaty and satisfying and more importantly not as sweet as DTF’s seasoning.
The braised ee-fu noodles were delicious with the nutty flavours of truffle oil. The assortment of farmed mushrooms hit all the right spots together with the wokhei.
The crispy chicken was like the ones they used to serve for roadside banquets. The lucky 5 referred to the 5 types of sauces that came with the chicken – Hainanese chicken rice chilli sauce, HK style scallion ginger oil, salt and pepper five spice, Worcester sauce, and sweet chilli sauce. I still prefer the traditional salt and pepper.
Despite all the new restaurants that opened up recently in Woods Square, Crystal Jade remained the best Chinese restaurant around here. It was good to see the some familiar faces, albeit much older. Crystal Jade has also aged gracefully with the neighbourhood.
Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen 翡翠港式小厨
Woodlands Square, #05-10 Causeway Point, Singapore 738099
Tel : +65 6891 1779
Visited Apr 2023
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