Monday, January 30, 2012
Royal China Revisited @ Raffles Hotel
Royal China always brings a smile everytime a meal is arranged there. Was expecting a CNY Dim Sum lunch over CNY Set Menu though but anyway here's what we had this year!
Mighty love of their robin blue walls and pillars.
Yearly favourite of these sugary treats, personal favourite goes to sugared lotus seeds.
Bountiful Harvest Salmon Yusheng
A must have every single year, none too spectacular. Portions were somehow too much for the table of us.
Braised Shark's Fin with Fresh Crab Meat in "Tan Jia" Broth
With many hotels taking their stand on removing Shark's Fin from the menu, Royal China has continued to serve this delish delicacy. Adored the rich broth, two thumbs up.
Steamed Live "Soon Hock" With Minced Garlic and Diced Chilli
Flesh was too soft and somehow a mismatch with the minced garlic and diced chilli pairing.
Wok-Fried King Prawns in Home-made Western Sauce
Fresh prawn with a delectable sauce.
Chef's Signature Barbecued Crispy Chicken In Sesame Sauce
One letdown of a dish, barely crispy skin with tender chicken. Would have preferred the original crispy skin chicken with seasalt.
Braised Golden Oyster with Sliced Abalone, Black Moss and Garden Green
Great effort was placed into this dish - bean curd jacket stuffed with oyster, mushroom and black moss. Looked like an ingot! Pity the abalone was sliced too thin but otherwise a pretty well executed dish.
Wok-Fried Glutinous Rice with Diced Preserved Meat
Soft chewy grains heavily flavoured with preserved meat, I liked it but response for this was split.
Chilled Fresh Mango Juice with Sago and Pomelo
Thick mango juice with sour mango cubes and sago, a great refreshing dessert. I like how there are two variations of dessert - hot and cold to please the tastebuds!
Pan-fried Royal China Chinese New Year Cake
Still as coconutty as I remember it to be. Tasted quite like nonya kueh here.
After two consecutive years of the same set menu, I came to realize set menus are not a good gauge of Royal China's prowess. They are capable of so much more...ala carte dimsum soon!
$728++ for 10 persons