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Xiao Long Bao, the Star of Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan

James Chan

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan

With close to 80 chains in China, there’s no denying the popularity of Yechun.  Yechun has a long history in China. Emperors Shui Yang, Kangxi and Qianlong hosted banquets at Yechun. They made Yechun a must visit during their travels in China.

Yechun has always been a venue for intellectuals to gather, and enjoy poetry and painting. They currently have 2 overseas outlets in Taipei and Singapore. Sipping Chinese tea amidst a very traditionally Chinese thematic restaurant, one can feel a sense of cultural heritage while dining.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan as from the Yechun family, is one of  a small handful of restaurants in Singapore that focuses solely on Huai Yang (Yang Zhou) cuisine, one of the top 4 cuisines in China.  Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan, Singapore, serves Authentic Yangzhou Fried Rice (a world famous dish) along with many dishes that are popularly served at Jiang Nan (South of Yangsze River) region.

The Food

I must say that I went in with pretty steep expectations as I was recommended there by a friend. He was raving about how out of the world their Xiao Long Bao was and I’m a sucker for Xiao Long Bao. But first, here’s a couple more dishes that I sampled!

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan shredded tofu

Shredded Tofu, $6.80

It looks like some sort of noodles at first glance but it’s actually shredded tofu! This dish originated from Yang Zhou (of course) and it’s a very famous dish in China. It’s a very light dish and great as an appetizer.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan pig's ears

Pig’s Ears, $8.80

Some might not like the idea of eating pig’s ears and it was my first time eating it too but I kind of liked it! The cartilage of the ear gave this dish a pretty good crunch. Lightly marinated with salt, this dish is perfect with a good wine or that super strong Baijiu.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan Steam Soon Hock Fish

Steamed Soon Hock Fish in Soy Sauce, (market price)

This is a pretty standard at most weddings. It’s either the Soon Hock or the Seabass. They are both similar in terms of texture. It’s one of my favorite dishes when I attend weddings. At Yechun, they don’t disappoint either! The fish was fresh, the meat was tender and perfectly cooked that the meat of the fish melts in your mouth!

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan pork belly w/ abalone

Pork Belly With Abalone, $38

That wholesome abalone paired with that juicy pork belly is amazing! Who comes up with these things? It’s a very sinful dish though so if you’re trying to lean up, all that fat is definitely not for you. But, you wouldn’t feel that oily when you eat.

 

xiao long bao the best dish at yechun

Xiao Long Bao, $4.80 for 4 pieces

Now on to the star of the show, the Xiao Long Bao aka XLBs. I’ve had XLBs at many a place here in Singapore and I’m telling you that the ones serves at Yechun easily tops the cake. What does one look out for in a XLB?

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan the best XLB in singapore

  1. The skin of the XLB

I hate it when the skin is too thin and it breaks with the lightest of touches. Then again, I get really full and JELAT when the skin is too thick. There should be a perfect balance in my opinion and Yechun has found that balance!

  1. Flavor of the broth in the XLB

I usually savage it up and pop the whole thing in my mouth (occasionally burning my tongue if I’m not too careful). The joy of eating a XLB is when you break the skin and let the savory broth explode on your palate. Yechun’s XLB broth had slightly creamy and rich notes that was heavenly to taste.

  1. Meat filling

The generous meat filling for Yechun’s XLB was tender and tasty. I honestly think the broth elevated the flavors of the meat though.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan private dining room

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

If you ask me, I’m happy just bringing the family there just for Xiao Long Baos. At $4.80 for 4 pieces, it’s just so much value for great tasting food. You don’t expect that kind of prices based off how premium the restaurant looks.

 

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan
Marina Square, The Dining Edition #02-181/182
6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6333 4038
https://www.burpple.com/supreme-tastes-jiang-nan-cuisine

 

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Peony Jade @ Keppel Club

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (27/6 – 02/7)

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The esteemed list of Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017 was released earlier last week. There’s a total of 38 eateries to choose from and guess where we had dinner on Sunday?

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club

First off, if you don’t drive, it’s a bit of a hassle to get to. Bukit Churmin Road is a pretty long stretch but the pot of gold at the end makes up for all that effort.

 

The Food

Think standard Chinese cuisine BUT all your usual dishes that you’re familiar with have a unique twist included in them to give them the edge over other restaurants.

 

peony jade platter

The Perfect Match LobsterSalad and Barbercued Suckling Pig Combination

The name of the dish is definitely a mouthful but true to its name, The Lobster Salad and Suckling Pig are the highlights here.

I’m a sucker for Lobster, especially fresh ones. The Lobster at Peony Jade is no exception. They have certain standards to uphold after winning the Bib Gourmand Award and they’ve not disappointed me in that aspect.

The Suckling Pig was super tender and the crispy skin gave an extremely satisfying crunch and added texture in every bite.

peony jade prawn

Peony Jade’s Signature Sauteed Prawns with Creamy Yolk Sauce

It’s very difficult to pick a favorite dish at Peony Jade. This easily makes it into the top few dishes that I had there though.

The portions are generous and the creamy yolk sauce gives it a nice added sweetness that doesn’t steal the limelight away from the flavors of the prawns itself.

AMAZING

 peony jade sharks fin

Braised Superior Shark’s Fin in Brown Sauce

Frown all you want you conservationists, as cruel as the whole process may be, the chefs at Peony Jade can somehow make you overlook that fact.

They throw in superior stock and a huge chunk of shredded crab meat which results in an end product that somehow made everyone’s eyes at the table widen in surprise.

peony jade steamed fish

Steamed ‘Soon Hock’ Fish ‘Hong Kong’ Style with Japanese Shoyu Broth

The Soon Hock fish or Marble Goby fish, is a premium freshwater fish popular in most Asian countries.

“Just look at the cheeks on this one”

I couldn’t resist and went straight for the cheek. I know I seem to be writing about fish most weeks but they’re so good! It’s not even one of my favorite meats! Super fresh and tender! Even the stock is addictive! I didn’t give two hoots about dining etiquette and slurped the residual sauce from my plate with gutso.

 peony jade roasted duck

Peony Jade’s Signature Crispy Roasted US Duck

Arguably the best dish here, the meat was tender and succulent. The roasted skin literally melted upon contact with the tongue with just the right amount of fat tucked underneath the skin to give make it something you constantly want to be eating the whole night.

The other dishes were definitely good but I’m just highlighting what stood out for the night.

 

I’m pretty fortunate to have made reservations at this restaurant a week ago. We went there just 1 day after the Bib Gourmand 2017 award was announced and boy was it packed with people.

Singaporeans love their food. They will travel anywhere and anyplace within the country to get good food. So make your reservations fast! I’m expecting mad queues all over Singapore once again when they announce the Michelin stars this week.

 

Make your online reservations at Peony Jade @ Keppel Club here!

Peony Jade Website

or
Hungrygowhere

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Quandoo

Enjoy!

peony jade exterior

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club
Address: 10 Bukit Chermin Rd, 109918
Tel: 6276 9138
Opening Hours: 11AM–2:30PM, 6–10:30PM

 

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