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Lunar New Year Dinner at Imperial Treasure Cantonese Restaurant, Singapore

Sunday, January 26, 2014



Enclave in the Terminal 3 area, the Imperial Treasure restaurant resides within the Crowne Plaza Hotel and serves Cantonese cuisine.

My family and I went to Imperial Treasure last evening to have an early family reunion dinner. We ordered a couple of ala carte dishes and the 'yu sheng' to welcome prosperity, good health, and harmony for the coming lunar new year. During this peak period, there were two timings for dinner, 6pm and 8.45pm. Each dinner session was expected to complete within the next 1-2 hours.

If you are staying in the east of Singapore, perhaps you could consider this restaurant. It was away from traffic and the food and service were great!







The Yu Sheng is a significant symbol in the lunar new year. Tossing the Yu Sheng or Prosperity Salad is a symbolism of good luck. It comprise of white radish, carrot, lotus strips, crackers, sesame, and other condiments. The salmon fish symbolises abundance and bountiful during the year (年年有余); The pomelo or lime symbolises luck and smooth sailing (大吉大利); Pepper powder symbolises hope of attracting more money and valuables (招财进宝); The oil is poured in circular motion symbolises wealth flowing in all directions (财源广进); Red Carrots means blessings of good luck (鸿运当头); White radishes mean prosperity in business and promotion at work (风生水起, 步步高升); Ground peanuts symbolising a household filled with gold and silver were then added into the plate (金银满屋); Sesame seeds symbolising a flourishing businesses were also added (生意兴隆); and finally, deep fried golden brown crackers were added that symbolises that the whole floor will be filled with gold (满地黄金). After all the condiments were added, it was time to toss the salad. While tossing, we also said many good wishes.

In this yu sheng, the taste was unique and delicious. (Food rating: 3/5)



Beef cubes with fried sliced garlic (蒜片牛肉) were perfectly cooked. The beef cubes were tender and juicy. The sliced garlic were aromatic. When eaten together, it tasted better. (Food rating: 3/5)



Sauteed scallops and asparagus in XO sauce (干贝芦笋 XO 酱) was delicious. The asparagus was perfectly sauteed with the perfectly portion of the XO sauce. Unlike most of the XO sauces I have eaten, Imperial Treasure restaurant's sauce was different and yet nice. I was hoping that the scallops could be better sauteed to bring out the sweetness of the seafood. (Food rating: 3/5)



The Peking Duck (北京鸭) left me baffled. The duck skin was beautifully roasted with salivating fragrance. The thin slice of the crispy skin was then wrapped with a crepe with a slice of cucumber, spring onion and sweet sauce. The cucumber and spring onion provided the crunchiness and fragrance. The rest of the duck meat was then requested to cook in Fried Rice style. (Food rating: 4/5)







Fried Rice (炒饭) was amazingly delicious. The rest of the duck meat was cut into smaller cubes and cooked with the rice. The rice was superbly delicious. I could see every grain vividly and taste every one of them. The heat on the pan was hot enough to cook such a perfectly delicious fried rice. (Food rating: 4/5)



Egg and Spinach Tofu with mushrooms and Pak Choi was another nice dish. I loved the way the egg tofu was fried to give a golden brown colour. Each tofu was layered with minced green spinach leaves. (Food rating: 3.5/5)





We ordered a steamed sea bass in light soy sauce. The server helped us to distribute the fish around the table. The soy gravy was light and savoury. The fish was very fresh as there was not fishy taste or smell. (Food rating: 3.5/5)



Three Eggs Vegetables was a typical Cantonese dish. There were three different egg dishes that were added into the dish - chicken egg, century egg and salted duck egg. This was one of my favourite dishes. The spinach was perfectly cooked. The eggs and the spinach were perfect combination and it was absolutely delicious. All I need to worry was my cholesterol levels. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

 

The complimentary spicy XO chilli was delicious. You could eat it on its own too.







Address: 75 Airport Boulevard, #01-02, Crowne Plaza Hotel (Next to Changi Airport Terminal 3), Singapore 819664
Atmosphere: Enclave in the tranquil Terminal 3 of Changi International Airport, the restaurant was bustling with people. Servers were Servers were fast and efficient when taking orders.
Sound:  Bruising when the entire restaurant is full
Recommended Dishes: Fried Rice, Peking duck
Price: $$
Rating: 3/5
Reservations: Reservations is available

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