At Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant, I was mesmerised by the ambrosial feast, Stewed Meat Crab with Vermicelli and White Pepper Claypot. It was so good that it was unforgettable. I tried it once and had returned to eat it again within the same week.
Enclave in the famous shopping belt along Orchard Road, the Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant is located at Ngee Ann City. Similar to the Crystal Jade concept of offering various traditional Chinese cuisines, Imperial Treasure was popular by many. An amalgamation of flavours from the best of Northern and Southern cuisines, Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant (御宝南北小馆) serves from the bold flavours of Sichuan to sweet Cantonese desserts and savoury handmade Shanghai bites. This restaurant explores the traditional Chinese cuisine.
When the server opened the lid, the white pepper fragrance blew our minds away. The spicy, yet nice aroma was mouthwatering. The vermicelli or glass vermicelli was perfectly cooked in al dente style. The glass noodles soaked in the rich peppery stew was beyond words. The meat was easy to remove from the crab, indicating that it was freshly prepared. The meat was crispy and sweet that was extremely enjoyable. It was very difficult to write my enjoyment in words unless you try it yourself. The crab weighed about 1.5kg and cost us SGD120. (Food rating: 5/5)
The Sauteed Diced Beef with Garlic (SGD24), compared to the crab vermicelli, lost badly. Though the diced beef was medium cooked, it lacked the nice garlic aroma. There seemed to be light teriyaki sauce over the meat. Nice, yet forgettable. (Food rating: 3/5)
Sauteed Squid coated with Salted Egg Yolk (SGD16) was another mouthwatering and unforgettable dish. The salted egg yolk, usually made of duck egg, was creamy and delicious. The squid, unlike the usual squid rings, were diced squid. They were perfectly cook that it was crispy, not tough. This savoury dish was to die for. (Food rating: 5/5)
The Pan-fried Fish Omelette (SGD16) was an interesting dish. Initially thought it was mini anchovies, the fishes were silver fishes or smelt. The omelette had a nice wok aroma that made the dish fragrant. (Food rating: 3/5)
Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant ✓ ijustwantfood Critics’ Pick ｜ ★★★★
Ngee Ann City, #05-12/13, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
Atmosphere A nice, yet narrow restaurant with busy servers. The restaurant is always full and you need to pull many tricks to attract the servers' attention
Sound Bruising when it is crowded
Recommended Dishes Stewed Meat Crab with vermicelli and white pepper claypot, Sauteed Squids Coated with Salted Egg Yolk,
Price $$ (Definitely worth it!)
Reservations No reservations allowed
What the Stars Mean Ratings range from zero to four stars. Zero is poor, fair or satisfactory. One star, good. Two stars, very good. Three stars, excellent. Four stars, extraordinary.