[Michelin Food Guide - Singapore] Crystal Jade Golden Palace (翡翠金阁) - 1 Star (2017)

Crystal Jade Golden Palace is once again awarded with a Star by the Michelin Food Guide.

We had a family celebratory dinner at Crystal Jade Golden Palace on a Friday night the week after the Michelin Food Guide 2017 was released. I was able to reserve a table quite easily using a reservation app and it was confirmed immediately. I cannot wait to share the lavish experience with you all.

Fried Carrot Cake with XO Sauce was beautifully pan-fried with aromatic wok fragrance. The carrot cake was crispy on the outside and soft inside. Together with bean sprout, preserved radish, and XO sauce, this dish was amazingly delicious. Priced at $11.80, it was wiped out almost immediately. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Chilled Yellow Crab in Teochew Style was amazing. The crab meat was creamy and the roe was rich. The seafood was accompanied with garlic vinegar dip. The astringent dipping sauce with the sweet creamy crab meat was a superb combination. (Food rating: 4/5)

The beautiful golden brown Crackling Roasted Pork Belly was lip smacking. The meat was savoury and the skin was crispy. The crackling sound was like an orchestra as each diner chewed on the pork belly. (Food rating: 4/5)

Teochew Four Delight Appetiser Platter comprises deep-fried prawn roll, deep-fried crab roll, Sauteed Scallop, and Braised Duck. Amongst the four items, I loved the braised duck best as it was filled with light, rich aroma. The deep fried crab roll was filled with real crab meat. The braised duck meat was tender. The scallops were perfectly sauteed that every bite was great! (Food rating: 4.5/5)

A small portion of Suckling Pig was just the right amount to taste all the delicious food at Crystal Jade Golden Palace. The skin was flavoursome and the sweet brown sauce piqued it further. (Food rating: 4/5)

Szechuan Hot and Sour Thick Soup was one of my favourites. The soup had the right viscosity and the ingredients were very generous. The fresh prawns, mushrooms and bamboo shoot were a great combination. The soup wowed me. (Food rating: 4/5)

Stir Fried Hor Fun with Kai Lan, and Pork Strips, similar to our local Fried Kway Teow, was savoury. The sauce, though light, was appetising and wonderful. Yet, I would wish it would taste better. (Food rating: 3/5)

Baked Lamb Rack cooked with Red Wine and Black Pepper was absolutely excellent. The lamb was succulent and had a flavoursome aftertaste. The gustatory black pepper had a very rich aroma that I personally felt unforgettable. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Braised Superior Sea Cucumber with fish maw in Brown Sauce was sweet and had a chewy texture. The brown sauce with fish maw was delicious.

Sea Cucumbers are a type of high protein, low fat and low cholesterol seafood. It is believed to have kidney-tonifying , essence-replenishing, blood nourishing, skin moistening, complexion beautifying  and more importantly, anti aging properties. Some said that prickly sea cucumbers are considered as one of the higher quality amongst all sea cucumbers. (Food rating: 4/5)

Braised Beancurd with Mushrooms is commonplace in most Chinese restaurants. I loved the soft texture of the beancurd with the delicious braised sauce. The mushrooms were crispy and delectable. The

The Live Boston Lobster stewed with Vermicelli served in claypot was incredible. The live seafood was fat with meat and the sauce was rich with a tint of subtle bitterness. The vermicelli was cooked perfectly, well soaked in the lobster bisque and yet retained its perfect texture. Compared to Crab Stewed with Vermicelli served in Claypot, this lobster dish was mildly better. Overall, this was still a great dish but the most expensive dish. (Food rating: 4.5/5)
Angel Hair Pasta with Seafood & Black Truffle Sauce blew me away. Don't let the simple presentation deceive you. The Angel Hair pasta was perfectly cooked in al dente style, and the sauce was fragrant. (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-22, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Price: $$$ (The food is affordable. The seafood and other delicacies added to the cost.)
Rating: 4/5
Fullness: Time to remove your belts
Ambience: The service staff was both attentive and friendly. Their subtle attentiveness did not put a burden on us. Instead, we felt comfortable throughout the meal.
Recommended Dishes: Angel Hair Pasta with Seafood & Black Truffle Sauce, Live Boston Lobster stewed with Vermicelli served in Claypot, Baked Lamb Rack cooked with Red Wine and Black Pepper