So, when Paul and I were invited to have dinner at Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen in Plaza Singapura, this was one of those dinners that I was really excited about. In contrast to the other Crystal Jade restaurants all over Singapore, this one allows diners to go on a 90 minute eat-all-you-can steamboat with free flow drinks and ice cream! It brought back memories of the time that Pan, Paul and I had this amazing 2 hour eat-all-you-can hotpot lunch in Taiwan which later turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.
As if the eat-all-you-can steamboat buffet selection is not enough to fill you up, we just had to have some of Crystal Jade's dimsum selection too:
You'll never go wrong starting your meal with a platter of all the yummy roast meats -- Roast Duck, Roast Pork Belly and Honey Barbeque Pork. My favorite was definitely the crunchy Roast Pork Belly which goes so well with some mustard. It's so sinful yet so good. Oh dear..
I love ha-kau and this is one thing that I make sure to order every chance I get. Crystal Jade's version was very good. The shrimp had a good crisp bite which was so succulent and tasty. The wrapper was definitely of good quality that it stays firm as you lift it up yet it also has that silky texture when you bite into it.
I love siu mai too! This is my go-to dimsum whenever I want something light, delicious and one that I can eat on the go. I think I must have had close to a hundred siu mais in my life that it takes a really good one to impress me. Crystal Jade's siu mai passed the test with flying colours. I guess it's because every bite gives you pure meat and none of those extenders. Yum!
Not so bad as I love anything with yam but I just find it a bit too oily to be enjoyed beyond one piece.
This is an old traditional dimsum favorite and one that's quite hard to find in Singapore. It's a huge wanton filled with minced fish cake and radish giving you that interesting texture in every bite. I'm not a fan of the deep-fried wrapper but the filling was indeed very good as we were told it was.
Going back to the steamboat, I love the clear pork broth as it eventually brought out the flavor of our veggies, taro, corn and seafood most especially when we boil it for a longer period of time. The selection covers the essentials but it would have been better if the selection of seafood goes beyond the usual fish balls and if there are creative ones like seafood cheese balls, mushroom balls and more.
I will surely be back though as I finally found a place to enjoy a nice steamboat dinner with a bowl (or two) of their signature Fragrant QQ Rice.
Weekday: S$20.90++ (adult) / S$17.90++ (kids 12 and below)
Weekend: S$26.90++ (adult) / S$23.90++ (kids 12 and below)
Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen is located at Plaza Singapura, 02-32 68 Orchard Road, Singapore. Call them at 6336-2833.