Friday, August 28, 2009
Kam Boat Chinese Cuisine at Shaw Centre - Aug'09 Makan Session
We had another wonderful makan session with the folks from Makansutra forum. The August dinner took place at Kam Boat Chinese Cuisine at Shaw Centre (5th floor). It's not immediately an easy place to find if you've never been there, but worth the trip.
This time, we had half a table full of bloggers - Aromacookery, Keropokman and Momo, Hungrycow and myself. Our focus though, was more on food and conversation than photography.
We began the nine-course dinner, indulgently, with Peking duck. Isn't the whole duck beautiful?
This was supremely delicious, some of the best Peking duck I've had in a long while. Crackling skin and good sauce, folded in egg crepes, with cucumber and scallions provided separately.
Deep Fried Seafood Roll in Salad - it may look dry on the outside, but inside you'll find diced seafood in creamy sauce. Greasy but good.
Braised Sharks Fin Sichuan Style. This is really more hot-and-sour soup than anything else. Not all the Makansutra dinners have sharks fin dishes, thankfully.
Deep fried soft shell crabs with oats. Oh, what a glorious sight! I love deep-fried food, so I had no problem enjoying these. The best parts are the crispy bits.
The soft shell crab pieces were tasty too. But I was sad to see the waitress whisk away my plate that still had crispy crumbs on it (too embarrassed to say, "No, I still want these!").
Stir Fried Sea Asparagus & Asparagus in Black Pepper Sauce - no, you're not seeing double. Sea asparagus, the whitish stems above, are a kind of shellfish that resembles the vegetable. First time I'm eating this. This restaurant used a light-handed black pepper sauce that allowed the natural sweetness of the ingredients to take centrestage.
Deep Fried Soon Hock with Special Sauce - this was gooood. Crispy fish, what's not to like? It was fresh too - no muddy taste.
Deep Fried Chicken with coffee and sliced almond - these chicken pieces were fried almost crisp, with a deeply caramelized surface. The tinge of bitterness from the coffee balanced the sweetness of the dish.
Shredded Duck Meat with Egg Noodles - the meat from the Peking Duck were braised with noodles. Fairly light-tasting since it's not fried, but I wished the noodles had more bite to them.
Custard Bun with Sesame Paste - probably the only letdown of the evening. Salted egg yolk buns are normally fantastic, but I don't think the black sesame works here. Or maybe I just wanted more salted egg yolk!
This was cute - a semi-ostentatious touch in the form of a gold platter for your moist towelette. I guess with a name like Kam Boat (Golden Dragon Boat), you just have to lay it on!
Well, our table had a blast. We feasted, joked and chatted til it was midnight, and didn't realise the time. It's most fun when friends get together to eat. I'm looking forward to the next dinner. I see cold crab and curry crab on the menu. These dinners are always a good deal for $40. Anyone is welcome to join!
Check out Keropokman's photos and review here.
KAM BOAT CHINESE CUISINE
1 Scotts Road
#05-13 Shaw Centre
Open Daily: 11.30am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm