Friday, December 30, 2011

Pine Court Is Now Mandarin Court; Has Bak Kwa Nian Gao!

The biggest yusheng platter I've seen!
Isn't this the biggest yu sheng serving platter you've seen? It is for me! Talk about living large. This is the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng at Mandarin Court.

Awesome platter aside, I was intrigued that Pine Court at the Mandarin Orchard had changed its name to Mandarin Court. But the chef is the same, and so is the menu by and large. Even the serving staff are the same (many of whom have been there a long time too). The name change is to better reflect the Mandarin branding, say the PR folks.

Lots of crispy goodies go into this

Executive Chinese Chef Sunny Kong has crafted 10 different signature menus ranging from a
$98++ per person menu (minimum 2 persons) to a luxurious $1,888++ meal for 10 persons. These will be available from 13 January to 6 February 2012.

These are some of the highlights from those menus.

Baby Abalone Fortune Pot
Ah, what's Chinese New Year without pen cai? The Baby Abalone Fortune Pot is a huge bowl of many goodies. The only thing I miss here is some roast pork.

Typhoon Shelter Roast Chicken with Minced Black Bean, Garlic and Almond Flakes
This is the "Bi Feng Tang" or "Typhoon Shelter" Roast Chicken with Minced Black Bean, Garlic and Almond Flakes. I love typhoon shelter anything. All that garlic. Dracula has no chance with my breath.

Stewed Fish Noodle with Conpoy and Enoki Mushroom
Stewed Fish Noodle with Conpoy and Enoki Mushroom. Fish noodles have more textural bite to them, but these were quite tender in general. A very healthy-tasting dish.

Some really kick-ass XO Sauce
They have some really good XO sauce. We kept asking for more, because it just gives all the dishes extra zing.

Red Bean Soup with Green Tea Glutinous Rice Ball Dumplings
There is a pretty good Red Bean Soup with Green Tea Glutinous Rice Ball Dumplings for dessert.

Bak Kwa Nian Gao!
Last but not least, the CNY offering that I thought was most interesting: Bak kwa nian gao - sweet glutinous rice cake with dried BBQ pork! The pork gives a complexity to the sweetness plus a savoury edge. It works very well, and is especially good pan-fried. Like!

Level 35
Mandarin Orchard
333 Orchard Road
Singapore 238867
Tel: +65 6831 6288/62
Open daily
Monday to Friday
12.00pm to 2.30pm

Dim Sum Brunch
Saturday, Sunday & public holiday
11.00am to 2.30pm

Monday to Sunday
6.30pm to 10.30pm

Thanks to Mandarin Orchard for the media tasting.


  1. Bak kwa nian gao - that sounds like a perfect CNY dish - why hasn't anyone thought of it before? :D

  2. Finally I have accessed to you website.
    The Pen cai seems delicious ... how much per bowl in S'pore ? At BP Shin Yan around RM 388 / bowl.

  3. Kenny: exactly!

    Tzyy Yng: hello! It's about the same price in Singapore, dollar for RM! So on average about S$388, but depends on the ingredients.


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