Tuesday, January 19, 2021

CNY 2021: Jade Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Jade at the Fullerton Hotel has always been one of my favourite Chinese restaurants. Chinese Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng is remarkably creative, the food never disappoints, service impeccable, and the setting is just elegantly gorgeous. For a special occasion like Chinese new year, it's definitely one of the best choices for celebratory dining.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton 

Jade’s Lunar New Year menus start from S$118++ for Family Style Set Menu (5 persons) and S$98++ per person for Individual Set Menu. See link for menu details online. I think it's great they have menus by per person cost, so you can adjust accordingly up to 8 persons maximum per circuit breaker Phase 3 guidelines.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton 

Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Shallot Oil and Kumquat Dressing 

Charge into the new year with a spirited bull! This would be great for folks who are actively trading the stock market (like me, haha!). The golden translucent cubes of champagne jelly. Tangy kumquat dressing lends refreshing sweetness to the salmon sashimi. Here's to a gold rush year for all.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton

Chef also does "calligraphy" or "paintings" on the plate for the standard yusheng platters. Look at the elaborate strokes done using cinnamon powder and oil. So much effort!  


CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton
For hygiene reasons, the server helped us to recite the lo-hei prosperity greetings and toss the yusheng for us. We "receive" the blessings as she recites them, so it still has the festive feel. This method totally guarantees no contamination from guests around the table. It's the most secure way of lo-hei that I've seen.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton
Chinese New Year would be incomplete for many without this auspicious salad to ring in the blessings. 

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton

Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao

This well-loved Jade signature is locally inspired and I have to say it's a genius idea. Since there's already soup in the dumpling, why not make it bak kut teh soup? Strong aromatic notes of pepper and garlic go so well with juicy, tender minced pork filling. The paper-thin dumpling skin gets its light green hue to the use of spring onions in the dumpling dough. One dumpling is not enough. I'd like a whole basket!

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton

浓炖一品盅 (鲍鱼,花胶,海参,绍菜,花菇,蒜子,猪蹄,狮子头,芋头)
Braised Abalone, Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Chinese Cabbage, Flower Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Stewed Pork Trotter, Deep-fried Pork Ball and Yam 

The pen cai experience is delivered in generous individual serving portions. This was really luxurious and collagen-rich; you can taste the tender braised ingredients in a rich and flavourful base. Your skin and joints will thank you for it.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton


Poached Wagyu Beef and White Radish Dumpling Combination with Poached Mushroom and Chinese cabbage Pork Dumpling 

The Wagyu beef dumplings with dried Mandarin orange peel reminds me of the beef ball dim sum but in dumpling form, while the pork and mushroom dumplings are a familiar Chinese dumpling staple. The presentation is just so pretty.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton

Wok-fried Boston Lobster with Preserved Duck and Ginger Spring Onion 

This (see first photo as well) was probably the most stunning dish from all the highlights. Fresh sweetness of Boston lobster meets salty preserved duck, in a super umami interplay of flavours enhanced by notes of ginger spring onion. 

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton

X.O. 酱蚝豉韭菜炒萝卜糕
Wok-fried Radish Cake with Dried Oyster and Green Chives in X.O. Chilli Sauce 

Who does not love carrot cake? This well-loved local dish gets an upgrade with Jade’s special X.O. Chilli Sauce and the bold flavour of dried oysters in place of chye poh or preserved turnip. Amazingly tender cubes of radish cake get a nice char and a generous coating of savoury egg. Yum.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton

Sweet Rice Wine Soup with Rice Dumpling and Snow Lotus Accompanied with Baked Rose Sweetheart Cake, Pan Fried Wheatgrass Water Chestnut Cake 

This little trio of desserts present contrasting yet complementary textures and flavours. Start with the nourishing warmth of the sweet rice wine soup with chewy rice dumpling (tang yuan) and jelly-like snow lotus, followed by the crispy-on-the outside, chewy-on-the-inside wheatgrass water chestnut cake. Finish off with the delicately floral scented sweetheart cake. It's a take on the classic "wife cake" with the sweet winter melon filling encased within a crunchy pink outer pastry shell.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton
As mentioned, chef is incredibly creative. He's known for creating pottery works, and also these colourful works of art that look like spun sugar but is actually made from gelatine, which makes it last longer.

CNY menu: Jade at Fullerton
See how amazingly detailed the cricket is? The legs even have fine bristles - hair-raisingly realistic. See my previous posts also for more of his creations.

Jade_Pencai: Image courtesy of Fullerton Hotel

For those who prefer to dine at home, Jade will be launching its new takeaway Lunar New Year Festive Bundles from 21 January to 26 February 2021, featuring set menus for groups of five or eight to dine at home (starting from S$218 nett for five persons). A la carte takeaway options are also available.

These festive bundles are available for three days’ advance orders, takeaways and delivery at The Fullerton Cake Boutique, or online at https://shop.fullertonhotels.com/

Level 1 Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Tel: +65 6877-8188

À La Carte and Set Menu
Monday to Friday
11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (last order at 2.30 p.m.)
Monday to Sunday
6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (last order at 10.00 p.m.)

Weekend Yum Cha
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
First Seating: 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Second Seating: 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Many thanks to Fullerton Hotel Singapore for the invitation and hospitality. Last photo courtesy of Fullerton Hotel.


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