Sunday, May 3, 2009

Royal China - Main Dishes

Jolie and Nadine at Royal China - cool baby blue interior
We had a magical birthday lunch at Royal China. Wonderful food and immaculate service, in an ethereal baby blue setting. But most importantly, it was a meal with all the family together.

Szechuan vegetable pickle
I'm always looking at the starters or appetisers that Chinese restaurants serve. Will it be a plate of standard peanuts or pickles? Or will they put in more effort into the very first thing people taste? Royal China serves a Szechuan vegetable pickle which has a subtly unique flavour - there's something umami in there, as well as crispy bits of garlic.

Crispy Aromatic Duck in rolls
Crispy aromatic duck rolled up in floury crepes - this was awesome! It's completely stuffed full of meat. Like Peking duck on steroids! Loved the delicious seasoning.

Steamed Live Soon Hock in Superior Soy Sauce
A live steamed "soon hock" (marble goby?) in superior soy sauce. Sweet and fresh.

Stir-fried Coral Clam and Scallops in XO Sauce
Stir-fried Coral Clam and Scallops in XO Sauce. I had no idea what coral clams were, but wow, they were crunchy delights! Juicy large scallops are such a treat. And sugar snap peas done to the right texture. Very good XO sauce.

Braised Egg Noodles with King Prawn in Ginger and Shallot Sauce
Braised Egg Noodles with King Prawn in Ginger and Shallot Sauce. These are the biggest king prawns I have ever seen. Hubby pronounced this his favourite dish. He loves egg noodles.

Chilled Cream of Mango with Sago and Pomelo
Chilled Cream of Mango with Sago and Pomelo rounded up the meal. We also had (a lot of) dim sum earlier in the meal but I'll blog that tomorrow. I think we overate, but happily so.

Level 3 Raffles Hotel Singapore
1 Beach Road
Singapore 189673
Open daily
Lunch: Monday to Saturday - 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm
Lunch: Sunday and Public Holiday - 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
Dinner: Daily - 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm
Tel: 6338-3363

p.s. Please note that there is a dress code. No singlets, shorts, bermudas, sandals, slippers and pool attire permitted in the restaurant.


  1. i want and need peking duck!!!!!! i've been craving for it since forever and i thought the ones we had at hua ting was something like that but sadly wasn't so :( great dishes, and lovely photography as usual!

  2. WOW that all looks really delicious, but especially the duck wraps - YUM! I am craving peking duck and they look like the perfect thing to quash those cravings! :)

  3. The king prawn and egg noodles look gorgeous! Actually, everything sounds delicious. :)

  4. I-told-you-so! Royal china is good man. heh. there is a dress code eh? i din notice

  5. The Crispy aromatic duck is a must have! :) I am glad you have that. I tried that 3 years ago and looks like the standard didnt drop, still stuffed with meat! Yumms...

  6. Love the girls' matching attire. :)

  7. Evan: let's put Peking duck on our to-eat list!

    Katie: yes, those duck wraps were awesome, and I don't even like duck!

    Julia: Yes, everything was delicious!

    LIC: lol yes yes you told me so...and you were right!

    Momo: I would so go back for it again!

    SIG: haha, thanks!


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