Crystal Jade Kitchen (Ngee Ann City)

This place really doesn’t need any more endorsement; it’s filled to full capacity nearly all the time, so much so that they have a queue number system!

It was only 12pm on Saturday, and already, the restaurant was full. But we didn’t mind waiting as we were first in the queue.

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Steamed pork rib in black bean sauce, S$3.50.

We were in the mood for dimsum. The dimsum menu here is quite limited, but the usual suspects are there. Perhaps the strategy is to make us order the more profitable main courses?

The steamed ribs were decent: smooth, succulent meat, and not too salty.

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Cheong fun (rice rolls) with prawn, S$3.80.

The cheong fun was sufficiently fresh and silky, but not thin enough for my liking. Still, I’ve tasted far worse. It’s hard to find a killer version of made-on-the-spot cheong fun these days.

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Har gow (steamed prawn dumplings), S$4.60.

The har gow was gorgeous. Crunchy, juicy prawns encased in thin skin with the right balance of softness and resilience, I could have polished off the whole basket!

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Siew mai, S$4.40.

Juicy and springy, the siew mai was just as superb! It was also nice to see that these were true to tradition by being topped with crab roe instead of salmon eggs.

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Fried beancurd roll with shrimp, S$4.30.

To their credit, all the dimsum items we tried were excellent, made with fresh ingredients and served piping hot. Same for the fried beancurd rolls. The skin was very light and crispy.

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Crispy noodles with beef and vegetable, S$12.80.

By the time we got to them, the noodles had already been softened by the gravy. But because they had been crisp-fried, they didn’t go all soggy. Yes, all that oil is unhealthy, but what the heck!

Together with the tender beef and tasty gravy, the crispy noodles really hit the spot! One plate was sufficient for the two of us to share as we were already half full from the dimsum.

I’m not exactly a fan of chain restaurants that monopolize major shopping malls, but to be fair, Crystal Jade Kitchen’s food quality has been generally consistent over the years. Prices are reasonable (I’m not saying it’s cheap) for the quality and portions. These factors, along with strategic location, is what makes the CJ chain so successful.

Total bill: S$42.35, inclusive of tea, towels, 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Crystal Jade Kitchen (Orchard)
391 Orchard Road, B2-36
Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
Tel: (65) 6238 1411

URL: www.crystaljade.com

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