So one day le-bf and I were brooding over where to settle dinner at when we chanced upon Crystal Jade Jiangnan at VivoCity. Hearing the 2 words Jiangnan brings back fond memories of our trip to that lovely part of China and tempted us to give this restaurant a try. The difference between this outlet and your regular Crystal Jades is spell out clearly from the name.
Both of us were impressed with the food and got ourselves so so so full
The restaurant is elegantly decorated and exudes both sophistication and oriental uniqueness. We did thought that it’s a bit too bright for our liking though~
This is kinda hilarious. If you know Mandarin, you’ll see that they named it 不是炒饭 (It’s not Fried Rice). On the 1st look it does look like fried rice doesn’t it? However. it’s actually beansprouts! The staff mentioned that because people always order wrongly assuming that it is fried rice, so they have to highlight that it’s not fried rice!
And this is our milk tea. It’s presented in a really unique manner! They added dry ice to have the smoky effect and we had to pour our tea to the cup. Unlike many HK cafes out there that serves overly sweet milk tea, the one at Crystal Jade Jiangnan was just nice.
Crystal Jade Multi-flavor Xiao Long Baos! The white one is the traditional and original Xiao Long Bao flavor. From there clockwise, yellow = cheese, green = vegetable, black = black truffle, brown = foie gras, gold = prawn, pink = spicy beef and orange = spicy orange. The rounded one in the middle is custard bun. Yummy!
Nanjing Salt Duck! This is not as salty as compared to the ones I tried in Nanjing. Perhaps they reduced the salt level due to cater to Singaporeans’ tastebuds. Nonetheless, it is an appetizer that leaves you craving for more.
Oh dear pork slices. I love you with all my heart! This sliced pork-roll with cucumber slices topped with diced garlic is fantastic!
Sauteed sliced pork with assorted vegetables. Yes I know it’s pork again but who cares, they make my stomach happy like I can literally feel the insides leaping for joy. These slices were tender and juicy and you have to order this if you patronize the restaurant!
Lastly, we had Szechuan Spicy Chicken La Mian. This was my least fav. dish for the night. I never really liked szechuan to begin with and perhaps if I had chosen something else I would have loved it more. I must really say, the noodles is incredible!!! It was springy and soft to the bite, and very very hard to break. It’s like those hair commercials, where the tresses are unbreakable…just that in this case, it was the noodles!
The total bill amounted to about $80 odd but we both felt that it was worth every single cent. God bless my tummy because I’ve been spoiling it too much with such delectable cuisines. For those who’re interested, Crystal Jade Jiangnan is located at VivoCity #01-52. It is right at the end of Level 1 VivoCity, near to the start of Sentosa Boardwalk.