crystaljade chirpychickpastryTo celebrate the nation's 50th birthday, Crystal Jade has launched a range of limited edition dim sum and xiaolongbao creations exclusively for the period 1 July to 30 September 2015.
Above: Chirpy Chick Pastry | S$5.50++/3pcs


Photos by Chong Yap of Make Your Calories Count

Most would agree that Crystal Jade is a household name and one of the top few names when it comes to selecting a good casual dining Chinese restaurant. Serving consistently good dim sum and Cantonese dishes, it is one of our family's favourite go-to places.

While most are familiar with Crystal Jade Kitchen that has a more casual dining ambience, they also specialise in fine-dining cuisine such as the Crystal Jade Palace, Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Crystal Jade Dining IN.

Its SG50 promotion from July to September entitles customers to one complimentary new dim sum item with every order of two new dim sum dishes! Let us cut to the chase and review the new dim sum delights!

Its adorable Chirpy Chick Pastry chicks score full marks with us as we fought hard emotionally whether or not to bite off their heads! We finally gave in and snapped off the head, revealing a warm and rich lotus paste filling that was subtly sweet, coated with a gorgeous layer of warm pastry crust. Such attention paid to detail reminded us of our experience at Michelin 2* restaurant at Macau, Eight!

crystaljade goldfishdumpling1Goldfish Crystal Dumpling | S$5.50++/3pcs

If those chicks were not enough to impress, these delicately crafted goldfish certainly will. With a rich salted egg yolk custard carefully tucked in the shape of a goldfish, it was absolutely precision and what we enjoyed was that the richness of the custard was just nice. Have a sip of the Chinese tea and it would cut through and cleanse your palate just right. 

crystaljade goldfishdumpling

 crystaljade chilicrabmeatbunFried Chilli Crab Meat Bun | S$5.50++/3pcs

Most of us would be more accustomed to dipping deep fried mantous into a viscous chilli crab gravy but this was quite something. It was almost reverse engineering and making it relevant by having the gravy and chilli crab as filling for the deep-fried mantou!

crystaljade fullbloomlotuspasteFull Bloom Lotus Paste & Yam Pastry | S$5.50++/3pcs

After the above dishes, if there is any doubt about the chef's culinary capabilities, it is all put to rest with this flaky pastry that encases a smooth lotus paste with pine nuts with each piece of pastry almost an art itself. When fried, the pastry blooms into a beautiful flower as shown!

crystaljade hokkaidomilkcustard1Deep-fried Hokkaido Milk Custard | S$8++/5pcs

crystaljade hokkaidomilkcustard

These innocent-looking crisp pillows are surely must-tries as crushing through the golden brown batter reveals a soft and creamy centre made from Hokkaido milk. While it tasted rich, it was not overwhelming and pleased everyone's palate.

crystaljade siewmaicaviarSteamed Siew Mai with Caviar | S$9.50++/3pcs Speaking of fine-dining, caviar seems like an ingredient that has to be presented in one form or another and on this occasion atop a nice plump minced meat that comprises generous chunks of prawn. The mound of caviar adds a beautiful umami touch to each mouthful, at a premium price, of course.

crystaljade siewmaiwithquaileggSteamed Siew Mai with Quail Egg | S$5.50++/3pcs

Looking almost like a large meat ball rather than your usual siew mai, slicing it open will surprisingly reveal a quail egg tucked in. The meat ball has a succulent mix of minced pork, black fungus and sweet diced chestnuts that added a variation in textures and flavours.

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