Tired of going to the same old eateries for your weekday lunches? Or had a really stressful morning? Find well-deserved relief at these healthy yet affordable dining options!
When you mention Crystal Jade, the first thing that comes to mind might be dim sum, but you can actually find plenty of other Chinese dishes worth trying. At The Centrepoint, you can find Crystal Jade Kitchen (#03-43/43A)*, among many other favourites. We highly recommended the special Fortune 5 Crispy Chicken which comes with paper crisp skin and really succulent meat.
If we had to pick one comfort dish, the Shredded Chicken and Duck Congee is also another must-try where the congee is smooth and velvety, while the shredded chicken and duck meat is really tender due to a nice-and-slow cooking process. Crystal Jade Kitchen’s relaxed, homely atmosphere is just perfect for the small gatherings and discussions.
*Crystal Jade Kitchen opens in the second half of 2016.
Another place that also never disappoints is Din Tai Fung (#02-55)**, which also opens in a few months and is ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by the New York Times.
Can you imagine biting into those juicy Xiao Long Baos (steamed pork dumplings) and gulping down the hot soup that come in those perfect little packages?
**Din Tai Fung opens in end August 2016.
If you’re after something restorative and heart-warming, the humble bowl of herbal soup might do the trick.
The Centrepoint now offers exclusive restaurants that serve the best kind of soups. One of them is Souper Tang (#02-52 & #02-K01) – who is opening their first outlet in Singapore. Souper Tang serves nourishing soups and dishes skilfully enhanced with Chinese herbs and packed with the flavourful punch that all great Chinese food is known for.
You can expect the Souper Tang Signature Soup arriving at your table teeming with canopy (dried scallop), shiitake mushrooms, American ginseng slices, ginseng root, cordyceps flower and fish maw. Bite into whole pieces of chicken and savour the glutinous rice wine that makes the broth really delicious. Best of all, you can choose to order a small bowl for two or a larger bowl for four!
Chef Master Tang sees soup as a “health regiment” and prepares his herbal soups with some serious depths of flavour! For example, the Tian Qi Nourishing Soup is good for lowering cholesterol and can even promote the flow of nutrients through your body to improve bone growth.
Feeling stressed out lately? This soup will help you relief stress-induced fatigue. The Chinese Cabbage Spare Rib Soup may look simple but it helps to support healthy brain function, relief hypertension and regulate blood sugar.
Items worth ordering at Souper Tang are not just herbal soups but unique seafood and meat dishes, mee suah and one-dish meals. For example, the Claypot Atlantic Cod and Fish Maw dish not only looks delicious, it is good for those with diabetes because its protein-rich and contains Vitamin B6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Have you ever heard of “Qi”? Well the combo of Bei Qi and fish in this porridge might help to cure something called “spontaneous sweating” caused by “Qi deficiency”.
As we become more health conscious these days, it’s good to know that at Souper Tang, they believe that just sitting down and having a nourishing meal with a vitalising bowl of soup is a much-needed health booster everyone could use – especially in a relaxing environment away from the office!
Souper Tang also offers some great chicken and pork dishes – one of them being the Home Braised Pork Belly in Rich Dark Sauce. It’s stewed in oolong tea, angelica root, star anise and orange peel for a total of 45 minutes which results in a melt-in-the-mouth texture. Served with home-made spinach mantou (bun) and refreshing cucumber sticks coated in a crispy walnut, sesame and broad bean sauce, this is a really hardworking dish your tummy will be glad to befriend!
Craving a more peppery kind of soup? There’s also Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (#02-29/30). Song Fa Bak Kut Teh actually started from very humble beginnings in the 1960s, selling bowls of piping hot Bak Kut Teh from a single pushcart stall on the streets of Singapore.
Today, preserving the legacy of old recipes and techniques, they still serve tender, melt-off-the-bone pork ribs in flavourful, peppery, spice-infused broth.
Looking for something luxurious? The Braised Pig’s Trotter at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is stewed with aromatic spices for hours, which results in an intense flavour and mouth-watering tenderness. Savoury, fragrant and slightly sweet!
Pork belly is a must-have in most Chinese restaurants and this one is done with a refreshing mix of textures – crispy, tender, juicy, and spicy, this dish really hits the spot!
This might be a nice place to bring your non-local colleagues to! Let them get a taste of Singapore’s past in their historically-inspired restaurant, and relive the days in Singapore during the 1960s once more!
For a quick pick-me-up, another Hong Kong favourite that has opened in Singapore for the first time is Mak’s Noodles (#01-63/64). Time to try these world-renown wanton noodles if you haven’t already!
Stay tuned for more on The Centrepoint’s latest food offerings coming your way soon. Find out more details here.