Situated at CapitaLand’s Clarke Quay, setting itself apart from the many other well-known Western restaurants, eateries and bars, is Peony Jade. Peony Jade serves up traditional Cantonese and Szechuan food. Using a shop-house concept, the restaurant is located on the second level of the building and provides a nice view as you are dining.
To cater to the many time-strapped visitors from multiple countries, Peony Jade is now offering the “Red Hot Chili Crabbers” 5-course lunch promotion for 2 ($138++) – which is not only tantalising but promises to fill up your bellies too.
Peony Jade’s Trilogy of handcrafted Cantonese Dim Sum Combination will help to start off this meal. My favourite item in this dish is the Pan Fried Prawn in Filo Wrap. The Filo Wrap gives it a good crunch as you bite into it. Pairing it with a mango sauce may sound a little unconventional but it complemented the dish nicely. For spicy food lovers, look out for the Poached Dumpling in Hot & Sour Broth. The main thing that got my taste buds tingling was the broth. Though little, it has enough of a kick to it.
The next course would be the namesake of this promotion. You would get to choose from 3 different spicy crab dishes: Singapore’s favourite Wok-Fried Chilli Crab, Singapore’s Famous Black Pepper Crab, and Wok-Fried Crab with White Pepper.
Though the Wok-Fried Chilli Crab is a good choice for any visitors and Singaporeans, it would not be my first choice among the list. Don’t get me wrong, it had the making of all you want in a good chilli crab – the sauce was sweet yet spicy, it matched perfectly with the mantou, and the crab meat came off its shell easily. This would be a great choice for any visitors who would like to try Singapore’s favourite dish. However, as a Singaporean who had her share of chilli crabs, I would rather go for something that’s unqiue.
The Singapore’s Famous Black Pepper Crab is also worth mentioning. The black pepper sauce was spicy enough to get your tongue feeling the heat from it.
This brings me to my favourite crab dish in this list: Wok-Fried Crab with White Pepper. What sets this dish apart from its other more traditional counterparts is that it uses a butter based sauce with white pepper. The sauce may look very unassuming but turst me when I tell you it packs a punch. Though it would be good to take note that the punch only comes after.
Sautéed Beef Fillet with Hong Kong Kale sounds a little underwhelming, but the beef and the kale was seasoned and cooked nicely. It was refrehsing after the heavy flavours from the crabs.
After so much protein, it felt good to be served the Szechaun Spicy “Dan Dan” Noodles. This plate of noodles is supposed to be spicy and have a slight numbing effect on your mouth. It hit the mark for the others as it had a numbing effect on them and was spicy as well. However, it did not do so for me – mainly because I am used to the numbing from Mala. So, if you are very accustomed to spice, this may not be the dish for you.
Chilled Fresh Mango Puree with Sacs and Sago Pearls ended the entire course perfectly. The puree was not too sweet and the sacs and sago pearls added a nice texture to the dessert too. The martini glass used also made it a little special!
In addition, it also includes a glass of Singapore Sling in this promotion!
All in all, this promotion is great for visitors who are faced with a lack of time to explore the many dishes Singapore has to offer. It is also value-for-money as it’s a 5-course meal that includes a hearty plate of your choice of crab. Head down to Peony Jade if you are looking for a nice combination of Cantonese, Szechuan and Singaporean dishes!
CapitaLand’s Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179029
nearby MRT: Clarke Quay