Family brand Jing Hua is proud to announce that with its 25th year in business, it has opened a new restaurant at the Palais Renaissance along Orchard Road. Established in 1989, Jing Hua first opened its flagship outlet at Qun Zhong Eating House along Neil Road. A second outlet was then opened one year ago along Rochor Road. The third restaurant at Palais Renaissance will continue to offer Jing Hua’s classics in addition to a few new items in a modern dining ambience that will recreate the dumpling and xiao long bao dining experience. For all of Jing Hua’s fans, this is for you.
A novel concept at the Palais Renaissance outlet is the creation of a bar in addition to dining with dumplings. On top of the traditional selection of Chinese teas such as Pu’ er, indulge in a range of German beers, whiskies and cognacs. Alternatively, do like what I did and order an Umeshu Soda ($10++ per glass). Rather light, but a delicate perk me up to enjoy over before tucking in to some fried dumplings.
The restaurant’s signature Xiao Long Bao or more affectionately known as the “Little Juicy Steamed Meat Dumplings” makes a permanent appearance on the menu. Minced pork and broth is stuffed within a dough skin, waiting for the moment to simply burst in your mouth. The dumpling skin is a little heavy, and each piece could do with a little more broth for that added flavour and mouthwatering effect. Still, a traditional classic and something straight from the family kitchen.
A better highlight to go for is the Pan Fried Mixed Seafood and Pork Dumplings ($6.50++ for six pieces / $9.50++ for 10 pieces). These home made gyoza/guotie is stuffed with a collection of pork, shrimp and crab. I loved the crisp, slightly charred skin that complements well with the juicy meat stuffing. Great on its own, with vinegar and definitely with beer. I’ll come back just for these!
The pork, shrimp and crab meat stuffing is also available as partners to the Boiled Dumplings ($9.50++ for 10 pieces). Strangely, I found these much more juicier than the xiao long baos. Something about this stuffing is particularly enchanting.
And if you really must have the same pork, shrimp and crab meat stuffing served up a different way, go for the Chinese Pizza. Inspired by the traditional Chinese-style pancake he zi, I would also attribute it to a very Chinese-like calzone more than a pizza per se. I loved the crisp skin and generous stuffing. Though it might be good sense not to order all three dishes with the same stuffing as it can get a little tiring even if you like variety.
Jing Hua’s Zha Jiang Mien (Noodles with Minced Pork and Soya Bean Sauce $6.80++).
For desserts, start off with the Crispy Red Bean Pancake ($10.50++). This pan fried snack is prepared to order and is stuffed with fragrant sweet red bean filling while topped with aromas of charred sesame. It was delectable and a great complement to an otherwise meaty meal.
For a very light and clean tasting end, have the Sweet Osmanthus Flower Rice Ball Soup ($4++). The glutinous rice balls are all filled with different pastes, ranging from Peanuts, Red Bean, Lotus, Walnut and Black Sesame. I enjoyed this dish but would have preferred the soup to be a touch sweeter. The osmanthus floral fragrance was nice but did not suffice.
In all, Jing Hua’s third outlet will appeal to regulars keen to enjoy its family-style cuisine along the streets of Orchard Road. For first time visitors and international guests, this will be but a taste of a homely cuisine that has seemingly struck a chord with many guests looking for comfort food amidst all the glitter. Although one may have their own tastes and preferred places for their favourite xiao long bao, boiled dumplings or gyoza, Jing Hua’s is a fine contender on the scene. I just wish the menu was a little more varied in order to enjoy that dumpling fantasy I always wished I had.
Thank you Jing Hua for the invitation
|Jing Hua Restaurant|
390 Orchard Road
Reservations: 6733 8231
11.30am to 3.30pm
5.30pm to 10pm