[Invited Food Tasting Event]
The #mysterymakan girls and I were invited for a food tasting event to Jing Hua located at Palais Renaissance.
When I visited Jing Hua and looked at it's menu, I found the menu extremely familiar. Turns out that I've actually visited it's sister branch Qun Zhong Eating House at Neil Road previously before.
We tried some of Jing Hua's Classic items such as:
Noodle with Minced Pork & Soya Bean Sauce ($6.80++). Apparently this is like jajiangmian? Am not a huge fan. Found that it tasted a bit strong and wasn't to my preference. To be fair, I have yet tried a similar dish like this that I like.
Little Juicy Steamed Meat Dumplings ($8.80++ for 8 pieces) aka Xiao Long Bao was juicy and delicious. My only gripe is that I felt that the dumplings could come with more broth. I want more!
The Chinese Pizza ($10.80++) looked like a marriage between a flattened curry puff and a pie. The Chinese Pizza's fillings were chives and pork. While it was tasty, I did think that it paled in comparison to the other Jing Hua dishes.
I had jokingly called the Boiled Mixed Seafood and Pork Dumplings ($9++ for 10 pieces) as the ugly step sister. Honestly speaking, it's the healthier version as compared to the pan fried dumplings. But of course, anything fried and unhealthy, always tastes nicer. The boiled version is tasty and is generously packed with ingredients.
And finally, the main star appeared. The Pan Fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings ($9.50++ for 10 pieces) may seem pretty different as compared to the other guo ties that you've tried so far. I personally love it! I find that the 'skin' or the dough isn't as thick as compared to the traditional guoties. And surprisingly, though the fillings are 'exposed', it isn't dry! Must order!
We ordered the following for desserts.
We tried the Sweet Osmanthus Flower Rice Ball Soup ($4++) which comes with Osmanthus-infused soup with glutinous rice balls filled with peanuts, red bean paste, lotus and walnut paste and black sesame. I like that the soup was pretty light as honestly, the glutinous rice balls were extremely filling. Unless you're a big eater, I would recommend sharing this.
My personal favourite was the Crispy Red Bean Pancake ($10.50++) which is a pan-fried snack with a sweet red bean filling.
Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable experience. I'll definitely return next time however I know I would only be ordering the Pan Fried Mixed Seafood & Pork Dumplings and the Crispy Red Bean Pancake because I know what I really like. I personally do not need a huge variety when it comes to food that I like. Just give me more of my favourite dishes 😉
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