The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant got us talking about Peking Duck all over again, a dish that kind of slipped through our food-radar.
For those unfamiliar with the Peking Duck, it is considered the national dish of China. Origins traced back to the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) when it was listed among the imperial dishes in the Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages. Which means the emperors have to love it, and I assume they are pretty fussy with food.
If there is any dish that minimises wastage, the Peking Duck should be nominated.
Firstly, the thin crispy out skin is wrapped within a thin pancake with scallion and hoisin sauce. Next, the ‘leftover’ meat is usually used to fry with noodles, rice or vegetable. Lastly, the bones can be used to make soup broths. Almost every part is used.
Jade Restaurant’s Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng resourcefully expended the duck meat into many other dishes, such as Sauteed Duck Meat with Pan Seared Foie Gras and Green Asparagus (duck with goose liver… hmm), Fragrant Fried Rice with Diced Duck Meat, and Pumpkin Soup with Duck and Shrimp Dumpling.
The entire Peking Duck Extravaganza is priced at $58++ per person till 31 March 2014 for dinner.
Of all the dishes, the Steamed Silken Chawanmushi with Crabmeat (where’s the duck?) and the Fried Rice were the table’s favourite. Maybe because they were both predictable yet skilfully prepared.
We questioned the Western-styled Pumpkin Soup with duck wanton-like dumplings within. Like wrongly match-made. The duck meat seems almost negligible here. Must be a skinny duck.
The Roasted Peking Duck – all thin and crispy with slim layer of oily fats (the irony), wrapped in pancake with marinated orange peel, yellow bean sauce and cucumber was sweetly delicious and light.
You can also order the Whole Peking Duck with the pancake at a special price of $48++ (very reasonable), where you can eat to your heart’s content, and savour like a Chinese emperor.
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Fullerton Hotel, Ground Floor, 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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