Ah, the taste of homely zi char style heritage dishes. Joyden Treasures at Leisure Park Kallang is the third eatery by Joyden Concept, featuring old school heritage dishes, and a few of the owners’ very own recipes.
I am always on a lookout for Chinese restaurants in Singapore for dim sum lunches and family dinners. Other than the already familiar Crystal Jade, Imperial Treasure, TungLok, Paradise restaurants, locally established Diamond Kitchen and Joyden have each gained their loyal following.
Joyden Treasures feature quite different offerings from the original seafood restaurant at West Coast and Canton Kitchen at HillV2, though some signatures can still be found (though not those I was looking out for).
Some of the recommended include Traditional Salt Baked Crab (Am so eyeing this), Crispy Fragrant Duck with Petite Lotus-Shaped Buns ($58), Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce ($25, $36, $52), Homemade Seafood Beancurd Rolls ($20, $26, $36), Double Boiled Seafood Soup in Whole Old Cucumber ($14), and Phoenix Beancurd Skin Prawn Roll ($16, $22, $30).
Auntie (the waitress) recommended the Signature Braised Fish and Seafood Vermicelli “Tai-O Style” ($18) added with little crispy pieces of salted fish, which went well with the super homemade belacan sauce.
The flavours of the rich seafood broth permeated through to the bee hoon and gave it an appetising savour, though I personally thought the dish could have more ‘wok-hei’ and wetter with gravy.
Dim Sum items were hits and misses. The Sliced Pork and Century Egg Congee ($5.50) turned out to be too salty, and I had to return the dish (and I seldom do that, because I have grown to be tolerant.) The second version was much better.
The Har Gao ($4.50) was fresh tasting with succulent prawns, while the Siew Mai ($4.50) was also above average, though size could be bigger and the skin kept sticking.
This is the type of restaurant to bring ah-gong and ah-ma for a family gathering – big in space (can fit more than 200), can find car-parking easily, and serving staff is the friendly personable uncle-auntie type (Okay lah, not all. Otherwise the younger staff may feel unhappy reading this.)
5 Stadium Walk #02-42, Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693 (Stadium MRT)
Tel: +65 6446 8488
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri); 10:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)