Sunday, January 19, 2014

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant (Paragon)

Chinese New Year is around the corner. An occasion for family to get together and feast! Have you decided what to have for reunion dinner? For those who have a budget of more than $80 per pax, you get to enjoy a feast of 山珍海味 at Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant (Paragon). View the CNY 2014 menu here!

Alternatively, if you want to keep your budget within the wallet-friendly category, visit the restaurant for its Peking Duck and dim sum on days that do not fall within the CNY dining days.

If you wish to enjoy the renowned Peking Duck that placed Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant at 49th in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2013, it is highly recommended to call and reserve a table and the Peking Duck about 3 days in advance.

I am not afraid to hide my kiasu-ism. If I am bringing my family to a restaurant for CNY dinner, I would do some tasting sessions to sample the restaurant's standard and check out the restaurant's ambiance. And I did. Now, let's feast and eat!

While I was deciding what to order, I was munching away these Cashew Nuts Glazed with Honey and Sesame (self-made name). Gosh.. I'm not a nutty fan and I hardly eat the snacks offered at Chinese restaurants but these were so good that it slowed down my mental processes to decide what to order.

Winter Melon Soup with Crabmeat and Conpoy ($10/pax) was so rich and flavorful! The natural sweetness from winter melon and crabmeat was so addictive. I just kept drinking it.

And look at the generous conpoy (dried scallop)! No wonder the soup was so tasty. Seriously, we just bottoms up the soup.

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Well, I was given the dim sum order sheet. I just find dim sum irresistible and I had to order some!

(Note: There were some discrepancies between the prices stated on the dim sum order sheet and the actual prices. Prices for some dishes had increased.)

Steamed Rice Roll with Prawns ($6) was served with big chunky juicylicious prawns. I thought that the rice roll could be thinner though...

One of the usual favorites would be Siew Mai ($5). It was normal and decent. I like that the pork inside was still moist and sweet but there was no wow factor.

Another usual favourite would be Har Gau ($5) but it was... complicated. Hahahaa.. Hear me out. It was good that the skin did not stick to the paper and did not tear and break open when I picked it up. The prawn inside was juicy and chunky. But! I found the skin too floury and thick.

Deep Fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Prawns ($5) was over-fried. I like that the skin was fried to crisp but over-frying them made the beancurd skin loses its flavor. -_- That being said, the prawns were still moist and springy inside. The prawns saved the dish.

Deep Fried Prawn Dumpling ($5) was fried to its optimal crunchiness on the outside and the prawns were kept juicy and moist on the inside. Dipping it into the salad sauce provided on the side clears some of its greasiness. (^o^)

Steamed Custard Buns ($4.50) was good but I've had better ones. The bun was not fluffy enough and the custard was not tasty enough. It is comparable to the ones at Cryst*l J*de but I still prefer the ones at Bosses Restaurant (Vivocity)...

Now comes the main highlight! The Peking Duck ($68)!! The chef was very swift and quick in cutting the thin crust of skin and placing the slices onto the plate. The chef would then cut some of the meat from various parts of the duck and place them neatly on the plates (shown below). I like the cute duck plates.

How to eat?

1. Eat the skin first! Dip the skin in sugar and sweet bean sauce and enjoy its crispiness.
2. Start the spreading and wrapping. Spread sweet bean sauce and sprinkle some sugar on the steamed flour crepe.
3. Place spring onions and cucumbers (as many as you want) onto the steamed flour crepe.
4. Top up with the tenderlicious duck meat, how much you like, onto the steamed flour crepe.
5. Wrap it up and make sure it could still fit your mouth! Hahahaaa...

You can decide what to do with the rest of the duck (additional charges applied). Stir-fry duck with vegetables, Duck soup, Fried Rice with Duck meat, E-fu noodles with Duck meat and etc.

My recommendation: E-fu Noodles with Duck Meat ($10). Verrrrrrry good! I was surprised to find mui choy (sweet preserved vegetables) in it. After stir-frying the duck meat with mui choy, it enhances the flavor of the duck meat and brings out its sweetness. The noodles then absorbed all the fragrances and essences of the duck meat and mui choy. Hou hou sek (delicious in Cantonese)!!

Let me apologise for the lack for photos on the wraps and noodles because my hands were full! I was so occupied with prepping my Peking Duck wraps and slurping the noodles that I forgot to snap pictures. Nonetheless, let me assure you, the Peking Duck is really worth the money, the trip and the wait (to book in advance). It is also a good place to consider for CNY!

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant (Paragon)
290 Orchard Road, #05-42/45, Singapore 238859
Tel: 6732 7838

Opening hours
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Lunch: 11.00am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Lunch: 10.30am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm

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