Friday, December 12, 2014

Media invite: Joyden Canton Kitchen @ HillV2 Shopping Centre

After much anticipation, Joyden Canton Kitchen finally opens its door at HillV2 Shopping Centre (Upper Bukit Timah)! 

Joyden Canton Kitchen is the sister brand of Joyden Seafood Restaurant located at West Coast. With the high quality of food served at the latter, I definitely have an equally high expectation for this newly opened kitchen by Joyden!

Unlike Joyden Seafood Restaurant which serves quality seafood (obviously), Joyden Canton Kitchen specialise in Cantonese Cuisine! 

I like the minimalistic and contemporary design of the restaurant, with the use of light wood and bamboo to give a very zen feel. :) 

Crispy Golden Lotus Root Chips, $8.

Started our tasting with some addictive lotus root chips. I would prefer this to potato chips any time! 

Chicken with Fresh Huai Shan and Wolfberry in Old Coconut Soup, $12.80.

Ask anyone what the epitome of Cantonese cuisine is, the answer is certainly "soup" and Joyden Canton Kitchen certainly live up to expectation with this really unique looking soup! 

Using a whole coconut to serve the soup is definitely a first for me and it is surely a smart move! The soup was so aromatic and sweet with the naturally sweetness of coconut infused into the soup! True enough, this is one of the stand out dish for me! 

Signature Sliced Grouper Fillet with Pine Mushroom and Black Fungus in Rice Wine Broth, $17.80.

Another flavourful soup not to be missed at Joyden Canton Kitchen. We literally went "Wowwwww" when the claypot lid was being removed. That flavourful smell of rice wine immediately filled the air. :') 

Joyden Signature Soy Sauce Chicken, $12/$18/$32.

Comes in quarter, half or whole servings, nobody by far has left Joyden without full of praises for this flavourful chicken. 

I was told that the secret to the refreshing and subtle floral tasting of this chicken is due to the use of Rosewater! Also, the chicken was so skilfully poached that the skin was so silky and even the breast meat tasted so tender and smooth! 

Signature Traditional Hakka Salt Poached Farm Chicken, $17.

You must be wondering what is a Hakka dish doing in a Cantonese restaurant? No worries, there is no typo here. Little known about Cantonese food is that dishes of Teochew descent also fall under its umbrella! Hence, the appearance of this Hakka dish. 

If Soy Sauce Chicken is a little too light for your palate, this flavourful kampong chicken which was steeped in a salt and herbal stock could just hit your spot! 

I really love this slightly salted chicken and it was made better when eaten with Joyden's secret-recipe ginger sauce! 

Braised Pork Ribs in Aged Mandarin Peel Sauce, $16.80.

This is a refreshing spin on the typical coffee or champagne variations. The prime pork ribs were first braised to attain the fall-off-the-bone texture before being broiled to a smoky, caramelised finish with the special mandarin peel sauce. 

Waste not any of the flavourful sauce please! I could have a bowl of rice just with it! :D 

Signature Braised Homemade Beancurd Coin with Poached Shanghai Baby Cabbage, $14.80.

Though the homemade beancurd tasted more like an in between of a fish cake, I'll gladly take it anyway! The beancurd was so smooth and silky! Not to mention the flavourful milky pork broth would just make you want to have another bowl of rice to go along! 

Fish Maw and Prawns with Glass Noodles in Homemade XO Sauce, $18.80.

For sure I have enjoyed all the food at Joyden, however if I were to really choose one to be the favourite, this will be it. 

The homemade XO sauce is undoubtedly the star of this dish! Also with the clever use of glass noodles which absorbs all the superior essence, this is truly mouth-watering! 

Signature Traditional Rice Vermicelli with Poached Egg White, Crabmeat and Scallop, $15.80.

Don't be fooled by this humble looking dish. For those seeking a soothing staple, this wok-fried rice vermicelli is tossed with crabmeat, fresh and dried scallop and finished with a swirl of vinegar and a dash of pepper. 

A yolk river like this is enough said. <3

After a good meal, what I look forward the most is surely an equally good dessert! 

All priced at $4.50 you find yourself with Mango Sago, Red bean Glutinous Ball Soup, Mango Pudding, Beancurd Skin with Barley and Ginkgo Nuts and Herbal Guilin Gao.

Besides the usual Chinese tea, do try their homemade hawthorn and apple drink, $4. So refreshing for the palate! 

With more than 60 over dishes offered at Joyden Canton Kitchen, I can't wait to come back for more of their menu! Also do try out their dim sum selection as well! Only available from 11.30am to 4.30pm though. :)

#02-21 HillV2 Shopping Mall
4 Hillview Rise, Singapore 667979  
Tel : 6465 9988  
Operating hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm, daily


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