The Place Peony Jade restaurant has been specialising in Cantonese Szechuan cuisine for a long while, and to all fans of hairy crab, it has recently launched its Hairy Crab Menu for a limited time from now till the end of November, while the hairy crab season lasts! Located in Keppel Club near Telok Blangah MRT, the restaurant has a pretty traditional Chinese ambience and setting, with its red carpet and red lanterns hanging in the air.
The Food Yangcheng lake in Jiangsu province in China rares some of the best hairy crabs in the world, and I was excited to know that Peony Jade sources its Hairy Crab from there. Prices start from S$12++ for ala carte items, S$88++ per person for set menu and S$138++ per person for premium set menu
Mister Crab (Crystal dumpling filled with prawn and crab meat 水晶大闸蟹先生(S$14.80 for 3 pieces)
The cute shape and design of this dish made it difficult for me to stomach it. Filled with fresh prawn and hairy crab meat, this crab version of our usual “Har Gow” was specially customised for crab lovers.
Pomegranate hairy crab meat topped with creamy golden roe 蟹粉石榴头 (S$58)
I have not seen so much crab roe in one single dish. The steamed prawn was wrapped nicely in a dumpling shape, and was sitting on a bed of generous serving of pure crab roe. Crab lovers will love this dish to bits.
Steamed Hairy Crab with Homemade Chinese Rice Wine 家乡姜酒蒸大闸蟹 (S$48 per crab)
Served in a hot stone pot, I was in awe the moment we were served this version of hairy crab cooked with Chinese rice wine. The Chinese rice wine was infused with strong ginger taste, which might be too strong a flavour for some people. Personally, I find that the taste struck a good balance with the sweet taste of the crab. Eating (and peeling) hairy crab is an art which I am still trying hard to grasp. Thanks to the helpful and skilful staff at Peony Jade, I enlisted their help in ripping the crab apart.
La-mien Soup Topped with Hairy Crab Meat Garnished with Golden Caviar 蟹粉龙汤拉面
This was probably the most extravagant La-mien I have ever had. The handmade La-mien was cooked al dente in thick lobster consommé with hairy crab meat, which was easily my favourite dish of the night. The broth was thick and the overall taste of the lobster, crab meat and la-mien blended very well. This dish is available in the S$138++ premium set menu.
Boiled Hot Ginger Tea with Glutinous Rice Dumplings 姜茶汤丸 (S$7) and Mao Shan Wang Durian Mochi 猫山王麻糬 (S$12 for 3 pieces)
To end off our crabby meal, it was recommended to have the traditional sweet-and-spicy boiled hot ginger tea with glutinous rice dumplings, as the heat of the ginger would be able to offer a good balance to the cooling effect of the hairy crab meat. Personally, I find the ginger taste too overpowering for my palate. I enjoyed the glutinous rice dumplings more, which had black sesame paste in it. We also tried the Mao Shan Wang Durian Mochi, which I would highly recommend to try for durian lovers.
Rants The restaurant is located quite deep in on Bukit Chermin Road, so be prepared to drive or cab in, or take a 15-20 minutes leisure walk from Telok Blangah MRT station.
Will I return again? I was able to taste and feel the great lengths and effort Peony Jade takes in every dish, and I hope that it will not be long for me to return to try the dim sum at Peony Jade!
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club
Tel: +65 6276 9138
Opening hours: Daily
Lunch – 11am to 2.30pm (Last order 2pm)
Dinner – 6pm to 11pm (Last order 10.30pm)