The Place Located at level one of VivoCity, Crystal Jade Jiang Nan recently went through a revamp of its space and menu, along with its new Group Executive Chef Martin Foo. If you have difficulty finding it, walk towards to the end of the mall near the pick up point. The new look of Crystal Jade Jiang Nan is vastly different from my memories of dining here previously. It is more contemporary and elegant, with subtle references to the Jiang Nan region like the mountain murals on the wall. And if you like marble table tops with wood, you have it here too.
The Food We started with the Three Delicacies Platter – Nanjing Salted Duck, Chilled Jiangsu Fish, Chilled Spinach and Lily Bulbs with Sesame Sauce (S$16.80). The Jiangsu fish here is my favourite of the lot, which is first fried then tossed with Shaoxing Wine sauce.
The Cheesy Crisp Mochi Ball (S$10.80/6 pieces) is quite a modern dish. Think stretchy mozzarella cheese within the golden fried ball!
I can always do with more soup. The Double-boiled Conpoy and Chrysanthemum Soup with Pearl Abalone (S$18.80) is presented in a Chinese tea set style, which is a nice balance of double boiled Conpoy and Chrysanthemum tea flavour.
For meats, the Mala Crispy Roasted Chicken (S$15.80/half; S$29.80/full) is probably a must order dish if you love your Szechuan flavours. It’s not that spicy, so it’s more of the “ma” flavour here, which is just right and not too intense.
The Steamed Yellow Croaker with Chinese Wine (S$28.80/portion) has an unmistakable whiff of Shaoxing Wine. The meat is very tender and fresh, and the flavours are even more robust with the aromatic wine element.
For something wok-fried, the Sautéed Dried Shrimp and Vermicelli with Cabbage (S$13.80) has a nice wok-hei aroma. The flavours are quite comforting, and there is also a numb aftertaste from the Szechuan peppercorns hidden in this dish!
My first thought when the Crystal Jade Yangzhou Fried Rice Shaped Pasta (S$16.80) was served is its green colour. Orzo pasta is actually used here in place of normal rice, and the green colour stems from spring onion blend and the pasta rice is topped with sakura ebi.
I like the firm texture of the orzo, which forms an aromatic combination together with the shrimp and sakura ebi.
For desserts, I tried both the Double-boiled Snow Pear with Osmanthus (S$7.80/person) and Soufflé Egg White Ball stuffed with Red Bean and Banana (S$8.80/3 pieces). The latter is interesting, as it is freshly baked with an aromatic egg flavour which is soft on the outside. It is quite a nice contrast in terms of flavour with the red bean and banana within.
Rants Not to be confused with the pre-renovation outlet, the revamped Crystal Jade Jiang Nan no longer focus on La Mian and Xiao Long Bao if that is what you are looking for.
Will I Return Again? For a good Chinese restaurant in Vivocity, the food at Crystal Jade Jiang Nan will fit the bill of your family gatherings. The dishes are varied with a good mix of flavour profiles at affordable prices.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday & PH: 11am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter