Royal China @ Raffles

05 JUL 2009

It has been 368 days since my last visit… Finally get the chance to bring Wifey to Royal China… I called in advance to reserve a table of 2… Once arrived, we were quickly shown our seats… Once seated, we ordered some Chinese Tea ($2.00 each)… After looking through their main and dim sum menus, we decided to go for the dim sum as they were quite well priced considering a classy restaurant like Royal China…

Royal China @ Raffles

Royal China @ Raffles

Now, dim sum for the two of us are usually ordered in two phases to prevent them from going cold too quickly… We decided on a first phase of 4 items, sat back and tried to enjoy the nice setting and smoothing music… Alas, the kid next table was screaming his head off for at least a whole 5 full minutes until one of the parent finally drag him out of the restaurant!! Like why can’t they do something to pacify him like immediately?!

First to arrive was the Steamed Scallop Dumpling(鳯眼带子餃; $4.80)… Huge scallop topped with fish roe sat on top of dumplings with almost a whole prawn within… Wifey loved it, and I would say… an excellent start!!

Steamed Scallop Dumpling

Steamed Scallop Dumpling

There is a distinctive uniqueness to skin of the String Bean Crystal Dumpling in Chilli Oil (四季豆紅油拉皮; $3.60)… Its unlike the skin of all the other dumplings we tried before in its level of chewiness… in a rather nice way… Soaked in the slightly spicy chilli oil, the dumpling was a hit with both of us!

String Bean Crystal Dumpling in Chilli Oil

String Bean Crystal Dumpling in Chilli Oil

Hmmm… Quite frankly, Royal China’s Steamed Shanghai Pork Bun (南翔小籠包; $4.80) is acceptable, but quite forgettable… To me, the dumpling skin was ok, but the soup and the mince within just don’t quite make the cut as compared to others we tried before…

Steamed Shanghai Pork Bun

Steamed Shanghai Pork Bun

Well, the Steamed Dough Fritter Cheung Fun – Hong Kong Style (港式炸兩腸粉; $4.00) is probably one of the best we tried in Singapore… I suppose this is a nice substitute for us (for the time being) as its still not at the level of what we tasted before in both Hong Kong & Melbourne…

Steamed Dough Fritter Cheung Fun - HK Style

Steamed Dough Fritter Cheung Fun - HK Style

So far, Royal China’s dim sum was rather impressive with the exception of the Steamed Shanghai Pork Bun… but it did enough to open up our appetite. We put in a few more order in addition to a special request of Cheesy Baked Oyster(a craving of Wifey)… It was rather pricey, but if it were good enough to satisfy a craving of Wifey, it’d be well worth it!

Soon enough, phase 2 arrived… Leading the pack was the Steamed Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce (豉汁蒸排骨; $3.60) and it was as good as any steamed spare ribs out there…

Steamed Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce

The Steamed Chicken Claws in Spicy Sauce (豉椒蒸鳳爪; $3.60), on the other hand, was very nice, and I believe it was all due to its spicy sauce which tasted slightly different, but much better than the sauce of your average steamed chicken claw… A delightful winner!

Steamed Chicken Claws in Spicy Sauce

Steamed Chicken Claws in Spicy Sauce

As I mentioned before, Cheesy Baked Oyster (Off menu; $13.00) was rather pricey… Firstly, it was not exactly what Wifey had in mind, but I guess that was lost somewhere in translation… However, it was actually quite superb and we both enjoyed it very much… The baked cheesy sauce could do with a little more cheese, but the overall taste was excellent! Hidden within the baked cheesy sauce was a surprise find of steamed rice thats infused with the wonderful sauce… The huge juicy oyster, semi-immersed in the cheesy sauce tasted just heavenly… Simply put, we loved it! Though pricey, I think it was quite worth it!

Special Order: Chessy Baked Oyster

Special Order: Cheesy Baked Oyster

For the finale, we had some Baked Egg Custard Tartlet (酥皮旦撻; $3.60). Though slightly smaller, Wifey thought the smoothness and taste of their egg custard edged out what we got from other restaurants… I guess it was personally preference as I found it to be just fine…

Baked Egg Custard Tartlet

Baked Egg Custard Tartlet

All in, the total bill came up to $48.57 (10% UOB discount) with 10% service charge and 7% GST… Generally speaking, it would’ve been quite cheap without the special order of baked oyster (probably around $34.00)… Great food, Great place, and not to mention… Great service!! I have a feeling this may just become one of our “to-go-to” dim sum restaurant!!

 

My Final Rating: 8.25/10

Address:
1 Beach Road, #03-09 Raffles Hotel, Singapore

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