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Thursday, March 28, 2013

SIN: Ju Bao Hong Kong Cuisine {MOVED}

Where chicken, prawns and crab roe come together...

UPDATE (26/04/2014): The restaurant has moved to 435 Sembawang Road. It opens daily from 11.30am to 11.00pm.

The memories of the exchange programme in HK has led me to the search for restaurants offering Cantonese cuisine. Back to United Square in Novena after a long time (the most memorable moment there was studying for 'O'-Level Geography with my fellow SJI and CHIJ friends in Starbucks), I found Ju Bao Hong Kong Cuisine which has been running since 2005.

Crispy Roast Pork S$10.00
Taste: 6.5/10

The roast pork cubes, tender as they were, were unfortunately not as crispy as I thought they'd be. Nevertheless, the slight saltiness of the meat was well-balanced by the mustard sauce on the side which wasn't extremely pungent.

Appetiser & Condiment

As usual, it's always my attempt not to put the appetiser and condiment as the first picture of each review haha... The braised peanuts were soft and sweet, while the dried shrimp chili was pretty good, but not really spicy.

Steamed Chicken with Prawns and Crab Roe (Small) S$16.00
Taste: 8/10

The chicken meat in the dish was steamed together with prawns till tender, swimming in a pool of sauce which I believe was based on soy sauce. The broccoli still retained their crunchiness, while the crab roe added a bite to the dish.

Steamed Prawns in Chinese 'Hua Diao' Wine (Small) S$16.00
Taste: 7/10

What a shining bright dish, don't you think? The prawns sitting on top of eggs and hua diao wine (lit. flowery carving wine - Chinese wine made of glutinous rice and wheat) concoction weren't entirely succulent, although most of them were pretty sweet. Also, the wine aroma could be stronger.

Wolfberry Leaves with Triple Eggs (Small) S$12.00
Taste: 6.5/10

My love for eggs has led me to choose this particular cooking style, while I decided on wolfberry leaves randomly. While the vegetables were pretty fresh, I found that the dish was a bit too watery to be flavourful and enjoyable. Also, there were only very few century eggs.

White Fungus with Red Date S$3.00
Taste: 7.5/10

It was a cooling dessert which was adequately sweet and not particularly diluted. On top of the crunchy white fungi and only a piece of red date, there were also two canned peach slices.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Overall: 7/10

Truth be told, I wasn't impressed with the food served. I'd think twice whether to come back to try other dishes. Pika's advice: If you can't decide on what to get from their extensive a la carte menu, check out the set meals!

Ju Bao Hong Kong Cuisine

101 Thomson Road
#B1-15/16 United Square
(Daily: 11.00am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 11.00pm)

*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,

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