Tuesday 22 December 2015

Joyden Treasures & Dim Sum @ Kallang Leisure Park

Joyden Concepts welcomes its third eatery and also their largest outlet to date. Joyden Treasures at Kallang Leisure Park. The newly opened concept features time-honoured dishes and a selection of the owner's family recipes prepared with great finesse. This heritage restaurant brings back you a spread of cultural classics.

Just so you know the other Joyden restaurant which features a variety of canto dishes is called Joyden Canton Kitchen, located towards the west at HillV2 shopping centre. More details here.

It features 6 VIP rooms that can accommodate 10 guests each. As for the main dining, pretty big space for their third eatery, the area has a comfortable seating capacity of 210. Also upon the entrance, tanks with live seafood will greet you.

This is the original Joyden Hawthorn & Red Apple ($5 per glass, $18 per jug) drink, it combines hawthorn and red apples slowly brewed over a low flame to extract all that natural goodness. Refreshing and light.

Appetizers that some of us love it especially the home made acar (pickles) and peanuts. Where else the chilli is made by themselves with their own recipe. These were rather well received at my table.

We started off with this wholesome Double Boiled Seafood Soup in Whole Old Cucumber $14. A homemade broth of mushrooms, dried scallops and fish maw is encased in the hollow of a softened old cucumber. Remember to dig a little deeper into the melon and you will find a pork wonton with a meaty bite.

This was a popular snack back in the good old days, brings back the taste of nostalgia with this Phoenix Beancurd Skin Prawn Roll ($16/22/30). A blend of chopped red prawns, salted eggs, century eggs and cilantro is stuffed between sheets of beancurd skin, then dipped with a tangy sweet chilli sauce. This is enjoyable but in this case, probably a slightly expensive snack.

A visit to any Joyden concept would not be complete without first having denizens of the sea. If you enjoy a good steamed fish, this Original Steamed Red Grouper in Homemade Soy Bean Broth (market price) would be ideal. It is steamed in soya milk broth, indeed light and flavoursome. I love how golden fried enoki mushrooms are sprinkled at the top for an added crunch.

However, if you usually take fish sliced soup without milk outside at the food court, this may not pleases you with that milky broth. But it's definitely worth the try, pretty comforting.

Another favourite at Joyden is this Crispy Fragrant Duck with Petite Lotus Buns $58. A whole duck is simmered with herbs and spices to give it a full-bodied flavour and then deep fried to crisp the skin. This is the highlight which we all love, the crispy skin!

The meat is tender with delicious fall-off-the-bone flesh and served with homemade steamed lotus-shaped buns. A simple tip to enjoy this, simply shred the meat and stuff it in the bun before adding a dollop of sambal and orange sauce. Don't forget to add a few slivers of pickled papaya and cucumber.

This is a hearty dish which reminds me of home cooked food, here is this Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce ($26/36/52). The aromatic sesame oil-based dark sauce bathes jumbo prawns that are deep-fried beforehand for a succulent and crispy bite. This sauce pairs best with a bowl of steamed rice!

Another signature item is the Traditional Salt Baked Crab (market price), with a blend of different salts. A myriad of spices are wok-fried together before the mix is used to completely cover a whole Sri Lankan crab. After the crab is then baked for about 30mins at low temperature before all the salt is removed and served.

Look at that huge succulent meat, could taste the sweetness of the moist flesh with a balanced of saltiness and a smoky fragrance from the wok. Unlike the usual salted egg kind of sauce where it overpower the natural sweetness of the crab.

Having nostalgic desserts here at Joyden concepts, here's old school dim-sum favorite like this fluffy Brown Sugar Ma-La-Gao ($4.20). This ma la gao is an old school steamed cake is traditionally eaten with coconut and sugar. But Joyden Treasures' rendition is really fragrant and fluffy!

Another old school dessert that we highly recommend, here's Joyden Treasures' Traditional Yam Puree with Pumpkin and Gingko ($16/26/36, $6 per bowl). This light homemade yam puree is topped with chopped water chestnuts, steamed pumpkin slices and gingko nuts. I like how the water chestnuts adds an extra crunch.

After a comforting dinner, we are back at Joyden Treasures again but this time for their dim sum menu. Dim sum is served from 1130am to 3pm daily, featuring about 30 items. Whole menu as of below:

Tried their Golden Chrysanthemum Imperial Seafood Dumpling $4.50, where the chef hand craft these dumplings before it is deep fried. Overall, pretty decent in taste just that it looks delicate. 

One of our favorite item for their dim sum menu, here's the Pan-Fried Carrot Cake with Preserved Sausage $4.20. Nicely pan fried till crispy on the exterior while moist within with the preserved sausage flavour. Overall, the dim sum at Joyden Treasure were decent though the price is slightly steeper.

The new Joyden Treasures at Kallang is perfect for a family gathering with hearty nostalgia dishes. Most dishes here feature home cooked sentiments with their family recipes, comforting I would say. Though I personally prefer the spread at Joyden Canton Kitchen

Joyden Treasures
5 Stadium Walk, #02-42
Leisure Park Kallang
Singapore 397693
Tel: 6446 8488
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 1130am-3pm | 6pm-10pm
Sat-Sun/PH: 1030am-3pm | 530pm-1030pm

Outdoor public parking at Car Park 'E', 'F' and 'G' ( Rate: $0.50/30min- All Day)

*This was an invited media tasting.

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