Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken & BBQ, Ngee Ann City

Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken, banchan
Here was an opportunity to get reacquainted with some Korean food and even though this Crystal Jade (391 Orchard Road, #04-20 Ngee Ann City, tel : +65 6733 3229) might not have been the best place to start, it was convenient. The setup was much like many Korean outfits. There were tables fitted with a grill for meats. Things got moving after orders with a serving of banchan. I loved those big headed bean sprouts there.

Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken, beef ribs
The stewed beef ribs was pretty good at the start with generous portions and caramelized bits. After a few pieces, the sweetness became cloying and it started becoming a chore to finish. The meat was not as tender as I was hoping for and they certainly weren't the type that slid of the bone easily. Wasn't something that I disliked, but one could just eat a little before the taste became monotonous. Definitely for sharing between more than 2-3 persons.

Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken, seafood jigae
Faring better in my opinion was the spicy seafood and tofu soup. The combination of savoury and spiciness definitely helped offset the sweetness from the ribs. I was actually expecting a larger variety of seafood from the name of the soup but I guess it was just shrimps and squid.

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