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Food picks: Jin Shan Lou's Hunan cuisine, whole lobster at Pince & Pints

Published on Jul 11, 2014 11:04 AM


I haven't enjoyed Hunan cuisine in years, since Charming Garden in Dunearn Road closed down in the Noughties and Cherry Garden at the Mandarin Oriental hotel switched to a Cantonese menu.

So the current promotion at Jin Shan Lou in Marina Bay Sands brings back a lot of memories. Called Palates Of Surprising Hunan, it features guest chef Xu Juyun from Changsha in China, who is awarded the title Great Master Of Hunan Dishes, among many other accolades. He has been working in the kitchen for 50 years.

His menu at Jin Shan Lou is not only very good, but the prices are also pretty decent. The most memorable dish for me is the Stir-fried Hairline Ox Tripe ($28 for small). The tripe is sliced so finely that the dish looks like a plate of fried beehoon. This requires knife skills that must have taken years to hone. It is a tasty dish with a delightful crunch. Also very good is the Stir-fried Parboiled Tender Chicken With Spring Onion, Chilli And Ginger ($20 for small). There is just enough chilli and Sichuan peppercorn to titillate the tastebuds without numbing them, and the oil gets a nice aroma.

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