Joyden Canton brings Cantonese-style comfort food to town with new outlet

Black Bean, Black-Eyed Pea and Peanut with Pig Tail Soup PHOTOS: YEOH WEE TECK
Black Bean, Black-Eyed Pea and Peanut with Pig Tail Soup PHOTOS: YEOH WEE TECK
Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Homemade Dang-Gui Barbecue Sauce.
Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Homemade Dang-Gui Barbecue Sauce.
Almond and Salted Egg Prawns with Lemon Sauce.
Almond and Salted Egg Prawns with Lemon Sauce.
 'Hak Gam' Olive Fried Rice with Minced Pork
'Hak Gam' Olive Fried Rice with Minced Pork
 Twice-Baked Golden Egg Gratin with Caramelised 'You Tiao'.
Twice-Baked Golden Egg Gratin with Caramelised 'You Tiao'.

(THE NEW PAPER) - When Joyden Canton opened its first unit at HillV2 in 2014, I was so in love with the food there.

It was comfort food haven. Dish after dish made me want to snuggle up under a blanket and be fed by my mother's hand.

Its "Sha-Keong" Salt Poached Farm Chicken ($20) remains one of my favourite dishes from anywhere.

The location was an issue for me (the Hillview MRT station wasn't open then), and the long queues and the "walk-in only" rule there (unless it's more than eight diners) didn't help either.

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So I let out a cry for joy when I found out Joyden Canton is now in Orchard Road because comfort has come closer to me.

This new outlet has exclusive dishes too, such as the Black Bean, Black-Eyed Pea and Peanut with Pig Tail Soup ($8). Any Cantonese person with a soup-obsessed mother would have had this.


Black Bean, Black-Eyed Pea and Peanut with Pig Tail Soup PHOTOS: YEOH WEE TECK

I think my mother's version is superior. But this comes really close.

There is that tinge of orange peel and a hint of herbal notes, with the fatty tail. It's all good, and something I'll order when I go back. Just without my mother, of course.


Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Homemade Dang-Gui Barbecue Sauce. 

Also exclusive to Orchard is the Twice-Baked Golden Egg Gratin with Caramelised You Tiao ($18). It's a sweet dish (the youtiao was glazed with honey), but the texture of the gratin didn't appeal.

I also found the Almond and Salted Egg Prawns with Lemon Sauce ($21) too dry and salty. The lemon sauce mellowed it out a little but it wasn't enough.


Almond and Salted Egg Prawns with Lemon Sauce. 

The "Hak Gam" Olive Fried Rice with Minced Pork and Prawn ($18) was too sweet for me too. But it can be rescued - just remove the pork floss. The olives and dark soya sauce added so much flavour, and the smokiness made this an incredible dish. 


 'Hak Gam' Olive Fried Rice with Minced Pork  

I didn't think I was going to like the Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Homemade Dang-Gui Barbecue Sauce ($19), but the bitterness of the angelica root gave the dish dimensions. The bittersweet sauce should be poured over rice.


 Twice-Baked Golden Egg Gratin with Caramelised 'You Tiao'.