SINGAPORE - (THE NEW PAPER) This month-old restaurant is the latest offering from the well-regarded Joyden Concepts and focuses on heritage recipes.
The most extraordinary thing about Joyden Treasures is how ordinary its dishes are. These are simple dishes meant to be comforting, rather than impressive.
But that doesn't mean the food here is not good - far from it. Expect a full-flavoured, nostalgia-inducing meal.
I ate there twice and was impressed by the food and service. When I went there unannounced, the service was even friendlier.
Also make sure you have the hand-pounded belachan on your table. It's delicious and goes with everything.
But don't be greedy - only a limited amount is available daily, so don't take more than you need.
I love the Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce ($26). It comes with a pleasing sauce. Ask for a bowl of steamed rice, add belachan and you'll forget the prawns are even there.
The "Tai-O" Vermicelli ($18) impressed with its amazing aroma and smokey "wok hei". The vermicelli had just the right amount of bite.
The flavours of the Double Boiled Seafood Soup in Whole Old Cucumber ($14) are as retro as the presentation. The broth - made of mushrooms, dried scallops and fish maw - takes it up one more notch.
The ma-la-gao ($4.20) is one of the best steamed cakes I've tasted - less sweet than other versions, but very fragrant. It's available only for lunch though.
The one dish I didn't like was the too-dry Mandarin Peel Pork Ribs ($22). The taste of the orange peel overwhelmed. Eat it with the cucumber, it'll make a difference, although that helped with the taste but not the texture.
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Opening hours: Weekdays, 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm Weekends and public holidays, 10.30am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm
This article was first published on October 28, 2015.
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