Saturday, May 05, 2012

Peking Duck Bliss

Instead of lazying in bed on a Saturday moo-rning, I pulled myself up, washed up, got dressed and made my way to Paradise Pavilion for a Peking duck lunch with friends. So proud of myself. LOL.

And it was without any regrets! See the chef roasting the ducks in a specially-built oven. Apparently everything (including the apple wood) were brought in from Beijing.

I had a good moo-mery of a yummy peking duck here when I first visited it 2 years ago with the 938LIVE foodies. This time it was as good.

I could fantasize of a corset made of these super crisp, smokey duck skin. Yum.

The Peking Duck here ($88 for a whole duck) was served with meat compared to the Cantonese-style where only the skin is wrapped and eaten. Dab a little sugar and the sauce, add spring onions and wrap with the flour crepe. Pretty tender meat and lovely smokey skin. :D

Besides duck, we also tried a few dim sum items.

The Century Egg & Pork Porridge was such smooth comfort.

Instead of the usual siew mai, we opted for the Siew Mai Skewers ($5.80). Meaty, juicy and with a nice grilled flavour. This with beer on a Friday would be dangerous! Moohahaha.

Cheong Fun with Deep Fried Veg Spring Roll ($5.80) was another interesting choice that turned out well. Imagine the vegetal sweetness of radish and mushrooms with a crisp skin further wrapped with smooth, slightly chewy sheet of cheong fun. Nice flavours and textures.

Rice Roll with Fresh Shrimp Filling ($6.30) was also a good eat. I love this classic combination.

Steamed Custard Buns ($5.50) would have been better with salted egg yolk. Bite with caution. Filling is hot. Hey, sounds quite like McDonalds! LOL.

Their Steamed Prawn Dumpling "Har Kau" ($5.60) was more than decent. Very fresh filling and a slightly thick chewy skin.

Fried Carrot Cake in XO Sauce ($8.80) featured soft cubes of carrot cake stir-fried with beansprouts, garlic, egg, XO sauce and I'm guessing a bit of fish sauce. Tasty!

Because we are Chinese, we decided to end the pre-dessert meal with a carb dish. Moohehe. Here's the Braised Ee-Fu Noodles with Japanese Scallop in XO Sauce ($26). The noodles were a little too soft for me. Maybe some black vinegar would perk up the dish. :p

Ok, then it was time for desserts. Some at the table were full enough while others wanted something sweet. Yours truly ordered a rather un-dessert-like item to end my meal...

Ta-da! The Daily Double Boiled Soup ($10/pax) was very good. Moohaha. On that visit, it was snakehead and pear soup. The soup was intensely flavoured, clear and balanced. An excellent end to a nice Saturday lunch with foodie friends. :)

Prices are a bit on the steep side but it nonetheless an enjoyable meal with relatively good quality and ambience.

Paradise Pavilion
Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel: 6509 9308
Opens: Monday to Friday: 11.30am-3pm; 6pm-11pm
           Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 11am-4pm; 6pm-11pm

Chew On This:

Paradise Pavilion has very nicely done up private rooms. Very modern Chinese elegance. But booking any of these has a steep per head fee on top of the F&B bill. Call to enquire. I guess the big banks across the road would like these rooms for entertaining clients etc.

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