Xiao Long Bao – These were the three words that came to mind when we heard that authentic Shanghainese cuisine will be showcased at Resorts World Sentosa’s well-loved Global Gourmet Kitchen series. Award-winning chefs from the legendary Lü Bo Lang restaurant have been specially flown in to prepare authentic creations at Feng Shui Inn™.
For the uninitiated, eating the Xiao Long Bao is an art and requires a certain technique. To truly savour the essence of this Shanghai delicacy, it’s not as simple as putting the soup dumpling in your mouth, chewing and swallowing it.
At first, we were concerned about whether we could enjoy the Xiao Long Bao with grace. Our apprehension turned into relief when the sampler menu did not include the commonly-known Xiao Long Bao. Instead, there was a lovely spread of main dishes and dim sum – after all, there is more the Shanghainese cuisine than just Xiao Long Baos. Here are some of our favourites.
The Signature “Eight Treasures” Duck was a sight to behold. Stuffed with glutinous rice and “treasures” like chestnuts, ginko nuts and pork bits, the beautifully braised duck is served at special occasions like weddings and birthdays in Shanghai. The exquisitely prepared dish was as delectable as it looked, and the stuffing was not too overwhelming for our taste buds.
Even if you are not a fan of these crustaceans, we highly recommend the Deep-fried Prawns in Shanghai Style. Glimmering under Feng Shui Inn™’s warm lights, the dish looked invitingly appetising. The crunchy shells were a joy to sink our teeth into, and the meat was surprisingly succulent. If cholesterol level isn’t something you are battling with, you can consider devouring the entire prawn head.
At first glance, this dim sum dish looks like a plate of hash browns. But trust us, the Glutinous Rice with Seafood is far more gratifying to munch on. We were advised to eat this with our bare hands, and finish it in three mouthfuls. We did as suggested, and what impressed us was how the fragrance of the glutinous rice and scallops melded into one delightful mix. The taste is just as divine too.
You are not alone in mistaking these oval-shaped delicacies as quail eggs. The bite-sized Glutinous Rice Balls with Black Sesame Paste were the perfect items to end off the meal. Like Xiao Long Baos, they are meant to be consumed in wholes. The black sesame seed paste from the slightly chilled dim sum dish left a refreshing aftertaste, and you wouldn’t mind popping another one into your mouth.
RWS’s Global Gourmet Kitchen: Shanghai Chef Extraordinaires menu is available exclusively at Feng Shui Inn™ from 27 April to 6 May. For reservations and enquiries, call +65 6577 6599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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