Joyden Treasures opens at Leisure Park Kallang
Following the success of Joyden Seafood, Joyden Concepts now takes on Chinese classics at its latest restaurant, Joyden Treasures. Located at Leisure Park Kallang, this new heritage restaurant features time-honoured dishes and a selection of the owner’s family recipes prepared with restaurant-worthy finesse.
A visit to any Joyden concept would not be complete without first indulging in a line-up of denizens of the sea. For those who enjoy a good steamed fish, they will not be disappointed with the light and flavoursome Original Steamed Red Grouper in Homemade Soy Bean Broth (欣藝自制豆浆蒸红斑 market price). Derived from the owner’s family repertoire, a whole red grouper is skilfully steamed in a made-from-scratch soya milk broth flavoured with fresh ginger, chives, straw mushrooms and black fungus. The soya milk permeates the fish resulting in a silky texture and the ginger adds subtle nuances to the flesh. For added crunch, golden fried enoki mushrooms are sprinkled atop before it is brought to the table.
Another signature item is the Traditional Salt Baked Crab (欣藝传统盐炬蟹 market price). A blend of different salts – each with its own unique taste profile – and a myriad of spices are wok-fried together before the mix is used to completely cover a whole Sri Lankan crab. The crab is then baked for about half an hour at a low temperature before all the salt is removed, and the crab is chopped and served. This method enhances the sweetness of the moist flesh coupled with the perfect balance of saltiness, a smoky fragrance and nuances of the spice.
One of the items right out of the owners’ kitchen is the Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce (欣藝油爆黑酱虾 $26/36/52), a labour of love with family members personally conducting multiple taste tests to ensure a well-balanced sauce teeming with ambrosial goodness. The aromatic sesame oil-based dark sauce bathes jumbo prawns that are deep-fried beforehand for a succulent and crispy bite – this pairs seamlessly with a bowl of steamed rice.
A popular snack in the good old days, Joyden Treasures brings back the taste of nostalgia with their elevated version of Phoenix Beancurd Skin Prawn Roll (欣藝精品凤尾虾$16/22/30). A blend of chopped fresh red prawns, salted eggs, century eggs and cilantro is stuffed between delicate sheets of beancurd skin. It is then skilfully deep-fried for a light and crispy exterior and served with a tangy sweet chilli sauce concoction.
Other stellar items on the menu include the wholesome Double Boiled Seafood Soup in Whole Old Cucumber ($14). A homemade broth of mushrooms, dried scallops and fish maw is encased in the hollow of a softened old cucumber and double-boiled to extract the wholesome essence of the ingredients. Dig a little deeper into the melon and a surprise parcel of pork wonton greets with a meaty bite.
The Wok-Fried Broccoli with Crabmeat and Homemade Seafood Dumplings (西兰花珊瑚酿带子 $22/32/46) is also a must-have here. The dumplings contain a labour intensive hand-chopped filling of prawn, squid and scallop that is rolled in an egg and flour mixture for a golden-crispy fry. The dumplings come nestled in a bed of broccoli and drenched in an unctuous egg white and crab meat sauce, orange pearls of crab roe complete the dish.
Another of the family’s favourite is their version of Crispy Fragrant Duck with Petite Lotus Buns (欣藝脆皮香酥鸭 $58). A whole duck is gently simmered with fragrant herbs and spices to give it full-bodied flavour, and then deep fried quickly to crisp the skin before it is brought to the table. This results in a duck confit-like bird with delicious fall-off-the-bone flesh. Served with homemade steamed lotus-shaped buns, customers simply shred the meat and stuff it in the bun before adding a dollop or two of the unique combination of sambal and orange sauce. A few slivers of homemade pickled papaya and fresh cucumber add the final tart and refreshing foil.
Another showstopper is the Lobster Noodles with Ginger and Spring Onion (欣藝姜葱龙虾烩伊面 market price). This dish features ee-fu noodles tossed in a flavourful made-from-scratch seafood broth with aromatics like ginger and spring onions before being adorned with chunks of fresh local lobster for a touch of restaurant luxe.
For the sweet tooth, Joyden Treasures’ knack for elevating local specialties include old-school dim-sum favourites like the impossibly fluffy Brown Sugar Ma-La-Gao ($4.20). The ma-la-gao is an old school steamed cake that is traditionally eaten with coconut and sugar, but Joyden Treasures’ version is fragrant with molasses and it is perfect on its own. For another old-school sweet ending to the meal, finish with a warm bowl of Joyden Treasures’ Traditional Yam Puree with Pumpkin and Gingko (金 瓜白果芋泥 $16/26/36, $6 per bowl).
The restaurant offers a refined take on the Teochew orh nee with a light homemade yam puree topped with chopped water chestnuts, steamed pumpkin slices and gingko nuts. A light drizzling of spring onion and lard oil and sugary syrup completes the dish. Also on the menu is the homemade Crushed Peanut Ang Gu Kueh. The ang gu kueh is free of preservatives and artificial colouring, tinted instead with the juice of natural ingredients such as carrots. It is priced at $4.20 per serving of four pieces.
Dim sum lovers will not be disappointed with Joyden Treasures menu of about 30 items. Dim sum is served from 11:30am to 3pm daily. The restaurant also carries a range of about 20 wines – four of which are available by the glass – and a selection of premium wines for that all important private or corporate occasion.
5 Stadium Walk #02-42, Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693
Tel: 6446 8488
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm & 6pm to 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am to 3pm & 5:30pm to 10pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
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