Chinese Belly series: Chinese food

Tonight we went to Crystal Jade for dinner. This chain of restaurants is from Singapore. I have not eaten at this chain in Singapore for a while due to the change in chefs. The quality of their food suffered as a result. The last time I went was Chinese New Year in 2013, so it has been more than a year now since I last visited. The restaurant serves Cantonese and Shanghainese food.

The food in Hong Kong was fine but the service could have been improved.

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Steamed kalian. I liked the nice crunchy stems of the blanched kalian.

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Pork ribs. I liked that it was small, bite-sized and sufficiently tasty without the meat being tough. I would have preferred it to be less overcooked but considering the size of the meat portion and the fact that most people would want the taste to get into the meat, it would have been hard not to overcook it.

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Fried rice flour cake. This turned out to be rather filling. We ordered this instead of rice.

The taste of the food seems better in Hong Kong than in Singapore. I sure hope the chefs in Singapore are good again.

Crystal Jade, Shop 310, Tai Yau Plaza, 181 Johnston Road, Wan Chai.

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