my last post on imperial treasure teochew was on 17.3.2013.
daughter arranged family lunch, 7pax this time & went back to our favourite imperial treasure teochew on 1.9.2013.
i ordered the braised duck, pork trotter jelly, smoked sliced trotters & the pork collar char siew; and daughter decided on the dimsums.
the braised duck was fabulous. the restaurants, whether hua ting or here at imperial treasure, had a way of braising duck (maybe lower temperature) that made the meat tender & consistent yet quite firm not falling apart like overcooked (close to western way sous vide).
the pig trotter jelly was very good, tasty (though my children were not quite fond of it). western fine dining has a lot of jellied items as their standard fare for degustation as well.
the smoked trotters was also very good, and my children liked it better.
the bbq pork collar was super! i read when trying my hands at cooking char siew (not very successfully though as a result i developed a very good miso char siew recipe of my own) that pork collar was the best cut, as the fat was more distributed than belly pork.
i liked all the dimsums. fried carrot cake always good with the chilli. steamed chicken feet looked great though i did not try. char siew pao, an item we rarely tried at dimsums was good too. steamed pork ribs here was the best! very lean & much better than shang palace & also royal china. the har cheung (prawn rolls) was smooth & great. i did not take the carrot puff but it was in good demand too around the table. xiaolongbao was tasty but somehow felt crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao was still better. har gao was always good here!
for carbo items, 1 of us didn’t take seafood, so we had a yangzhou fried rice w/o prawns only with char siew. first time taking that here but my son had always liked yangzhou fried rice, & my younger daughter liked it a lot too. i liked it too. our regular favourite scallop crabmeat egg white fried rice was not so overwhelming today but still more subtle vs the yangzhou fried rice. though i felt the seafood fried rice at crystal jade xiaolongbao was better than both.
& the salted egg custard bun (流沙包) here was the standard bearer, far better than the salted egg custard bun at royal china (which recently added mango which took away instead of adding to the taste)!
in total we paid S$218 for 7pax, kind of ex for dimsum but it was certainly a very gratifying family lunch.