Belle’s treat at Crystal Jade Steamboat – Food Review

Even though there was a steamboat time limit of 2 hours, it was more than enough to stuff ourselves silly.

We got seated at 655pm and had two hours of buffet time. I have to say that service at Junction 8 Crystal Jade is really not bad at all – they made sure they had enough staff to take care of the customers and they were very nice and professional towards me (I was initially quite pissed with the fact that they didn’t let Belle in early cos they would start counting the two hours once seated!).

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My chilli sauce concoction 🙂

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We decided to try the spicy mala soup and the century egg tofu soup! The spicy mala soup was more manageable compared to the one I had last month at T-One Steamboat. Also because the staff kept adding the normal non spicy soup base to top up our mala soup, so it got less and less spicy eventually lol. The century egg soup base was interesting, but I didn’t really go and drink the soup, so can’t say much about the taste.

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This was something out of the usual menu – a one-time off complimentary set of prawns.

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Belle’s sauce concoction. 0_o

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The food came really quickly after we sent in the order! By the way the price of this steamboat costs $20.80 (before taxes) per pax on weekdays – I think it’s not a bad price, cos the ingredients are fresh and tasty.

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We weren’t allowed to make reservations for the steamboat too. It’s first come first serve basis. Shrugs.

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Not sure if we ordered too much for the first round.. But we had difficulty finishing everything lol. Everything was very fresh and yummy – no complaints at all. Oh the staff even changed plates for us, and topped up our soup every now and then. Drinks were free flow too.

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Caption this.

Belle the observant eater spotted this smiley face mushroom before popping it into her mouth.

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The pig liver they served was so juicy, succulent, and fatty. It’s seriously the best pig liver I’ve ever tasted! Dunno what the pig ate man.

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2nd round…… Oh their grass carp belly and fish meat were very good too!!

I will definitely go back again for steamboat – although they have a limit of 2 hours, it’s really more than sufficient. I even took little breaks in that 2 hours to chat and rest from the eating (yes it is quite a feat to keep chatting and eating at the same time lol). They start admitting customers for steamboat from 5pm onwards, so if possible, pls go early to ensure seats since reservations aren’t allowed. They have limited allocation for steamboat too.

After dinner, we went for dessert at Coffee Bean to end the session with a sweet full stop. I steered away from Paleo diet which is very rare lol.

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Carrot cake and cheesecake!

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And banana chocolate ice blended yay.

The carrot cake was very nice cos it had a heavy cinnamon taste to it which I loved. I didn’t try the cheesecake though. The banana chocolate ice blended was disappointing cos they use banana purée and not real banana chunks, hence it tasted a bit sourish. We stayed there till about 1015pm and then Kelvin (who came at about 945?) sent me home.

If we were in town, I would have suggested to adjourn further for a glass of wine xD then again when I got home, after shower, I dozed off while typing this post halfway at about 1130pm lol.

Looking forward to our next meet up session. Go running with me maybe?

Crystal Jade Korean Ginseng Chicken BBQ at Takashimaya – Food Review

I ate granola at 5pm so that I didn’t have to eat dinner at Taka.

I ended up having to eat the leftovers… *weeps* cos there were so much left!!

My first time at this restaurant and a hostess wearing hanbok greeted us. We managed to get a nice table with a great space for stroller at about 7pm!

I flipped thru the menu. It was largely korean dishes with some Chinese stuff eg broccoli with scallops (which we ordered). It didn’t feel authentically korean haha.

They even serve banchan. I tot the kimchi tasted weird..

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Their banchan didnt taste very korean too..

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Korean dumpling soup with beef. Soup was not very flavorful and dumplings were just so-so.

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Kimchi fried rice – I didn’t try this but it was okay according to hubby.

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There, something you will never see in a korean restaurant 🙂 broccoli was too al dente even for me!

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Seafood pancake with scallion.. This is so hilarious. Hubby thought he read “seafood pancake with scallop” so he ordered it. End up he didn’t touch it cos it was filled with spring onion!!

We ordered Saba fish which came later (I didn’t take pic cos I was outside with Am.

Prices aren’t exactly cheap. Saba fish, dumpling soup was $16 each. Quite big portion though. Taste-wise – not good leh. But I’m willing to give it another try next time with the more recommended dish eg ginseng chicken soup?

Ya so I ate lots of broccoli, banchan & fish. No carbo but they still add on to the calories … I’m going to do skipping later..