Jia He Chinese Restaurant – Traditional Chinese Cuisine, Reimagined!
December 27, 2019
“If you could only eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?”
Whenever I get asked this question at a party or gathering, I always find myself gravitating towards good old Chinese cuisine. Don’t get me wrong, I still love sushi and tacos, but Chinese food will always bring back warm memories of time spent with family over a great meal. Great company always makes a meal taste better, I say!
Nowhere is this concept of family bonding embraced more fully than at Jia He Chinese Restaurant. The restaurant’s name is based on the Chinese idiom 家和万事兴, which translates to “if the family lives in harmony all affairs will prosper”. Rooted in this philosophy, Jia He’s team of expert chefs have created a menu which features both classic Chinese delicacies and contemporary creations for everyone to enjoy!
Begin your feast with an impressive selection of masterfully crafted dim sum offerings. The Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Ba Kut Teh ($8 for 6 pieces) is made with Bak Kut Teh herbs and spices. This combination of xiao long bao and bak kut teh is a truly innovative fusion dish! The peppery and garlicky Bak Kut Teh is prominent, yet does not overpower the taste of the dumpling. Beetroot juice is used to dye the dumpling skin a lovely shade of pink, making this dim sum extra classy.
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Variety is key when ordering dim sum, so don’t miss out on other classics such as Steamed Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk ($6.00 for 3 pieces), Steamed Phoenix Prawn Siew Mai ($7.80 for 3 pieces) and Deep-fried Yam Dumplings with Minced Meat ($5.50 for 3 pieces), which have been shaped to resemble elegant swans.
Before you move on to the main courses, try the Sauteed Crab Legs with Spices ($12) which was one of my favourite dishes. The crab meat was delicate and tender, and it was fried to a perfect golden brown. Make sure to dip the legs into the spice mix for a flavourful punch! Also check out the Pan-fried Bacon wrapped with Tomato served with Salad Cream ($12), an interesting appetiser that combines sweet cherry tomatoes with smoky bacon. Pop one of these into your mouth and experience a burst of tomatoey goodness!
Here at Jia He, you will be able to feast on all the ocean has to offer. First up was the Baked Crab with Salted Egg Yolk and Pumpkin (seasonal price), where huge pieces of Sri Lankan crab are coated in a thick sauce made with salted egg and pumpkin. The crab meat was incredibly fresh and firm, while the salty-sweet flavour profile of the sauce complements the crab meat well. Another great dish is the Deep-fried Prawn with Mustard Seed and Homemade Sesame Sauce ($24). The sesame sauce provides a robust, earthy flavour that amplifies the taste of the deep fried prawns. Definitely a unique dish that is worth the calories!
Peking Duck is the highlight of many Chinese dinners, and Jia He pulls out all the stops to bring you an exquisite Peking Duck ($48) experience. Their duck is air dried for 24 hours before being barbecued, which ensures that the duck skin – the most important part of Peking Duck – crisps up extremely well. Wrap the skin with the traditional accompaniments of julienned cucumber, spring onion and plum sauce for a delectable mouthful.
The Crispy Hor Fun with Seafood and Egg Sauce ($18) is a multi-sensory extravaganza that everyone must order. Feast your eyes on the tall, interwoven nest of fried Hor Fun and watch in wonder as it disappears when the Egg Sauce is drizzled over. Listen closely, and you will hear a crackling sound as the sauce softens the crispy noodles. This dish is best enjoyed immediately, while the hor fun is still crispy.
Another unique dish is the Jia He Roasted Crispy Chicken with Tangerine Peel ($32). The tangerine adds a light and refreshing citrus note to the chicken, complementing the smoky, roasted flavour well. The chicken meat is juicy and tender, while the skin reminds me slightly of Peking Duck skin!
Round off your meal on a sweet note! Durian lovers like myself will definitely enjoy the Deep-fried Sesame Ball with Durian ($6 per piece)! A thick, luscious durian paste is encased within a crispy and light batter. The sesame seeds add a fragrant, nutty flavour to the durian as well. The Chilled Black Glutinous Rice with Ice-cream ($6) expertly combines elements of differing temperatures, with the cold ice cream and warm glutinous rice combining for a luxurious mouthful.
With so many delicious dishes, your only concern when dining at Jia He is deciding what to eat! From classic dishes to innovative twists, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this classy Cantonese establishment. So what are you waiting for? Come on down to Jia He today!
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