Classic Provincial Chinese Delights at Silk Road Restaurant, Amara Singapore
The Silk Road of China has a rich and colourful history spanning thousands of years from the Great Han Dynasty in the 2nd Century to the 19th Century. Reminiscing the rich and colourful history of the Silk Road, Silk Road Restaurant at Amara Singapore is proud to present the best of Chinese provincial cuisine.
I have been wanting to try Silk Road for the longest time and was finally here for lunch with some friends. Showcasing the best cuisines of Sichuan, Shaanxi, Liaoning and Beijing, the menu at Silk Road boasts of the culinary expertise and masterful skills of the specialty chefs from China.
Visually appealing cold appetisers that tease the palate and whet the appetite include Jelly Noodle in Sour & Spicy Bean ($8), Black Fungus with Garlic and Aged Vinegar ($8), Chinese Lettuce with Sesame Sauce ($8) and Garland Chrysanthemum (Tong Ho) tossed with Sesame Oil ($6). Served and presented in elegant dainty portions, the wonderful aroma of each dish beckons with the promise of gastronomic pleasure, and prepares the diner for more splendid things to come.
Signature Golden Pumpkin Soup ($30 per portion) is hearty and delicious, made velvety by the soft puree of pumpkin. However, I felt it was too expensive.
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($10) sees thickish skin with a slightly see-through texture after steaming. The broth that bursts into my mouth after the first bite.
Sichuan Minced Meat Dumpling ($10) is made with fresh pork is slow-boiled and flavoured with flecks of chilli oil, soya sauce, garlic and black Sichuan peppercorn.
This classic Sliced Fish with Sichuan Spicy Pepper Sauce ($28) has generous amount of dried chilli and Sichuan pepper. Boldy augmented with red-hot chilli oil, it was a near knock-out. The level of heat and numbness was enough to make us sweat.
Now Stir-fried French Bean with Minced Pork ($14) may sound boring but chef has gave the french beans a tasty crunch while the finely minced chicken provides textural contrast, turning the dish into a tasty accompaniment for plain rice or porridge.
Silk Road Restaurant’s Traditional Beijing Roast Duck ($52 for whole duck) is as good as any good specialised Peking duck restaurant in town. It features crispy skins, tender meat, and eaten with a dark sauce rolled in crepes, along with shallot and cucumber slices. It is very tasty.
I was intrigued by its Handmade Jade Noodle with Prawn, Fragrant Oil, Garlic and Chilli ($7 per portion). Handmade la mian is a specialty of Shaanxi province. The dense spinach noodles are prepared a la minute, boiled and served with fragrant oil, garlic and chilli.
Silk Road Restaurant’s menu has an enthralling medley of inventive and traditional creations, in addition to time-tested classical bill of fare. A special eye-catching feature of the restaurant is its showcase-kitchen concept, where customers can see the food being prepared. In particular, the chefs demonstrate their skill at the special handmade noodles and juicy dumplings.
No complaints about the service. The waitress who served us has knowledge of every dish and when each dish is served, she speaks with elegance, as though she is reading a poem. Great for lunch and dinner!
Silk Road Restaurant
Address: 2/F Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: 6879 2655
Opening Hours: 11am-3pm; 6pm-10:30pm daily
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