TungLok XiHe Peking Duck– Enjoy 15% off with DBS Cards!
Following the success of TungLok XiHé Peking Duck at The Grandstand, a second brunch has opened its doors in June this year, on the 7th floor of Orchard Central.
A Culinary collaboration between TungLok and Bejing’s renowned XiHé Group, TungLok XiHé Peking Duck offers a delectable spread of great Chinese cuisine reinterpreted for the modern era. If you are a DBS or POSB cardholder, there are more reasons to come … as you get 15% off ala carte food orders with minimum spend of $150.
My lunch started with a refreshing plate of Rose Cherry Tomatoes ($10) soaked in plum and rose wine. The chilled red tomatoes are bursting with sweetness and subtle tanginess. It definitely opens the palate and prepare us for the sumptuous meal ahead.
Another starter that I tried was the Deep Fried Huai Shan with Dried Chilli. Here, crispy bites of mountain yam are mixed with spices. Dried chilli didn’t had much kick to me, and it is so addictive that I kept eating it.
Smoked sliced Fish in sweet sauce ($12) was passable but nothing fantastic. It has delicious smoke aroma but the fish meat was dry.
If you enjoy beef, you will fall in love with the saliva-inducing Pan-fried Beef Rib with Sichuan Pepper ($38). It yields amazing tender texture with the bone by the side. The flavours are clear, with the enoki mushrooms helping to lighten the heaviness of the beef.
Come to TungLok XiHé, definitely mush try their Authentic Peking Duck ($66 per duck)! What makes their peking duck so special? Usually, restaurants serve 60-day-old ducks, as they look most plump at this age. At TungLok XiHé, however, they specify that their ducks must only be 40 days old. Although the ducks are a little smaller, the tenderness and juciness of the meat are more intense.
The 40-day-old special breed duck is selected after rigorous inspection by the chefs, ensuring its body is wound-free and weighing at about 2.9kg to 3kg. After cleaning and stuffing the duck with spices, it is hung and blasted with cold air in a room temperature of 5 degree Celsius for a day. The curing process is repeated after refrigerating the duck for two days before it is ready to be roasted!
To maintain the age-old roasting method, the duck is hung and roasted in a traditional oven. After a mixture of red dates water and spices are poured into the duck, the chef roasts the duck for 50 minutes at 200 degree celsius – the perfect timing and temperature to ensure that the crispiness of the duck’s skin, tenderness of its meat, smoky fragrance and the mouthwatering flavor are all achieved before it is served.
So three different parts were served. First, it is the crispy duck skin with bright red hue. It was lightly dipped into a specially-blended blueberry sauce, followed by the “popping candy”. The blueberry sauce lends a fresh, fruity flavor when eaten with the skin, and the unconventional popping candy creates a sizzling sensation in my mouth. I applaud for their creativity, but I still prefer my duck skin to just go with plain sugar.
Then I went for the duck breast with the most tender meat – which is best enjoyed with TungLok XiHé’s wheat wrap. It is recommended wrapping the meat with ingredients from their specially-designed 8 treasures box with a variety of condiments and sweet sauce. Last but not least, the tender duck thigh can simply be paired with the sweet sauce and eating it directly.
Spend extra $10 for a plate of cereal-fried duck rack. This is only available for customers who ordered their peking duck.
While I like most of the dishes I have tried during my visit, there are also some which I thought would be better. The Stewed Mushroom with Minced Pork and Chilli ($18) sounds promising but the mushrooms were a tad dry.
Besides these dishes, TungLok XiHé menu features other Beijing favourites that XiHé is famous for – such as Mrs Zhang’s Braised Lion’s Head Meatballs, and Stewed Sea Cucumber with spring onion sauce.
DBS and POSB Card members are in for a treat at TungLok XiHé Peking Duck. Enjoy 15% off ala carte food orders with minimum spend of $150. This promotion is available till 28 Feb 2015 and not valid in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.
TungLok XiHé Peking Duck
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #07-07/09, Singapore 238896
Tel: 6736 0006
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