Chinese New Year is just a few weeks away and in true Chinese fashion, let’s all welcome the Year of the Goat with a table of good food to share with our loved ones! While some families may opt to celebrate at home, some may choose to usher in the Chinese New Year in restaurants. If you belong to the latter, may I suggest checking out Crystal Jade Dining IN’s CNY offerings? They might just fit the bill. 😉
Start your meal at Crystal Jade Dining IN by selecting one of their beverages. In the photo above, you can see the (left to right) Honey Lemon Tea (your choice of hot or cold, Php100/glass), Mixed Fruit Juice (Php200/glass) and the Grape Milkshake (Php200/glass).
What’s a Chinese New Year feast without the auspicious food? We were able to try Crystal Jade Dining IN’s version of 鱼生 (Yu Sheng). This Prosperity Toss Salad is said to be consumed by the Chinese communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Each ingredient used in the salad stands as a symbol for a “wish”. For example: the raw fish symbolizes abundance throughout the year, the crushed peanuts symbolizes a house filled with gold and silver, while the sesame seeds stands for a flourishing business.
Once the sauces, oils and other condiments have been poured on the salad, it’s time for the salad to be mixed. The people who will take part in the tossing of the salad are said to be the recipients of all the good wishes/fortune, so get your chopsticks ready and toss away! They say the higher you toss and the messier it gets, the more good fortune will head your way. Don’t be shy now; put those skills to good use. 🙂
Crystal Jade also offers their Double-boiled Fish with White Fungus and Papaya for CNY. This soup may be a challenge to eat for those who aren’t used to Cantonese cooking. The soup has a pungent, fishy smell to it, but it is a lot milder once you’ve taken a sip. Ignore the smell and dig in. The papaya and white fungus are good for your health, especially your lungs and respiratory system.
In my opinion, anytime a Roasted Peking Duck is served during a meal, it becomes a royal feast! I know I’ve already mentioned this in my other post, but I want to reiterate that Crystal Jade serves a really mean-tasting Peking duck. I don’t mind the calories at all. :p
With the Peking Duck’s skin wrapped away, the duck meat is transformed into an entirely different dish. There are a multitude of ways to serve the meat, and Crystal Jade decided to let us try their Braised Noodles with Shredded Duck Meat & Mushrooms. It doesn’t look like much, but this dish garnered a lot of positive reviews from our group. It’s a perfect example of a simple dish with awesome flavors.
For a different take on sesame balls, try the Golden Sesame Balls Stuffed with Fresh Mushrooms. These sesame balls are stuffed with savory mushrooms instead of the sweet red beans. The outside is oily and a bit soft since it was lightly coated in salted egg sauce. This dish can be heavy on the palate, and I suggest drinking some hot tea to help remove the oil.
For those who aren’t into fried dishes, you may like their Steamed Live Garoupa with Olives. I thought this dish’s flavors were very light (some may even say bland), so it might be a good idea to get a small piece of the olives with every bite of fish meat to add more saltiness to it.
Crystal Jade also has something for those who are looking to add veggies into their diet: the Sauteed Assorted Vegetables with Preserved Vegetables.
I’m personally not a big fan of the sweet and sour sauce that a lot of people like, but I have to admit that the next dish was a tasty one. The Crispy Prawn with Sliced Apple and Sweet and Sour Sauce was also very fragrant. I have no idea why it had a faint chocolaty smell to it, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who noticed it. No trace of chocolate could be tasted though, for those who’re interested to know. :p
A feast is not complete without anything sweet to end the meal. Crystal Jade has a whole assortment of desserts to choose from. One of them is their Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Taro.
If you’re not big on taro, you can choose to try their version of the Japanese mochi…
Or maybe you’d fall in love with their take on the popular Coffee Jelly, just like how I felt after eating one.
As an added bonus, Crystal Jade is now serving their xiao long bao (soup dumplings) in the Fort branch. What used to be exclusively served in their Shanghai cuisine-focused Greenhills branch, the sought after xiao long bao can now be enjoyed by diners who’re craving for the soup dumplings while hankering for Cantonese cuisine. Truly the best of both worlds!
Regardless whether you want to host a lavish lauriat or enjoy a simple home-cooked meal with your loved ones, my only wish for every one of my readers is to have a prosperous and happy Chinese New Year ahead. Gong Hei Fat Coi, 恭喜发财! ♥
**Crystal Jade Dining IN is located at SEUG201 Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. You may contact them through (02)8085233 for queries or reservations.