There are a few things in life which you can never forget. Your first love, the first time flying on a plane, the wonderful taste of food, and of course, my first visit to the prestigious 6 Star St Regis Hotel, and not to mention, the most expensive and excellent dim sum that I’ve there.
I can never forget the taste of Peking duck after trying it for the first time a couple of years back. The perfectly crispy skin with a thin layer of fats beneath. Yan Ting’s Crispy Peking duck ($60 whole duck) served with traditional condiments arrived within minutes after making our order. Instead of wrapping in the typical pancake, the chef decided to use flour skin instead.
Like the usual practice for Peking duck, the remainder of the meat was done in other methods. The one that we had was diced duck meat, which came across as salty. It would be a great compliment with a bowl of white rice, but other than that, there wasn’t much hint of the duck meat. I wondered where the rest of the duck meat actually went. And the second serving ($27) came at a cost of 3 bucks per head.
While I didn’t try any “San Bei Ji”, or claypot chicken with basil & golden garlic ($20 for medium serves 4) before, the rendition here was satisfying. The fragrance of the meat announced the arrival of the dish, the chicken was tender, with some fatty meat and the tasty sauce was the icing on the cake, or rather chicken.
The question mark on my face was evident when I couldn’t figure out what the vegetable on the table was. I was told, the Dou Bei ($26 for medium serves 4) was the superior cousin of the more common Dou Miao. An expensive plate of greens this was, for the seemingly average taste of the vegetables.
We also tried the Crispy garlic pork ($28 for medium serves 4). The pork ribs were crispy, and had a strong garlic taste. The dish also came across as a tad salty. Nonetheless, we dutifully whipped clear the plate of the ribs.
I can never forget my penchant for cod fish. Taking a bite of the Deep Fried Cod Fillet coated with Crispy Cereal ($28), the fish immediately melt-in-the-mouth, with the cereal giving an added crunch. There’s barely enough for all of us a piece each.
I ain’t a big fan of scallop, so this line could be pretty bias. The Pan Seared Scallop filled with Shrimp Mousse ($32 for medium serves 4) was big in size indeed. However, the scallop was overwhelmed by the strong shrimp mousse taste.
I can never forget my mother’s rendition of French bean. I’m of the belief that simplicity is beauty. Using garlic to stir fried the vegetables can always bring out the fragrance of the garlic without covering the freshness of the greens. So I was rather sceptical initially when i saw the Wok Fried French Bean with Minced Pork and Chilli ($20 for medium serves 4). But it did proved me wrong with the wok hei of the beans. And the minced pork didn’t complicate the taste.
Instead of the typical deep fried prawn with mango, the Deep Fried Prawn filled with Fresh Mango ($36 for medium serves 4) came with a twist. Prawns and mangos were wrapped in beancurd skin, and deep fried. To be frank, I dislike beancurd skins, especially those served during dim sum. But this one was decent, the mango could be sweeter though.
With the name Chef Chan Signature Baked Spring Onion Chicken ($28 for medium serves 4), the dish certainly was bundled with expectations. You can’t go wrong ordering the signature dishes, or so it seems. The chicken was plain ordinary, and definitely didn’t warrent the hefty price tag.
I can never forget the best char siew sou ($1.8 per piece) I had before, from Yan Ting of course. Dim sum is not served during dinner, but we made a request to the manager, who to our delight, agreed to ask the chef to make it for us specially. Maybe we were saddled by the huge expectation that we had, but we are guessing it’s most probably because of the shorter baking time, that the char siew sou didn’t turn out to be as good as before. Nonetheless, it was good of the restaurant to do it specially for us, and I’ll be back again for it.
Total bill was $362.85 for 9 person, after a 25% discount using the Astor card. This came up to about $40 per person, which was totally cheaper than what we expected. And if we didn’t drink tea ($40), and no desserts ($48), the add up will probably be around $283 or $30 per head. With the ambience of the place, the prestige of the restaurant, and the decent quality of the food, the price was definitely reasonable. I’ll definitely be coming back for their dim sum, Yan Ting IV. There are a few things in life, which you can never forget after all.
Read about my dim sum visit to Yan Ting here
& Yan Ting snowskin mooncake here
29 Tanglin Road
The St Regis
Tel: 6506 6888
Yan Ting is listed as one of ladyironchef’s favorite restaurants in Singapore
this is one of my favorite dimsum place. but then it’s a definitely unique place :p
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You seem to have liked the dinner.
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You must have paid a hefty sum for the astor card.
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if u dun drink tea, u would drink water? is there a charge to sky juice?
That’s not a bad discount! The photos of the Baked Spring Onion chicken make me salivate! (It’s 1.51am here!) I know some ppl from the hotel but not sure if they’re still there.. Time to dig name cards. lol
Btw Brad, a friend is writing a new cookbook. He writes 2 cookbooks in 5 years on average. I’ll see how I can fit you in!! Update u later!
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missy glutton: Same, this is also one of my favourite place for dim sum. o
feizhu: aye, it was okay la, given the price we paid.
ice: hahaha its not mine, the astor card belongs to feizhu. Yeah a king’s ransom for it. haha
rataouile: haha yeah drink water cheap ma. lol!
kelly: hahaha yeah its a good discount but you need to pay a lot for the card. okay sure let me know again
Looks absolutely delicious every single dish, especially the Peking Duck. I’ve been craving for this for the past 2 weeks.
jo: hahaha craving for peking duck? wow! you got expensive taste. lol!
Beside dining in high class restaurant, another luxurious leisure to spend on is to stay in ST Regis Hotel! I m quite surprised to see many singaporeans r doing tt. Damn Rich ahhhh….but my parents r also e same. Hehe!
hazel: Aha! lucky you, how’s the experience of staying in a 6 star hotel? lol
has this replaced Royal China as your best dim sum place? haha.. anyway, the cod fillet looks tasty! ( :
shayna: hahaha. Nope, both Yan Ting and royal china has always been the two best dim sum place for me. Just that Yan Ting is slightly more expensive. lol! have you try them already? you keep saying want to go. haha
haha.. sadly, nope! ) : after school started, I can’t even go out to have a proper meal. Had to rush back to school for projects and all. But, I will go one day! haha.. thinking of pulling my bf with me during Valentine’s! haha..
Shayna: haha with school projects and boyfriend where got time to go out with me! lol eating dim sum in a chinese restaurant doesn’t seems very romantic for Valentine’s tho. LOL!
haha.. sounds right! haha.. hmmm.. I am now still in case competition.. sigh.. when are you ORD? probably we can go out and catch up before your school starts! ( :
Yan Ting’s food are really delectable. I had the chance to be there for a company’s lunch and I was won over by their peking duck. I haven’t had the chance to try their dimsum though. Would it be better than Lei Garden?
Karen: yeah agreed. you should try their dim sum, its one of the best i had so far. I haven try lei garden yet! omg. cant compare. haha