Park Palace, located within Grand Park City Hall has launched THREE new rice dumplings inspired by the most iconic dishes of Singapore, and they are available from 18 May to 20 June 2015, along with the traditional, Hong Kong-style Guo Zheng Zhong Dumpling! Trust me, even haters of rice dumplings would be tempted to try these innovative creations by Park Palace. The unique play on the different traditions will definitely whet one’s curiosity and appetite!
1) Traditional Hong Kong Guo Zheng Zhong Dumpling – $18.80++
What’s inside: Roast duck, roast pork, dried chestnuts, salted egg yolk, lotus seeds, dried shrimp, dried scallop, Chinese mushroom and green beans. This is THE all-time Favorite from Park Palace and it’s well-known for its generous and top-grade ingredients, as well as its amazing flavors! Wow. I could survive on just this dumpling for a single day because it’s SO HUGE, and so filling! And of course, really delicious too! A great option if you want to experience the taste of a traditional dumpling, especially for newbies like me!
2) Hainanese Chicken Rice Dumpling – $8.80++
We’ve got our Hainanese Chicken Rice bread from Crown, and now we have it in the dumpling form. What’s inside: Marinated raw glutinous rice with garlic, onions, ginger, pandan leaves and lemon grass, and of course, steamed chicken thigh meat.
Trust me, this is THE best CHICKEN RICE and THE best dumpling I’ve ever had. Chef Chan Kung Lai made a bold move by attempting to incorporate the distinct flavors of chicken rice into the dumpling, and he has executed it PERFECTLY. Besides, marinating the glutinous rice with the above mentioned ingredients, he then dry-fries the rice to further infuse the flavors in the rice. The outcome of these is a dumpling that smells and tastes as fragrant as a good pack of chicken rice, yet, with an amazing texture, which I thought should become the norm for chicken rice stalls today. Not only that, condiments such as the house-made dips of the traditional chicken rice chili sauce and spicy ground ginger and chives are also provided to complete your Hainanese Chicken Rice Experience. The condiments will also be packed for you if you’re taking this home. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS.
3) Singapore Chili Crab Dumpling – $8.80++
What did I say about not judging a dish by its appearance? Haha! Wait till I cut this open for you.
What’s inside: Shredded Crab Meat and WHOLE claws within the tender glutinous rice.
Each of these dumplings come with a WHOLE claw with REAL, GENUINE crab meat for you to enjoy. But don’t say I didn’t warn you, do not take a huge bite off the dumpling, unless you want a chipped tooth from biting into the claw! The crab meat is cooked to perfection, and the best part of this? They are accompanied by a generous helping of chili crab sauce which has remnants of egg white and crab meat within them. Now, where do I get some mantous too?
4) Bak Kut Teh Dumpling – $12.80++
Seriously, how innovative can Park Palace get? How many times are they gonna wow me with their dumplings? Hahaha! All 4 times, in fact. What’s inside: A WHOLE, JUICY AND MEATY PORK RIB, wrapped with glutinous rice, and this can be eaten just like a lollipop stick!
The pork rib used has been simmered for 2 hours ina broth with more than 10 spices and herbs to make sure that the meat is tender and flavors are well-infused. Which they were, indeed. Besides, this dumpling is also served with a bowl of the herbal version of bak kut teh, which can be savored on its own, or together with the rice dumpling. I thought the latter was more tasty because I like the textures of mui fan, and the taste of BKT to be stronger.
Take note that all prices quoted are for dine-in, and there will only be GST charge for takeaway dumplings!
I am REALLY impressed by the dumplings that Park Palace has came up with. An ingenious use of ingredients and innovation, absolutely in line with the SG50 celebrations!
Besides their dumplings, Park Palace specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisines and traditional Shunde dishes. If you ever intend to dine in at Park Palace, do look out for their signature dishes such as the Park Palace Imperial Suckling Pig, Deep-fried King Prawn with Crispy Rice, Roasted Beijing Duck or their pretty Dim Sum collection! Just to name a few! SUPER YUM ROASTED BEIJING DUCK! And this is the prettiest DimSum collection I’ve seen. Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling (Har Gao), Steamed Shrimps Dumpling filled with Conpoy and Vegetables, and Deep Fried Lotus Root stuffed with Minced Pork. POWER LAH!
How to get there?
Grand Park City Hall
10 Coleman St
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm