Happy Chinese New Year, friends!! Hope everyone has already started tossing your way to good fortune!
Out of the four yusheng I’ve tried so far, my favourite is the Indian-style rendition from Punjab Grill! The novelty/exotic factor first hooked me, and then the myriad of flavours won me over. Traditional Chinese yusheng are sometimes too saccharine due to the generous dressings so this sweet-tangy-spicy-pungent yusheng is a refreshing change from the norm!
Chef Special Chaat Yusheng ($48++)
grilled salmon, candied beetroot, carrot, coriander mint yogurt, five spices, crushed cumin, potato chaat, chilli powder, roasted almond flakes
Available till 22 February, Punjab Grill is introducing a special 5-course seafood menu ($85++) which offers an unconventional dining experience and a lot of food! We started with a chilli crab soup that divided us right away – bff said it was weird but I actually liked the piquant, tart yet slightly sweet tang. An acquired taste, I suppose.
chilli crab sorba served with cray fish dumpling
The platter of four appetizers didn’t send us to conflicting camps though. We were suitably impressed by the prawn patty with masala onion (texture reminds me of fishcake), tender juicy salmon tikka (our unanimous favourite!), lightly battered soft shell crab, and a plump fresh scallop served whole in its shell. Refined Indian cuisine at its best!
pan seared jumbo prawn minced patty filled with masala onion and california raisin;
grainy mustard salmon tikka;
golden fried soft shell crab tossed with crispy coconut flakes;
pan grilled scottish scallops topped with kinnaur apple confit
Main course was a cone of fluffy seafood pilaf topped with succulent coriander masala prawn and the all-time popular kaffir lime fish curry on the side. Both were excellent and I polished them easily. Wish that I had saved some tummy room for the warm garlic naan and lentil curry though!
kaffir lime fish curry;
crushed coriander prawn masaledar served with trio bell pepper;
dal punjab grill;
I was all stuffed but since desserts go to a separate stomach, I could not resist digging into the decadent dark chocolate fudge with an orange core. Perfect with the scoop of saffron pistachio ice cream! How about a mandarin chocolate lava cake next time, chef? *hint hint*
Symphony of Desserts
mandarin chocolate fudge, kesar pista kulfi
My thanks to Erica, Manu and team for taking good care of us!
Punjab Grill By Jiggs Kalra
B1-01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
South Podium, 2 Bayfront Avenue