Chinese Box, Cluny Road

Chinese Box is a quaint, cosy Chinese restaurant nestled inside the old SMU campus at Bukit Timah. It’s motto is to serve the ‘best of Chinese cuisine’ – which I think it comes pretty close to doing.

At the restaurant entrance

At the restaurant entrance

I was fortunate enough to have the privilege of attending their food tasting event as a guest. With a 10 course tasting menu, with generous ingredients and delicious dishes, I was a happy, happy girl after that.

And without further delay, I shall elaborate on the tasting menu:

Vietnamese Mango and Duck Roll & Soft Shell Crab Handroll

Vietnamese Mango and Duck Roll & Soft Shell Crab Handroll

Dish 1: Pretty good – the mango, cucumber and duck went well together with the nice soft skin. Slight problem though – I couldn’t quite tell the difference between the duck and the soft shell crab roll :/

Poet Drunken Chicken and Taro Strings

Poet Drunken Chicken and Taro Strings

Dish 2: Loved this dish. Usually don’t like drunken chicken that much because I don’t like the taste of alcohol but this tasted a bit more herbal, and the taro strings had a really nice spicy bite to it.

Signature Beijing Duck Roll

Signature Beijing Duck Roll

Dish 3: Oh amazing. Crispy skin with juicy duck meat… the only complaint was that one of the rolls had a bit too much fat – but I guess that’s somewhat unavoidable with certain meats! The skin, sauce and other fillings (cucumber, leek) complemented it pretty well, and were not soggy or hard – just nice.

Teochew Taipan Superior Shark's Fin Soup

Teochew Taipan Superior Shark's Fin Soup

Dish 4: Don’t flame me for eating shark’s fin please – this one was so… wonderful looking I couldn’t resist :/ The whole fin was still… in one piece! Astounded. Lovely taste; warm,Β  smooth and gelatinous.

Pan Fried Cod Fish Fillet in Superior Soy Sauce

Pan Fried Cod Fish Fillet in Superior Soy Sauce

Dish 5: Crisp and savoury on the outside, super soft and tender without being flaky or dry on the inside… this was my favourite dish of the day. Mmmm.

Signature Golden Roast Duck and Teochew Five Spices Meat Roll

Signature Golden Roast Duck and Teochew Five Spices Meat Roll

Dish 6: The duck was similar to the one in the roll – super yummy crispy skin and juicy meat. However, the five spices roll was just, so-so.

Signature Golden Tofu Bar with Assorted Mushrooms

Signature Golden Tofu Bar with Assorted Mushrooms

Dish 7: Silky tofu and tasty mushrooms, what’s not to like! But then I’m a lover of tofu and broccoli, so I might be a tad biased.

Stir-fried Taiwan Pea-shoots

Stir-fried Taiwan Pea-shoots

Dish 8: Apparently these pea-shoots were imported from Taiwan, where they were grown. Lol. Nice, but they’re just plain vegetables. Well-fried though!

Garlic Steamed Fresh Scallop with Tofu

Garlic Steamed Fresh Scallop with Tofu

Dish 9: I liked the texture of the scallop – firm and moist. The texture of the tofu was really good as well, smooth and soft, with even smoother and silkier steamed egg below it, which was awesome. Only minus was that the garlic taste was slightly overpowering. The little shallot bits were tasty, though.

Taro Paste "Orni" with Pumpkin and Ginko Nuts

Taro Paste "Orni" with Pumpkin and Ginko Nuts

Dish 10: The final dish was a tradtional Chinese (to be more specific, Teochew, I think) dessert – “orni”. My Teochew grandparents love having this at big family dinners. Not so much a fan of orni myself, I almost didn’t want to eat this, but I thought hey, why not just give it a try. And I did – surprisingly enough, I liked it! The taro taste wasn’t too strong, and the sweetness of the pumpkin helped to flavour the paste. Pretty good, and healthier than the coconut milk version, too!

I don’t usually go to Chinese restaurants for meals with friends, but I’m definitely going to bring my family here. Quality food, at reasonable prices.

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Chinese Box
Blk 1D Cluny Road, Inside NUS Bukit Timah Campus,
Singaporeβ€Ž 259600
Tel: 6219 7877β€Ž
Website: http://www.chinesebox.com.sg/

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