We think that the lunch offer at Jiang Nan Chun 江南春 is a candidate for best Chinese set lunch menu in Singapore. Eating at Jiang Nan Chun is seldom exciting. It is predictable and safe, even boring. Which is how we like our life to be sometimes, especially after some bad experiences. While it is exciting to be flirting with new places and new cuisines, it is always comforting to know that some of your regular ones will always be there for you.
Not long ago, a $50 lunch was considered expensive. Nowadays, you don’t get much change out of your 50 bucks after lunching at a nice restaurant (and even some very average ones). At Jiang Nan Chun there were Chinese set lunch menu I and II (both priced at $48 each) . We tried both of them. There was also a third vegetarian menu.
The starters were deep-fried prawn and bean curd cubes (menu I) and dim sum (menu II). The prawn was large and fresh. Lightly deep-fried with a thin crisp batter, it was very good. The dim sum looks like any other dim sum but the taste is one of the best dim sum we have tried.
Next came the soup dish. Braised pearl abalone with sea cucumber (menu I) and double boiled bird’s next and chicken (menu II). The abalone soup has the shark’s fin soup kind of taste. The bird’s nest soup tasted more delicate and special.
The meat dish was next. Wok fried kurobuta pork belly with leek (menu I) and wok fried chicken with fungus in Chinese wine. Both were good. Would have been better with some plain steamed rice, but we still had one more dish to go.
The final savoury dishes were very good. The fried rice (menu I) came in a small portion but was packed full of ingredients and flavours. The “poached rice” with abalone and seafood (menu II) was the best porridge we had eaten in recent times. This was probably the best dish of the afternoon. The broth was full of complex seafood flavours. Maybe we will just order this dish by itself the next time.
All good things must come to an end and it was time for desserts. Cream of walnut with dumpling (menu I) and black and white sesame pudding. Both were low in sweetness, allowing the natural flavours of the walnut and sesame to shine. Boring to look at but wonderful in taste.
$48 is quite a lot of money to pay for lunch but considering the quality of the food and overall dining experience at Jiang Nan Chun, we think the Chinese set lunch menu here is one of the best in Singapore.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Jiang Nan Chun
2nd Floor, 190 Orchard Boulevard
Lunch 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday (first seating) 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday (second seating) 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Nearby Stations: Orchard