Wednesday 9 October 2019

Famous Treasure – Authentic Nanyang Cuisine [MEDIA INVITE]

Marble Goby steamed with Preserved Vegetables on Hot Plate
Famous Treasure is an offshoot of The Famous Kitchen, a popular casual restaurant located in Sembawang. Leveraging on some of the speciality dishes from Famous Kitchen, Famous Treasure presents Nanyang heritage cuisine (nostalgic dishes of Teochew, Hokkien and Cantonese descent with influences from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia) plus extensive roast selections.

Famous Treasure

The Nanyang heritage cuisines can be found in the Famous Treasure Signatures. Highlights of the Famous Treasures Signatures are:

Marinated Cockles Teochew Style ($12). Raw cockles marinated in homemade chilli sauce. The “garang” presentation already put diners on notice that this dish is super fiery. The plump and juicy fresh cockles absorb the numbing and spicy marinate, it sure opens up the appetite for diners who enjoy a spicy dish.

Marinated Cockles Teochew Style

Marinated Cockles Teochew Style

Deep-fried Pork Belly with Fermented Beancurd (S$20, M$30, L$40). The pork belly is marinated with fermented beancurd and deep-fried. The pungent aroma of the fermented beancurd will entice your palate before you bit into the pork belly. The exterior is crispy, while the interior is fat, juicy and succulent. It is served with green colour sauce, made from chilli padi, green chilli and other secret ingredients. The garlic gave a touch of sweetness in this dish.

Deep-fried Pork Belly with Fermented Beancurd

Deep-fried Pork Belly with Fermented Beancurd

Wok-fried Squid with Chinchalok and Lady's Finger (S$18, M$28, L36). A unique dish that can be traced from the Peranakan heritage. The squid is juicy and springy, while the ladyfingers are nicely cooked. However, LD feels that this dish needs to be bolder, a couple more dollops of chinchalok and chilli will make this dish stands out.

Wok-fried Squid with Chinchalok and Lady's Finger

Traditional Fish Head Curry (Half $35, Whole $65). A perennial favourite in the Nanyang area. The curry is closer to the Nyonya version. The curry is rich, creamy and packs with “lemak” that absorbs nicely into the fresh fishhead. The lady’s finger, tomato, eggplant and tau pork (dried bean curd puff) round up this “rice thief” dish nicely.

Traditional Fish Head Curry 

Traditional Fish Head Curry - The Fish

Marble Goby steamed with Preserved Vegetables on Hot Plate (Seasonal Price). My first time trying this dish. The Marble Goby fish is covered with salted vegetables, chilli padi, pork belly and delicious thick gravy. Though the salted vegetables are strong it flavours, it complements the fish nicely instead of overpowering it.

Marble Goby steamed with Preserved Vegetables on Hot Plate

Live Flower Crab baked with Rock Salt (Seasonal Price). The flesh of the flower crabs is solid. The freshness of the crabs really shines in this dish and baking it with rock salt seems to accentuate the natural sweetness in the flower crab.

Live Flower Crab baked with Rock Salt

Live Flower Crab baked with Rock Salt

KL Style Hokkien Mee (S$18, M$28 and L$36). The noodle dish that made famous in Kuala Lumpur. The noodle is thick and springy, coated with thick and sweet sauce. As the noodle is fried with pork lard and pork oil, it exudes an appetizing aroma plus the crispiness of the pork lard is just enticing for foodies like us. One of the better KL Hokkien Mee that I ever have in Singapore. #Noodleporn.

KL Style Hokkien Mee 

From Famous Treasure roast selections, we tried:
BBQ Duo Combination Platter (S$24, M$36, L$48). Combination platter of Roasted Crispy Pork Belly and BBQ Honey Glazed Pork (Char Siew). The char siew has a nice caramelisation externally with sweet and a touch of bitterness. The flesh is juicy and melts in your mouth. Meanwhile, the crispy pork has a paper crunchy skin, with juicy and succulent meat. Dual #Porkgasm. I will definitely order this combo platter anytime.

BBQ Honey Glazed Pork (Char Siew)

Roasted Crispy Pork Belly

Irish Duck ($38 for half, $68 for whole). The famous “Silver Hill” duck is roasted to perfection. The skin is crispy, juicy with a nice fattiness under the skin. The flesh is juicy, succulent without any gaminess at all from breast meat to the thigh meat. We always feel that roast Irish Duck is the closest version to roast goose that we usually eat in Hong Kong. Yummy.

Irish Duck

Another appetizer that we tried is Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk ($10). Crispy and crunchy fish skin, coated with salted egg sauce. A delicious treat for the dishes to come. Also don’t miss out on the pickled cherry tomatoes. It is bursting with juicy sweet and sour liquid that will awaken your appetite.

Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk 

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

For dessert, LD and I ordered Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo and Sago ($8) and Glutinous Rice Ball in Ginger Soup ($8).  The mango puree is thick, creamy and packed with sweet mango flavour. The citrusy pomelo and sago supposed to balance this sweetness of this dish.

Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo and Sago 

The glutinous rice ball come with a strong ginger soup, that warms up your stomach. The rice ball is average, as the skin of the ball is very thick and the fillings are plain.

Glutinous Rice Ball in Ginger Soup

The décor of Famous Treasure is elegant with contemporary interior. The restaurant can accommodate up to 150 diners, with four private rooms available for private events and celebrations. Famous Treasure is well known for events showcasing the pairing of Nanyang cuisine with wine, whiskey and other liquors.

Part of Dining Area

Overall, it was indeed a pleasure to taste the Nanyang cuisine at Famous Treasure. Most of the dishes here are well executed, especially the signature Curry Fish Head, Marble Goby steamed with Preserved Vegetables on Hot Plate, Live Flower Crab baked with Rock Salt and Roast Irish Duck. Cheers!!

Thank you very much, Jennifer and Famous Treasure team for hosting the media tasting. Please check out the lunch menu below. We find it value for money, especially for this delicious food.

Please note: Due to limited quantity, please place your order for the Marinated Cockles Teochew Style, Fatty Char Siew and Irish Duck when you make your reservation. 

Set Lunch Menu
Image Credit: Famous Treasure

Food: 8.25/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80; $81 & Above

Famous Treasure
13 Stamford Road
#02-28 Capitol Piazza
Singapore 178905

T: +65 6881 6688 / +65 9730 7548
IG: @Famoustreasure
Lunch - 11.30 – 15.00 (LO 14.30)
Dinner – 18.00 – 22.30 (LO 22.00)
Menu Available Online

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