Yummy Palace is an Authentic Chinese Cuisine, hidden in Defu Industrial Area. LD and I visited this restaurant during the Chinese New Year and we enjoyed the CNY dishes very much. Therefore, this round, we suggested to our friends for our “makan session”.
Instead of a set menu, this round we ordered a la carte. Started with Crispy Fried Fish Skin Coated with Salted Egg Yolk ($13.80). The crispy fried fish skin is coated with salted egg sauce and pork floss. It is crispy, crunchy followed by a mix of savoury, umami salted egg yolk and sweet pork floss plus a bit of kick from the chilli padi. A crowd pleaser dish.
Ice-Vegetable Salad with Japanese Sesame Sauce ($12.80). One of LD’s favourite vegetables. The ice vegetables are crunchy and refreshing, the creamy and fragrant sesame dressing works nicely in the salad together with the juicy tomato.
Crispy Roast Pork Cube ($13) – served with mustard. The roast pork skin is crispy and crumbly, while the flesh is moist and tasty. The peanut adds another crispy texture to the dish.
Crispy Roasted Duck ½ ($30). Crispy skin followed by juicy and succulent flesh. The duck is very tasty and well marinated, thus the plum sauce that is served with the duck seems unnecessary.
Yummy’s Signature Chicken Stuffed in Pig Stomach Soup ($68). It is served in a whole pot. At the table side, the service staff cuts the pig stomach and portions the soup. The broth tasted creamy, robust, peppery and infused with the flavour of the chicken and pig stomach. The pig stomach and the chicken are fork-tender. The portion is enough for 10 pax, so most of us get a second serving of the soup. It is recommended to order this dish in advance.
Braised Home-Made Beancurd with Golden Mushroom & Fresh Crab Meat in Pumpkin Sauce ($18). The exterior of the homemade beancurd is slightly chewy as it was deep fried, while the interior is smooth and silky. However, the star of this dish is the rich pumpkin gravy. It is sweet and packed with lots of umami flavour. I like the golden mushroom and the fresh crab meat in it. A “rice thief” dish for me.
|Braised Home-Made Beancurd with Golden Mushroom & Fresh Crab Meat in Pumpkin Sauce|
Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork Served on Ice Cubes ($36, Medium). When this dish was served, our first reaction was, WOW, this looks cool. The cube of fatty pork is coated with a thick batter and deep-fried before it is tossed with the sweet and sour sauce. Usually, the batter can become a bit soggy due to the sauce and lose its crispiness. By serving it with ice, the batter remains crispy while it soaks up the sauce. There is a stand with holes on the plate, to segregate the melted ice and keep the crunchiness of the pork. The diced cucumber, pineapple and cherry tomatoes added different texture and flavour to this dish. Yummy.
Sea Prawn cooked in Superior Soy Sauce ($48, $8 /100g). This style of cooking is not on the menu. We tried it during CNY and we decided to order this dish again. The prawns are initially deep-fried and then coated with Superior Soy Sauce. They are fresh and crunchy. The soy sauce is filled with umami and nicely paired with the prawn; however, I find the taste not as good as during the CNY. Missing the “kick” that brings this dish to another level.
Sauteed E-Fu Noodle with Fresh Crab Meat ($26). The E-Fu Noodle is infused with robust umami stock. Each slurp of the noodle is like an explosion of flavour and you can’t just wait for that next slurp. The crab meat and mushroom add a delicate sweetness and a touch of al-dente in the noodle. One of the tastiest E-Fu Noodles I ever tried. Yum!!
For desserts, we ordered Crispy Fried Pan-Cake with Red Bean Paste ($12) and Steamed Mashed Taro with Ginko Nuts & Pumpkin / Orh Nee ($20). The red bean paste pancake is disappointing. Although it was crispy externally, the skin tasted doughy. A longer time in the wok should solve this issue.
Meanwhile, the Orh Nee is just awesome. It is thick, dense, a bit rough yet packed with a solid yam taste. Usually, I will give the ginko to LD, but the taste is well hidden by the yam. Although the top part of the Orh Nee is covered with sugar syrup, the sweetness is just right.
When you arrive at the restaurant, you will be welcomed by the traditional look of a Chinese restaurant, complete with a big Chinese signboard. In the dining area, different types of lanterns are used for the lighting and the wall is decorated with Chinese paintings and Chinese antiques or collections. The tables and chairs followed the traditional style of furniture, big round table for big groups (table for 8 or more) with lazy susan, complete with the yoke back chair. For smaller groups, they use square tables with yoke back chairs.
We went on a weekday and the restaurant was not crowded. Service was friendly and attentive.
Overall, we enjoy the food, service and ambiance of the place. We recommend the Yummy’s Signature Chicken Stuffed in Pig Stomach Soup, Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork Served on Ice Cubes, Braised Home-Made Beancurd with Golden Mushroom & Fresh Crab Meat in Pumpkin Sauce, Sauteed E-Fu Noodle with Fresh Crab Meat and Steamed Mashed Taro with Ginko Nuts & Pumpkin. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 8.25/10
Budget per Person: $51 – $80
87 Defu Lane 10
T: +65 6343 1818 / 9735 0048
OH: Daily 11.00 – 15.00; 18.00 – 23.00