Jia Le Roasted Food
Where: Marina Square, Suntec City, AMK Hub
In line with our wallet-friendly recommendations of late, this week we’ve sniffed out sumptous eats worthy of Hong Kong fine dining standards, hidden away in humble food courts.
Chef Tan’s stalls have an impressive track record, catering their popular roasted selections to various top-notch hotels in Singapore today. The dishes also boast the authenticity of true Hong Kong-style traditional cooking, its chef having been trained in Hong Kong for 25 years.
Jia Le’s roasted meats are worth the hype: The char siew is thick and generously sliced, perfectly caramelized in syrup and charred in all the right places. The meat has just the right amount of fatty goodness, and sticks slightly to your teeth with each bite. The rice that accompanies is served with big lashings of gravy.
The crispy pork belly is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece. The skin is roasted to a good, clean crispiness (no oily taste here), while the meat manages to remain tender and tasty — truly skilful kitchen artistry.
For the health-conscious, Jia Le’s double-boiled soups are also good. We tried the lotus root pork rib double-boiled soup, which was full of lotus root slices and pork rib pieces. The broth was light and tasty — the ideal comfort food with no guilt attached.
It’s hard to find a weak point at Jia Le: Even their noodle dishes are excellent. Try their wonton or shrimp dumpling noodle, or their braised beef brisket noodle. The noodles are drizzled over with a mild oyster sauce, and nicely complimented with crunchy blanched kai lan. Just the thing if you’re looking for a light noodle snack.