Taiwanese and Cantonese-style dishes at Chang Feng Ji capture the essence of Chinese cuisine.
Contributed By Yong Yung Shin
Having relocated to Suntec City Mall earlier this year from its original premises at Teck Lim in Chinatown, Chang Feng Ji Superior Restaurant is more than back to business with its brand of affordable yet satisfying Chinese-styled stir-fry dishes and soups, among others.
First on the list of must-eats is the Signature Hua Diao Kampong Chicken (from S$28). A house specialty, the dish greets the diner with a visual flair—it is served in a claypot brimming over with a soup base made from 10 traditional Chinese herbs; Hua Diao wine is then poured into the pot, releasing a lovely aroma while the chicken, vegetables and mushrooms are left to simmer in the broth; dig in with udon or rice.
Dishes such as the Stir-Fry Amaranth Hen Egg, Salted Egg & Century Egg With Gravy (S$14) offer a good balance of familiarity alongside more contemporary ones like the Deep-Fried Pork Ribs With Special Aromatic Coffee Sauce (S$16), with its nicely caramelized coffee coating. The Beancurd Stir-Fry With Prawns (S$28) sounds like a typical dish but the version here is unique given the fact that the beancurd is homemade, rendering a silky smooth texture and a subtle eggy flavor.
For something more inventive, the Double Flavor Cod Fish (S$36) offers variety on a single plate: one portion is all home-cooked goodness—steamed with diced chye poh (salted turnip), shallots and garlic—while the other is fried golden and drizzled with a tangy, Thai-style sauce accompanied by strips of fresh vegetables which add bite. Those who enjoy crustaceans will be satiated with the generously coated Golden Crab Fried With Salted Egg Yolk (seasonal pricing), and if you’re lucky, lots of bright orange crab roe.
One unique offering is the drinks selection from the Mizu corner, which prides itself on its cornucopia of fruit teas, ice-blended teas and milk teas (from S$2.70) using premium tea leaves and real fruits. A plus point—the drinks contain no artificial syrup, flavoring or coloring. Star selections include the Starfruit Plum Oolong, a palate-cleansing blend of fruit and tea that is sweet, sour, tart and fragrant at the same time. The Orange Oriental Beauty is a refreshing alternative, as is the Roselle Green, reputed to be a nourishing lady’s drink. For something rich and luxurious, there’s the Banana Milk Smoothie. Along the lines of all things Taiwan, desserts like the Mango Snow Ice (S$8.45) served up with a scoop of ice-cream and perfectly chewy pearls round up the meal on a sweet note.
Besides doing away with the service charges, it offers value for money with its Claypot Special set menu at S$8.80, available daily from noon to 2 p.m, as well as the Healthy Chinese Set Meal (S$16.80), comprising the Hua Diao Kampong Chicken soup with choices of cod fish, venison or smoked duck, rice, homemade fried beancurd and organic salad as well as fresh fruit.
With its reasonable pricing and wide variety of dishes, this makes a good place for both family meals and business lunches or even a quick pick-me-up from the Mizu counter.
Chang Feng Ji Superior Restaurant
3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-011
Suntec City Mall (Fountain Terrace)
+65 6338 0116
Exclusive for CN readers: For orders above S$60 (excl. beverages and desserts), diners enjoy a free serving of Thai-style Smoked Duck worth S$18. Plus, 10% off Mizu beverages and desserts every day except Sat. Offer available until Dec. 31.