Joyden fan will be very thrill to know that Joyden Canton @ Istean Scotts has finally landed in town. It is perched at the forth level of Shaw House. The other outlet which was their first is at Hillview.
Despite it is a casual dining environment, space is elegantly dressed in a modern contemporary design.
At Joyden Canton @ Istean Scotts, they specialize in dishes that are within the Guangzhou region as such expect a medley of cuisines which include the classic Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien and even Hakka
For those who are familar with Putien might know about their top 10 dishes. Likewise at Joyden Canton, they have their honour list known as Joyden Canton Signature 15. Among the top 15 dishes, we tried a third.
First dish on the list is the humble-looking and yet full of surprise, Shunde, Guangdong treat, Daliang Pan-Fried Stuffed Lotus Root ($9). Bedazzled by the flavourful marinated-minced meat paste with mixture of shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts and cilantro among the crunchy lotus was the highlight of this dish. The best way to appreciate this dish is to enjoy it at room temperature.
Subsequently, is the layered dish, Twice-Baked Golden Egg Gratin with Caramelised ‘You Tiao’ ($18) only available at Joyden Canton @ Istean Scotts. Consisting of 3 distinct layer within an egg blend baked to perfection. Starting with the bottom of the pan is the jelly fish instead of fish intestine that was traditionally used. Middle layer is a composite of tang hoon (vermicelli), mandarin peel and minced olives. Topping it with you tiao and a honey-based coat. Overall was a savoury baked egg rich in ingredients with a hint of tangy sweet aroma.
Followed by eye-catching Almond and Salted Egg Prawns with Lemon Sauce ($21). This item might be a little salty due to the salted egg encased within the ball of prawn paste and whole tiger prawn.
Next, Braised Luffa Gourd with Poached Egg White in Conpoy Sauce ($17). This is the lightest in flavour among all the dishes we tried. The almost homogenous luffa gourd slices were at a perfect texture.
Lastly, satiate your stomach with the “Hak Gam” Olive Fried Rice with Minced Pork and Prawn ($18). Olive Fried Rice is commonly seen on Thai restaurant menu but an unusual find in Chinese Restaurant. When bite onto the Chinese Chye Poh, a sweetness emitted and mingled with the savoury flavour. All these are strong flavoured ingredients, hence heavy palate diners are in for a treat.
Even though the following that we are introduced didn’t make it to the list, nonetheless, it is certainly worth trying. First and foremost is the highly recommended Black Bean, Black-Eyed Pea and Peanut with Pig Tail Soup ($8). This dish is the other dish that is only available at Joyden Canton @ Istean Scotts. Rich in nuttiness and earthy aroma from the generous amount of beans and nuts is worth every cents. Meat on the the pig tail chunk literally melt in the mouth. Not a huge fan of soup, but I finished the last drop.
The earthy, robust and light bitterness from the Dang-gui is much watered down by the sweet and sour Barbecue Sauce in the tender Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Homemade Dang-gui Barbecue Sauce ($19).
Steamed Cod Fish with Hua Diao and Homemade Ginger Sauce ($32) got the attention of all diners at the table of the night. The finely minced ginger sauce that laced over the top of the cod reminds me of the version served with the fame chicken dish at The Soup Restaurant. It is this very ginger sauce that elevated the cod fish.
Diners could opt for Almond Puree with Hashima, Warm ($8) to end the meal at Joyden Canton @ Isetan Scotts. I dislike Almond Puree due to the unique accquired scent associated with the almond puree. However, I manage to finish it as it was light enough for me to ignore its presence. If you don’t have a serious sweet tooth disease, this will be perfect for you.
The flavours at Joyden Canton tend to be stronger than most Chinese Restaurant offered. Therefore if you have heavy palate like myself, you would love Joyden Canton @ Istean Scotts.
Joyden Canton @ Istean Scotts
350 Orchard Road, #04-00 Isetan Scotts, Singapore 238868
Tel: +65 6908 3833
Mondays – Fridays (excluding Public Holidays) 1130 to 2100 | Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 1100 to 2100
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