An extensive selection of tea greeted me, as I took my seat. The tea menu was interestingly presented in a container, somewhat looked like what devotees use in a Chinese temple.
Each type of tea was inscribed on a wooden “stick”, like this “Eight Treasures Tea” which I’ve chosen. On it reads, “Concoction includes red dates, wolfberries, longan, chrysanthemum, jasmine tea, ginseng, liquorice and rose buds. Regular consumption helps to lower cholesterol, aid blood circulation and to improve immunity”. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
My purpose here was to sample some tim-sim. I’m quite fussy about “Siew Mai”, a typical & popular dish in a tim-sum restaurant. Standard filling is a combination of ingredients, consisting primarily of seasoned ground pork, whole & chopped shrimp & diced Chinese black mushrooms. The outer covering is made of a thin sheet of lye water dough. The center is usually garnished with an orange dot, made of roe or diced carrot, although a green dot made with a pea may also be used. The decorative presentations vary from restaurant to restaurant. The Siew Mai here is not too bad, most importantly, I can taste the chunky bite-sized prawns where some restaurants are really stingy in giving that.
However, the Deep-fried White Bait (S$8) was miserable. It was oily & soggy. I don't blame them. Not many restaurants can perfect this appetizer. If you’re also a fan of "Silver Fish", you may wanna read my recommendations @ Li Bai, Man Fu Yuan & Lei Garden. The Deep-fried Wanton (S$8) was even worse. Though unique in its serving, which came with a bowl of sweet & sour sauce & some "Char Siew" slices, it was somehow bland. There was also not much fillings in the wanton, I can only taste the skin. This bowl of Braised Shark's Fin & Seafood @ S$48 is not worth trying at all. I could hardly find the fins. Only consolation was that it was piping hot & stock was tasty. On the other hand, the Asparagus, Lily Bulb & Shimeji (S$18) was such a delight. The vegetables were crunchy & the Japanese mushrooms were deep-fried to perfection. I've enjoyed the combination & it was delicious. Their dessert was quite successful too. The vanilla ice-cream was floating on a plate of refreshing avacado cream with sago. At least our meal ended on a sweet note. But honestly, I won't be going back to Shang Palace. Rating: 3/5 Shang Palace
Lobby level, Tower Wing
Tel: (65) 6213 4473