Golden Peony Restaurant @ Conrad Centennial Singapore


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I last wrote about Golden Peony a while back. Since then, I have returned a few times for their ala-carte lunch and dimsum but did not write a review. There were occasions where friends asked me where is a good dimsum place to go to, and often my recommendation are hotel restaurants and the feedback was, "wah 5 star hotel not ex meh?"". 

Truth to the contrary, I find that dimsum in most hotel restaurants are priced fairly reasonable and we often spend about $20-40 per pax depending on whether are you having tea, ordering appetisers and desserts. 

Golden Peony is one of the places that offers handmade dimsum, quality is there and the price range is affordable, its about $5-7 per basket of dimsum (3 pieces). I returned this time as I had a stay at the Executive Twin Room of Conrad Centennial Singapore

Remember to make a reservation especially during weekends as it can get busy. Me and my friends arrived earlier and we cleared the usual SafeEntry, we ordered a few cute dimsum from the kids menu. 3 Little Piglets (Red Bean), Pandas (Sesame), Hedgehogs (Chicken Bun) and Tortoises (prawn toast)

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The selection from the kids menu are not just cute, but they are good. The red bean bun has bits of red bean in it and is not overly sweet. I love the Hedgehogs, its literally fried mantou with your typical chicken pau fillings. The tortoise (prawn toasts) were not bad but I find the toast soaked in oil, too oily for my liking. 

We also ordered a few appetizers to share, primarily the XO Carrot Cake ($18 if not wrong), the roasted pork  ($22) and chef Ku Kueng speciality Dong Po meat. It is not in the menu but you can make a special request when dining in. 

The Dong Po meat is great, slow cooked pork belly, braised in savory caramelized sauce, it is very tender and best thing is that it does not feel fatty. Dip the accompanying fried bun into the sauce. I ordered a bowl of white rice to clean the sauce up. it is that satisfying. 

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To the main stars of our meal, we ordered a variety of dimsum.

We had the plump shrimp dumplings (Har gao), this is one of the better ones I had in recent times. The skin is thin, does not fall apart and has a nice bite to it. The spinach and prawn dumpling had thicker skin but the spinach is soft and has a nice garlicky taste to it. 

The siew mai was filled with pork, prawns and mushrooms, topped with fish roe, this is pretty standard to me. The next we had was this exquisite truffle mushroom bun that is quite unique.

I found something interesting on the menu, pan fried glutinous rice with egg sauce. This is so good, in my own opinion, my friends felt it was average. It felt like Mui fan, but instead of that, u use glutinous rice that has been fried on both side. I had two pieces to myself! 

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By this stage, we are already well filled but, everyone has a secret space for dessert ya? We shared the chilled cream of avocado with vanilla ice cream which is not as rich as it initially looks. It is actually quite light and refreshing, the scoop of high quality vanilla ice cream (with bits of vanilla seed) goes well to lift the avocado cream.

Oh yes, if you are dining as in-house guest, do charge the bill to your room to earn elite qualifying points. These points help towards your Hilton HHonors status earning and you can also redeem for hotel stays and experiences (which I don't recommend).

The total bill came up to about $140 for the 3 of us, which is quite reasonable, considering the above spread. Do note that Golden Peony have a different dimsum spread during weekdays and weekends, do call in and check with them if you need any help. 

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Golden Peony

Level 3, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982

Restaurant Website

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