Singapore National Day is one of my favourite holidays. Apart from the strong sense of patriotism felt throughout the nation, many Singaporeans take national day as an opportunity to gather and enjoy our all-time favourite past time — eating!
Honouring this Bicentennial National Day, fine-dining Cantonese restaurant Yan will be presenting a special array of dim sum dishes infused with local flavours. I can't help but feel a sense patriotic pride dining at Yan's — located on the rooftop of National Gallery Singapore overlooking the historic Padang.
I was greeted with a cup of pipping hot Chinese tea to start my feast.
As a huge fan of satay, I fell in love with this Deep-fried Mutton Satay Spring Roll ($6.80 for 3 pieces) at first bite. I loved how the crispy skin complemented the flavourful mutton meat. It also comes with peanut sauce on the side.
Next, I had the Steamed Carrot Cake with Chinese Sausage, Dried Shrimp and Radish ($5.80). I'm not a fan of carrot cake, but I thoroughly enjoyed this dish as it resembled more like "Chee Kweh" with radish on top. I found this bowl to be more filling than I thought.
The Steamed Hainanese Chicken with Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf ($4 per piece) proved to be the crowd favourite of the lunch. I found this to be a perfect rendition of Singapore's beloved dish, with tender chicken pieces tucked inside fragrant lemongrass scented glutinous rice. It was served with the usual chicken rice condiments on the side.
I had extremely high expectations for the Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Bak Kut Teh Stock ($5.80 for 4 pieces), and I'm glad it didn't disappoint. I was surprised at how the herbal bak kut teh stock complemented the minced pork so well. I would definitely recommend this dish to all dumpling lovers. I'm sorry Din Tai Fung, but this is my new favourite Xiao Long Bao!
Saving the best for last, the Pan-fried Singapore Chilli Crab Meat Bun ($9 for 3 pieces) was hot and crispy on the outside, yet spicy and tangy on the inside. There was a strong orange zest flavour, which gave the dish a very refreshing aftertaste. These Singapore chilli crab meat buns instantly won my heart.
Apart from the National Day Special Dim Sum specials, I had the chance to try the Double-boiled Maca Soup with Dried Seafood (must order one day in advance, contact the restaurant for prices). A popular favourite during their Mother's Day special, this nourishing soup is a must-have at Yan.
Last but not least, I also had the House Special Baked Pork Ribs with Black Olive ($13.80). Sweet yet salty, I enjoyed the tenderness of the pork ribs. To be honest, I couldn't tell the difference between the fatty portions and the meat, and heartily gobbled the dish down before heading back to work.
This National Day Special Dim Sum special is available for lunch only, everyday from 12pm to 2:30pm from 1 July to 31 August 2019. Given that the National Day Parade this year is at the Padang, be prepared for traffic congestions and road blocks if you're driving.