I am glad Joyden is expanding! If you have been following my blog, you would have read about my visit to Joyden Seafood Restaurant in West Coast, which has been serving up some of the best seafood for about ten years. Now, they have established a new restaurant called Joyden Canton Kitchen at HillV2 Shopping Centre, a new mall in Hillview.
It was my first visit to Hillv2 Shopping Centre and not the last as I intend to return to check out their many food outlets! So on to my meal at Joyden…
The interior while no less well-renovated as Joyden Seafood, is noticeably more laidback and comforting. The restaurant is set for families having a wholesome meal together, with its minimalistic and contemporary interior of cosy four-seaters and larger tables for eight to ten diners.
The owner made extensive field trips to various part of Guangdong Province in China to better understand the essence of Cantonese cuisine and took six months to conceptualise the menu by using the freshest produce married with skilful culinary techniques.
Peanuts, a typical Chinese restaurant snack, and assorted condiments to go along with your dish. I must say it has been some time since I have had good sambal served at a Chinese restaurant and theirs is pretty good.
We were served their Homemade Hawthorne and Apple Drink ($4). Brewed over a low flame, the drink retains the natural sweetness of both ingredients. The drink is made fresh daily.
Crispy Golden Lotus Root Chips ($8). A dish that we are seeing more and more in oriental restaurants here. A tad soggy for me, but still a good snack to munch on before dinner.
Chicken with Fresh Huai Shan and Wolfberry in Old Coconut Soup ($12.80). A must try here! The ingredients are steamed in an old coconut over low heat for up to three hours to extract the essence from every ingredient.
Crispy Homemade Shrimp & Pork Roll ($8.50).
Joyden Signature Soy Sauce Chicken ($12/18/32). Gently steeped in a secret blend of superior light sauce and other herbs.
It was a toss-up whether the Soy Sauce Chicken or the next dish was the most delicious chicken dish.
Signature Traditional Hakka Salt Poached Farm Chicken ($17). A whole kampong chicken steeped in salt and herbal stock, served with ginger sauce.
Signature Sliced Grouper Fillet with Pine Mushroom and Black Fungus in Rice Wine Broth ($17.80). The wine taste was quite strong.
Fish Maw and Prawns with Glass Noodles in Homemade XO Sauce ($18.80). This I loved! The fragrant glass noodles with wok hei and XO sauce was good enough on its own!
Signature Braised Homemade Beancurd Coin with Poached Shanghai Baby Cabbage ($14.80). The baby cabbage totally melted in my mouth.
Braised Pork Ribs in Aged Mandarin Peel Sauce ($16.80). Instead of the typical coffee or champagne pork ribs, Joyden has put a spin on this dish and paired it with mandarin peel for a caramelised finish.
Signature Traditional Rice Vermicelli with Poached Egg White, Crabmeat and Scallop ($15.80), finished with a swirl of vinegar and a dash of pepper.
Sago and Pomelo in Mango Juice ($4.50). Same as the one I had at Joyden Seafood, which was quite watery for me.
Red Bean Soup with Glutinous Rice Dumplings ($4.50) and Beancurd Skin with Barley and Gingko Nut Sweet Soup ($4.50).
Homemade Herbal Guilin Jelly ($4.50).
I intend to bring my family here for a meal. As what my friend Rachel says, this is a place I will pay to go back to.
Joyden Canton Kitchen
4 Hillview Rise, #02-21,
HillV2 Shopping Centre,
Tel: 6465 9988
Opens daily from 1130-2130hrs
Dimsum daily from 1130-1630hrs.