Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House – Singapore

This new addition by the Emmanuel Stroobant Group surprised me. The group is known for restaurants such as Picotin Express, Brussels Sprouts and Sque. This is their first time trying their hand at Asian cuisine.

Since it was started by Belgian chef Emmanuel Stroobant, I found the name quite amusing as I have a feeling he was inspired by Tin Tin and the Blue Lotus. Haha!

Anyway, their new establishment is located in the nouveau riche enclave of Quayside Isle, it’s full of rich housewives and working adults. But the prices are surprisingly affordable.

We had their signature Pomelo Chilli Crab. The crab is humongous at 1.3kg and soaked in a spicy eggy sauce then topped with pomelo pulp. Of course it comes with fried mantous to mop up all the sauce. It’s a bit of a slow burn and the chilli oil lingers on the lips, but it’s a refreshing change from regular chilli crab.

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Burn baby, burn

My friends and I also ordered the Lemongrass Prawn Roast- prawn paste roasted on the end of a lemongrass stalk, Crispy Fried Salmon Skin and the Crispy Fried Squid Tentacles to share.

I loved the salmon skin coated in salted egg, the crispy fried skin went very well with the sandy salted egg. Delish! The squid was lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, this would go well with a mug of beer.

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From top left: Squid, Salmon Skin, Lemongrass Prawn Roast, Kagoshima Wagyu Beef, Lor Mai Gai

For the mains we shared a hot stone bowl with Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Tenderloin with tongue numbing peppercorns and pimentos. It goes wonderfully with a bowl of truffle rice.

Finally we had a sneak peek at their Lor Mai Gai- a Cantonese glutinous rice and chicken dish, theirs however came en papillote with the rice on the inside of a tender spring chicken, much like a western stuffed turkey. Not bad at all.

I like this place, lovely scenery and food. It almost feels like I’m no longer in the concrete jungle of Singapore.

Visit www.bluelotus.com.sg

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