Meet The Parents @ Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant 御宝南北小馆

Before I left for Seoul to join Ryan and Valerie on their pre-wedding photography session, a “Meet The Parents” lunch date was fixed on the 28th April 2014, two days prior to our departure.

Valerie had warned us that Ryan’s parents enjoy Korean home-cooked meals and may not share our tastes in food so we were deliberating what cuisine and where to bring them to. In the end, we settled for Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant which purportedly serves the best of the Northern Chinese cuisine (i.e. Shanghainese) and of the Southern Chinese cuisine which included Cantonese. Most importantly, Imperial Treasure Nan Bei serves Dim Sum, a fare which to date has yet to fail to please any of our guests. Even if they do not like it, they won’t have to force themselves to eat much just to be polite, lol…

I decided to play it safe by ordering the traditional favourites from the dim sum menu with a few a la carte dishes to complete the meal. The anxiety was uncalled for the Kwaks did enjoy the meal. Phew! 😉

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Daily Soup known as Lai Tong in Cantonese.
Today’s daily soup was 莲藕汤 (Lin Ngau Tong in Cantonese) or Lotus Roots Soup in English.
Most of the time, unless otherwise stated, the meaty soup base uses lean pork and/or pork bones.
Properly trained staff in any medium to fine dining Chinese restaurants also will separate the ingredients onto a plate with premium light soya dipping sauce to accompany.
Soup is not shown in this post.

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Steamed Pork Dumpling ‘Siew Mai’ (烧卖).
The juicy meat was nicely cooked and the fragrant mushrooms added substantial bite to the overall texture.

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Steamed Prawn Dumpling ‘Ha Kau’ (水晶鲜虾饺).
Fresh succulent chunky prawns were wrapped inside the soft yet slightly chewy “crystal” translucent dumpling skin.

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Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumpling (上海小龙包).
Better known as Little Dragon Buns or Xiao Long Bao (XLB).
There wasn’t enough soup in the buns so I did not bother to highlight the way to eat these buns to the Kwaks – nibbling the dumpling top off and slurping the broth inside before dipping the bun into the citrusy vinegar and eating it with a few strands of ginger julienne.

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Pan-fried Radish Cake (蘿蔔糕).
We were offered pan-fried like these or stir-fried with seafood.
We chose this to play safe – If they didn’t like it, it’s only a small piece to swallow, hehehe…

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Steamed Lotus Leaf Glutinous Chicken Rice (糯米雞).

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Steamed Lotus Leaf Glutinous Chicken Rice (糯米雞).
One of my favourite but I thought the Kwaks might enjoy the lotus fragrance which had permeated into the sweet glutinous rice with savoury filling of diced chicken, dried scallop, mushrooms and salted egg yolk.
They did like it and finished their parcel.

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Deep-fried Beanskin Shrimp Skin Roll (鲜虾腐皮卷).
Each bite was crisp clean taste of moist mince meat and sweet sea taste of prawn meat.

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Steamed Vegetarian Roll (罗汉素腐皮卷).
This is one of my favourite and accordingly, Ryan’s mom likes vegetables so ordering this dish was killing two birds with one stone.

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Red Bean Paste Bun (豆沙包).
Notice that the shape of these buns are slightly elongated to differentiate them from the Custard Buns we would be having later.

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Red Bean Paste Bun (豆沙包).
Ryan’s dad mentioned that he loved Dou Sha Bao and thus his wish was promptly granted.
The moist paste in the soft steamed dough with just the right amount of sugar managed to please his palate and he was baited to eat another one.

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Steamed Custard Buns (奶黄流沙包).
Ryan’s mom has never eaten salted egg before and she loved the combination of custard and salted egg yolk in these buns!

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Gooey thick golden lava flowed readily as hubby peeled opened the buns.
This is the second time he is helping me with breaking up food for my blog shoot.
I guess he is slowly getting used to being my hand model, lol…

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Steamed Phoenix Claws (凤爪).
I asked Valerie if Ryan’s parents like chicken feet and she guessed so, thus I ordered 2 but Ryan interjected that they do not so I quickly cancelled one order.
The dish done here was not as nice as other eateries I have tried (too sweet for my taste) but still, Imperial Treasure Nan Bei’s chef did well to maintain the unique, spongy, tender texture of this delicacy.

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Scallop with Asparagus in XO Sauce.
Ryan loves scallops.
I do not know if this is on their menu but the manager did not protest when I asked for the dish to be cooked with XO Sauce.
This dish was very well executed!
Tossed in XO sauce that contained dried scallops, the asparagus were crunchy and the fresh scallops, juicy sweet!

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Gui Fei Chicken (贵妃鸡).
Gui Fei in Chinese means senior concubine and this is somewhat not appropriate on our table when we are discussing marriage, lol…
Gui Fei Chicken is actually Salted Chicken.
Eaten with the minced ginger, scallion and cooked oil dip, the delicate fowl did not foul up anyone’s mood.

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Crispy Noodle with Seafood.
Valerie loves the multi texture in this dish – crisp chewy noodles and succulent seafood.

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Hot Red Bean Paste Dessert.
Since Ryan’s dad loves red beans, I took the liberty and ordered this dessert for him.

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Chilled Mango Pudding.
Without consulting Ryan’s mom, I offered her a fruity dessert.
She was skeptical at first when I told her to eat it with a little evaporated milk.
Lo and behold, she ate the whole pudding to Ryan’s surprise.

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Complimentary Fresh Fruit Platter consisted of Mango, Water Melon and Cantaloupe.

While the men were arguing who should pay for the bill, we had this photo taken by a complete stranger loitering outside the restaurant.

While the two fathers were arguing who should pay for the bill, we had this photo taken by a complete stranger loitering outside the restaurant.

 Total bill S$260.71 including taxes and a pot of Daily Soup a.k.a

Total bill S$260.71 including taxes.

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Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant 御宝南北小馆

Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant 御宝南北小馆
391 Orchard Road.
#05-12/13, Ngee Ann City.
Te: (+65) 6738 1238.

Operating hours: Daily
11.30am – 10.30pm

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

14 Responses to “Meet The Parents @ Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant 御宝南北小馆”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Doesn’t seem enough to feed you all, considering your appetite. 🙂 I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like dim sum. Hope you had a nice trip.

    • Sam Han says:

      Wahaha, I had to control my diet from now on or I won’t fit into any gown :p

      • Lignum Draco says:

        LOL 🙂 Do his parents know you’re a “blogger”? 🙂

        • Sam Han says:

          Yes, they were pre-empt by Ryan that food shots would be taken before they could eat, hahaha… The parents are really nice. Dad is a school director and mom’s a housewife. Very humble and easy going. We had great meeting and conversation. Everything went smoothly 🙂

  2. wingedprisms says:

    😀 so happy for you all!

  3. I hope his parents did not roll eyes when they have to wait for u to finish taking photo before they can tuck in.

    • Sam Han says:

      Haha Derrick, luckily they were very nice. Even waited for me to take the shots before tucking in. It was good I had a year in practise now so am quite fast, lol…

  4. To see such a feast a viewer needs more than appetite ,the will to travel to the restaurant. Sam this is a royal post.Have a wonderful week.Jalal

  5. The Mouse says:

    I love lotus root soup. Especially eating the pork and lotus root with soy sauce, and sometimes a little bit of mustard. Nice pictures. 🙂

    • Sam Han says:

      I light this soup too and dipping in light soy but I haven’t tried with mustard before. Thanks Mouse, I have recently taken up macro photography, lol… 🙂

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