Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jing

A reservation was made, the menu was studied, the reviews were re-read and more importantly, the stomachs were cleared.

It's amazing how far people we would go in preparing for a buffet.

A few items on Jing's Weekend Ala Carte Brunch Buffet menu are limited to one serving per table. These are the must-have items like crab and novel fish. With such rule comes an expectation that these dishes will be the major highlights of the brunch. Quite true in the case of the deep fried soon hock or marbled goby; fried to golden crisp (love biting the fins) and drizzled with an intensified soy sauce. No cumbersome crab for us that day as the whole process of dissecting the crustacean itself could cost us a significant duration that was best spent on better things instead; like the endless selection of dim sums.

One of the many dumplings we ordered that afternoon; steamed crystal abalone dumpling. My favourite was the single huge meat dumpling served in a bowl, drowned in a mixture of black vinegar, soy sauce, chopped red chillies and coriander.

At the barbecued meat station, we ordered the crispy roast duck that quickly became a favourite with its crackling exterior and savoury meat. There was the steamed chicken with wine, served with jelly fish and ginger/coriander sauce as well.

If this was not a buffet, I'd only needed a bowl of rice to go with the steamed fillet of Chilean seabass with preserved vegetable to substantiate my brunch. But it is a buffet and carbs should be consumed wisely. So, no rice unless the other dishes are really awful. Having said that, I was glad we made a last minute decision on the enticing stir-fried E-fu noodles with brinjals. With a simple sauce, some aromatic oil and smooth textures of the noodles and brinjal strips, the dish was all the exclusive carbs we were compelled to succumb to.

There must be a slot somewhere that can still fit in a meat dish or two before desserts, we convinced ourselves. So, I guess the perfect transition dish would be the sweet and sour pork; deep-fried lean cuts of pork coated with an appetisingly red tomato sauce. A good sweet and sour tomato-based sauce, to me, lies in the density of the flavour. Or in a more domestic sense, the choice of brand. It's more of a Heinz here, which is a good thing.

I don't recall any particular favourite dessert, even with the inclusion of egg tarts. Towards the end, a plate of minimalistic fried cubes was revealed at the desserts station. How fortunate of me to not be the first taster because as it turned out, those were cubes of deep-fried durian custard. Apparently, the custard was really dense. There was durian flesh in the filling too. I guess that must be right as the flavour got stronger as the minutes painfully went by.

Honestly, I lost count of the number of dishes we had that afternoon. It must have been between 15 to 20. Or more. We started off at 12 pm and ended around 2.45 pm (yes, that's about 15 minutes before they closed). Believe me, it's not really an achievement anymore. We've done better.

With each dish, I reminded myself that this is a buffet and that reasonable taste and quality are all there is to be expected, regardless of a restaurant's prestige. I mean, is there such a thing as a gourmet buffet, especially with this kind of pricing? I definitely had fun stuffing myself silly with commendable Chinese dishes from Jing. A nice place to eat, chill (it's the weekend, afterall), eat more and in between, drink plenty of water because some dishes are quite heavy on MSG. That's my major concern.

Oh, and by the way, Jing's latest menu has changed slightly since I last visited. So, go their website for the latest menu.

JING
One Fullerton, #01-02/03
1 Fullerton Road
Singapore 049213
Tel: 6224 0088

They've been to Jing:
Camemberu (Part 1)
Camemberu (Part 2)
Timeless Facade
Wen's Delight

15 comments:

ladyironchef said...

nice shots! oh man, i will go Jing just for the sweet & sour pork! i love it! hehe maybe one of the weekends when I'm more free, will go and try the buffet! :)

Precious Pea said...

Wow!! Am impressed!! Everything looks so YUM!!

Selba said...

Interesting to see the food :)

You really hate durian, don't you? hehehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

y no price 1? but judging from the pics, it looks like this place has plentiful of windows, natural lighting..brilliant place to stuff urself silly!

CUMI & CIKI said...

u take such amazing shots, this morning i looked in the mirror and i said "ciki why.. WHY..? do u blog when people will only see hairy's posts and think... and think.. " hahahaha :P (.. ciki is photographically challanged!)

anyway, i also hate durian! join the club. the food looks really delicious.. can imagine overeating here man! take me! hehe

~Christine~Leng said...

a buffet?
everything looks good!
But now I'm refraining myself from buffet meals. Won't wanna stuff myself till I felt like bloating! hahaha...
I like the name JING ;)

ck lam said...

I really like your idea of preparing yourself for a buffet...

550ml jar of faith @minchow said...

Gahhh, attack of the durian desserts! Just hopped on over from Sean's blog and salivating over a dessert made from the one fruit I've hated with passion all this time! Identity crisis, help!

backStreetGluttons said...

surprisingly jing and light buffet this one

qwazymonkey said...

bro, your shots are getting so damn good these days! Go make some money from them lah.

Nic (KHKL) said...

ladyironchef, thanks dude! yupe, do check it out! i like the view of the bay as well! :)

precious pea, yummy indeed. but MSG-laden though. some of the dishes la..hehe

selba, yupe, i've not eaten durian in the past 20+ years...haha!

joe, the price is on the menu. can be found on the website. not sure if it's the current price though..hehe. yupe, it's cool to stuff oneself sometimes, right? :)

cumi & ciki, aiyoh, you really flatter me lah! i'm still learning. :) hey, u take really cool, urban chic pics, dontcha forget that ya! :) ohh, and welcome to the NO DURIAN club! :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

christine, haha, i know what you mean! there's will a short buffet season followed by a even longer non-buffet season. i'm not doing buffets for the next few months! haha.

ck lam, it's a bit too extreme right? hahaha! i'm trying to squeeze all i can from the buffet.

minchow, identity crisis? yeah, i know what you mean! it's the same with me and grapefruit. thank goodness for oranges! hahaha.

backstreetgluttons, actually, there are more dishes but just highlighted some of them. i think i had about 10+ dishes to myself! woohoo!

qwazymonkey, wah liao wei, thanks for the compliment bro! no la, i've got much more to learn about photography..hehe

Life for Beginners said...

I love the 2nd and last pics especially... your photos aren't getting artsy fartsy but simply professional, mate. :)

P.S. Durian is soooo good, duntchagree? :P

adel said...

man, i just love the pictures!esp the dumpling look-alike item.. any tips?! still learning to shoot pics with my bf's dslr, hmmm...i think i should start emptying my stomach for a trip to this place soon :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

kenny, thanks for the compliment, dude! will sure work harder! :) but i prefer artsy-fartsy wor..haha. durians??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

adel, thanks for stopping by! i think the best setting is natural sunlight. the more, the better. so, when you take pictures, choose a place with the most sunlight. hope it helps and have fun!!! :)