There's no end to the options for Cantonese restaurants in Singapore, but only a few find success and stand out for their culinary excellence. Tucked away at level two of the InterContinental Singapore, Man Fu Yuan (满福苑) is one of the hidden gems for authentic Cantonese cuisine.
This fine Cantonese restaurant has been in Singapore for the past 15 years and has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment. With the makeover, the newly revamped Man Fu Yuan is ready to wow their diners with its stunning new look and a revamped menu.
Helmed by new Chinese Executive Chef, Chan Siu Kong, Man Fu Yuan continues to serve classic Cantonese food. Besides the new dishes, a few of the old favourites such as roasted suckling pig and red garoupa in “fishermen’s style” remain.
Among the new dishes, the ladies will be delighted with the nutritional double-boiled shark’s fin, abalone, sea-cucumber and fish maw with shark’s cartilage consommé ($108 per bowl). Using the four major delicacies from the sea, this collagen-rich soup was painstakingly boiled for hours to extract the nourishing essence from the shark’s bone cartilage. The soup is so rich and silky smooth that it lingers in your mouth even after you have finished the soup.
Double-boiled shark’s fin, abalone, sea-cucumber and fish maw with shark’s cartilage consommé
Being an avid meat-lover, I’m impressed by the duck smoked with Chinese tea leaf ($60 whole, $ 35 half). The meat with crispy skin was deliciously moist, tender and flavoursome. This tea-infused dish is sure to capture your heart.
Duck smoked with Chinese tea leaf
The stewed noodles with lobster, ginger & spring onion ($12 per 100g of lobster) is not as memorable compared to the other dishes. Although the noodles and lobsters are well-cooked, the overall dish is pretty bland. To give this dish a little bit more flavour, you may want to request for some XO sauce to go with it.
Stewed noodles with lobster, ginger & spring onion
The restaurant also has a good dim sum selection. Their rice roll, also known as cheong fun ($8.80 per dish), is a must-try. It’s unlike any other chee cheong fun we’ve had before. This cheong fun is well-seasoned with scallops, garlic and soy sauce. It’s so soft and smooth that it melts in your mouth almost immediately. Other popular items include the deep-fried glutinous rice dumpling ($5.20 for three pieces) and pan-fried crab claw with superior soy sauce ($18 per piece).
Dim sum selection
One of my favourite dishes at Man Fu Yuan has to be their dessert - cream of pumpkin with vanilla ice cream ($8 per portion). This creation looks like pumpkin soup at first glance. The pumpkin is well pureed and it’s light and smooth. The ice cream and pulot hitam (glutinous rice) adds colour and texture to the dish. Served chilled, this dish really refreshes the palate.
Cream of pumpkin with vanilla ice cream
What goes better with fine Cantonese food than tea? The new Man Fu Yuan also offers tea-pairing service and they have created several unique blends of tea to complement specific menu items. If you are a tea lover, you can now savour delicious menus with tea pairings.
Level 2, 80 Middle Road, InterContinental Singapore
Lunch: 11:45am – 3:30pm (Last order at 2:30pm)
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Last order at 10pm)