JU autographs at Serangoon Gardens
as someone who hesitates Serangoon Gardens All my life, thinking about it is reminiscent of hearty lunches at the Market & Food Center or brunch at Chomp Chomp. Thus the opportunity to enjoy the region’s innovative and modern dim sum was a welcome change of pace.
JU . signatures It is the brainchild of Chef Wong Kok Shyong, who has worked at hotels such as The St. Regis Singapore and JW Marriott Jakarta. His last position was at Peony Jade, where he was Group Dim Sum Chef for 15 years. With a résumé like that, we made sure we got to the restaurant on an empty stomach, so we could taste as much of his grim creations as possible.
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Food at JU Signatures
JU Signatures has a good mix of dim sum classics and more fancy selections, but our media tasting list was primarily focused on the latter. first dish Jewels Har Jaw ($7.80)was emblematic of this: three prawn dumplings in a basket, one of which was the usual har gao but with edible golden flakes, while the other two had more exotic characteristics.
Both blue and pink har gao are stuffed with prawns, but the former also contained crab meat, while the latter had grouper fish. These unique additions added more umami to the dumplings, but it was the juicy prawns that really impressed.
Despite all the innovations, the taste of har gao was great as their basics stayed true to the original dish. This next item, however, was awesome Because of her innovations. The Fried Spicy Crab in Mantou Turin (+ $8.80) It is literally a mantou shaped bowl with a removable lid, that has chunks of crab meat in chili sauce on the inside.
It’s a really convenient way to enjoy chili and mantou crab. You enjoy the chili crab first, then the crunchy mantou afterwards, which are well drizzled with chili sauce. The sauce itself is on the sweeter side of things, as Chef Wong is striving to appeal to a wider target audience – those with a low tolerance for spices will be happy to hear that, but personally, I wish it had a more spicy flavour.
then there Yuan Yang Love Swans with Lychee Ball ($10.80)which goes a step further with food carving.
The black swan is liu sha bao at its core, but is surrounded by a layer of mochi and a black outer shell. The best of the three ingredients in this dish, the salted egg lava was delightfully sweet and salty, and the sticky mochi texture was delicious.
Unfortunately, the other two items weren’t quite as tasty as they were pretty – the golden swan had chicken and mushrooms, but in terms of flavour, it paled in comparison to its companion. The “lychee ball”, which was actually a shrimp ball with keropock skin, got to the jelly very quickly.
Quartet of Dim Sum, and Quintessential Four ($10.80++)and soon followed him. It consisted of Phoenix Tell Siu MaiAnd the Crispy fried pork and chives dumplings california rollAnd the Orh-Nee Salted Egg & Sesame Ballsand the JU 6-Mushroom Vegetable Bao.
Designed to look like a petit four, this set gave us a taste of the restaurant’s finest, without having to order them in the usual sharing baskets. The pau mushroom was perhaps the most noteworthy, especially with six types of mushrooms inside. Its crushing earthy taste soon became a flop. As for the other three elements, they are well executed with small stylistic motifs – see Siu Mai and its ‘wings and tail’.
Atmosphere in the signatures of the university
JU Signatures is a modest sized restaurant decorated in cream and gold. Its ambiance is closer to a café than a restaurant, making for a relaxing environment to enjoy entertaining dim sum dishes. There is also a window pane that allows you to look into the kitchen and watch Chef Wong and his crew at work.
Dim sum is a six-minute bus ride away Serangoon metro station.
Chef Wong’s subtle creations come from a place of skill and expertise, as evidenced by the traditional dishes, which were generally great offerings. However, the “creative” choices were more successful or unsuccessful, and they didn’t always live up to their flashy looks. If you are visiting JU Signatures for the first time, we recommend that you start with the classics before moving on to the adventurous elements.
If you’re looking for affordable dapper spots, read Nian Nian Fa Dim Sum’s review or Hua Ji Bao Dang’s review.
Address: 4 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556682
Working hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 2:30 pm
JU Signatures is not a halal restaurant.
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Photos by Enze Kay and Melvin Mak.
This was an informational tasting at JU Signatures.
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JU Signatures Review: Ex-Hotel Chef Opens Dim Sum Cafe with Colorful Har Gao and Mochi Lava Puff – 7.5 / 10
7.5 / 10
– Regardless of the unusual colors, Har Gao was excellent
– The mantoo chili crab was great and delicious
– The Quintessential Four was a great way to sample restaurant specialties
– Yuan Yang Love Swans didn’t taste as good as it looked
– Despite its impressive filling, JU 6-Mushroom Vegetable Pau gets very satiated
Recommended dishes: Jewels Har Gao ($7.80), Spicy Crab Fried in Mantou Turin (+$8.80)
work hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 2:30 pm
Tabuk: 4 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556682