Joyden Canton Kitchen at HillV2

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Crispy Golden Lotus Root Chips ($8.80)

10 years ago, Joyden used to be a name only known to those residing in the west; its name has since spread across Singapore, with adjectives like “comforting”, “flavourful” and “hearty” being used a lot to describe the Asian-style seafood dishes at Joyden Seafood Restaurant. The Joyden brand has recently made new waves with its latest dining establishment, Joyden Canton Kitchen, which serves up a whole new myriad of hearty, comforting Chinese dishes.


Fish Maw and Prawns with Glass Noodles in Homemade XO Sauce ($18.80)

We can’t deny that the PR agency handling the Joyden account is all too proficient in presenting the best capabilities of the restaurant (we also wouldn’t have heard of Joyden so soon if not for them given their out-of-the-way locations), but to earn loyal patrons and have them returning regularly for more, it takes great substance. Joyden has substance, and I’m one eager diner bound to return for more.


Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun ($4.50 for 3)

Location-wise, I’d say Joyden has its treasures well hidden from the mass. The address of the mall HillV2 is not found on my gps or google maps; it takes great perseverance and a bit of intelligence for those who’re unfamiliar to the neighbourhood to attain Joyden’s given gastronomic immortality. Thank goodness I had some help with directions. For those driving along Bukit Timah approaching Railway Mall on your right, make a left turn onto Hillviw Road after you’ve passed Railway Mall. You’ll soon come to a small roundabout where HillV2 is pretty much visible. The entrance of the basement carpark is on the left of the building. Parking charges are reasonable: 1st hour $1, every subsequent ½ hour $0.60. There’s also complimentary shuttle bus service to HillV2 from several locations such as BT GOMBAK MRT. You can download the shuttle bus schedule here: http://www.hillv2.com.sg/index.aspx?key=location


Chicken with Fresh Huai Shan and Wolfberry in Old Coconut Soup ($12.80)

Joyden Canton Kitchen is where I would bring my (future) in-laws; they’d be so impress. My parents would want to tag along. Order the nourishing Chicken with Fresh Huai Shan and Wolfberry in Old Coconut Soup for comfort and warmth. A Cantonese meal is never complete without soup.


Joyden Signature Soy Sauce Chicken ($12/$18/$32)

As for poultry matters, you have two options: the intensely flavoured, sweet and savoury accented, smooth and succulent Joyden Signature Soy Sauce Chicken, or the Signature Traditional Hakka Salt Poached Farm Chicken, both excellently executed.


Signature Traditional Hakka Salt Poached Farm Chicken ($17)

I personally prefer the taste of the Signature Traditional Hakka Salt Poached Farm Chicken, especially when paired with the aromatic ginger sauce. Kampung chicken is used in this dish, hence there’s more bite to the meat.


Fish Maw and Prawns with Glass Noodles in Homemade XO Sauce ($18.80)

One of the star dishes for me is the Fish Maw and Prawns with Glass Noodles in Homemade XO Sauce –unforgettable. I can still remember how the medley of fish maw, prawns and glass noodles sizzles in the claypot, the aroma that wafts through the air, and the flavourful glass noodles soaked in the richness of the umami-loaded XO sauce. Chinese ham and dried shrimp partly contribute to the alluring flavour. The fish maw has been blanched and then flash-fried for that wonderful texture. And what not to love about succulent sizeable fresh prawns?


Signature Braised Homemade Beancurd Coin with Poached Shanghai Baby Cabbage ($14.80)

The simple looking Signature Braised Homemade Beancurd Coin with Poached Shanghai Baby Cabbage has got me yearning for more. I’m deeply captivated by the cabbage that’s been slow cooked in a milky pork broth till it reaches the sweetest and softest stage that simply disintegrates in the mouth with little chewing required, making for the perfect accompaniment to the succulent patties made of beancurd, seafood and vegetables.


Braised Pork Ribs in Aged Mandarin Peel Sauce ($16.80)

I’m not a fan of pork ribs, but I’m enjoying the nice smoky flavour and well-caramelised char on the surface. The sweet and zesty sauce containing honey and mandarin peel gives this dish a unique touch.


Signature Traditional Rice Vermicelli with Poached Egg White, Crabmeat and Scallop ($15.80)

With comfort level at number 10, the Signature Traditional Rice Vermicelli with Poached Egg White, Crabmeat and Scallop has won many hearts ever since its debut.

Great balance of ingredients; mix in the yolk and make sure you have a bit of everything in each bite.

While we’re not there for dim sum (yet), we managed to try the Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun (Liu Sha Bao). Look at the oozing salted egg custard that made my day. I’m definitely making a trip down just for the dim sum one day!

For desserts, expect familiar favourites like Fresh Mango Pudding, Red Bean Soup with Glutinous Rice Dumplings and Mango Sago. Quench your thirst with their refreshing Homemade Hawthorne and Apple Drink ($4).

Joyden Canton Kitchen
HillV2 Shopping Centre, #02-21
4 Hillview Rise, Singapore 667979
Tel: (65) 6465 9988

Opening hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm daily, dim sum 11.30am to 4.30pm