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Full Of Luck Club- Contemporary Cantonese

By Wednesday, July 20, 2016 , , , , ,

Classic Cantonese dining is made chic and edgy at Holland Village's latest hit Full of Luck Club 福乐. Brought to you by the same team behind award winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, you can be sure that you're getting quality Cantonese dishes with a contemporary twist. I think it would appeal to the millenials very well. 
A selection of classic dimsum is available at Full of Luck Club and we highly recommend the Stir fried Radish cake with X.O. sauce ($6.80).
This is one of the standard dishes i order in order to evaluate dimsum restaurants fairly and Full of Luck Club doesn't disappoint. Flavorful lup cheong (wind dried Chinese sausages) is mixed with juicy radish in a slightly dense kueh with a lovely all around sear. Oh and that umami shrimpy XO paste! I'd say top it with a little more of their bean paste chili and you have a winning Chai Tow Kueh. 
Other snacks that i approve of- Poached Wontons in Chilli Soy ($8) that is like a 红油抄手 with less vinegar. The parcels were packed with juicy chunky pork and prawn meat. I thought it was pretty well balanced. The Chili Glazed Fried Fermented Bean Paste Chicken Wings ($8) make the best beer grub with the super crunchy batter coated with the pungent sweet chili bean paste that tasted innocent at the start but trust me, that heat will kick in at the end. While the Golden Sand Corn with Salted Egg Yolk ($4.80) was raved about on social media, i thought the salted egg flavor was lacking and the corn could be juicy. Perhaps it's meant to be exactly what it is, popcorn?
A highlight at Full of Luck Club is certainly their BAOS! These fluffy buns are made from scratch (duh) and packed generous fillings. Pick any 2 Baos for $9.80 and i swear it's a full meal. The Braised Pork Belly is a favorite with a tender slab of five-spice braised meat. Together with the condiments of lettuce, pickled lotus root, fried shallots, birds eye chili, coriander and crushed peanuts, it felt very much like Vietnamese Banh Mi (but fluffier). We enjoyed the contrasting textures in the Panko-crusted Portobello Bao and i loved how the teriyaki mayo sauce, carrot-cabbage slaw and grilled pineapple slice provided the refreshing bite. 
Want something with more crunch? Then you can't miss the new Smoked Duck Fried Bao with hoisin, leek, and a touch of mustard! If you don't have time to have a proper meal, take away some of these burgers from the Bao Bar window! It sure helps that the restaurant is just outside the Holland Village MRT exit. 
Those looking for a fuller meals could pick from the Sharing Plates which features many of Li Bai's classics. The Signature Braised Spinach Beancurd ($16) showcases the silky soft house-made spinach egg tofu with a crispy all around, and finishes with a braised mushroom and dried scallop sauce. The smoothness of the dish is accentuated by the crispy tempura enoki. There's also the Li Bai BBQ Char Siew ($14) and Boss Chicken ($16.50) that you cannot miss. 
Those seeking the nostalgic Cantonese flavors can feast on timeless dishes such as the Hakka Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly. For the seafood lover, Full of Luck Club’s menu also features options such as King Prawn Crispy Noodles, and Sweet Mint and Lime Cod.
The Spicy Stuffed Yong Tau Fu ($16) featured smooth meat paste sandwiched in the tofu, eggplant, and bittergourd. The ingredients were fried, tempura-style, and tossed in a spiced fermented bean paste. They made bittergourd taste so good.

The Crispy Aromatic Duck ($35/70) is eaten the Peking Duck way- wrap the crispy meat with hoisin sauce, cucumber, shredded spring onions, and a chewy steamed Chinese pancake. The meat may be a little dry but hoisin salvages anything. Plus it kind of contrasted well with the chewy pancake. 
Carbs wise, there're a couple of Claypot rice ($14-16). How does a US prime boneless short rib braised in truffle scented garlic pepper sauce sound? Or a honey Yuzu herb marinated Canadian cod fillet? We weren't quite wowed by the Moonlight Truffle Beef Hor Fun ($20). The sliced US prime boneless short rib over wok fried hor fun was on the oily and bland side, despite smelling of a salty black pepper sauce. 

For desserts, you get your usual mango pudding, herbal jelly and the sorts. Skip the Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream Bao ($6.80) because MEH. The fried bao here is a lot harder than that in the savory bao as the ice cream kinda froze it a little. And they need to do something about the flavor of the ice cream- it was just sweet and nothing else. 
Kick back with your pals over creative Asian-inspired cocktails, wines, and a good selection of craft beers from Hong Kong Beer Company. We had Wing Chun Kick ($14) an Asian Mojito made with dried chrysanthemum-infused rum, goji berries, and topped with fresh lime juice and mint; and a special Chu Yeh Ching Baijiu cocktail ($16) that is infused with herbs and bamboo and topped with lime juice and soda. The Yuzu Fizz ($16) which is a Yuzu G&T, was also delicious!
Full of Luck Club is definitely my new favorite restaurant in Holland Village. Go forth and be rewarded. You're welcomed.

243 Holland Ave Singapore 278977
Sun - Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri - Sat: 11am – 1am 

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