As a Cantonese, I’m fond of the cuisine, but have to admit things do get a tad boring since most places serve similar stuff. Yeah to Full of Luck Club 福乐, a casual dining restaurant, that offers progressive and contemporary take on authentic Cantonese cuisine. Diners can expect creative twists, as well as classic Cantonese favorites with exceptional quality, as Full of Luck Club is the brainchild of the same team behind award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant.
Conveniently located in a 2-story shop house just couple of steps from Holland Village MRT station, Full of Luck Club is equipped with a swanky bar and opened concept kitchen, where diners can watch the chef in action. The second story is decorated with cool hand-painted graffiti, is more spacious and houses ample seating.
Ease into the evening with Asian inspired cocktails such as Wing Chun Kick ($14) and Yuzu Fizz ($16), or check out the selection of craft bears from Hong Kong Beer Company.
For those who are feeling a little peckish, graze on light bites such as Golden Sand Corn with Salted Egg Yolk ($6.80). Every chew yields a resounding crunch and burst of salted egg yolk flavors, which were enhanced with curry leaves and chilli padi. Uber addictive!
Other items that would go well with booze, or as a snack, are the Chilli Glazed Fried Fermented Bean Paste Chicken Wings ($8) and Poached Wontons in Chili Soy ($7.20). The former, marinated with savory fermented bean paste and chili sauce were well fried and featured juicy flesh. The latter, basked in red pepper sauce, will set your taste buds ablaze.
Fried to an admirable brown, the Stir-fried Radish Cake with XO Sauce ($6.80) boast nice crisps edges and soft innards. Love the beautiful flavors imparted from the XO sauce and Chinese sausage!
Full of Luck Club reinvents the humble bao into something more upscale. The slider-style bao certainly scored points in ingenuity and presentation. There’s a considerable variety of fillings to gratify adventurous palates. You’ll get 2 baos for $9.80, and get to choose if you prefer the same flavor or 2 different ones.
If you like things spicy, the Braised Pork Belly is the one to have. Be captivated by tender and flavorsome braised pork belly and crunchy pickled lotus root, which not only brightens the dish but also adds textural variation. Heat levels are quite potent in this, so be warned!
Mushroom lovers will not be able to resist sinking their teeth into the Panko-crusted Portobello. Sandwiched between pillowy soft buns is a perfectly fried Portobello, spruced up with teriyaki mayo sauce, carrot slaw and grilled pineapples. Impeccable combination!
The Smoked Duck with fried buns, leek and hoisin is something new and has yet to be listed on the menu, so do check with the staff if this item is available during your visit. Lovely, but of the lot, my personal favorite will be the Portobello bao.
Busy bees who don’t have the time to dine in can take way the scrumptious sliders from the Bao Bar window.
Crispy Aromatic Duck ($35 for half, $70 for whole). Although the meat separates easily from the bone, it was slightly dry, but this issue is easily solved with the hoisin sauce on the side. Eat it like how you would for Peking ducks- wrap the meat (don’t forget the crispy skin) with some sauce, cucumber, shredded spring onion in the chewy pancake.
Healthier options include house-made silky Braised Spinach Bean Curd ($16) with braised mushrooms and fried mushrooms, and a comforting dish of Spicy Stuffed Yong Tau Foo ($16) seasoned with fermented bean paste. I’m not a fan of Yong Tau Foo, but Full of Luck Club’s refined rendition won me over with its smooth minced meat and enticing coating of fermented bean paste.
Check out this gorgeous bowl of Moonlight Truffle Hor fun ($20) with black garlic truffle glaze, silken onsen egg and sliced US prime boneless short-ribs. Truffle flavors are prominent and enticing enough to keep me wanting more! Here, wok-hei is subtle, but I suspect that it was specially cooked this way so that the truffle notes can shine.
Complete your meal with the Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream ($6 for 1), where creamy honeycomb ice cream coated with cocoa chips and topped with toasted marshmellow, is presented between fried buns. If you prefer something more traditional, there’s Sweeten Almond Cream ($6), Grass Jelly with Aloe Vera ($6) and Chilled Mango Pudding ($6).
Full of Luck Club is not only suitable for chilling out after work, but also for family meals as the offerings will appeal to both the young and old.
Many thanks to Bless Inc Asia and Full of Luck Club for the invite.