It's common to forget every cuisine has multiple origins, especially from a country this big. But Chinese food is not just paos and soups (or mala), and Shang Social is devoted to show that. Its menu is carefully curated by three of Shangri-La’s highly acclaimed master chefs to present signatures of Cantonese, Huaiyang and Sichuan cuisine.
We must say, having a 3-in-1 concept appeals so much to our Singaporean nature. Oh the joys of convenience. But more so than that, the setting makes perfect sense in the airport. Maybe you have a good two hours to indulge, or just under an hour for a tipple, or even a half hour transit to catch a bite—it's all here. You don't even have to sit down; you can purchase exclusive items like in-house Chinese spirits and the Yunnan Pu Er and Ham soft serve ice cream to go.
We didn't meant to make this a 3-in-1 themed piece, but since the train has already left the station, let's just run with it. The Whole Boneless Chicken is protein, carbs and fiber in one dish. The deep fried chicken skin adds a nice texture to the glutinous rice, while the vegetable crisp and cereal add that crunch to break up the density.
At the bar, try a tea-infused or baijiu cocktail, or the Chrysanthemum pale ale. If you only have time for takeaway, the Signature Pan-Fried Bun (pictured up top) is homey goodness with pork filling oozing out a soft, steamed bun top and firm, sesame-sprinkled bottom.
This dish wins for presentation alone. Just look at it. All the appetising colours served in those little pots. And who doesn't enjoy the opportunity to customise your dish completely? Or rather, the opportunity to legitimately play with your food? Now, tofu may not be for everyone, but the Eight Treasures Tofu Pudding is a good appetiser choice, especially if you find yourself at a highly likely extended family dinner and want to use food to escape making small talk with distant relatives (not a personal example).
How we feel about it in a gif
Shang Social is located at Jewel Changi Airport, #01-219/222.