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Review: Beijing Roast Duck Review, Si Chuan Dou Hua

>> Monday, May 5, 2014

Overall comment: A good variety of duck dishes - some in really authentic si chuan style! SO SPICY 'til my whole mouth was numb!!
Halal: Pork-free

From 13 May to 15 June 2014, tickle your tastebuds with a variety of roasted duck dishes at the Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at Parkroyal Hotel Kuala Lumpur. For RM99.00 nett, you'll get a whole roasted duck (Beijing-style), which will be presented to you in 3 styles/dishes that could feed up to 6 persons (it really depends on how much you can eat! If it's men/persons who love duck, I reckon 3-4 persons will finish up all the 3 dishes without sweat).

Chef Foong Koon Sang with the variety of duck dishes

The course starts with the crispy duck skin, wrapped in your not-so-common seaweed (yes, not the pancake) & julienne of cucumbers + spring onions, served with a dollop of sweet sauce (bean sauce/"min si" + oyster sauce). Basically, nothing from the whole duck will go to waste :D

The next course served will be the Duck Bone with Salted Vegetable & Bean Curd Soup. It's a very "homey" soup that usually uses the pig's bone or even salted fish bones as the base. Cleverly balanced with flavors from the preserved sour plum, tomatoes, spring onions, ginger & salted vegetables, the aroma of the soup is taken to the next level with the roasted duck bones. I enjoyed this soup very much! I can just have this with white rice...hahaha...

For the duck meat, you are entitled to select 1 style of dish from the menu as pictured below. The chefs will prepare your choice style - at your command...heehee...

Noodles: Dan Dan Noodles
Among the 3 styles of noodles, this was my favorite, probably because the texture of the noodles is alike 'pan mee'! It is thicker, has more bite & is still very smooth. This thick & "succulent" noodles (I know this adjective shouldn't be used on noodles, but it really is chewy (not like rubber/not like tofu) & soaks up the gravy) comes with a generous serving of minced/diced duck meat, stir-fried with a combination of sauces. Very fragrant. *thumbs up*

Noodles: Crispy Noodles
This noodles dish reminded me of the common "cheong sau meen" (longevity noodles) that we have during birthday celebrations, except that the noodles are crispy. I didn't find this dish very special, but there's nothing much to complain in terms of taste as well ;)

Noodles: Longevity Noodles
I present to you, the all-time birthday favorite, Longevity Noodles! Yup, this version is served with duck meat instead of chicken meat. I'm not a great fan of longevity noodles as it's quite a "single-dimensional" dish; nothing very spectacular in terms of flavors, so this just passed my standards...haha.

Stir-Fried Meat: Sliced Duck Meat with Mangoes & Sweet, Spicy Sauce
This dish was certainly everyone's favorite. It has a lovely dose of sweetness from the Indian mangoes & the fragrant savory from the roast duck. The slight heat/spiciness elevated this simple dish to the next level. *thumbs up*

Stir-Fried Meat: Wok-Fried Duck Meat with Sichuan Spicy Chili
In terms of the non-noodles duck meat, I found this variant REALLY si chuan! It's SOOOOOO spicy that my whole mouth went numb. I couldn't feel anything much after that :( The duck is slightly fried If you're a fan of spicy food, this is really something you must not miss.

Stir-Fried Meat: Stir-Fried Duck Meat with Fragrant Black Pepper Sauce
 After eating just ONE slice of the spicy si chuan wok-fried duck, this was almost 'nothing'...hahaha. You'll need to rest a while before getting to taste the fragrant black pepper sauce on this duck dish again. Yums!

Stir-Fried Meat: Stir-Fried Duck Meat with Young Ginger & Spring Onions
I'm not a great fan of this traditional style of Chinese cooking, but it was executed well. The taste of the fresh spring onions with the slight heat of the ginger did bring out the lovely taste of the roast duck meat.

Flower tea to go with the meal (RM8.00/packet)
I enjoyed the mixture of the flower tea, but I do feel that it was quite costly. Haha. You could order your preference of tea from a special tea menu to go with your meal.

The "sifu" who refills your cup of tea!
I found this REALLY unique! Blurred out the rest of the area so that the only clear part is the tea-pot & the 'sifu' himself...hahaha...soli, takra cantek :P

The whole box-set of tea

We also tried 2 of their desserts after our meal. FYI, the desserts are not part of the RM99.00 duck-meal set.

Dessert: Chilled Honeydew with Sago (RM15.00++/serving)
I didn't order this as I'm not a great fan of this dessert, but I did try a bit from another blogger. I personally prefer to have larger pieces of the honeydew & sago to chew on instead of how Si Chuan Dou Hua serves (as below). The dessert is a tad too sweet for my liking, but I reckon many would find it 'just nice' ;)

Home-Made Fine Beancurd with Wolf Berries (RM12.00++/serving)
Interesting! It's my first time tasting Si Chuan Dou Hua's version of the humble "tau foo fa". The additional wolf berries in the syrup gives the sweet syrup a tinge of berry-sour taste/acidity. You won't be able to taste much of the wolf berries' taste unless you bite into the berries itself. The beancurd itself was pretty smooth. I'm a great fan of "tau foo fa", so this passed my standards...hahaha...

We ended the night with a fortune cookie. Check out what I received...hahaha...so generic!

It was indeed an enjoyable meal for a person who enjoys eating roast duck. Do make your reservations prior to your visit to Si Chuan Dou Hua :) Enjoy!!

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
Parkroyal Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 2782 8303
URL: http://www.sichuandouhua.com
Email: douhua.prkul@parkroyalhotels.com

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Si Chuan style is TOO HOT for my liking!


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