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Review: Chinese New Year Special at Si Chuan Dou Hua

>> Thursday, January 22, 2015

Venue: PARKROYAL Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Overall comment: Unique yee sang & I love their dishes featured in this year's CNY menu!
Halal: Pork-free

"A Reunion to Relish & Remember at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur"

Si Chuan Dou Hua ushers the Year of the Goat with an extensive variety of delicious dishes. From 5th February - 5th March 2015, for both lunch & dinner, all Malaysians will get to enjoy 10 different sets of Chinese dishes, specially planned by the team of chefs at the restaurant.

The 10 set menus are as follows:
Sweet Prosperity RM158.00 nett per table of 2 persons
Golden Happiness RM188.00 nett per table of 2 persons
Auspicious Blessing RM488.00 nett per table of 4 persons
Blissful Happiness RM688.00 nett per table of 6 persons
Happy & Prosperous RM1288.00 nett per table of 10 persons
Smiles of Fortune RM1388.00 nett per table of 10 persons
Golden Prosperity RM1688.00 nett per table of 10 persons
Bountiful Wealth RM1988.00 nett per table of 10 persons
Prosperous Blessing RM2188.00 nett per table of 10 persons
Vegetarian Abundance RM1188.00 nett per table of 10 persons
* Each set comes with 1 serving of yee sang (different set, different types of yee sang), 4-6 dishes + 2 desserts

Here are some of the dishes that we tasted:

Barbeque Lamb Yee Sang 密汁羊肉(RM98.00 nett/half portion or RM148.00 nett/full portion)
This is my 1st time having bbq lamb yee sang! What an interesting idea. It'll shock the traditionalists, but for those who are adventurous to try something different in this year of the goat, Si Chuan Dou Hua offers bbq lamb yee sang! Of course there are still other options of yee sang like salmon, jellyfish, abalone, soft shell crab, shark's fins, tropical fruits, & even vegetarian goose (RM58.00 nett - RM128.00 nett/half portion or RM98.00 nett - RM238.00 nett/full portion)

I felt that the pieces of bbq lamb were slightly too petite that it got drowned by the rest of the ingredients. Due to the cut, the meat felt slightly dry as well. Hopefully with the feedback given to the kitchen team, they will improve the cut of their bbq lamb so that people can actually enjoy slices of bbq lamb amidst the abundance of vegetables in the yee sang.

To greater health, happiness & prosperity!

Double-Boiled Shark's Fin Soup with Sea Treasures & Fresh Scallop 黄焖汤烩海中宝翅
This was my favorite dish for the night. It tastes different from the usual "gooey" shark's fins soup as this one is rich, slightly creamy (not "gooey" + "eggy"), & the shellfish + shark's fins were firm yet tender. So smooth! Well executed!
Note: It's not that I support shark's fins soup, but when it's already served, I will still consume it anyhow. If not, I won't order it nor want it to be served at my meals.

Steamed Village Chicken with Dried Seafood & Chinese Herbs 海味当归盐蒸菜园鸡
This was another well executed dish. The combination of herbs with the chicken were well balanced, causing the dish to be very pleasant to the palate. Even for those who do not fancy herbal dishes, this could be a surprising favorite! The chicken was well-salted, has a springy texture & the herbs were not over-powering.

Stir-Fried Large Prawns with Egg White served with Fresh Iceberg Lettuce
This was one of the majority's favorite dish. The prawns were fresh, well-cooked, & the fried egg white gave a smooth, fresh feeling to this simple dish. Accompanied by fresh iceberg lettuce as the wrap, this is indeed a light, healthy & delicious dish!

Braised Seasonal Vegetables, Beancurd & Dried Oysters with Pumpkin Puree 蚝士发菜鲍鱼蔬
From a glance, most people thought that this was either a dessert dish or the yellow slices were mangoes. It does give that impression, eh? But this is a healthy & rich vegetarian-like dish where you'll get thin slices of pumpkins & beancurd that have gone through a nice vegetable broth bath. The stir-fried dried oysters, "fatt choy", water chestnuts, carrots, & sweet peas gave the 'soft' dish a lovely balance of textures: crunchy, chewy, & soft, all in 1 dish.

Fried Rice with Black Mushrooms, Lotus Seeds & Smoked Duck 香菇莲子烟鸭扣饭
Most of the time, the 8 course dinners will come with a serving of fried rice or glutinous rice. But here at Si Chuan Dou Hua, you have the option of fried rice with black mushrooms, lotus seeds & smoked duck! It's actually quite yummy. I love the smokiness & savory-taste of the duck + the sweet, soft-boiled lotus seeds; it actually goes well with the rice :)

We ended our tasting session with 2 rather unique desserts (Chinese-influenced desserts).

Chilled Mango & Pomelo Sago 杨枝金露
I'm not a dessert lover, so this didn't really appeal to me. This is a creamy & chilled blended mangoes with vanilla ice-cream + pieces of mangoes + pomelo. It's too sweet for my liking (I don't fancy sweet food, so it may actually be just nice for you), & it needed a more sourish pomelo to compliment this sweet dessert. The pomelo in this dish was quite sweet as well, making the dessert rather cloying.

Steamed Nin Gao with Crispy Oats 麦香白年糕
This is "mochi" with Nestum! If you like mochi, you'll like this. Compared to the chilled mango dessert, this dessert is WAY less sweet & may actually require more sugar for a more flavorful experience :P

With Si Chuan Dou Hua's commendable spread this Chinese New Year, I'm sure you'll be spoilt for choice! Enjoy the dining experience here as you welcome the Year of the Goat with family & friends!

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 2147 0088
Fax: (+603) 2782 8455
Email: douhua.prkul@parkroyalhotels.com
URL: www.sichuandouhua.com
Business hours: Daily from 12:00p.m. - 2:30p.m. (lunch) & 6:30p.m. - 10:30p.m. (dinner)

Presentation: * * * *
Price: * * 1/2
Environment: * * * 1/2
Taste: * * * 1/2
Service: * * * 1/2


Salivating as I recall the taste of the dishes,


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