A chef’s work is never done. Just ask Executive Chinese Chef Bryan Teh from The Emperor. As we hurtle into the second quarter of 2018, the affable chef has continued to cook up new temptations to entice diners back to the restaurant.
Our recent lunch gathering reveals the chef has four fabulous specialities up his sleeve. We had to restrain ourselves from over-indulging on the perennially delicious dim sum in order to ensure ample stomach space for Chef Bryan’s latest culinary gems.
Nicely smoky and mouth-wateringly tender, the Smoked Farm Village Chicken (茶香煙焗菜園雞) priced at RM128 is a dish fit for royalty. The chicken is first blanched then smoked with Ti Guan Yin tea leaves, sugar and rice grains for 15 minutes to render it superbly succulent to the bite with the smoky aroma clearly discernible.
Inspired by Hong Kong’s famed dish of ‘bei foong thong’ (typhoon shelter), Chef Bryan reinteprets it into Wok-fried Lamb with Crispy Garlic and Dry Chilies (避風塘炒羊架). Priced at RM25 per piece, the meaty egg-coated, fried lamb cutlets come smothered under a generous heap of fried dried chillies and aromatic fried minced garlic. Zingy with hints of Sichuanese peppercorns, every mouthful is a flavour bomb of strong, robust accents. Top notch!
Priced at RM58.30 per 100gm, the hefty serving of Poached Pearl Grouper with Taro, Radish and Superior Stock (上湯香芋浸珍珠斑) is a surefire palate-pleaser that transcends generational barrier. Imagine savouring the fish’s natural sweet essence; a superior stock bearing traces of wolfberries, ginger and tong gwai amidst pieces of taro, enoki, beancurd and wolfberries. Such soulful succour is rare and good to the last drop.
Completing the quartet of new offerings is Double-boiled Peach Resin with Snow Fungus in Young Coconut (椰盅雪耳燉桃膠) at RM42 per bowl. A wholesome, nutritious dessert broth to tease the tastebuds with a myriad of interesting textures; it serves as a delightful conclusion to a heartily satisfying meal.
For reservations at The Emperor, please call tel: 03-5033 7400. Address: Level 1, Dorsett Grand Subang, Jalan SS12 /1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.