Monday, August 03, 2020

READY, SET, PIVOT...XIN CUISINE DELIVERS RM15 SET LUNCH

Hainanese Chicken Rice. BBQ Spare Ribs with Rice. Stewed Chicken with Chinese Wine with Rice. Sweet Corn Puree with Fish Fillet with Rice. Minced Pork and Pickle Omelette with Rice. These are the new temptations available from Xin Cuisine’s Set Lunch for Takeaway and Home/Office Delivery.

Launched in June 2020 during the Movement Control Order (MCO), each Set Lunch (RM15 per serving) is a delicious one-dish meal of rice and meat. Available for takeaway or delivered right to your home or office doorstep, it comes with FREE soup of the day. For an additional RM5, you can enjoy the Chef’s Choice Dessert. This dessert is free for Concorde Cash Card and Priority Plus Members.
We find the various options featured in the menu superb value and reflective of the hotel's uncompromising quality. The yellow ‘oiled’ rice for the Hainanese Chicken Rice is good enough to be eaten on its own. Complemented by succulent smooth poached chicken, it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser. There’s also a chilli dip to give it a punchy finishing touch but unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to try that.

Those hankering for a taste of hearth and home will be drawn to the Minced Pork and Pickle Omelette (choy poh jin darn) with Rice. A defyingly simple dish, its evergreen appeal lies in the combination of pickled radish (choy poh) and eggs, creating a homey staple that had withstood the test of time.

Most of us are familiar with pai kwat wong – literally translated as king pork ribs – a perennial Chinese restaurant staple with different chefs and restaurants proudly touting their own version. Xin Cuisine’s BBQ Spare Ribs with Rice ticks all the requisite boxes for us: chunky and glossy with sticky, flavourful sweet-tangy sauce, the meaty ribs beg to eaten with plain rice.

Slightly boozy-gingery on the palate, the Stewed Chicken with Chinese Wine has plenty of crunchy wood ear fungus for textural contrast. Personally, I’d prefer a stronger Chinese wine accent but understandably, the Xin team opts to strike a middle ground with its clientele.

Sweet Corn Puree with Fish Fillet with Rice will reel in pescatarians. If you like deep-fried, battered fare with creamy mayo-type sauce then this should hit the spot.

Todate, Roasted Pork & Hong Kong Kailan with Rice remains the most sought-after dish on the Set Lunch menu. The various dishes featured in this review will be available until 9 August. New temptations will be revealed on a fortnightly basis whilst certain saleable dishes will be retained by popular demand.

Dessert fans will be pleased to know a choice of three types of tong sui (sweet broths) is available daily. The selection may include Barley with Beancurd Skin, Honey Dew Sago, Waterchestnut with Snow Fungus, Longan White Fungus with Monk Fruit, Black Glutinous Rice, Wheat Porridge with Coconut, Sweet Mung Beans, Peanut Puree and Black Sesame Seed Puree.

Xin Cuisine's RM15 Takeaway/Delivery Set Lunch is available from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 4 pm to 8.30 pm. No minimum order is required. Delivery fees starts from RM5 (0-5km from Concorde Hotel KL) upwards. For a single receipt amounting to RM150, the hotel will accord complimentary delivery (within 10km from the hotel). 

There are also two Set Menus available for lunch and dinner daily, priced at RM148 nett for 4 persons and RM188 nett for 4 persons. The 4-course and 5-course menu are for dine-in, takeaway or delivery until further notice.

For information and to pre-order, WhatsApp: 012 399 5007/016 906 3220.

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