Showing posts with label noodles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label noodles. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

A TASTE OF TAIWAN FOR CNY AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON KL

 

In conjunction with Chinese New Year, Executive Chef Mike M C Wang from DoubleTree by Hilton Taipei Zhongshan brings a showcase of Taiwanese specialities to Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur from now until 24 February.
Under his guidance, the Hotel team’s Chopped Pepper Stinky Tofu Beef Noodles garnered third place at the 2023 Taipei International Beef Noodle Soup Competition. For the showcase in KL, Chef Wang proffers a tamer but no less delicious version of Beef Broth Noodles.
We recommend savouring the deeply flavourful and umami-rich beefy broth with strands of silky smooth, toothsome wheat noodles and sliced beef. One sip of the tasty broth will entice you to return for more.
This speciality along with a DIY Yee Sang station will be among the drawcards at the Hotel’s Prosperity High Tea Buffet (12 noon – 4 pm) every Saturday and Sunday between 4 and 26 February. Priced at RM148 nett per person and RM74 nett per child, the lavish line-up will include a clown appearance and a kids’ lounge.
 
Distinctive dishes by Chef Wang will also be served at the Regal Reunion Dinner Buffet (6.30 pm – 10 pm) on 9 and 10 February at RM198 nett per adult and RM99 nett per child.
Signature specialities to look out for include Braised Eight Treasure Seafood Soup, a popular banquet offering in Taiwan and Special Fish Head Casserole, a heartwarming dish with chunky slabs of fish head.
 
Infused with black vinegar, the thick, seafood-nuanced broth comes laden with slices of black mushrooms, enoki mushroom, diced prawns, jellyfish, crabstick, dried scallops and shrimps, carrot strips.

Exuding a sense of comforting homeliness, the casserole of fried fish head, Chinese cabbage, red chilli, beancurd and mushroom melds together to form a soulful, salubrious dish.

Taiwan’s famed Three Cup Chicken is another delightful option to please the palate, alongside a piquant Hunan-style Steamed Whole Barramundi with Dried Chilli and Pineapple Sauce.
 
Besides the guest chef’s culinary handiwork, the Prosperity Dinner Buffet from 11 – 29 February priced at RM168 nett per person and RM84 nett per child will highlight Sashimi Counter, a parade of Continental, Malay and Indian delicacies.
Expect freshly grilled satay, noodles cooked on request, fresh assortment of salads, Indian tandoori chicken, fish tikka masala, glutinous rice in lotus leaf wrap, fried kway teow, hot and cold drinks, and Chinese-style roasts.

A wide array of dessert to hit the sweet spot such as Mandarin Mousse and Five Spice Sable, Wolfberries and Osmanthus Jelly Delight, Panna Cotta with Diced Mango and Basil Seeds and Chinese New Year biscuits: Kuih Bangkit, Pineapple Cake, and Peanut and Almond Cookies beckons.

For reservations, please call Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton KL, tel: 03 2172 7272 or visit EatDrinkHilton.com

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

AN VIET’S SOUP-ER HOT STONE WAGYU PHO


Listen up beef lovers. If you're partial to Japanese wagyu, An Viet has a pho-nomenal deal on-going until 31 January 2024. 
Starting from just RM34.90 per serving, you can savour sliced premium A5 Japanese wagyu imported from Tokushima, Japan for An Viet’s signature pho.

Served in a hot stone bowl, components for the beef noodles are served separately, allowing you to customise it to your own liking. It comes on a compact tray; the hot stone bowl keeping the broth constantly hot throughout your meal. 

We added noodles into the piping hot broth first as per the instruction card. If you’re unaware, An Viet’s MSG-free pho soup base is deeply flavourful as it has been painstakingly simmered for 12 hours using two types of beef bones and various spices. The resultant broth forms the basis of the restaurant’s signature noodle dish

Next, we added in the beansprouts, fresh herbs, shredded lettuce and basil leaves. Since I opted for the honeycomb tripe and beef ball combo, these went into the broth too.

Instead of simply throwing in the slices of A5 Japanese wagyu, I prefer to swish the tender, marbled beef slices in the hot soup until they are cooked to desired doneness. A squeeze of fresh lime juice lent the final touch before I slurped up the noodles along with the delectable beef. 

For a tantalising dimension, I found adding in a dollop of An Viet’s housemade sriracha sauce didn’t go remiss either.

While we were waiting for our pho to be ready, we feasted on Mini Savoury Vietnamese Pancakes. Filled with prawns and minced pork, the little bowl-shaped turmeric and coconut pancakes tasted sublime when eaten wrapped in fresh lettuce and herbs. The accompanying Vietnamese dipping sauce enhanced their deliciousness further.
Most of the set meals at An Viet comes with a trio of appetisers comprising Sugarcane Prawns, a wedge of Fresh Spring Roll and Deep-fried Spring Roll. Made from a hundred percent minced tiger prawns, the sugar cane skewers are always a surefire palate-pleaser.
The two types of spring roll also proved moreish; the former featuring rice paper rolled with tiger prawn, vermicelli, homemade pickle, fresh veggie and herb whilst the latter, deep-fried rice paper roll with tiger prawn and pork mince filling, proffered crispier texture.

Suffice to say, a meal at An Viet never disappoints.

For the locations of An Viet Restaurant, visit: https://www.anviet.com.my/

 

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

HERALDING HAIRY CRAB SEASON AT ELEGANT INN


Although unfathomable, there are people who prefer a ‘hands free’ way of savouring hairy crabs. Elegant Inn HK Cuisine’s the 6-course Hairy Crab Roe and Abalone Set (RM368++ per person, min 2 diners per table) will fulfill this desire with aplomb.

The indulgent set will allow you to do what Hong Kongers - well-heeled or otherwise - fervently enjoy i.e. yue chi lou farn, literally dousing shark’s fin with rice. It's a popular euphemism for enjoying in the high life. The set menu’s penultimate course of Braised Hairy Crab Roe with Golden Coin Shark’s Fin with ‘Lou’ Rice is guaranteed to be a conversation-stopper.

But I digress. Our dining party experienced first-hand, both Elegant Inn’s two Hairy Crab Set menus. For the Hairy Crab Roe and Abalone Set, a triumvirate of sublime appetisers: a shot glass of smooth Steamed Silky Egg with Hairy Crab Roe, Golden Curry Sesame Prawn Roll, and E.I. Crispy Vegetarian Rice Roll started our party rolling with a big bang.

Every spoonful of that crab roe laden steamed egg sent shivers of delight down our spine. The crisp prawn roll tantalised with its British-style aromatic, sweetish curried filling. E.I.’s perennial smooth rice roll with its crisp centre, for textural and flavour contrasts rounded up this platter.  

Sampling the collagen-rich Claypot Soup of Shark’s Fin Cartilage, Pork Rib Soup with Fish Maw and Bamboo Pith, we couldn't get enough of the broth's flavourful depth and rich umaminess.
I have yet to meet anyone who’d turn down a sumptuous dish of Braised 7-head South Africa Abalone. At E.I. you know you're getting the good stuff thanks to the lady proprietress' exacting standards.

Complemented by slices of Pan Seared Spanish Iberico Pork and Handmade Fish Curd in Abalone Sauce, the premium shellfish's natural marine-sweetness and melt-in-the-mouth tenderness was simply orgasmic. T
he rich-tasting Iberico pork was a masterstroke as the pork not only soaked in the complex sauce but also amplified the nuances whilst the puffy fish curd was a delicate work of deft culinary skills.
Stronger, heartier flavours prevailed in the Kaffir Lime Garlic Fried Spring Chicken. Fleeting whiffs and accent of the fresh citrusy lime in the fried spring chicken was discernible. Crispy garlic bits brought pops of faint sweet pungency to each mouthful.
Words aren't adequate to describe that superbly sublime serving of Braised Hairy Crab Roe with Golden Coin Shark’s Fin with ‘Lou’ Rice. That fluffy, lightly fried rice with slivers of egg stirred with lustrous hairy crab roe and shark's fin-imbued broth will leave you on otherworldly gastronomic heaven.

A flaky light Bird’s Nest Egg Tartlet accompanied by a bowl of nourishing dessert broth of Double Boiled Snow Pear with Chuanbei Citrus Peel left us happily satiated.
To satisfy true-blue hairy crab fans, E.I. pulls out the stops with a 6-course Hairy Crab Set (RM268++ per person, min of 2 per table).
The opening salvo of Porcini Smoked Farm Egg (add French Goose Liver for RM28) gave the Happy Start platter a slightly different, more solid taste dimension. Along with Golden Curry Sesame Prawn Roll and E.I. Crispy Vegetarian Rice Roll, the harmonious trio acted as nice precursors of the other goodies in store.

Providing tonic for the soul is Claypot Soup of Shark’s Fin Cartilage and Pork Rib Soup with Fried Fish Maw and Bamboo Pith. Smoother textural interest can be amped up with 'far kaw' or Fish Maw at an additional RM30.

It was such a luxury having a team of service experts to crack and prepare the leading ‘star’, a 5-tael Steamed Live Hairy Crab for us to savour. Nowadays, it seems the amount of roe in these crabs are down to luck of the draw.
 
Sometimes male crabs (look for a bell-shape pattern on its underbelly) have more of that creamy yellow-orange roe. The roe of female crabs tends to appear reddish-orange, in firmer clumps but no less delectable. We were told in China hairy crabs are available year-long but they're at their prime eating quality between late September and early November.
After the E.I. team efficiently handled the requisite prep work, we feasted like royalty, feasting with ease: merely scooping up the roe and picking the bits of sweet flesh from the legs and claws to sample. Hot cups of warming Bentong ginger tea helped to balance the cooling effects of eating those salubrious crabs.
Our tastebuds readily welcomed the robust dimension of the crispy Kaffir Lime Garlic Fried Spring Chicken. Most certainly a welcome change after the earlier, more delicate spectrum of texture and flavour. 
Braised Hot & Sour Handmade Noodles with a whole Crunchy Oyster awakened our tastebuds to vividly piquant accents.
From the delightfully silky, toothsome noodle strands to the tantalising tart-tangy and slightly punchy broth, we had nothing but high praises for the dish. The splendid finishing touch was a whole Japanese oyster, enticingly sheathed in ethereal crisp-crunchy batter.
 
Double Boiled Snow Pear with Chuanbei Citrus Peel and Osmanthus Sea Coconut Pumpkin Pudding rounded off our meal on a splendid albeit mutedly sweet note.
 
Fans of hairy crabs can feast to their hearts’ content at Elegant Inn HK Cuisine where two set menus are available until early November 2023.
For reservations at Elegant Inn HK Cuisine, call tel: 03-2070 9399. Address: 2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.

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