January 23, 2014

Si Chuan Dou Hua, PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR: Ushering in Prosperity of the Horse!

Chinese New Year Set Dinner 2014

My first toss for the year, we are back at Si Chuan Dou Hua at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur for a taste of this year’s Chinese New Year set course. No stranger to this restaurant, Si Chuan Dou Hua serves fine Szechuan cuisine for those who love the pungent flavors of chili and garlic. Ushering in the Properity of the Horse, Si Chuan Dou Hua has specially crafted six set menus to ring in prosperity, wealth and good health of deliciousness.

From 13 January to 14 February, Chinese Sous Chef Sim Nin Looi and his team has whipped up a bountiful feast of dishes from luscious Yee Sangs to velvety soups and a lavish array of seafood treasures and meat delights. We got together with the foodie gang to get a taste of the dishes from the six set menus one evening.

It’s a signature! After having the Tropical Fruits Yee Sang for the third consecutive year, I must reiterate that this is one of the freshest and juiciest yee sang I had in all my years. Using lots of julienned fruits, every bite of the yee sang represents a fresh new start to the year. It’s light, sweet, tangy and really easy to enjoy. Lots of peanuts and sesame aroma and taste complete the dish…

Huat Ah!!

Another significant sign of Chinese traditions of wealth is Braised Coral Shark’s Fin with Crab Meat, Bamboo Pith & Dried Scallop. I enjoyed the broth a lot as it had a great essence of a well-made broth and tinged with sweetness from crab meat and dried scallops. Shark’s fin and julienned bamboo pith added texture. A personal note, the soup is just as good without the shark fins, so if you do not take them, do let the restaurant know.

A twist from the classic chicken that shows up on almost every table during the festive holiday, Traditional Chef’s Specialty Smoked Farm Chicken has a unique smoky aroma and taste. The chook is firm and flavored with rich salty flavors. It’s quite addictive as the saltiness lends a great moreish flavor that made me want to keep eating this…

The star of the night had to be the Deep Fried Cod Fish with Pomelo Sauce. It was an applause around our table as we bite into crispy and juicy sweet cod dressed in a lightly sweeten pomelo with plum sauce. Sacs of pomelo burst with freshness together with pickled red onions together with some sprouts, making the cod a great stand out dish. We love the flavors and textures of the dish and felt it makes a great CNY dish because of the fish and the pomelo. A must-have if my books!

Creamy, a little heat, buttery and sweet sums up the luscious Sauteed Fresh Water Prawns with Butter & Cornflakes. The prawns have a nice bouncy firm bite while the bits of crushed cornflakes add crispiness. A plate of cholesterol laden crustaceans but so worthy in every bite. Make sure to eat them as prawns signify lots of laughter for the New Year.

Collagen lovers, Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushrooms, Dry Oysters & Black Moss with Greens are perfect for the palate. The thick gelatinous sea cucumber contrasted beautifully with the braised shitake mushrooms, smoky and earthy oysters. Black moss added a silky touch while crunchy broccoli lightens up the whole dish. A dish the elders would be proud off…

Noodles are great for longevity so Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles with Scallop makes a nice change from the usual rice dish. The minced meat sauce is flavorful enough with a nice heat while scallop added the luxury factor to the dish.

Ending on a sweet note, Steamed Nian Gao with Coconut Flakes proves that classic reign supreme.

There are plenty of Yee Sang options for dine-in or take away such as Abalone, Shark’s Fin, Tuna, Soft Shell Crab, Salmon, Jellyfish, Scallop Skirt and Pacific Clam that are specially concocted with sauces like Sour Plum with fruit, Spicy Plum Sauce with Mango or the traditional Sour Plum Sauce. Priced from RM56nett (half portion) and RM103 nett (full portion) onwards.

Here are the six set menus available:

Auspicious Blessing - RM150 nett per person (min. 2 persons)
Blissful Happiness - RM195 nett per person (min. 2 persons)
Happy & Prosperous - RM750 nett per table of 4 persons
Smiles of Fortune - RM1088 nett per table of 6 persons
Golden Prosperity - RM1958 nett per table of 10 persons
Bountiful Wealth - RM2300 nett per table of 10 persons

For reservations or enquiries, please call +603 2147 0088 or email douhua.prkul@parkroyalhotels.com

PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2147 0088

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  1. Missing nian gao.. feel like eating it again soon!

  2. Why you all wanna keep torturing me with the chicken @.@, hardly find some decent ones here in Penang :(

  3. Oh no! Some people will not be very happy with that sharks' fins dish. The prawns look soooo good!

  4. The yee sang looks lovely, but I'm FINIshed with FINS!