Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Cuisine
Nine Emperor Gods Festival, known as Kew Ong Yah (Hokkien) or Kau Wong Yeah (Cantonese), is said to originates from the Southern Province of China, specifically Fujian Province. The festival is honored by Taoism devotees and is a big occasion from my hometown in Penang. The festival commemorates with the reception of the Nine Emperor Gods and finishes with sending off the Gods on the ninth day. Devotees can opt to pay tribute for the full nine days of vegetarian meals or last three days of the festive lunar calendar. My mom goes through the nine days of abstaining from meat during this festive while I would opt for either three or one day depending on my schedule. Our household has a special set of utensils, cookware and dinnerware set aside purely for this festive.
In honors of the coming festival, Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine has curated a sumptuous Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Cuisine set menu available from 29 September to 7 October 2019. Renowned for their fine Hong Kong cuisine, Elegant Inn also serves a fine spread of dim sum along with other Chinese cuisine plus a sumptuous Treasure Bowl or Poon Choy.
The restaurant is located in Menara Hap Seng in the city and has a lovely view of our city’s skyscrapers. Diners can opt to diner in their elegant dining room or in one of their many private rooms. There is also an alfresco area which is perfect for private events or even romantic wedding banquet.
The menu of Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Cuisine is a testament to the culinary skills of the main five chefs at Elegant Inn. Each course is exquisitely crafted with much skills and thoughts on the elements of the ingredients. Elegant Inn also highlights the beautiful texture and flavours of vegetables and does not uses gluten products so that diners can enjoy a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal set in a beautiful ambiance in the city.
The six-course menu starts with a pretty dish of Truffle Radish Puff with Twin Sweet Purple Potato. Flaky and buttery layers of pastry is filled with a sweet and juicy filling of shredded radish with carrot that is laced with the glorious truffle oil. The result is utterly delicious and aromatic. The pastry is crafted to perfection. It is also served on a bed of mashed sweet purple potato and crispy sweet purple potato chips.
The soup course is a blooming delight. Tofu Blossom with Fresh Beet Root & Carrot features the amazing knife-skills of the Chinese chefs. The chrysanthemum-cut tofu jazzed up the appearance of the soup so beautifully, almost too beautiful to be eaten. Although the skills of cutting the tofu doesn’t lend any extra flavour or texture to the soup, it did make an impressive appearance that will make any foodies admire the dish before tucking in which would still garner some extra brownie points. The broth is redolent of the beet root, taking in the earthiness and the pretty dark red hue of the vegetable while the tofu added a soft and smooth texture to balance up the flavours.
Our main course of Trio Treasures Stuffed with Organic Beancurd & Quinoa is literally a vegetarian yong tau foo stuffed with healthy organic ingredients. The quinoa’s beady texture is quite unusual and gave the dish a different twist from the regular version. Overall, the bitter gourd, eggplant and bell pepper has a soft and lightly grainy filling. It’s the sauce, made from various mixture of peanut, lychee vinegar, aromatic herbs and other ingredients, that made the yong tau foo so tasty and moreish.
The folks at Elegant Inn are always updated with the latest produce in the market. It’s certainly a first for me to try groundnut sprouts. Relatively new to our market, the groundnut sprout resembles how beans sprouts except its long and thicker with a crisp texture.
Keeping it simple, the Groundnut Sprouts Wok Fried with Sweet Pea & Premium Cordyceps Flower is deliciously light and tasty. There is a lovely freshness with subtle sweet and clean flavours from the sprouts. Together with crunchy sweet peas and nutritious cordyceps flowers, this is a great vegetarian dish that will even please non-vegetarian eaters.
Another personal favorite course of mine would be the Premium Wild Porcini Noodle. So simple yet so gratifying, the bold smoky and earthy aroma of the porcini mushrooms took centerstage in the dish. It enhances the slippery soft noodles so well, making every slurp a joy!
Double Boiled Snow Pear with Chuanbei & Citrus Peel and ‘Yan Xi’ Lotus Bloom Pastry were the healthy closures of the menu. The hot sweet broth is said to warm up the body to prevent and cure colds. The Yan Xi pastry reiterates the pastry chef’s skills and is pretty at sight as well as scrumptious. A beautiful and light ending to the vegetarian meal…
Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine Nine Emperor Gods Festival Vegetarian Menu is priced at RM138 per pax with a minimum of 2 pax required. The promotion is available from 29 September to 7 October 2019.
For reservations and enquiries, please call 603-2070 9399.
ELEGANT INN HONG KONG CUISINE
2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block,
Menara Hap Seng,
19_07, Jalan P Ramlee,
50540 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2070 9399
Monday to Saturday Lunch - 12noon to 2.30pm| Dinner - 6pm to 10.30pmSunday Lunch – 10.30am to 2.30pm | Dinner - 6pm to 10.30pm