Becky’s 1 Minute Summary:
What: Banquet style dining as Hatten Hotel doesn’t have a Chinese restaurant. Pork free.
What to order here: This review is particularly for the 2014 CNY set menus so do refer to the menus and prices in the attached menu below.
I love every dish served this evening.
Overall experience: This is my 1st time savouring Chef Kelvin’s chinese dishes and I’m impressed!
Price: RM99.80++ to RM138.80++ per pax.
Valid: 25th January 2014 – 14th February 2014.
For the long story, read on.
From KL/PJ I had the good tidings to lou sang all the way to Melaka town.
The Hatten Hotel Melaka is a 700+ rooms property located right smack in Melaka town. The view from my room on the 20th floor looks over the azure pool and the shopping malls within its vicinity.
After checking in, I got ready for the feast that awaits me in the banquet rooms on Level 22 of the hotel. Hatten Hotel has a coffee house and a sky lounge, but no Chinese restaurant per se.
But the management had the good foresight to make full use of Chef Kelvin’s skills and culinary forte and tasked him to create CNY menus starting this year for the hotel.
And to begin our culinary adventure with Chef Kelvin Chua, we tossed for prosperity, for more money, for health, better business/career and for a better Malaysia.
The yee sang was followed swiftly by individual servings of double boiled chicken soup, generous with fish maw. The soup is one of my favourite course during such dinners and I wasted no drop of this one.
Chef Kelvin’s skills surfaced as I bit into the crackly skin of the Special Marinated Roast Chicken. The flesh was juicy and tender and nothing else was necessary to enhance the meat though the requisite plum powder was provided.
There were double fowl play that night and the duck scored against the chicken. Perhaps it was the gravy, perhaps the additional sea cucumbers and dried oysters intensified the flavours for this dish, but yes, the braised duck is my pick.
Psst…try to spot the duck.
Besides the all-time favourites as above, Chef Kelvin added a touch of grandeur and luxury to the menu with selected premium ingredients. For seafood, promfret and the soon hock are favoured this year. Even the desserts has a touch of gourmet with the use of hasma.
For the simple vegetable dish, Chef Kelvin used imported US asparagus and quality abalones. From years of sampling CNY menus I had found that not all abalones are equal. Most has a hint of metallic taste (perhaps from the can?) but these babies served that night were bouncy, sweet and cooked to the right degree of doneness so it was such a pleasure chewing on each one! 🙂
Steamed Soon Hock in Soya Superior Sauce.
Braised Abalone with US Asparagus and Northern Mushrooms.
Stir-Fried Prawns in Taiwanese Honey Basil Sauce. This was another superb dish enhanced with the clever use of sweet basil leaves and honey. The basil imparted a nice fragrance to the prawns rather than just plain sweet from the honey so it was really finger licking good!
Fried Seafood Mee Sua Noodles. This was so so good! For someone who usually would only take a spoonful of this 8th course (rice or noodles), I took several helpings of this fluffy, delicious mee sua and enjoyed every strand.
Chilled Hashima with Quail Egg and Snow Pear Tea. So lovely. Crunch from the snow pear, soft gelatinous hasma for collagen and chilled sweeten tea.
Menu for 2014:
Thanks Chef Kelvin for such a lovely spread. I do hope to visit Hatten Hotel and Chef Kelvin again soon and this time in a chinese restaurant within Hatten Hotel. I’m sure Chef Kelvin would be good with dim sum as well. 😀
Last but not least, much gratitude to Hatten Hotel again for its superb hospitality. I had a short but delicious and fruitful journey exploring Melaka!
You can refer to my Melaka To Eat List –> Melaka – Where & What To Eat as suggested by the locals.
Hatten Hotel Melaka
Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir,
75000 Melaka, Malaysia.
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