Golden Phoenix, Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur – Chinese New Year Menu & Dim Sum!

This marks my virginal visit to Golden Phoenix at Equatorial Hotel.

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I missed the CNY preview last week no thanks to some unforeseen circumstances. By a happy chance, I managed to slot in a dim sum lunch here earlier this week where I got to sample a few items from the CNY set in addition to dainty morsels of the Chef’s specialty dim sum.

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To start off lunch, we lou-ed another Yee Sang; effectively marking my 15th Yee Sang of the year. Oh, I’m certainly set for 2012. Imagine all that prosperity coming my way! LOL.

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 We chose one that came topped with ebiko and deep fried soft shelled crabs which was pleasantly meaty.
Good, good. I hate it when I’m served soft-shelled crabs with more batter than meat!

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Last to go on top was Golden Phoenix’s special mandarin gold “coins”;  a symbol of prosperity and fortune, courtesy of Equatorial Hotel.
These gold coins were like gummy jelly beans, tangy and very nice to chew on! 🙂

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Golden Phoenix @ Equatorial Hotel is a non-halal outlet and their Water Dragon 2012 set at RM3838++ is an extravagant treat, perfect for the business dinner for your valued clients.

Water Dragon 2012

Caviar, Fuji Apple, Korean Pear, Pine Nuts and Salmon Yee Sang

Braised Superior Shark’s Fin with Brown sauce

Spring Chicken with Thai Sauce

“5 Head” Abalone, Dried Oyster, Black Moss with Broccoli

Stir-fried Lobster with Ginger & Spring Onion

Steamed Dragon Tiger Grouper with King Soy sauce

Claypot Rice with Chinese Sausage and Wax Meat

Double-boiled Hasma and White Fungus with Ginseng

Deep-fried “Nian Gou” with Banana and Cheese

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RM3838++ per table of 10 persons

(RM438++ per person – additional cover)

 The Deep-fried “Nian Gou” with Banana and Cheese was a real treat. Sticky chewy nian gou with savoury salty cheese and sweet bananas sounds like a flawless match, which indeed it was.

For dim sum, I chose my usual favourites; the one that every self-respecting dim sum outlet should rightfully ace. The Chee Cheong Fun came with sweet plump scallops so no complains there but my favourite Char Siew Pau (Barbeque Pork Buns) had too sauce and fat.

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I prefer my fish balls “fishier” in taste and bouncier. This didn’t quite hit the spot but was decent enough for hotel standards.

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The outer layer for the Prawn and Cheese Balls below were actually deep fried maggi noodles!
Think of those Mamee snacks you had during your childhood days. Yes, those small yellow and purple packs ones.
These tasted somewhat similar, making these balls really more-ish and addictive. Pop one into the mouth, enjoy the crunch and the hot cheese as it oozes out and flood your mouth.

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I was told this was one of the Chef’s specialty; The Har Kau (Prawn Dumplings) with Steamed Pumpkin. While the translucent skin and bouncy prawns won favour from me, I don’t see how the pumpkin enhances the overall taste. Having said that, I like pumpkins so I’m not complaining.

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Golden Phoenix @ Equatorial Hotel is one of the few non-halal Chinese restaurant in KL city, making it ideal for a porky Chinese feast or dim sum meal in a posh comfortable environment.

We were there on a weekday and the lunch crowd was impressive, consistent walk-ins on top of prior reservations diners. Thankfully I took my pictures before lunch.

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Lastly, we polished off Golden Phoenix’s famous Durian Pancake and wished each other Gong Hei Fatt Choy; with best wishes to life, health and career! 🙂

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** The dim sum item prices are ranging from RM8++ per portion onwards. It is available from 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm, Mon to Fri.

Golden Phoenix @ Equatorial Hotel Chinese New Year set menus: 

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Yee Sang 2012 

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Australian Abalone Yee Sang                                 RM128            RM198            RM278

Soft Shell Crab with Caviar Yee Sang                   RM108            RM158            RM188

Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang                                   RM98              RM138            RM168

Korean Pear with Salmon Yee Sang                      RM98              RM138            RM168
Fuji Apple with Salmon Yee Sang                          RM98              RM138            RM168

Korean Pear Yee Sang                                                RM58              RM88              RM118

Jelly Fish Yee Sang                                                     RM58              RM88              RM118

SET 1

Celestial Dragon Tales

Norwegian Salmon with Caviar Yee Sang

Braised Shark’s Fin soup with Dried Scallop and Crab Meat

Deep-fried Spring Chicken with Lemon sauce

Braised Dried Oyster, Black Moss with Mushroom and Broccoli

Steamed Sea Grouper with King Soy sauce

Stir-fried Tiger Prawn with Salted Egg

Steamed Claypot Rice with Wax Meat and Chinese Sausage

Chilled Black Glutinous Rice with Ice Cream

Golden Phoenix Delights

(Loh Mai Chi and Deep-fried “Nian Gou” with Yam)

RM1338++ per table of 10 persons inclusive of one Prosperity Peach Tree*

*(While stock last)

Earth Dragon Tales

Norwegian Salmon with Korean Pear Yee Sang

Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat

Roasted Chicken with Onion

Braised Sea Asparagus, Black Moss with Lotus Root and Broccoli

Steamed Pomfret with Soy sauce

Stir-fried Tiger Prawns in ‘Vietnamese’ Style

Fried Rice with Salted Egg and Diced Prawn

Glutinous Dumpling with Ginger Tea

Pan-fried “Nian Gou” with Cheese

RM1538++ per table of 10 persons inclusive of one Chinese Tea Set*

*(While stock last)

 

All pictures taken with:

Samsung NX11