In celebration of Duan Wu Jie or Rice Dumplings Festival which falls on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month (CHINESE CALENDAR), the imaginative chefs at Zuan Yuan added a new twist to the traditional recipe by offering enticing flavours such as Five Grain Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Sliced Australian Abalone, Eight Treasure Glutinous Rice Dumpling Hong Kong Style & Steamed Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Red Date Paste.
Five Grain Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Sliced Australian Abalone.
RM58++ per dumpling.
Eight Treasure Glutinous Rice Dumpling Hong Kong Style.
RM 25++ Each.
Available for dine-in or take-away, and reasonably priced from RM8 each, these humongous rice dumplings (or bak chang as we chinese would call it) are brimming with goodies like salted egg yolks, mushrooms, gingkoes, lotus seeds and an assortments of beans.
Bigger than my face ok! I wasn’t joking when I said it ‘s HUGE!
The first one; the Traditional Five Grain Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Sliced Australian Abalone is almost 1 kg, and packed with the luxurious fillings like sliced abalone, sliced duck, dried scallop, diced mushroom, lotus seed, dried shrimps, salted egg yolk and chest nut. Five different grains like basmathi, black glutinous rice, oats, wild rice & brown rice are mixed with the glutinous rice to add flavour to the dumpling.
Since I’m not fond of glutinous rice (they gave me digestion problems & gastric!) I find this dumpling better suited to those with similar health issues like me as the dumpling is not consisted of solely only glutinous rice, but a mixture of different grains. It’s healthier too!
Eight Treasure Glutinous Rice Dumpling Hong Kong Style. RM25++ .
For a less extravagant (or pocket-friendly) version, I would recommend this, still as luxurious; with sliced roasted duck, pacific clam, salted egg yolk, gingko nut, lotus seed, barley, ground nuts, green bean, mushroom, black-eye bean and chest nut & also tipping the scales at 1 kg. All recommended for sharing of course, but no one’s going to judge if you can finish the whole thing!
Dessert rice dumplings are normally stuffed with red beans, but kudos to One World’s Dim Sum Chef Jordan Chin for breaking free of the norm.
This naturally sweet & HEALTHY red date paste dumpling was my favourite that night. The red dates are boiled for a maximum 8 hours and the skin removed to form the paste, resulting in perfect smoothness & a creamy texture guaranteed to please.
Our dumpling festival feast:
When in Zuan Yuan, NEVER miss out on ordering the duck. Though it is the normal roasted duck, it imparted a herbal-liscious aroma & perfect crispy skin that got all of us going “Hmmmm, nice nice nice!“. We wolfed down half a duck in 15mins.
And when dining in Zuan Yuan, ALWAYS make room for desserts, for one should not miss out on Chef Michael’s delicious creations. I loved my Ginseng Panna Cotta ( pics & review HERE) on a prior visit & have not found anything like it elsewhere.
This session, I opted for The Durian Combination (RM13++) as the durian season has gotten me craving for this stinky delicacy.
A platter of consists of one serving of Durian Flavoured Pancake, Deep-Fried Spring Roll & Durian Ice Cream, each leaving a flavour that lingered on the tastebuds, yet not too pungent to the senses. Using only fresh D24 durian flesh, the 3 different varieties has its own distinct taste and varied texture.
My favourite component of the platter is the Durian Ice Cream since I prefer a heavier dose of durian flesh in my desserts. The smooth Durian Ice Cream has a portioning of 50% pure Durian flesh & 50% Vanilla ice cream.
Deep-Fried Spring Roll with actual durian pulp.
Durian Flavoured Pancake – soft crepe encasing fresh cream & more durian pulp!
Happy wackybecky with her desserts!
This is mouth-watering dessert that got me grinning happily is the Double-Boiled Fuji Apple with Lemongrass & Aloe Vera. So affordable at RM10++!
Heck, to keep myself sane, lately I’ve been eating desserts like crazy & each macaron or cake cost me like RM13- 18 per slice.
This, on the other hand, is low in calories, healthy (double-boiled for hours), with the refreshing zest of lemongrass.
Well, this might not be as healthy since it’s deep fried; but totally worth the calories! The red bean paste was again, very natural (none of that commercialised tasting ones from the shops) tasting & paired perfectly with the bananas. Something worthy of mention here; the bananas used was of the perfect texture, firm & not overly sweet. It wouldn’t have tasted as good if the bananas were too mushy or overly ripe.
My previous reviews on Zuan Yuan Restaurant @ One World Hotel: Thumbs up for their desserts !
Chinese New Year 2011 at Zuan Yuan – Loved the Braised Diced Sea Treasure, Dried Oyster and Sea Moss in Golden Bag – (post HERE).
Ginseng Panna Cotta (Good stuff!) & a mid week lunch at Zuan Yuan. Check it out HERE.
Remember: The desserts are available all year round as it was ordered ala-carte from the menu but the dumplings are available from 23 May – 6th June 2011.
Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant @
bandar utama city centre
47800 petaling jaya
Phone +603 7681 1111
Fax +603 7681 1188
Monday to Friday:
Lunch 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm
Dinner 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday:
Lunch 11.00 am to 2.30 pm
Dinner 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
For reservations or enquiries, please call (603) 7681 1159.