A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

A selection of Teochew dishes has been specially prepared by Zuan Yuan’s Chinese Master Chef Michael Chew throughout the month of November 2011 for lunch and dinner.

Teo Chew - Zuan yuan

I hopped in recently for a taste of Teochew delicacies last week, just as the promotion kicks off for the month.
For RM68++, I savoured 6 dishes starting with the Duo Combination Teochew Style “Steamed and Deep-Fried Fen Guo”, Braised Shark’s Fin with Crab Claw and Scallop, Deep-Fried Teochew “Shi Liu Guo”, Steamed Leather Jacket Fish with Garlic, Ginger and Teochew Sauce, Fried Rice with Olive Vegetable/Braised Rice Noodle with Assorted Seafood and ended it all with my favourite TeoChew dessert, Sweetened Yam Paste.

My favourite: Sweetened Yam Paste, or more commonly known as Or Nee.

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant-8

The Or Nee was very very well prepared, non- oily and with the perfect balance of sweetness.The traditional method of preparation includes blending the yam paste with lard (oil made from pig fat) for a more fragrant smell but since Zuan Yuan is pork-free, the lard was absent and I was grateful as I didn’t barely missed the lard, or truth to be told, the CALORIES! :P

But I digress.

My lunch actually started with the Duo Combination Teochew Style “Steamed and Deep-Fried Fen Guo. Both were equally moreish, and reminded me of dumplings that were usually served with dim sum. The steamed one was wrapped in clear translucent skin alike those used for “chai kueh” while the deep fried one is a yam puff version but with similar fillings.

Teo Chew - Zuan yuan

This is after all, a Chinese meal, hence the obligatory soup made it’s appearance. The luxuriant Braised Shark’s Fin with Crab Claw and Scallop has all the premium ingredients thrown in but it didn’t quite hit the right note for me. I thought it lacked robustness & depth of flavour.

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant-6

Deep-Fried Teochew “Shi Liu Guo”.

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant-2

This as a little bag of goodies, wrapped in beancurd skin.

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant-7

Teochew cuisine is particularly well known for its seafood and vegetarian dishes and is commonly regarded as being healthy. Its use of flavouring is much less heavy-handed than most other Chinese cuisines and depends much on the freshness and quality of the ingredients for taste and flavour.

The above described the next dish perfectly.

Steamed Leather Jacket Fish with Garlic, Ginger and Teochew Sauce.

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant-4

This was my favourite (other than the Steamed Yam Paste) dish from the set. Pungent garlic and ginger and a tinge of heat from chopped bird-eye chillis provided the perfect foil for the firm, flaky riverfish.

Our carbs came in the form of either The Olive Vegetables (not to be mistaken with italian olives) Fried Rice or the Braised Rice Noodle with Assorted Seafood.

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant

A ‘teochew’ date at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant-3

I find both pretty ordinary and due feedback was given to the Chef. All in all, the TeoChew cuisine promotion for this month is pretty value for money and saves one the trouble of ordering ala-carte. Personally I find the fish and the dessert to be the highlight of the menu.

I missed the Hongkong cuisine promotion for October and I heard it was very good. Now, I’m wondering what’s in store for December at Zuan Yuan! Well, I’ll keep you guys posted! :P

Price: Set menu @ RM68++ per person.

For reservations, please call Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at +603 – 7681 1159.

All pictures are:
Samsung NX11

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Michelle chin

    the yam paste is something i would surely love! i love all things yam!!

    1. rebeccasaw

      oH..awesome! I luv pumpkin, yam, potatoes – all those tubers too!

  2. Akulah Pak Lan

    I had my first ever Chinese food yesterday at Intercontinental Hotel. Lucky it is free since they treat me. Hehe

  3. JoinMe

    Hi rebeccasaw
    Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on JoinMe.com.my, thanks. ^^
    P/S: We have put your name and link credit back to this article.

  4. nikel

    OoNi the best in teochew dishes.. My favourite toos

  5. Florence

    Hi Rebecca

    Thanks for the wonderful review.

    One World Hotel.

    1. rebeccasaw

      No worries! Looking forward to more of Zuan yuan’s monthly promos. I’m still kicking myself for missing on the HK one last month! I love HK food!

  6. floyd

    this is definitely mouth-watering menu. Great shots & love the way things were presented.

    do you have food samplings done at impiana klcc, if they have good foods there. Will be staying there with family on vacation this year-end

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hi hi!
      Yes, mouth-watering indeed 🙂
      I’m using the NX11 Samsung Camera. Really simple to operate and it handles most lightings well!
      Oh Impiana – I have never been there! You are here in Msia for hols? Awesome! Do let me know if you requires assistance on where to eat! 🙂

  7. Sean

    oooo, i only really know teochew porridge. this could be my first time seeing Shi Liu Guo 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Haha Sean, TeoChew cuisine is synonymous with the porridge!

  8. Isaac Tan

    oo so thats teo chew food? Looks yummylicous, doesn’t matter teo chew, hokkien or cantonese, I’ll nom it down heartily! lol

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