Friday, February 06, 2009

POST C.N.Y. DINNER @ HOI TIN LAU RESTAURANT, GRAND CONTINENTAL HOTEL, KUCHING


This is my fourth Lo Hei of the Yee Sang as we enter the 8th. day of Chinese New Year. Customary, the 'tossing of luck' is supposed to happen to the 7th. day, but commercialization rules the day; I had my first one as far back as the first week of January. The photo left shows the dish in its original form, with the sauces and spices powder poured atop already.

This restaurant is known for its shark's fin and abalone, but we were not having any of them. And the food ordered wasn't from its set package, but somehow I subconsciously ordered 8 dishes as dictates by customary banquet's rite.

Hot Hors d’oeuvre Plate

For a change, I opted for a hot plate of appetizers rather than the usual cold plate. It consisted of varies mushrooms, shrimps balls, clams, broccoli and Chinese ham slices.

Pumpkin Soup With Crab Meat

This was followed by pumpkin soup - quite akin to the western counterpart, but not as rich in the pumpkin's content, as it's flavored in chicken broth. With the crab meat shreds and egg slurry, it somehow tasted like shark's fin soup.

Cheese Coated Shrimps

The shrimp dish is a variation on the butter shrimps, minus the crunchiness and the butter flacks. It looked like shrimp fondue; best eaten hot before the cheese congeals.

Steamed Tilapia Thai Style

A Tilapia fish by any other name is not as auspicious sounding enough to the Chinese, so it has to be called Fook Qui Yee. To compliment the pink color of the fish, the Thai Hot-sweet sauce with pique lemongrass scent added a nice touch to dish; if not it would have been the 'clear' (Cheng) Teochew steamed-style.

Smoked Duck With Pancake Wrappers

The smoked duck apparently is the restaurant's signature dish. It is served like Peking duck, with pancake wrappers, cucumber, lettuce and Hoi-Sin sauce. The meat was very lean - great!

Deep Fried Kailan With Dried Scallops

Deep fried dried scallops sheds mixed with finely chopped Kailan leaves and its stems with light oyster sauce flavor; having tried this, you wouldn't want your Kailan any other way in the future. Crisps is the word!

O'nee (Yam Paste) With Sweet Potatoes In Coconut Cream

Finally, the Teochew sweet, normally accompanied by diced pumpkin. Since we had the pumpkin soup, sweet potatoes were substituted. Thus, rounding up a great halal meal for a mere RM368 (13 pax.), without drinks.

2 comments:

cdason said...

They always say Grand Con has one of the best food around.

Kong-Kay said...

i bet others will challenge you on that... every restaurant has its moments.

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