Sunday, February 3, 2008

Shanghai Soh Chi Yuen @ JW Marriott

It is the time of the year when reunion dinners are customarily compulsory. Whether there are sessions of slaving hours behind the stove to get a whole table worth of dishes to feed generations of people or using money to solve the situation by eating outside, reunion dinners are as cliche as it can get.

The setting for the big night

With that, as any kind flogger would do, i would like to reveal all those dusty photos of the dinner i had in Shanghai. Situated ironically in the middle of Bukit Bintang, and seated comfortably inside JW Marriott, i am sure this would turn out be a clean affair, invite all your family, eat and leave without a single scratch to your fingernails.

So what do you eat in a restaurant named Shanghai? Shanghainese cuisine is theme of the night and with that, i gave up reading the pages in the menu and decided to test the familiarity of the captain. Like a natural, she proceeded to go through with me the local China delicacies with me, and as a pro, i crossed and i ticked. The menu was decided and let it begin.

The Xiu Long Bao started the meal with us, the juices danced around my mouth and my senses were tickled with the vinegar and ginger slices.

One thing i love about eating in high end restaurants is that the portions are determined for you. Whether small, medium or large will be decided by the chef. It is akin to a salesman telling you to try a Large instead of letting you go into the dressing room with a Medium, Large and Xtra Large.

Another delicacy, stir fry egg whites with a raw egg yolk dropped in the middle before being served. Crab meat and assorted seafood is usually served. This dish requires skill to cook and mastering the fire to avoid the egg white being overcooked. Sadly, this seemed a bit off the mark compared to the one i had in Hong Kong. Maybe it is expectations, but i felt this was quite good as it is.

The fish was steamed with rice wine, black fungus and some herbs. With a strong aroma of the wine and the freshness of the fish, we finished in a hurry. Our love for fish was confirmed.

The Pork Chop was so delicate and succulent. Biting into it, it almost reminds you of minced pork but the fillet was amazingly tender. The ingredients of the tasty brown sauce which somehow escaped my brains was just as delicious.

The tea smoked duck is a must try. The crispy skin and the infused smoked meat so jovial to enjoy. I can only say so much and you better believe it.

The Claypot of Beef Tendons and meat was accompanied with mantau, steam and fried. The red wine sauce was definitely new as one would associate with it being used in western cuisine. Nevertheless an eye opener.

Slowing down with a vegetarian dish, this looked like noodles but accurately put; strands of noodles made from beans. Certainly another eye opener.

To close off, a Chinese cabbage with chinese ham. The strong flavours of the ham was transferred to the broth and the cabbage. Soaked with flavours from all directions, this classic dish was individually served. All you had to do is to pick up the chopsticks and put it in your mouth.

The dry tong yuen with black sesame paste inside is another compulsory dessert item to eat. Bursting inside your mouth is a pungent paste that lives you with an after taste for a good while. The wet tong yuen comes with an unique soup that i cant remember how to describe. Well do try it out as well.

Address and contact details:

Soh Chi Yuen
JW Marriott Hotel
2nd Floor,
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 603 2719 8288
Fax: 603 2715 7010

Ratings: 4 stars out of 5 stars. The dinner for 11 cost a grand total of RM600 plus. The dining experience, the hotel ambience, the unique dishes that one cannot get on the street and the good service makes up the RM600. I would definitely recommend this place for dim sum and dinner, and this coming Chinese New Year is conveniently available for everyone to give it a go.


Hazza said...

I think I am only familiar with the shanghai dumpling. Are these popular mainland chhinese dishes rather than the cantonese dishes we are more familiar with?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Wahh what a feast. Everything looks wonderful!

Nic (KHKL) said...

havent had that stir fry egg white dish in a looong time. the last i had that, we dipped the egg white in black vinegar.RM600 for 11 ppl was definitely not expensive given the ambiance and quality. nice!

Precious Pea said...

Ahem, not everyone can afford such lavish reunion dinner ma...especially when the family dinner exceeds 4 tables.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hazza: should be shanghai inspirated.. so not ur everyday canto hong kong cooking..

ll: feast is almost an understatement haha..

nic: yes, the black vinegar..memory very bad la recently..

pp: hahah 4 tables ar?? then you got to strategise properly..

ling239 said...

hmmm... but no have those typical CNY dishes hor ? :p

~Christine~Leng said...

wua... it will be one high-priced reunioun dinner if we're to dine here ;)
btw..Happy CNY yea!! have a great celebration.

New Kid on the Blog said...

ai yo... this is absolutely a lavish reunion dinner leh!!!

daphne said...

wow! but for that price, the quality of the food + variety looks amazing!

Simon Seow said...

Haven't eat here before. Is the XLB as good or better than Dragon-I?

ai wei said...

back from bangkok?! how's the trip?
happy chinese new year! ~

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: bcoz this was eaten not during the CNY period haha..

christine: well..sort of true haha..

new kid: ok la..60 bucks a person, wont get u a main n a starter in a western restaurant..

daphne: if you convert to AUD, its dirt cheap!

simon: the xlb is mile away better then dragon I..try it to believe it..

ai wei: CNY to u too..haha my trip? its in april ler..

barb: hmm i will hav a look

ladyironchef said...

hahahah! yea, pay money and have a feast outside rather than slogging it out in the kitchen. lol

happy cny!

Jason said...

Such a lavish family meal. But the fish doesn't look like a fish leh?

Happy CNY!

fatboybakes said...

actually, nipples, RM600 for 11 pax is a steal. are you sure ah? hmmm, must try, but so far my previous experiences at this place have been very mediocre.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ladyironchef: yeah easy way out rite?

jason: fillet off a swimming fish

fbb: well plus plus la..didnt exceed me, it was a new experience..i liked it

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Hmm Been there. Wasn't as impressed as all that. It was decent but for a hotel restaurant, good.

Haven't commented in a long time. Thought I should say hi. Gong Xi Fa Cai, nipples! ;-)

alexander said...

Nice capture of the flowers decorations. Although the meal is on the pricey side, but it is still worth a try. The ratings of yours looks good.

Alex's World! -

team bsg said...

happy CNY and happy walloping and craving

those glistening dishes look very fine indeed

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

allan & nigel: hey!!! dear couldnt make it for the last outing..long time no see..i seen u got famous on the Edge..shall bring it over for ur signatures haha..happy new yr to u guys

alex: what u pay is wat u get..thanks

team bsg: haha same to u same to u

AnGeLiC PrInCeSs SeReNa said...

so when are you leaving us with photographic evidence of your pig out during the CNY hols? ;-)

time to arrange for our next foodie trip joe boy... sri lankan?