Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ee Cuisine @ Eastin Hotel

Remember the Chef interview? After a "lengthy" and heavy session of knowing a ton of terminology only understandable by chefs, we sat down and proceeded to try their dim sum range.

Boasting the fact that the hotel owner is a true China man, Ee Cuisine is one of the rare hotel high end chinese restaurants to serve non-halal food. Apparently, the idea of halal dim sum doesn't seat very well with him.

So looks like i am not alone but i can't demand the restaurant to throw in some minced pork in my siu mai as i wish.

Something that stands out in Eastin Hotel is the way the ordering is made. Although the dim sum is steamed upon order, there is also a visual menu and the help of a waiter/waitress throughout the ordering process. Take a look at what i mean.

Choose which you would like to put in your stomach, i say all, if i could!

First up the line was a scallop dumpling with a generous dose of prawn roe. Huge chunks of prawns with scallops makes this a favourite among any seafood lover.

With no barrier from using pork, the Chef cleverly rolled bacon around a prawn dumpling and laden it with a savoury almost BBQ-like sauce. Tremendously good and if voted one of the most creative and delicious dim sum dish that i tried. Will come back to savour this again, definitely.

Like a small boy asking for candy, i got my wish when i complained that we rarely see Char Leung on the dim sum menu. Could such a dish be possibly so hard to digest for Malaysians? Apparently not. Problem was, the yao char kuey was deep fried to a crisp and wasn't chewy but instead crumble when you bite into it. The thin layer of cheong fun though was well done.

The dumpling served here was quite nice, nothing wrong but nothing out of the moon.

As if rubbing into the other hotel's face, that Eastin serves pork, the piggie bun is said to be a hit among many children. The cute artwork on the red bean bun was a delight to see, let alone pop it in your mouth to savour the sweet red bean paste.

The thin egg roll was wrapped around a huge fresh prawn paste with the tail intact. The sauce seemed abit like a bernaise sauce but i am pretty sure, egg yolks were inside there, somewhere.

To finish it off,

A "Kao Choi" filling in a glutinous ball. What is usually served pan fried or steamed but with a wanton wrapping, this is definitely the signs of the chef working his creativity and getting out of the usual dim sum affair.

The Fish Paste and the Chilli sauce ended the meal.

Man, was i full. Although the meal was complimentary but the prices are around RM7-RM15 per basket, the norm for hotel dim sum.

Address and contact details:
Eastin Hotel, 13, Section 16/11, Jalan Damansara, 46350
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Although at first we dismiss the food as normal hotel chinese dim sum, the more i thought about the bacon dumpling, the more i thought the dim sum was actually pretty palatable and good enough to return. The only thing is the opening hours are 11.30am, i am not mistaken which is quite late for dim sum because dim sum is really meant for breakfast, isn't?


Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

Ooh the Bacon-wrapped Prawn Dumpling in BBQ sauce looks delicious. Bring on the pork, I say! :D

CUMI & CIKI said...

wah.. char leung, bacon overload and kau choy glutinous balls.. my all time favs! to eastin ... and beyond! lol

J2Kfm said...

wah ... so extravagant spread! made my dimsum post looked meagre in comparison.hehe. ..

cc said...

Had dim sum there quite a long time ago. Pretty good. Nice restaurant. Held our wedding banquet there 2 years ago. Good times.

Nic (KHKL) said...

the char leung definitely looked good...and oh, i didnt know eastin serves pork...hmmm, rare indeed.

Precious Pea said...

Wahh....not bad not bad. Hard to find non-halal dim sum at hotel nowadays!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: yeah i know! sommore quite near u wor..

nic: yes..very the rare..

cc: haha now not so good or better?

j2fkm: no larr...where got? diff style mah

c&c: haha go go go!

kennymah: its no longer just abt the money rite..

myCoffee said...

Look so delicious! Used to like going there for dim sum a few years back; their wu-kok was my fave here in KL. Wonder if it's still good...

New Kid on the Blog said...

:) I've been to this place many many years ago. But it was a dinner after a convocation in UM. Their food aren't that bad, it was good. But many years ago, I've not explore the blogging world. Too bad!

daphne said...

the piggy buns look so cute! I certainly like the concept of allowing customers to see what does the food looks like before ordering. I think my fiance will appreciate that.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: yeap..infact for the more exciting names, it gives you a picture to what it is..

new kid: must try..judging from what the chef say..hes should be the same 1 back then!

mycoffee: tasted pretty good that day..so i suppose consistency remains..

Camemberu said...

My gosh, that "visual menu" simply makes it impossible to choose - you'd want everything! The dim sum looks gorgeous! Cute piggy buns too!

mama bok said...

Love the visual menu..!! now that is something really interesting.. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

camemberu: hahah i know!

mamabok: my first time, although the waiter told me they copied dis from somewhere..

AnGeLiC PrInCeSs SeReNa said...

Oh man, at last! I didn't know non-halal dim sum places exists in M'sian hotels at all haha! Definitely giving it a go one day cause they look pretty good, sides 11:30 is a good time to start brunch on Sundays =p

p.s. I think the piggie buns at Dragon I looked cuter though, have you seen them?

mimid3vils said...

the glutinous ball covered by a lot of sesame, must be very fragrant!!

tigerfish said...

The dim sum looks darn good! I won't mind paying just to try it for once but but but...I need to go to Malaysia to try it. NOw which means I need to pay the cost of transportation.....:(

Jescel said...

wow, your pics are amazing. it's lunchtime as I am writing this and your blog is making my tummy growl! lol.. i must be a kid though, as i love those piggy buns! :o)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jescel: hahah thanks..

tigerfish: that might b a prob..

mimi: i found it ok lor..that aside everything was nice

serena: dragon i ar? i get my self stuffed with xlb everytime..nvr notice wor..

ling239 said...

the piggies are so cute!!
and familiar too ~ :p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha some say there is a similar at dragon i..shud go n c..

HN said...

I had my wedding banquet there 2 years ago, and got very positive feedback from my guests! I tried their dim sum too, and all I can say is that they are not stinge in putting in ingredients, and that's why the food served is always good :)

Eastin Hotel said...

The foods look delicious from your photos...yummy

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