Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tai Zi Heen @ Prince Hotel (CNY Menu)

Invitation from FoodStreet.

As we brace ourselves for the hearty meals of Christmas, a word of warning should go out and in store for the back of your mind, remember to leave space for the Chinese New Year 15 day feast.

Whether you are looking to celebrate good quality time with your family and friends, or dine and lavish with your colleagues and clients, life is too short and stomach space should only be confided to quality chinese food.

In times of recession looming ahead, there is a need to look for places that will offer you value for money and excellent attentive service too, for at least at the end of the meal, you can comment "money well spent".

One of the candidates to fufill the above would be Prince Hotel "Tai Zi Heen".

For this Festive Season, Ricky the Head Chef has revamped some of the staple CNY dishes and given it a twist. He is obviously very proud of his creations, as shown from the picture above.

Starting off with a rather early Ying Yang Yee Sang with Crispy Shredded Treasures in Plum Dressing, this version was served with a lightier and tangier sauce. Another highlight is the abundance use of fresh carrot and other vegetable slices instead of the dyed packet green and red crackers one would find in a usual yee sang. Lots of crunchy crackers, peanuts and sesame seeds to complete the toss. (Whole portion RM 138 and Half portion RM 68)

Followed by a very grand and rich Braised Pearl Shark's Fin with Far Gao in Supreme Golden Broth. Despite the place being a halal restaurant, the broth was intense and full of flavour, with the only regret it didn't come in a deeper bowl. The whole chunk of shark fins was indulgence at its best while the Far Gao absorbed in all the flavours. (RM 138 per portion)

The Braised Dried Oysters with "Fatt Choy". Top Shell and Sea Cucumber in Wok-Fried Greens. Another intense and rich dish, to signify the wealth that will come along in the new year. The dried oysters were of a size that you would normally never witness before while the rich sauce was encapsulated in the sea cucumber. (Small RM 88, Medium RM 128 and Large RM 168)

Deep-Fried Battered Prawns Tossed with Fresh Lime Dressing. Despite it being fried, the prawn meat was very fresh and came with a good bite. Surprisingly the lime dressing was very refreshing which meant it didnt feel too heavy to have another piece. (Small RM 58, Medium RM 88 and Large RM 118)

Steamed Cod Fish with Pickled Radish and Garlic in Supreme Soya Sauce. The simple pickled radish on the top makes this another excellent dish to eat on its own or to be served with white rice (Market Price).

Stewed Oxtail with Yam, Fragant Whole Garlic and Leek in casserole. The chef again did not hesitate to use very strong flavours resulting in a marvellous creation. The oxtail was well stewed, the meat falling apart and tender while the garlic (eat at your own risk) was a delight to the garlic lovers. (Small RM48, Medium RM 68, Large RM88)

Fried Rice with seafood and baby abalone. The baby abalone was a nice addition as it gave the dish a bite and chew. The shredded lettuce on the sides was also refreshing when mixed together with the rice. (Small RM 48, Medium RM 68, Large RM 88)

Cleaning the palate with a Double-boiled hasma with red dates and glutinous rice dumplings (RM 18 per person). The black sesame oozing out that was not overly sweet was just the perfect dessert to leave the restaurant with a smile.

All in all, an excellent way of celebrating Chinese New Year with a big bang despite the gloomy recession that lies ahead.

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations, Prince Hotel has also come up with a special Lunch Dim Sum Menu.

Steamed Fish balls with Abalone and Fatt Choy. Fresh and springy, the chef took what appears to be a staple ordinary dish to a different level.

Starting from the left Pan-Fried Bean Curd Roll with Roasted Duck and Dried Mushrooms (RM 12), then on the right, Deep-Fried Spring Roll Loh Hon Style (RM 10) and Bottom, Crispy Yam Puff with Fresh Scallops and Parmesan Cheese (RM12). The out of the ordinary was the yam puffs although the cheese that was liberally used killed the texture that the scallop was meat to provide and couldnt provide any sort of bite.

Steamed Chicken and Shrimp Dumplings with Mexican Clams. One of the better halal siew mai that i have had. The use of mexican clams replaces the pieces of fatty pork that is commonly used in this dim sum. With a more wholesome filling and the colourful roe, i would definitely come back for more. (RM 12)

The Steamed Crystal Dumplings filled with Dried Scallops (RM13.50). Another take on the common Har Gau and this again was pleasant to eat with a nice cup of chinese tea on a lazy afternoon.

Address and contact details:

Tai Zi Heen
Level 2, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Conlay,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel 03-21703259
Fax 03-21708999
Opens for lunch (12-2.30) and dinner (6.30-10.30)

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Definitely hotel food that should not be missed especially during Chinese New Year.


siewmun said...

aiyo... the food looks sooo nice.. so tempted to try...but it will burn a hole in my pocket! :(

Jason said...

Eh bro, this post has no title.

daphne said... fast..CNY celebrations already?

Merry Christmas!! Feast your way through to 2009!!!

Simon Seow said...

Bloody hell luxurious free meal and Tai Zi Heen's food is da bomb man. 4 star is under rated, I'll give it 4.5 even though I haven't tasted the food you post year. LOL.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and thanks for the nang that I asked for.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: when its free, of course 4.5 or even 5 stars..but pay..and i think 4 stars is a reasonable score..

daphne: its barely a mth after christmas..really quick!

jason: yeah blogspot is abit screwed up..will go change it..

siewmun: yes it will burn quite a hole i admit..

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ling239 said...

wow... but no pork for cny like not so right leh... :P

Merry Christmas!! ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: err ok la..CNY set dinner need not have pork mah..BUT normal chinese dinners shud hav pork la..

Kok said...

Drop by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!:)

Nic (KHKL) said...

baby abalones are so very versatile. i though of eating it with pasta once..hehehehe...

Big Boys Oven said...

JUst drop by to wish you a joyly good New Year 2009, eat more & write moe . . .from us Sidney & Sunny

550ml jar of faith said...

Wow CNY feasting has begun? The turkey leftovers are still crowding the fridge?!

mh said...

I cannot sour I'll be when its CNY...and I have to celebrate it in Adelaide!!!! :P

Post blogs of the good food la...i promise I won't complain that it makes me hungry, home sick and dying to come home to have some REAL CNY food!!

YilingL said...

haha christmas but cny post oredi? the food looks absolutely heavenly but comes with a pricetag that I can only try to savour by looking at your pictures!

NekoHime said...

wah... fu kwai leh :) sorry it's late but merry x'mas and happy new year.

Life for Beginners said...

Ah, CNY has come early this year... Nice nice. There is something about keeping the abundance while we face austerity in the new year.

(The amateur greenie in even wants to skip the sharksfin though. Guilt relief, perhaps?)

New Kid on the Blog said...

with this post, doesn't look like next year is under going some kind of recession, hor???

Henry Yeo said...

ling: most hotel abide by halal rules, so chinese restaurants are low on pork dishes, especially for festive menus.

joe: hi joe, I am back from the 'dead' commentators, looking forward to a brilliant new year.

SuLee said...

hey Joe, Happy new year and happy holiday!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sulee: thanks!

henry: haha same to you..

new kid: wat u think?

lob: you can pass the fins to me..

neko: never too early or late..

yiling: haha then pls savour the pictures.

mh: interestingly enough i havent celebrated CNY in adelaide..should be fun la!

550ml: turkey all gone!

bbo: thanks!

nic: a good idea!

kok: thanks!

xin said...

wow..all i can say is WOW.
gimme the sharkfin!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: i wish i could!