Halal Dim Sum Can Be Good Too

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The Chinese delicacy of bite-sized portions of food served in bamboo steamers, also known as dim sum, is usually related to the presence of pork. There is wide perception that dim sum without pork is not dim sum at all, but let’s not generalize too soon. Situated in the relatively quiet Maju Junction Mall is the Maju Palace Restaurant, one of the many restaurants belonging to Oriental Group, serving dim sum made from Halal certified meat. I initially had my doubts, and asked my friend to go to the other Oriental restaurant that’s not pork-free, but he insisted that I should give it a try. So that was where we were on one Saturday morning, together with our guest from Germany.

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Egg tarts

The interior boasted of classy tables with white tablecloth and chairs with chair covers tied around by gold ribbons. The environment was not overly noisy too, perfect for a relaxing meal of dim sum and Chinese tea without being rushed at, like many other dim sum outlets. This was how a good dim sum experience should be on a weekend morning.

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Flower decoration in the restaurant

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The 3 different sauces

As with usual practice, we ordered a pot of Chinese tea to go with the dim sum, with the general belief that the tea would help to ‘wash away’ the excessive oil from the food.

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Chinese tea

Without further ado, we ordered the item that is synonymous with dim sum itself – the Imperial “Har Kau” or Prawn Dumplings. There was nothing but praises for this dish, for the prawns were large and succulent, bursting with juices upon every bite. Another point to note was how perfectly thin the translucent skin was, just enough to wrap the prawns without tearing and not too thick that it was cloying. Loved it!

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Imperial ‘Har Kau’ (RM8)

The same praises went to the Siew Mai Yunan Style. Traditionally, siew mai is prepared with pork, but in this case chicken thigh meat and shrimp bits were used, giving it a nice and savoury bite. The pork was certainly not missed here.

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Siew Mai Yunan Style (RM7)

As for Char Siew Bao or BBQ Meat bun, chicken meat was used here too. In fact, I thought the advantage of using chicken meat was the lack of fatty layers that usually come with pork. I’m personally not a fan of fatty layers, so I was not too fussed about the absence of pork here, as long as the marinade and gravy were tasty.

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BBQ Meat Bun / Char Siew Bao (RM6)

The Large Bao or Dai Bao was one item that we were looking forward to, served in a huge size enough for at least 2 persons. The dumpling was fluffy and warm but we found the filling to be too wet such that the bottom part of the bao became soggy. It was quite a challenge to eat this without making our fingers dirty, if you get what I mean. Otherwise, the portion of meat and ‘sar kot’ was quite generous.

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Large ‘Bao’ / Dai Bao (RM8)

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Sloppy and messy Dai Bao

The one dish that I felt was lacking in terms of taste was the Porridge with Shredded Chicken and Century Egg. Somehow, the lack of flavour here was quite apparent, and the porridge tasted a little bland even though pieces of chicken were visible. Perhaps this was the one time where I missed pork. :P

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Porridge with Shredded Chicken and Century Egg (RM8)

Raymond ordered the Braised Egg Noodle Village Style, saying that it’s his favourite dish and he had to have this every time he eats here. We were surprised to see that it came in a big portion, meant to be shared by 4! This was not unlike wan tan mee, except with thicker strands. The noodles were firm and bouncy, and the combination of soy sauce, mushroom and bean curd skin was excellent.

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Braised Egg Noodle Village Style (RM24)

My favourite dim sum dish is the Pan Fried Radish Cake but Saucer mistakenly ordered the Stir-Fried version for me, which I found to be a tad oily. I much prefer the Pan Fried version which we did eventually order – crispy skin and soft warm insides. I also found it to be less oily compared to the stir-fried version.

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Stir-Fried Radish Cake (RM6)

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Pan-Fried Radish Cake (RM6)

Apart from the mainly steamed items, we also tried some of the deep fried items from the menu, such as the Crispy Fried Mango Roll (so-so) and Deep Fried Yam Puff (quite good).

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Crispy Fried Mango Roll (RM6)

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Deep Fried Yam Puff (RM6)

For desserts, we had the Baked Egg Tarts and Thousand Layered Cake. No prizes for guessing which one was my choice. :) I loved the egg tarts which were served hot off the oven, with crumbly pastries and rich, smooth egg custard. If I was not so full, I would have eaten more of these. :)

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Baked Egg Tart (RM6)

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Thousand Layered Cake (RM6)

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Some of the dim sum we had!

It was a meal to remember, steamers and steamers of food more than we could finish, in a comfortable environment with amazing company. We sat there talking for hours, taking our time to nibble on our food when we were already full, while sipping the hot Chinese tea. In the end, we were so stuffed that we did not eat anything until past dinner time!

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Stuffed to the brim with Andreas and Saucer

True enough, the absence of pork was felt in one or two of the dishes we had here, but for most of the other items, they were just as good if not better. I’m glad to have found a nice dim sum place that I can suggest to¬† my Muslim friends in the future. :)

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Dining environment at Maju Palace

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Maju Palace Restaurant

Promotion: 30% discount on dim sum lunch during Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Maju Palace Restaurant
Level 5, Maju Junction Mall,
1001 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel No.: +603-2691 8822

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22 Comments
  • January 6th, 2012 1:33 PM
    Baby Sumo

    In Seremban, one of the best dim sum we had is Halal dim sum too.

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  • January 6th, 2012 2:21 PM
    khengsiong

    I really don’t care whether it’s pork or chicken or veggie, so long as it’s yummy.

    In fact, I find typical dim sum to be too meaty. A bit of veggie would be great…

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  • January 6th, 2012 3:18 PM
    Nikel

    They do have promotion during weekend..nice wor…

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  • January 6th, 2012 3:21 PM
    FiSh

    out of so many dishes, i think the mango roll and egg tarts should taste the best. i hope there’ll be pork thou :/

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  • January 6th, 2012 3:24 PM
    [SK]

    oh, the restaurant is still there?? i would have thot it’s either moved or closed down due to the little crowd at Maju Junction.. albeit halal, those dimsum actually look very yummy, yeah, a good recommendation to the muslim friends!!

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  • January 6th, 2012 4:53 PM
    henrytan

    too bad the one in cyberjaya doesnt taste good! =(

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Huh? The one in Cyberjaya? Which one is that? There’s no branch in Cyberjaya for this restaurant…

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  • January 6th, 2012 4:55 PM
    Sean

    oh yeah, this place is less than a 10-minute walk from my office! i’ve never managed to have dim sum here before, but the dinner courses are decent too. good quality, fair prices :D

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  • January 6th, 2012 5:22 PM
    Alex

    Halal Dim Sum ha….wonder the patron will be mostly pork eaters or the non pork eaters

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  • January 6th, 2012 7:16 PM
    suituapui

    Yummmmm….would love to try this! Looks good!

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  • January 6th, 2012 9:45 PM
    smallkucing

    Oriental group?? same owner of the Noble Banquet? Sounds great

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes, same group :)

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  • January 8th, 2012 6:57 AM
    suituapui

    Yummmmm!!!! Looks good! No need to be halal to be good…like Concorde KL’s – noted to be one of the best around. Don’t think it’s halal either…

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  • January 21st, 2012 8:05 PM
    Loeffle

    This was an epic brunch :)

    Couldn’t eat for the next 24 hours…

    My photos are online, too:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/loeffle/tags/dimsun/

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    24 hours? Hehe I couldn’t eat until dinner :P

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    Loeffle Reply:

    I had some “German” brunch last Sunday. It was good, but I wasn’t as epicly stuffed as after this Dim Sun :)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Haha your stomach wasn’t used to the filling ingredients of dim sum last time.. maybe you’d feel different the next time we have dim sum again :D

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    Loeffle Reply:

    Actually my stomach was feeling much better in Malaysia than it does feel now in Europe :(

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  • March 10th, 2012 6:03 AM
    yanti

    Thank you so much for sharing with us especially the Muslims… as for myself I really enjoyed yet loved chinese delicacies..I wish I had one like this at my town in Seremban… If anybody from seremban knows some chinese halal restaurant please do share with us!!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    You’re most welcome. Looking on the bright side, at least Seremban is not that far from KL. You could always come during the weekend for a day trip and enjoy the dim sum! :)

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  • May 14th, 2012 2:42 PM
    pia

    hi,ya me too
    agreed with yanti ;)
    im craving for dian xin :)
    thanks for the info
    xie2 ni

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  • May 27th, 2012 6:35 PM
    Lia

    Thank you very much for sharing… :D I’m a Muslim in a quest of halal Chinese cuisine. I’m hoping that this restaurant offers halal Chinese delicacies which are the closest to the authentic (non-halal) ones… My first dim sum experience was at Muhammad Chan Restaurant in Bandar Baru Bangi. They have both chicken and veggie dim sum. I cannot wait to go to Maju Palace Restaurant to experience a real (or not-that real) dim sum experience. Thanks again! :D

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