Dim Sum at Celestial Court

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It must have been some kind of a tradition during the weekend – to have dim sum or yum cha as the first meal of the day, that is. Even after I have moved to Australia, this tradition still applies, and I have lost count on the number of times I ate siew mai over here. Anyway, that’s another story for another time. For now, I would like to share perhaps one of the few posts that I still have on Malaysian food, none other than dim sum, of course. We had dim sum at the famed Celestial Court in Sheraton Imperial KL twice so far, once last year and once last month. The menu had obviously changed this year, for I don’t remember the ‘har kao’ to be orange in color last time.

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Siew Mai

One thing I always remember in Celestial Court is how expensive their Chinese tea was. Most of their tea were priced at RM10 per person, except for Chrysanthemum at RM5. I remember thinking it was the most expensive tea that I had back then, and at the risk of sounding like a cheapskate, we did eventually order Chrysanthemum tea. :P

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Chrysanthemum tea (RM5/pax)

During both our visits, we couldn’t resist from ordering their Seafood Porridge, mainly because Saucer is a big fan of anything that is not deep fried or oily. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the porridge came served in a mini bucket with a portion that could feed at least 3-4 persons (even though it’s supposed to be for 2 persons only). I remember having 2-3 servings of the delicious porridge filled with fish meat, crab meat and prawn bits back then. However, the amount of ingredients found during our second visit had reduced, to our dismay.

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Seafood porridge (RM25/bucket)

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Mini bucket of porridge/congee

During our first visit, the prawn dumplings or ‘Har Kao’ had the typical translucent white skin, so I was slightly taken aback when I saw the new ones to be coated with an orange skin. It turned out to be carrot puree coloring the skin, giving it a slight, almost insignificant, sweetness which didn’t really affect the overall taste. What mattered most was that the shrimps inside were generous, succulent and juicy. In fact, you most certainly will not go wrong with any shrimp dishes at Celestial Court.

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Har gao in crystal carrot puree with dried scallop and coriander

One thing that didn’t change from my first visit until now was their Siew Mai with Baby Abalone and Salmon Roe. They looked exactly the way they were last year, except with some additional bonito flakes and seaweed garnishing in the middle. Japanese influence? Nevertheless, they still tasted good – huge piece of succulent chicken meat and shrimp, topped with a cute baby abalone and juicy salmon roe that burst with flavor – it is no wonder I have such vivid memory of this in my mind.

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Har gao in crystal carrot puree with dried scallop and coriander

We wanted to order ‘Lor mai kai’ but couldn’t find a similar dish on the menu, so we settled for the Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf instead. This came in a portion of 2 pieces, which proved too much for 2 persons to finish. Glutinous rice, you see, has the ability to make one feel full very fast, not to mention the cloying effect it brings. We eventually focused on the fillings inside instead, which consisted of egg, mushrooms and mostly chicken meat since this is a pork-free restaurant.

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Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf

During our first visit, we ordered the Siew Long Bao to try, but were not impressed. The skin was not as smooth, and easily broke, even before we ate them. You can see from the picture below, where 2 of the siew long bao were already leaking. This would explain why we didn’t repeat this order during our second visit.

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Siew Long Bao

The Scallop Dumplings, on the other hand, were pretty good. This was made from shrimps topped with a sizable scallop on top. As I mentioned earlier, most of the items with shrimps here would generally be good since they were succulent and juicy.

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Scallop Dumplings

The Char Siew Pao or BBQ chicken dumpling is a dish that we never failed to order at any dim sum restaurant. I thought the ones at Celestial Court were pretty fluffy and soft, but the ratio of filling to dough was on the low end. I would definitely prefer to have more of that tasty BBQ chicken.

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BBQ Chicken Dumpling / Char Siew Pao

One new item that we tried (and loved) during our second visit was the Crispy dragon beard with cod fish and avocado. This was served piping hot, with ultra crispy skin and bouncy fish paste. To be honest, in the form of fish paste, I really couldn’t tell that it was made from cod fish. Perhaps it didn’t even matter, as long as they were fresh and bouncy, like how fish paste is supposed to be.

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Crispy dragon beard with cod fish and avocado

The Chee Cheong Fun was nothing too memorable, although there were no complaints too. There was a choice of chicken or shrimp, and we should have chosen the chicken version, for we found that we were somewhat overdosed by shrimps at the end of the meal. :D The Yong Tau Foo or Stuffed Beancurd was a last minute order that we put in after seeing the next table ordering it. It turned out to be nothing spectacular, and definitely a far cry from the one at Puchong.

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Rice rolls with shrimp / Chee Cheong Fun

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Stuffed Beancurd / Yong Tau Foo

Finally, for dessert, I chose the popular Mango Puree with Sago and Ice-cream. I was pretty disappointed with the presentation of this dish, for the picture in the menu showed that it was served in a martini glass. What I had instead, was poorly presented in a normal rice bowl. I don’t know about you, but I think presentation plays a huge role in dessert – after all, if it looks pretty, it already captures 50% of my attention.

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Mango puree with sago and ice-cream

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Dining environment at Celestial Court

After all that’s been said, Celestial Court still fares above average in my books for dim sum. If you’re looking for a place that is comfortable for a relaxing brunch over the weekend without the usual rush from the crowds, then this is the place to go. Make sure you reserve beforehand to avoid disappointment.

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Celestial Court at Sheraton Imperial KL 

Celestial Court
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel No.: +603-2717 9988
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (12:00PM – 2:30PM) Sunday and Public Holidays (10:00AM – 2:30PM) Daily (6:30PM – 10:30PM)
Price: Around RM13-20++ each

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14 Comments
  • April 23rd, 2012 11:22 AM
    Caroline

    ohmy! dim sum galore! and… I want the mango puree and sago ler!!! XD

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  • April 23rd, 2012 11:25 AM
    Baby Sumo

    We just went here for dim sum yesterday, have to say it’s really good despite the high price tag.

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  • April 23rd, 2012 1:32 PM
    Charmaine

    The environment looks awesome!
    I guess that’s why tea also costs RM 10 per person!

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  • April 23rd, 2012 3:16 PM
    suituapui

    Yummmm!!!! Everything looks great!

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  • April 23rd, 2012 3:35 PM
    foongpc

    Wow! Har ago with scallops? Looks yummy!!

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  • April 23rd, 2012 3:36 PM
    foongpc

    Waiting for you to blog about your new home ; )

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  • April 23rd, 2012 5:33 PM
    nikel

    Dim Sum fest!!!!!

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  • April 23rd, 2012 6:56 PM
    Sean

    the crystal carrot har gao looks like quite a work of art! very vibrant-colored :D

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  • April 23rd, 2012 8:18 PM
    [SK]

    wow, abalone siu mai!! hahahaha, if not told, i would thought those baby abalone are some kind of mushrooms!! ooopsss, then may throw them aside and wasted the abalone, hahahaha!! the other dimsum looks really good, ah, remind me how long i’ve not had dimsum already..

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  • April 23rd, 2012 11:28 PM
    Euncie

    wahh! Everything looks soooo good, especially the siew mai…;P

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  • April 24th, 2012 1:33 PM
    Fion

    Omg….really makes me hungry…I miss dim sum so much….

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  • April 25th, 2012 12:58 AM
    Simple person

    Quality = high price…
    I should try it one day….

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  • April 25th, 2012 5:37 PM
    lionelong

    where is the picture of me?

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  • April 26th, 2012 4:50 PM
    tinafreysd

    I love dumplings..Nice to eat..Thanks for sharing with us..

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