Do you remember last time during school days, there used to be student exchange programmes where several selected students would be sent overseas for a month or so in exchange for students abroad to experience the life in Malaysia? Well the same concept has now been widely practiced in many other fields of work including the culinary one too. Recently, several chefs from The Eton Hotel Shanghai came over to One World Hotel to showcase authentic Shanghainese dishes for a limited 10 days only.
What do you think is this?
Traditional Guzheng music playing in the background
Known for its rich and slightly sweet flavours, we were there to sample one of the set menus on offer. The first dish was Three Shanghai Style Appetizer, consisted of Deep Fried Prawn Shanghai Style, Spicy Pomfret and Preserved Bean Curd with Black Fungus. Not surprisingly, these dishes were all served cold, as is the norm in for appetizer dishes in Shanghai.
Preserved Bean Curd with Black Fungus
Of these three, I liked the Spicy Pomfret that was fried before mixed with a sticky and spicy sauce that instantly opened up the palate.
Deep Fried Prawn Shanghai Style
For soup, we had the Hot and Sour Soup Shanghai Style, a thick and smooth broth of black fungus, mushroom, ginger and egg white that was sour and strong with ginger flavour.
Hot and Sour Soup Shanghai Style
Interestingly, the Sauteed Shredded Beef with Pepper was extremely soft, almost like the texture of bean curd when placed on the palate. Even though I enjoyed the spicy and peppery flavour of the beef, I would have preferred the beef to be more firm for a better bite
Sauteed Shredded Beef with Pepper
The most attractive dish of all had to go to the Braised Whole Eel with Soya Sauce. The presentation of its serpentine body with its head in the middle resembled that of a snake and had all of us in awe. The flesh was soft and flavourful but be careful while eating this as the bone was still intact. The gravy was savoury and appetizing that Saucer asked for a bowl of rice to go with it. 🙂
Braised Whole Eel with Soya Sauce
The Braised Chicken with Potato reminded me very much of something that grandma cooked. It was homely, non pretentious and simple. The chicken meat was tender and smooth but the potatoes were really the star for absorbing the gorgeous flavours of the gravy within.
Braised Chicken with Potato
As with most Chinese set menus, there will be a dish of vegetables near the end of the meal, and this was no different. For our vegetable dish, we had the Sauteed Scallop with ‘Bok Choy’ and Mushroom. This was nicely presented with huge scallops, juicy mushrooms and sweet vegetables. Eat these three together to get that burst of earth and savoury flavour mixed with the freshness of the greens.
Sauteed Scallop with ‘Bok Choy’ and Mushroom
When the Steamed Vegetable Dumpling came, I wasn’t sure whether it was actually a dessert or appetizer dish since we usually have dim sum as appetizers. I took a piece of it and realized it did not matter as long as it tasted good! This was generously packed with vegetables that gave it a nice crunch when bitten into.
Steamed Vegetable Dumpling
Bonus – Kwai Fa Gou (Osmanthus cake)
Finally for something sweet, we had the Eight Treasures Congee that consisted of red dates, rice, lotus seed, mung beans and kei chi among others. Served cold, I found this very different from the typical desserts due to the presence of rice in it. It was not overly sweet but rather heavy as a dessert dish.
Eight Treasures Congee
Platter of fruits
The authentic Shanghai dishes were made possible thanks to the 4 chefs hailing from Shanghai: Chef Terry Yu Ning (sous chef), Chef Fanny Le Fei (chef de partie), Chef Lion Yu Sheng (wok 1) and Chef Navy Yang Tian Hai (steamer 1) from The Eton Hotel Shanghai.
The Shanghai Chefs
Dining environment at Zuan Yuan Restaurant
These Halal Shanghainese set menus are priced from RM380++ per table of 4 as well as ala carte menu are available for lunch and dinner. The chefs will only be here until 2nd of July 2011.
Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel
Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant
One World Hotel
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Phone: +603 7681 1159
Business Hours: Daily Lunch (12.00 noon to 2.30 pm) & Dinner (6.30 pm to 10.30 pm)