DIM SUM @ NOBLE MANSION, Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya

Dim sum has always been my go-to comfort food.

As a kid growing up in Ipoh, we didn’t have much money, so having a dim sum meal was like Chinese New Year. Heck, if I got to eat just two char siu pow only, I’d be jubilant and won’t stop smiling that entire week. Back then, there wasn’t that many fancy dim sum restaurants around and I remember the best dim sum joint was this crowded kopitiam next to the wet market in town. So, munching on my favorite har kow and lor mai kai and putting up with the interesting smells of the nearby market, my world was always right whenever I had dim sum on the table.

Nowadays we are luckier – I don’t have to wait till CNY before I can have a dim sum meal. And of course, being in the Klang Valley, dim sum in many restaurants have now evolved beyond the rudimentary har kow and siu mai. Dining trends and competition in the F&B industry have pushed the bar many notches higher… chefs are now innovating more creative items on their menus!

The Oriental Group of Restaurants needs no introduction – their network of restaurants in the Klang Valley is popular and familiar to many. Noble Mansion in Petaling Jaya is well-known for its Cantonese and Shunde dishes. Fashioned after a traditional Chinese mansion, the elegant interior provides a pleasing backdrop for an unhurried meal here. Recognising that dim sum is always welcome and popular among diners, Noble Mansion recently unveiled its dim sum menu.

Creamy Carrots Swan Puffs (RM12.80)

What would probably grab your attention would be their visually-appealing Creamy Carrot Swan Puffs, Longevity Piglets Buns, Peanut Lava Carrots and Pan-fried Dumplings with Superior Stock.  Apart from the cute piglet buns, I love the puffs and the dumplings. The swan puffs are filled with warm savoury radish; the “carrot” puffs have wondrous gooey peanut filling spilling out the moment you bite into them and the pan-fried dumplings dunked in superior broth are really good. The piglet buns are appealing visually but it’s just the regular lotus buns given a cute facelift.


Peanut Lava Carrots (RM15)

Pan-fried Dumplings with Superior Stock (RM11.80)

Longevity Piglets Buns (RM16)

At Noble Mansion, regular dim sum are given various twists for differentiation from the masses. The har kau has extra crunch, thanks to addition of Australian asparagus and the siew mai are scented with black truffles. Although the char siew pau comes with Iberico pork filling, I really can’t tell any difference from regular pork as I don’t think the uniqueness of Iberico can be discerned in the sweetish diced pork filling. Nevertheless, I enjoy the well-executed char siew pau.

Har Kau with Australian Asparagus (RM11.80)


Siew Mai with Black Truffle (RM10.80)


Iberico Char Siew Pau (RM12)

Another item which I really like are the Prawns & Baby Fungus Dumplings in Cordycep Flowers Soup – the ingredients alone will tell you that this is a premium dim sum dish. Cordyceps, a prized herb, is valued for its immunity-boosting and lungs strengthening properties – I made sure that not a drop of the soup was left.

Prawns & Baby Fungus Dumplings in Cordycep Flowers Soup (RM14)


Cheong Fun with Duck Meat (RM11.80)


Pork Ribs with Black Beans (RM9.80)

Besides dim sum, there are appetizers, congee, noodles and desserts to fill the stomach. My favourite appetizers here are…

Icy Japanese Vegetables (RM28)

Chilled Abalones with Sakura Shrimps & Chilli (RM38)


Stuffed Century Eggs with XO Sauce (RM18)

Prawn Toast topped with Bonito Flakes & Shredded Cabbage (RM18)

 

And if you still have tummy space, go for these…

Porridge with Iberico Pork & Wolfberries (RM18)


Roast Pork (RM20)


Japanese Buckwheat Noodles with Iberico Pork & Black Truffle (RM48)

I must mention the splendid Crab Noodles from the main menu.  Even if you are there for dim sum, do indulge on this plate of divine slippery smooth noodles wrapping a huge succulent crab claw – you won’t regret it!

 

We totally love the desserts in Noble Mansion and wanted to order every one of them! However, good sense set in and we could only manage these top favourites…

Thousand Layer Cake (RM9)

Golden Pudding with Bird’s Nest in Whole Orange (RM23)
Fuji Apple with Snow Jelly, Gingko, Red Dates & Fresh Lily Bulbs (RM16)
Summer Breeze Coconut Jelly (RM14)

Prices of dim sum at Noble Mansion are understandably above average, given the more premium ingredients used. Iberico pork, black truffles, cordyceps – these are clearly for more discerned palates and the classy and quieter ambience is another plus point for a more relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.

 

NOBLE MANSION
P1-01, Level 1 Podium,Plaza 33
No. 1 Jalan Kemajuan,
Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7932 3288

Mondays to Saturdays
11.00 am – 3.00 pm
6.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
6.00 pm – 11.00 pm

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Lunar New Year Festivities take on an artistic scale at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Center

Who serves Yee Sang with 28K gold? Talk about attracting prosperity, Ruyi ups the game by serving edible gold in their Yee Sang. Labelled “28K Golden Koi YU Sang”, it takes Masterchef James Ho about 20 minutes to assemble this beautiful creative platter. After all, this is Ruyi – where food takes on the forms of art and Chef James’ creative touches is the name of the game.

Central on the plate are two lively colourful koi fishes made of shredded carrots and radish swimming on blue pea flower-tinted rice puffs. In between the kois is a gold ingot, shaped using ginger and green carrots and dusted with 28K edible gold. All around these are the other accompaniment of pickled leek, mandarin oranges, pomelo, dried persimmon, cashew nuts, pickled radish and papaya.

It’s not surprising that the chefs at Ruyi make their own pretty “kuih rose” or “beehives” for the crunchy element of the yee sang.  They also add in their wickedly-addictive house-made crispy salted eggyolk fish skin to the platter.  Atlantic salmon sashimi in the form of appealing florettes and delicate bunches of sea caviar are the “sang” elements to this elaborate yee sang. Truth be told, this Yee Sang is really too pretty – we can barely bring ourselves to “destroy” the intricate ensemble. But toss it we have to, otherwise good luck and prosperity may not come our way. The portion is huge, more than enough for 10 people, trust me.

28K Golden Koi “YU” Sang (RM168) exclusive Koi Fish design with edible gold, crispy salted eggyolk

Besides this golden yee sang, there are several other versions on the menu, ranging from RM88 to RM938 (comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne & abalones!) per big portion.

Seafood soup is always a hit – the Emperor’s Pot can be served with either real or faux sharksfins braised with dried scallops, crab claw and scented with saffron.

Emperor’s Pot (RM188) saffron braised superior sharksfin with conpoy and crab claw

More premium seafood in the form of “Boston Big Brother” will certainly impress guests. There’s lots of deep-fried garlic crisps clinging onto the lobster surrounded by succulent braised abalones and crunchy prawn crackers.

Boston Big Brother (RM428) deep-fried garlic Boston lobster, braised abalones with sweet chilli sauce and prawn crackers

We like the use of dried seafood used for the 8-Treasure Duck, instead of the usual Chinese herbs. Abalones, together with dried oysters, chestnuts and salted eggyolks give the dish a deep umami flavor.

8-Treasure Duck (RM228) stuffed with abalones, dried oysters, chestnuts, salted eggyolks, black moss

XXL Prawns – wok-fried with golden garlic and Chef’s special sauce

Harmonious Claypot Rice (RM48) with smoked duck, waxed meat, exotic mushrooms & taro

Kois seem to be the central theme at Ruyi this year. Besides the Golden Koi Yee Sang, the chefs here have also mastered the art of making “nian gau” in the shape of kois and filled with sweet red beans.

Koi Fish Nian Gau with Redbeans filling (RM68)

 

For reservations, please call 03-2083-0288 or email ruyi@orientalrestaurants.com.my

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Center
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2083-0288

Restaurant hours
Sunday-Saturday:
12.00pm to 3.00pm & 6.00pm to 12.00am

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SEAFOOD WORLD @ Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya

Seafood lovers in Petaling Jaya – rejoice!  Seafood World, the latest restaurant from the Oriental Group is now open and holding court grandly at the Main Entrance of Plaza 33.  Its huge brightly-lit signboard beckons wickedly and once you step into its cool interior, you will be welcomed by rows of tanks housing live seafood for your picking.  At the moment, the selection may not be overly extensive but whatever is available, you can be sure the seafood is of top-notch quality.

When we browse through the menu, we just want to try everything as every dish looks so tempting!  The restaurant serves steamboat(hotpot) and besides live seafood, there are quite a lot of other items on the steamboat menu.  Sliced meats, house-made seafood paste, balls and dumplings all look so good, we decided to have a bit of everything!  There are several choices of broth for the hotpot – our choices are the Century Eggs & Coriander Soup with light clear flavours and Beef Bone Soup which is absolutely tasty with a very delicate bovine undertone.

As our table gets filled up with plates of Sakura Pork Belly, Australian Beef, Fresh Prawn Paste, Charcoal-skin Dumplings, beancurd rolls, mushrooms and vegetables, we take some time to move to the sauce table and proceed to mix-and-match our own concoctions.  There are several types of chilli sauces, mustard sauce, sesame sauce, bean sauce, soya sauce, chopped garlic, coriander leaves and a whole lot more.

Hotpots are great on chilly evenings!

Once our stomachs are nicely warmed up by the hearty soup and super-fresh items of the hotpot, we just have to try some of those live seafood from the tanks.  Live plump tiger prawns intoxicated with Chinese wine and cooked in a hot stone pot prove to be amazingly good.

Hot Stone Sauna Tiger Prawns

Being in the mood to crack some crabs, the Sweet Chilli Crab served in a French Bread Bowl really gets us swinging.  The bread is addictive – freshly baked and we can’t stop dipping pieces of it into the thick sweet chilli sauce!  As you can see, the chef has thoughtfully served the sauce on an outer plate so that the bread won’t get soggy.

Sweet Chilli Crab in French Bread Bowl

Another winning crab dish here – in fact, its our favourite – is the White Pepper Sauce Crab.  Using premium Sarawak white pepper, the crab is insanely aromatic and the chef has got all the flavours perfectly mixed.  This is truly finger-licking delicious and will certainly be a repeat order for us.

Fried Mud Crab with Sarawak White Pepper Sauce

There are so many other captivating dishes we want to try here and of course it’s impossible to do that in one seating.  We will be back, for sure!

For the coming Chinese New Year, Seafood World will also be serving festive dishes mapped out in several set menus.  Prices start at RM298++ for 4 pax right up to RM1,988++ for 10 pax.  For more details on these special festive menus, check out their website here.

 

SEAFOOD WORLD
Main Entrance, Plaza 33
Section 13
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7931-8633
Open Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 11.00pm

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CANTONESE CUISINE at ORIENTAL TREASURE @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

Oriental Treasure is the latest addition (10th outlet) to the Oriental Group of Restaurants located snugly on Level 1 of The Sphere in Bangsar South. Like most of its sister restaurants, Oriental Treasure is set to satisfy your cravings for good dim sum, fine Chinese BBQ meats and the familiar creative Cantonese dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Justin Hor and his teams.

Checking out an Oriental restaurant when you are famished is always a good idea.  We started off with some irresistible appetisers – who can say “No” to Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin and Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce?  Crunchy with intense umami flavour, the fish skin pieces were just too addictive and the chewy-in-a-nice-way pig maw polished off within minutes!

Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin (RM28)

Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce (RM24)

Specially in just Oriental Treasure’s menu, new-wave hors-d’oeuvres, the Three Cones made an interesting entrance. Mini wafer cones hold diced cold seafood mixed with fruits, vegetables and mushrooms made very delightful bites for us!

The Three Cones (RM33)

The Fiery Baby Duck was a very firm favourite with us.  Exquisitely marinated, the tender duck was so skilfully executed that the thin crispy golden skin practically disintegrated on the tongue.

Fiery Baby Duck (RM50)

We tried a few dishes that went well with steamed white rice –

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit, Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck and Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams.  All did not disappoint and these are popular items on the menu.

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit

Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck (RM48)

Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams (RM198)

Still with seafood in mind?  The Freshwater Prawn cooked in aromatic Indonesian spices and fresh milk was perfect with some fried mantou.  Every drop of the tasty spicy gravy was mopped up!

Freshwater Prawns Indonesian-style served with Fried Mantou (RM33/half prawn)

Do try some of Oriental Treasure’s one-pot flavoursome steamed rice with several kinds of toppings.  These are perfect when you just want something light and comforting…

Steamed Rice with Softshell Crab and Crispy Rice (RM17)

Steamed Rice with Braised Pork Belly & Anchovies (RM17)

Don’t like rice? Why not have some noodles and one of their recommended noodles items is the Crystal Noodles with Eggplant.  Using simple but top quality ingredients, these noodles cooked Japanese style hit the spot with us.

Crystal Noodles with Eggplant, Japanese style (RM28)

Dim Sum is available for brunch/lunch, so do head over to Oriental Treasure when you are in the mood for Cantonese cuisine.

 

ORIENTAL TREASURE
1st Floor, The Sphere
1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City
8 Jalan Kerinci
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2242-2382

Mondays-Fridays
11.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

CANTONESE CUISINE at ORIENTAL TREASURE @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

Oriental Treasure is the latest addition (10th outlet) to the Oriental Group of Restaurants located snugly on Level 1 of The Sphere in Bangsar South. Like most of its sister restaurants, Oriental Treasure is set to satisfy your cravings for good dim sum, fine Chinese BBQ meats and the familiar creative Cantonese dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Justin Hor and his teams.

Checking out an Oriental restaurant when you are famished is always a good idea.  We started off with some irresistible appetisers – who can say “No” to Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin and Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce?  Crunchy with intense umami flavour, the fish skin pieces were just too addictive and the chewy-in-a-nice-way pig maw polished off within minutes!

Salted Eggyolk Fish Skin (RM28)

Chilled Pig Stomach with Wasabi Sesame Sauce (RM24)

Specially in just Oriental Treasure’s menu, new-wave hors-d’oeuvres, the Three Cones made an interesting entrance. Mini wafer cones hold diced cold seafood mixed with fruits, vegetables and mushrooms made very delightful bites for us!

The Three Cones (RM33)

The Fiery Baby Duck was a very firm favourite with us.  Exquisitely marinated, the tender duck was so skilfully executed that the thin crispy golden skin practically disintegrated on the tongue.

Fiery Baby Duck (RM50)

We tried a few dishes that went well with steamed white rice –

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit, Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck and Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams.  All did not disappoint and these are popular items on the menu.

Codfish with Mushrooms on Stone Pit

Stir-fried Ying Yang Zucchini with Pork Neck (RM48)

Deep Sea Garoupa Steamed with Clams (RM198)

Still with seafood in mind?  The Freshwater Prawn cooked in aromatic Indonesian spices and fresh milk was perfect with some fried mantou.  Every drop of the tasty spicy gravy was mopped up!

Freshwater Prawns Indonesian-style served with Fried Mantou (RM33/half prawn)

Do try some of Oriental Treasure’s one-pot flavoursome steamed rice with several kinds of toppings.  These are perfect when you just want something light and comforting…

Steamed Rice with Softshell Crab and Crispy Rice (RM17)

Steamed Rice with Braised Pork Belly & Anchovies (RM17)

Don’t like rice? Why not have some noodles and one of their recommended noodles items is the Crystal Noodles with Eggplant.  Using simple but top quality ingredients, these noodles cooked Japanese style hit the spot with us.

Crystal Noodles with Eggplant, Japanese style (RM28)

Dim Sum is available for brunch/lunch, so do head over to Oriental Treasure when you are in the mood for Cantonese cuisine.

 

ORIENTAL TREASURE
1st Floor, The Sphere
1 Avenue 1, Bangsar South City
8 Jalan Kerinci
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2242-2382

Mondays-Fridays
11.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays
10.00am till 3.00pm, 6.00pm till 11.00pm