Monday, March 12, 2012

Dim Sum Galore @ Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

Do you like feasting like a king over the weekend? I do... 

Dim sum galore

Last weekend, I was invited to sample the a la carte dim sum buffet at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant. Zuan Yuan is located in One World Hotel and is pork-free. Well, I've eaten pork-free dim sums in the past before and they can be just as good as the porky ones.

The a la carte dim sum buffet is available everyday for lunch, whereby diners will get to order from a special menu (around 20 items to choose from) with one complimentary serving of seafood noodle and shark's fin soup/steamed seafood dumpling with superior Stock and Shark’s Fin.The good thing here is that it is an a la carte buffet, hence the dim sum is made to order (and we all know what happens if dim sum is left on the buffet line for too long!).

One of the private rooms in Zuan Yuan 

Restaurant interior

Since there was quite many of us, we decided to try EVERYTHING on the menu. Gluttons! ;P Hubby and I shared one each of the steamed seafood dumpling with superior stock and shark's fin soup. The seafood noodle's superior stock is slightly on the sweet side, though I couldn't quite figure out where the sweetness came from. Inside the parcel (dumpling), there were lots of mushrooms and seafood and topped with a little shark's fin. I prefer the shark's fin soup which is rich and laden with crabmeat.

Shark's fin soup 蟹黃翅

Steamed Seafood Dumpling with superior Stock and Shark’s Fin 生翅灌湯餃

Everything we tried from the a la carte dim sum menu was good. There were a few items which stood out for me. The highlight for me were the steamed teo chew siew mai, deep fried sesame ball, pan fried Shanghai dumplings, taro dumpling wu kok style, steamed scallop dumpling and steam minced squid ball.  Do order them in stages though, as dim sum is best eaten hot. 

 Steamed Prawn Dumpling 蝦餃皇 - prawns were reasonably fresh, though we took too long taking photos hence skin was a little sticky by the time we got to eating them.

 Steamed Minced Squid Ball with Dried Octopus and Crab Stick 花枝蟹柳球 - I liked the taste and texture of this one. Have never tried minced squid balls for dim sum (it's always the same old fishballs usually).

   Zuan Yuan Style Steamed Siew Mai with Flying Fish Roe     鑽苑蒸燒賣

Steamed Glutinous Sui Mai 糯米燒賣

Steamed Shark’s Fin Dumpling 魚翅賣

Steamed Teo Chew Sui Mai 潮式蒸燒賣 - this siu mai is made with chicken, but it almost tastes like pork! Wow!

Steamed Scallop Dumpling 帶子餃 - this was pretty good and I love the pretty green hue.

Chee cheong fun with either BBQ char siew or scallop/shredded dried scallop

Oven- Baked Cheese Tart 芝士撻 (left), Flaky Barbecue Char Siew Pastries 叉燒酥 (right) - nice, flaky pastry.

Deep-Fried Prawn Dumpling and Salad Dressing 沙律明蝦

Bean Curd Roll 腐皮卷

Taro Dumpling Wu Kok Style with Scallop and Miso Sauce 帶子炸芋角 - I don't usually like eating wu kok much, but the version here is really good. Crispy exterior, melting soft centre and the miso sauce is sweetish and goes well with it.

Pan-Fried Shanghai Dumpling 上海煎鍋貼 - this was pretty good, juicy.

Stir-Fried Turnip cake with XO Sauce 生炒蘿卜糕 

Oven-Baked Mini Egg Tarts with Caramel and Cinnamon 焦糖蛋撻仔 - flaky pastry, the kind of egg tarts that I like.

Deep-Fried Sesame Ball with Peanut Paste 花生芝麻棗 - I liked this, the peanut paste was a nice change from the usual red bean or pandan ones that we usually get.

 Seafood Noodle 海鮮面 - one time order only. I found this to be quite good, since I like noodles like this, deep fried and then soaking up the flavoursome gravy. 

Steamed Wild Rice and Glutinous Rice with Mushroom and Roasted Duck 野米糯米鴨 - this is not part of the a la carte dim sum buffet but ordered from the a la carte menu, Very reasonably priced at RM8 since portion is quite big.

Chilled Aloe Vera infused with Lemon Grass 香茅蘆薈凍 - this was so refreshingly good after a heavy lunch.

Double Boiled Crystal Pear with Fresh Ginseng 蔘須菊花燉雪梨 - this was also good, with a slight herbal taste from the ginseng. It seems that it will give you very nice, fair looking skin too ;)

Thanks to May from One World Hotel for the invite. 

Full set of photos available to view here.


Opening times: Mon-Fri 12.00noon to 2.30pm, Sat, Sun & Public Hols 11.00am to 2.30pm. Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Price: RM55 per adult, RM28 per child (4-12 yrs) on weekdays, RM65 per adult, RM33 per child on weekends and public holiday.

Location: Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, One World Hotel, First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-7681 1159


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  1. apparently there is a dim sum craze going around... ;)

    this one looks pretty fabulous!

    1. Lol really? I've always been crazy about dim sum, we eat it almost every weekend with our family ;)

  2. Why don't you like wu kok?

    The only reason why i don't fancy the standard wu kok because they don't have much wu tao!

    1. I dunno.. I've had some in the past which tastes very starchy. This one was very crispy on the outside so it balances the softer texture.

  3. I look for Wu Kok each time I go for dim sum. and Har Gao too.. these two, MUST have!

    1. For me, must have the har gao and egg tarts. ;)

  4. I still prefer dim sum with pork, no offense ya :P
    But the "loh mai nyap" looks special...

    1. Yeah the rice was quite special, it was mixed with some wild rice also.

  5. loved the wu kok and the scallop dumpling.

    hang on...i still love the egg tarts:D hehehe

  6. what a feast. i think the Squid Ball with Dried Octopus & Teo Chew Sui Mai both look and sound very interesting. gosh, i think it's been many many months since i last managed to have dim sum :D

    1. Oh then you should have dim sum this weekend. We love doing dim sum with our family.

  7. Wow the items here look so fresh and yummy. Sad shame about the shark's fin though.

    1. Yes, very fresh indeed. I guess most hotel dim sums are usually quite good quality as they use larger and fresher prawns.

  8. the oven-baked cheese tarts look petite but really appetizing there! yyummyy

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  9. Went to this buffet a couple of years back.. good to know that they still maintain the quality :) Loved their steamed seafood dumpling back then!

    1. I'm hoping they will add more deep fried items to their a la carte buffet menu. That will make it even more complete for me ;)

  10. come to mama, i will never say no to dim sum yum yum


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