It has been awhile since both hubby and I last had an authentic Chinese meal (peculiar of China, I meant). We have a strong penchant for such authentic cuisine, for the simple reason that we’ve never been to China. We’ve heard of so much good food that one can find in mainland China, but the main reason that delayed us from going there is none other than the language barrier. Honestly, there aren’t many restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are run by the China Chinese. The one and only restaurant that we both know was Xiang Fu Xiang Cheng Hunan Restaurant (鄉府湘城湖南菜馆) at Scott Garden. Hunan Province is located in south central China, south of the middle course of the Yangtze River and south of Dongting Lake. Hunan cuisine or Xiang cuisine, is well known for its hot spicy flavour, fresh aroma and deep colour. This is surely a cuisine that’s suitable for all lovers of spiciness.
Since my dad and cousin were down in Kuala Lumpur recently, we decided to treat them to this Hunan cuisine. To our dismay, the restaurant had stopped operating early this year. We were totally disappointed when we found this out as we spent nearly an hour driving through the terrible Friday traffic jam and our stomach were already growling in hunger.
I was lost of ideas where else to eat, but thankfully hubby was adventurous enough to try out the new restaurant that has taken over the premises of our favourite Hunan restaurant. So both of us decided to bring them to the Four Seasons Dragon City Restaurant (泗季龍城菜馆), which specialises in Shunde cuisine, which we’ll never regret at all.
Shunde is a district in the city of Foshan in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Province, China. It was once a traditional agricultural county and now, it has become one of the most affluent counties in Guangdong and mainland China. And its cuisine is pretty similar to our local Cantonese cuisine.
Once we were ushered into the restaurant, we were served with two types of appetisers, namely the roasted salted peanuts and the cold seaweed salad. We didn’t like the roasted salted peanuts, so we politely returned it. However, the latter is something that you can’t find in any other Chinese restaurants, at least not to my knowledge. The salad was filled with the fragrant aroma of cilantro and it was served with slices of bird’s eye chillies, to give a kick of spiciness to it. The seaweed was so tasty, that we found it hard for us to resist from ordering another serving of it.
Most of the menu has English translations and pictorial images to guide customers when ordering the dishes. Instead of choosing the à la carte dishes, we opted for one of the menu packages (no English translations). But we required the assistance of my cousin to explain the dishes to us. Alternatively, you can also request the assistance of the friendly waitresses to explain to you.
We chose Set A (RM98), a 4-course meal that’s meant for 3-4 pax. If you love the strong kick of spiciness, you should ask for the chilli paste and the bird’s eye chillies, which is best eaten together with its dishes.
One of the dishes in Set A was its signature wheat flour noodle that was served with a special gravy sauce. This noodle was cooked to a soft, springy texture and sprinkled with fresh scallions. It was even more delicious when mixed together with the chilli paste.
Next, was the stir-fried lotus root in bean paste sauce with meat slices. Commonly, lotus root is stir-fried with fermented red bean curd, which is totally not to my liking. I was pretty skeptical with the outcome of this dish initially, but I was really pleased with the light and appetising bean paste sauce on each slice of the lotus root. Each bite of the lotus root was so sweet and crunchy, that could be eaten just on its own.
The following dish which was the highlight of the set comprises tilapia, clams and tiger prawns that was braised and simmered in its in-house specialty soup. The soup was simmered to perfection and filled with the sweetness of the fresh seafood. The tilapia meat was so soft and smooth, while the clams and prawns were so juicy. We totally fell in love with the soup, so much so that we asked for it to be replenished several rounds at no extra cost.
Last but not the least, we were served with the cold red bean and red dates jelly dessert. The cold jelly was very refreshing, particularly during this period of hot weather.
We were impressed with all the dishes and it was surely worth the price we paid for. Besides the sumptuous meal that we had, we were indeed pleased with the service provided by the waiters and waitresses, who never failed to put a smile on their faces. Best of all, we had the opportunity to try a new cuisine and will surely come back to try the other dishes.
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