Lai Po Heen, New Menu, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lai Po Heen has a well-established name for being one of the most popular places for dim sum in the city centre. Not quite as well known though, at least in my mind, is that the a la carte menu has been gaining a rival reputation for being just as an enticing reason to visit. Chef Ricky proves further that the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur likes to keep things fresh by introducing a revamped version of old Cantonese favourites including some new additions to the a la carte menu and further contemporary dim sum creations too. This is not just an annual change, but a monthly one! The staples remain on the menu, however every four weeks or so Chef Ricky surprises guests with an array of newfangled recipes.
This month, from the refreshed a la carte dinner menu we test drove the following:
|Seven Spices Scented Soft Shell Crab Rolls|
|Double-boiled Kung Fu Soup|
Oven-Baked Black Cod Fillet with butter and cheese crust – enlivened with virescent crisp asparagus and deep fried mushrooms, this unique take on a difficult-to-get-right fish was my pick of the night.
Jasmine Tea Leaf Smoked Chicken with ginger and spring onion dip – the most delicately flavoured dish of the evening came as thick strips of breast, which partnered well with the sharp grated ginger side.
|Stir Fried Seasonal Vegetables|
|Fresh Durian Crepes|
Even, with more than 10 years in Asia, I still feel as though I’m only scraping the surface of the enormous wok of Chinese food. With thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur though, my palate is rapidly expanding.
Reason to visit: Seared Prawns with spicy lemon grass sauce, Oven-Baked Black Cod Fillet with butter and cheese crust
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Lai Po Heen at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is open Monday to Saturday for lunch from noon until 2:30pm and 11am to 3pm on Sundays and public holidays. Dinner is served daily from 7pm to 10:30pm.
Lai Po Heen
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2380 8888
+6 03 2179 8885