It is not uncommon to hear of Singaporeans driving up to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to pig out on the fabulous street hawker fare. They will rattle off about their favourite cha siew yoke (roasted pork) stall, or deliberate whether the bak kut teh joint at Jalan Imbi or Jalan Ipoh is better and where to wolf down the thick dark soy sauce Hokkien mee.
On a recent trip, I started to seek out some of these eateries myself and discovered a wonderful place for har sang mee (noodles with large steamed prawns) down at Soo Kee restaurant in Jalan Medan Imbi.
After getting my fill of har sang mee and other local street fare, I was looking for a good Chinese restaurant for a change and I ended up at Tai Zi Heen, located in the Prince Hotel & Residence (a member of HotelClub: www.hotelclub.com), Kuala Lumpur, as a guest of the good folks at the Marketing Communications Department.
When you come up the escalator to the second floor, the first thing to catch your attention will be two gigantic oriental vases at the entrance. Apparently, these were part of the art collection of the hotel owner.
The restaurant is reputed for excellent dim sum but the a la carte dishes were just as good. There is nothing like kicking off the meal with a selection of dim sum items. We sampled the Crystal Prawn Dumpling (RM12), Siew Mai (RM8) and Jade Dumplings (RM14); and found them tasty with the texture of the skins perfect.
Since we were dining in a Cantonese restaurant, a soup was a must. We had the Double-Boiled Seafood Consommé served in a Young Coconut (RM70). The choice bits of seafood were enhanced by the flavourful flesh of the coconut. Scraping the flesh to eat was an added bonus.
For the main dishes, we opted for the Diced Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper and Crispy Garlic (RM55), Lo Han-styled Braised Mixed Vegetables (RM26), and Sautéed Prawns with Oriental Buttered Sauce (RM48). The beef slices were succulent and extremely tender, while the prawns were scrumptious. The mixed vegetables dish was palatable but not particularly outstanding.
To end on a sweet note, we chose the Mango Puree (RM12), which was simply yummy.
Tai Zi Heen certainly lived up to its reputation for good Cantonese cuisine with lovely dim sum to boot. Attentive and polite serving staff made the meal there an even more enjoyable experience.
Address: Tai Zi Heen
Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur (Level 2)
4 Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Lunch: Noon – 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Note: Unless otherwise stated, Biz Daily pays for all the meals reviewed in Dining.