Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sichuan Dou Hua Nostalgic Feast @ Park Royal Kitchener Road

entrance

The promotion probably went viral after soshiok and the mainstream media featured it, so much so, getting a table was difficult. Two weeks in advanced we booked for this nostalgic feast. I suppose the price point worked well because it’s under $30 and there’s a 4-for-3 promotion going on. Sweet on sweet…! I’ve had dimsum at Sichuan Douhua ala carte before and it left a memorable impression but the main draw of the buffet is going back in time with the old favourites.

crowds

When we arrived past noon, the place was full and a walk in customer had to be turned away. Do be mindful of the tea and appetizer chargers that they slap on each diner though and you cannot do away with both. As the promotional buffet is catered for min 4 pax, the servings for dimsum are prepared for four in advance with the exception of lotus leaf rice, the rest come in fours.

starters

Delish!

plate

I never quite learnt the tricks of folding a napkin despite dining out so very often.

sichuandouhua

Buffet menu.

soup

Daily Soup – Pork Rib Bitter Gourd

Like the Cantonese would say, every meal is incomplete without soup and Sichuandouhua does it decently well. The bitterness from the bittergourd was hard to miss but pleasant.

har gao

Prawn Dumpling with Coriander

These had diced coriander within, a different kind of har gao but I thought it was generally quite fresh and delicious.

siewmai

Siew mai with Quail Egg

The siewmai took a nosedive with a shoddy presentation and quail egg that did not do much to its overall taste.

rice dumpling

Hakka Dumpling with Turnip

My main grouse is the skin is too sticky which makes it difficult to lift and eat even!

lotus leaf rice

Glutinous rice with Chinese Sausage, Taro and Salted Egg

Rice grains were a tad too loose but the main ingredients were sufficient for a parcel of lotus leaf rice. 

rice pot

Chicken with Mushroom and Chinese Sausage Casserole Rice

Decent but not wow.

char siew

Barbequed meats!

pork belly

These are a single portion.

chicken

Honey Glazed Char Siew, Crispy Roasted Pork, Soya Chicken (1 serving only)

Of the three, personal favourite went to roast pork then barbequed pork. More than decent I’d say though at the moment I wish there were bowls of rice to go with it.

wu kok

Crispy Taro Ball with Minced Chicken and Mushroom

A tad dry but pretty good!

carrot cake

Panfried Carrot Cake

Decent!

char siew pau

Char Sie Bun with Preserved vegetable

Better than the pastry, there was an unmistakenable coconut fragrance surrounding this fluffy one. The preserved vegetable somehow did not go too well with this.

char siew sou

Baked Char Siew Pastry

Soft and mushy, the buttery fragrance was a hit and miss for me. Neither did the stuffing work.

taro pork belly

Pork Belly Roll with Taro and Mushroom

These were deceiving. Tasted soooo good, we had doubles! The taro and pork belly were so complementary, I wonder why this ain't a regular on dimsum menus. Juice spills out with every tasty bite, delicious much!

kailan

Braised kailian with oyster sauce

Nothing should go wrong with this to be honest.

brinjal

Braised Egg plant with Minced Garlic and Chilli Sauce

This chilli paste dish was interesting, I found it too saucy though.

porridge

Minced Meat Porridge with Cuttle Fish

Floored by this, each spoonful was flavourful and chockfull of ingredients of seafood. Delicious!

beef noodle

Beef Brisket Noodle Soup

Mee sua-like noodles so slurpworthy and cubes of beef brisket, hearty fare indeed.

dumpling

Rice Cake in Clear Broth

fried dumpling soup

I was told to dunk the "rice cake" into the broth before consuming it. What in essence is a rice cake was actually a fried meat dumpling. Loved the simplicity of this - flavours especially. Clean flavours without complexity, loved it!

wolfberry beancurd

Signature soyabean curd and wolfberry

Two bowls of this silken delight but each bowl varied in consistency. Without the wolfberry syrup, this bland one would still stand out for melt in my mouth.

mango sago

Mango Pomelo

Sorrily sour and put together, completely forgettable.

huge

Giant Deep Fried Sesame Ball

empty

The sheer size of it was an attraction even with air filling it mostly. The chewy sesame crusted treat was a delight to eat.

honey cake

Honeycomb Cake Topped with Chrysanthenum

Too spongey for me.

almond jelly

 Almond cake with mango sauce

The jelly was rather plain tasting and went decent with the mango sauce, just not spectacular.



mochi balls

Glutinous rice ball in brown sugar syrup (Tong Bat Laat)

These dense balls without filling were actually quite addictive! Simple ingredients without too much fanfare but that is what nostalgia is about.

fritters

Deep Fried Peanut Cake in "Teochew Style"

peanut

Surprisingly not oily, the batter was chewy but the peanut filling a tad sweet.

 fig x lard

Steamed Bun with Lard and Fig Fruit

I never quite got this. Lard starring at me in the face is just odd though these were really just jellied bits.

With a menu that lasted enough pages to form a booklet, orders were taken quite promptly and food served shortly thereafter.

$25++
Until 31 October

Sichuan Douhua Nostalgia Feast
Park Royal on Kitchener Road

2 comments:

  1. Oh my I had to do a double take when I read Steamed Bun with Lard and Fig Fruit. *shudders*

    Runs off to eat a salad...

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  2. @ice: hahahaha..yeah, it's as scary as it sounds.

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