Friday, January 12, 2007

Chinese Muslim Cuisine at Novotel Hydro Majestic

CHINESE Muslim cuisine from Kunming is rarely found in Malaysia but that is now a thing of the past with the presence of master chef Zhou Shu Hua.
Kunming is the capital of Yunnan and Zhou, a Chinese Muslim master chef, hails from this city known as China’s City of Eternal Spring.
Zhou helms the recently opened Qing Zhen Chinese Muslim Restaurant at Novotel Hydro Majestic KL.
His biggest challenge as the new chef onboard of this brand new hotel is to add variety to the local food scene.

“I have introduced Yunnan Province-inspired cuisine to broaden Malaysia’s food enthusiasts’ knowledge on the various Chinese cuisines available,” said Zhou.
He said these new selections also comple mented the authentic Cantonese favourites created by local Chinese chef Ricky Tan.
The restaurant’s daily a la carte menu offers a variety of dishes ranging from appetisers to Cantonese and vegetarian dishes as well as desserts.
To spice up the dining experience, sections featuring meats, seafood and a mix of fusion recipes as well as favourites from the Middle East have also been included in the menu.
Zhou, will be serving some of his signature Chinese Muslim dishes like Hui Hui Chicken, Xinjiang Yang Rou Chuan, and Braised Mandarin Fish, which many diners might taste for the first time.

Hui Hui Chicken has roasted marinated chicken cooked in traditional herbs served with broad beans and chilli sauce.
“The chicken is first deep-fried, then braised with stock that has been mixed with spices,” said Zhou.
“We use kampung chicken for this dish as the meat is more tender and tastes better,” he said.
Xinjiang Yang Rou Chuan is a lamb dish where the marinated meat is char-grilled after it is braised with stock.
“The meat absorbs the fragrance from the stock,before it is deep-fried with spices,” said Zhou.

The fish dish, Braised Mandarin Fish, is a serving of fish fillet braised in fermented soya bean and capsicums.
“We use only freshwater perch imported either from Guangdong or Guangxi in China as this fish has a nice texture that makes the dish unique,” said Zhou.
“I have also imported special spices only found in China for my marinades,” he said.
Zhou said Chinese Muslim cuisine used a lot of lamb, beef and chicken and that it was part of the local culture to add chilli and spices to the dishes although not all of them were extremely spicy.
The chef has 23 years of experience in Chinese Muslim cuisine and his career began in 1983 when he trained at a hotel restaurant in Chengdu, China.
Qing Zhen Chinese Muslim Restaurant has an impressive setting, with strong influences of Chinese Muslim-themed design and d├ęcor incorporating classic and contemporary furnishings.
The cutleries and furniture such as the tables are imported from China, while its wall screens and architecture reflect Muslim culture.

It adopts a show kitchen concept with two private dining rooms that can seat up to 120 guests for lunch and dinner.
On every Saturday from 11am to 2.30pm an All-you-can-eat dim sum promotion is available at RM38++ per adult and RM28++ per child (six to 12 years old).
The Sunday Buffet Brunch is from 11am to 2.30pm priced at RM48++ per adult and RM28++ per child (six to 12 years old).
There is a 50% discount for senior citizens above 55 years old when they are accompanied by two full-paying guests for both promotions.
QING ZHEN CHINESE MUSLIM RESTAURANT, First Floor, Novotel Hydro Majestic Kuala Lumpur, 2 Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2147 0888). Business Hours: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm).

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