Monday, January 29, 2018

The First Lou Sang for 2018 At Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Is it that time of year again?  Gasp.  Barely has the mistletoe come down, and already we are deluged with the cacophonious melodies of Chinese New Year, which mainly seem to revolve around prosperity.  Actually, Chinese New Year this year is rather late, there have been years where it would almost be CNY eve by now.  (As in by today, 26th Jan).  For those who don't know, the Lunar New Year falls this year on 16th February, whereby we will be ushering in the year of the wooff wooff bark bark...

Dynasty Restaurant, which is Pork Free, is offering many choices of set menu, and we were lucky enough to sample the Happiness Set (RM1788), which of course, starts off with the mandatory Yu Sang.

Salmon Yu Sang.  I enjoyed this, not only was it the first for the year, but I also prefer traditional style Yu Sangs, whereby they don't try to be overly creative and turn it into a fruit salad or something.  So this one hit the spot.

There always seems to be a chopstick shot of sorts..

I always look forward to the luxurious soups in Dynasty, and usually after the soup, one is already halfway into a food coma, as it's so filling.

The braised 5 treasure soup with crab meat  and sliced abalone was most hearty indeed.  The seafood was fresh and plentiful. It's so choc full of flavour, one wonders why the Chinese need to eat sharksfin at all.

Prosperity Treasure Pot (not part of the set, but available ala carte)...of course being the materialistic people that the Chinese are, it is inevitable that something in the meal would carry a prosperity tag, and what more worthy dish that this "poon choi", which had a lot more humble origins.  I think Poon Choi refers to a Basin Dish.

Anyway, this one has prawns, dried and fresh scallops, fish maw, duck, chicken, fu kwei abalone, dried oyster, sea cucumber, fish stomach, coral clam, to name a few...they also had vegetarian mock meat, which I reckon they should omit.  Such a medley of tastes and good stuff.  (except for the mock meat).

Crispy almond chicken,  which may have started off its life as a chicken, but by the time it got to the plate, it had mated with some fish, I believe, resulting in a hybrid like yong tau foo paste kind of texture.

.Sauteed Golden Prawn with Pumpkin cream.  Well, after the previous dishes, this one seemed a bit pedestrian.

Steamed Live Sea Grouper With Sliced Ginger and Chilli.

Sun dried oyster, Fatt Choy, Flower Mushroom and Vegetables.  The significance of this dish is because in cantonese, sun dried oyster is Hou See, (which sounds like good joss), fatt choy is named so because it's like hair, but at the same time, sounds like Prosperity, as in Gong Hei Fatt Choy...

Supreme Seafood  Golden Fried Rice With XO Sauce, the way a fried rice should be, fluffy rice, enough wok hei, and each grain tasty.

Double boiled sweetened Chrysanthemum tea with mini pear, (so unique, I've never seen such teeny weeny pears before), red dates and aloe vera.  I love aloe vera in desserts, it gives it that added crunch.

And finally, nian gao done two ways, but my favourite is the steamed one tossed in coconut.  The nian gao was good, it wasn't sickly sweet.

The prosperity treasure pot is not part of the set, and is RM488 for 5 persons dine in, or RM998 for 10 person. 

Other sets are the:
Fortune Set, RM2,188
Longevity Set RM3,388

and smaller sets for smaller number of people, such as the double delight menu, which starts from RM378 for 2 persons. 

For more information, you can call the restaurant or email as follows:
Tel : 03-2771 6692
Email :

Dynasty is open daily for lunch from 12pm-3.20pm, and dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, and dim sum breakfast from 9am to 2.30pm on Sunday, and 10.30am to 2.30pm on public holiday.

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