THERE is nothing better to warm the heart and spirit during Chinese New Year than a soothing bowl of double-boiled soup.
In Cantonese cooking, double- boiling is a method in which a pot of soup is boiled within a larger pot of boiling water without affecting the flavour and texture of the ingredients.
The bowl of double-boiled soup served at Tao Chinese Cuisine, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, which will be on the menu for Chinese New Year, certainly ticks all the boxes.
What makes the soup flavourful with a well-balanced umami note is the combination of abalone and morel mushrooms that provide an earthy flavour.
“Morel mushrooms are usually used in Western dishes, but nowadays Chinese restaurants are also being innovative by cooking with it too,” said the hotel’s executive chef Vincent Tan.
The Double-boiled “Ming Mu Yu” Soup with Abalone and Morel Mushroom is part of the Tao Chinese Cuisine Fa Cai menu, which is among the three festive menus available for a table of 10.
The nine-course Fa Cai menu is priced at RM2,588 per table.
The other two menus are the nine-course Gong Xi menu priced at RM3,088 per table and the nine-course Happiness menu priced at RM2,088 per table.
You can also indulge in the Sincere Dim Sum Set Lunch menu with a selection of handcrafted dim sum and other Chinese specialties at RM1,988 per table of 10.
Aside from the soup, the Fa Cai menu comprises Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang with Passion Fruit Sauce; Roasted Chicken with Jellyfish, Smoked Chicken Roll and Sichuan Pepper Dressing; Steamed Tiger Grouper, Superior Black Garlic and Fish Soy Sauce; Stir-Fried Prawns and Jellyfish Flower; Braised Dried Golden Oyster, Sea Cucumber and vegetables; Steamed Mini Lotus Leaf Rice; Chilled Snow Bird’s Nest, Aloe Vera and Osmanthus Oolong Tea Syrup and Pan-fried Ninko with Sesame Seeds and Salted Bean Paste dumplings.
The fish with caramelised black garlic was certainly special; the flavours were well-balanced and the burst of umami from the garlic and soy sauce was subtle.
The Yee Sang Platter starts from RM98 (half portion) with the choice of fish or seafood – Star Jelly with Chia Seeds, Salmon, Marinated Shredded Sea Cucumber with Vinegar Dressing, Soft Shell Crab with Passion Fruit Sauce and Whole Abalone.
Yee sang is available for dine-in and takeaway until Feb 15.
For a group of six people, the Fortune Set is available at RM598 per table while the Abundance Set for four people is priced at RM398 per table.
Alternatively, opt for selections from the specially curated festive a la carte menu.
All set menus are available at Tao Chinese Cuisine until Feb 15.
Diners can also opt to spend the afternoon at OneSixFive Lounge indulging in delicate sweets and savouries from its Chinese New Year afternoon tea sets which are available until Feb 28.
The Longevity Hidden Gem Afternoon Tea set is priced at RM248 per set for two people and RM298 per set for three people.
The Good Blessings Secret Garden Afternoon Tea set is priced at RM208 per set for two people and RM258 per set for three people.
IHG Rewards members, Gourmet Collection members and selected bank credit cardholders enjoy special discounts when dining in during Chinese New Year festivities at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur (excluding afternoon tea sets).
Discounts are not applicable on Jan 31 and Feb 15.
All dining prices are exclusive of prevailing taxes.
TAO CHINESE CUISINE,
Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
(Tel: 03-2782 612; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Business hours: 12.30pm to 2.30pm (lunch) and 6.30pm to 10.30pm (dinner), daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.