Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL

These pictures have been lying around for so long I almost forgot that I went for this Chinese New Year food tasting at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL.

Well… as they say, better late than never. So even though the promotion is over, guests can still hop on over there to try their daily dishes. The food is pretty tasty!

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For starters, we had the traditional Yee Sang (Chinese salad) tossing, which is to invite good tidings for the year. It is usually served with slices of carrots, radish, crackers and pomelo, before the mix is poured over with plum and  fish sauce. The version here also jellyfish, monkey head mushrooms and banana. Refreshing and an interesting blend of textures.

We also tried the Yu Sheng with 20 Head Green Lip Abalone and Snow Pear in Traditional Style and Celestial Court Boston Lobster with Peach Yu Sheng, which had a whole lobster hugging a fuzzy peach.

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After that cold and refreshing salad, it was time to warm the tummy up with a nice soup – Braised Superior Bird’s Nest Broth with Assorted Seafood and Spinach. I was a bit surprised as birds nest is usually boiled into a dessert. The spinach was minty whilst giving the broth a jade-green colour. Birds nest, made from the saliva of swallows, is said to be very nutritious and has been used in beauty and health remedies for ages.

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Thick Broth with Baby Lobster, Shredded Jade Abalone, Dried Scallop and Sea Cucumber had that savoury, starchy taste similar to shark’s fin soup.

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One of my favourites, even though it was super spicy: Sauteed Fresh Scallop and Sliced Cuttlefish with Flower Fungus and Garden Greens in Spicy Beijing Sauce. There was chewy cuttlefish, crunchy flower fungus, fresh veggies and moist, meaty scallops. The sauce was spicy without overpowering the sweet taste of seafood. Perfect 10!

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Equally good was the Braised 20 Head Green Lip abalone with Goose Web, Sea Cucumber in Superior Brown Sauce. It was my first time trying goose web, and the feet was braised to such tenderness that it melted off the soft bones almost instantly.

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Another awesome dish? Duo Combination of Tiger King Prawn, Deep fried with Spicy Chilli Salt and Sauteed in Sichuan Style. Juicy, succulent and large tiger prawns fried to crispy perfection, complemented by a spicy sauce, garlic and spring onions. What more can one ask for in life?

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The larger serving so that everyone could share.

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Last but not least in the lineup of savoury dishes, Braised Authentic E-Fu Noodle with Seafood, Dried Oyster and Bean Sprout in Abalone Sauce. We didn’t know that noodles could be cooked so well – it was bliss with every bite. The abalone sauce gave it a sweet and savoury touch, allowing the silky noodles to slip down the throat; while the shrimp was juicy and springy, oysters big and succulent, and veggies fresh and crunchy.

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For desserts, Double-Boiled Bird’s Nest with Red Dates, Sweet Pear, White Ginseng and Snow Fungus. Nourishing, but not my favourite as I felt it was too sweet.

Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur 

Opening hours: 12noon to 2.30pm, Mon – Sat

Sundays and Public Holidays, Dim Sum brunch from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily.

Tel:  03-27179900 ext 6933, or visit http://www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com/celestialcourt

Sheraton Imperial KL Christmas Buffet – A Journey of Colours

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is just around the corner and many hotels in KL will be offering sumptuous buffets featuring new, fusion and traditional Christmas goodies. 🙂 The team and I were invited to sample Sheraton Imperial KL‘s Christmas and New Year’s Buffet, ‘A Journey of Colours’ at their Essence Cafe. True to the theme, the beautiful spread has a bit of everything –  Asian, Western, Italian – all nicely done and plated to be colourful and visually appealing.

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The cold cuts/salad section had smoked mackerel and tuna, topped with freshly chopped tomatoes and cucumber. The mackerel had just the right amount of saltiness and a peppery crust, while the tuna was soft on the inside and seared around the edges.

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Salad lovers will enjoy chicken tropical salad with horseradish dressing (for that spicy kick!), or shredded quail comfit nut salad using organic ingredients. All the dishes had at least three or more colours in them, so it was both pleasing to the eye and tummy.

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Fresh salmon sashimi with beetroot slices and asparagus.

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Moving on to the mains, we were spoilt for choice. There were different ‘stations’, with cuisine ranging from Mediterranean to Chinese, Italian to English, a seafood grill counter, a self-service noodle counter, and many more.

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Local favourites were a mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese food, such as chicken satay, stir-fried vegetables, mutton curry and rendang.

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I liked their squid ink tortellini pasta, which was cooked in a creamy sauce with salmon and seafood. The tortellini’s cup-like shape made for easy scooping of the smooth, cheesy sauce. 🙂

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For our testing session, they replaced the customary turkey with a large chicken instead. The chef assured us that turkey would be available for the actual Christmas buffet. A mountain of roast vegetables – roasted potatoes with the peels left on, carrots and juicy tomatoes were piled all around the golden brown bird. The meat was done to tender perfection and was juicy when paired with gravy.

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Roast beef, which was succulent and pink on the inside. 🙂

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I used to be able to eat a lot at buffets. Age has caught up to me these days, so I tend to sample just a bit of everything. 😛

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The dessert corner deserved a write up of its own – the section was transformed into a wintry wonderland, with Chocolate Yule Logs, gingerbread men, frosted log houses, Santa figurines and tiny white snowmen. Some of the cakes looked too pretty to be eaten, but someone had to make the first cut. 😛

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My favourite part was the waffle counter, which is made fresh to order. You can customise it with four different flavours of ice-cream and different toppings, from dried fruits like raisins to chocolate sprinkles, jam, chocolate sauce and more.

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They have dried figs and marshmallows for you to dip into the chocolate fondue fountain. 🙂 It’s hard to find figs here because Malaysians don’t really like eating figs, but I love their chewy texture and the small, crunchy seeds inside.

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Chocolate and candy lollipops.

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My waffle was done, so I brought it back to the table and tucked in. I had mine with a scoop of soft chocolate ice-cream, fairy sprinkles and chocolate sauce. The waffles were warm and fluffy, with a slightly chewy texture like mochi.

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At Essence Cafe, the Journey of Colours buffet on Christmas eve will be happening from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. The buffet is priced at Rm188nett per pax (food only), while children below 12 years old eat for free (only two children per table). Don’t worry if you missed out – the buffet is also available for brunch on Christmas day (12pm – 3pm), at Rm228nett per pax.

For reservations, call 03-2717 9900. 

Sheraton Imperial KL,

Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Merry Christmas!