Mike has always been my ideal buffet buddy because we get along very well and eat just as much. Since we were both not working one Friday, we decided to ‘eat like no tomorrow’ at Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel. They were having a dim sum buffet promotion for RM48++, which I thought was pretty good value for money. This visit was just before CNY this year, so you will have to check with Zuan Yuan if the offer is still available. Chinese tea was not provided in the buffet, so that’s a separate order. For RM48++, we got to choose between the Emperor Set or the Empress Set. The former came with one order of steamed seafood dumpling with superior stock and shark’s fin and for the latter, the braised shark’s fin soup with crab roe. Mike and I ordered a different set each, so we got to try both the soups. The set also came with one order of water prawn noodles.
Barbeque char siew chee cheong fun with sesame seeds
Scallop and shredded dried scallop chee cheong fun
Frankly, the char siew chee cheong fun was not worth ordering. The rice sheets were cold and paste-y, a far cry from the silky smooth versions I’ve had elsewhere. I also didn’t like the char siew, which was dry, stringy and bland. The scallop chee cheong fun tasted better, but it was still no where near decent.
Steamed minced squid ball with dried octopus and crab stick
Steamed Teo Chew siew mai
The squid ball was weirdly addictive — it had a firm and bouncy texture, but Mike didn’t care much for this. The Teo Chew siew mai was quite good, despite the filling being minced chicken and prawns. We ordered 3 baskets of this.
Steamed shark’s fin dumpling
Zuan Yuan style siew mai with flying fish roe
Steamed prawn dumpling
Steamed scallop dumpling
The dim sum were generally decent, but the steamed scallop dumpling was overcooked — the skin was mushy and sticky. We talked to the head waiter about it and he took it back into the kitchen. 5 minutes later, he came out and told us ‘it was how the dumpling was supposed to taste’.
Deep fried prawn dumpling & bean curd roll
We didn’t like the deep fried prawn dumpling — the skin was too thick and the prawns were rather small in size. The bean curd roll on the other hand, was moreish and warranted another order.
Braised shark’s fin soup with crab roe
Steamed seafood dumpling with superior stock and shark’s fin
Between the two, I like the steamed seafood dumpling better. The shark’s fin soup was rather ordinary, and the crab roe didn’t add much flavour and texture to the soup. The dumpling on the other hand had more bite and the broth was more flavourful from the dried scallops.
Pan-fried Shanghai dumpling — tasted alright, but nothing memorable.
Oven-baked cheese tart
These very surprisingly good. We ordered this dish many times. The cheese and minced chicken combination tasted very Western, but we loved it anyway.
Flaky barbeque char siew pastry — too much pastry, too little filling.
Taro dumpling wu kok style with scallop and miso sauce
I liked this. The filling was mildly savoury and light in colour; unlike the reddish or dark brown filling one would usually find in wu kok.
Stir-fried turnip cake with XO sauce
Water prawn noodles (Sang Har Mee) — adequately prepared,
the prawns were fresh and the noodles had a springy texture.
Deep-fried sesame ball with peanut paste — would have tasted quite good, but the filling was scant.
Oven-baked mini egg tart with caramel and cinnamon — the egg custard was a tad hard.
Not the melt-in-the-mouth experience I was hoping for.
Double boiled crystal pear with fresh ginseng — refreshing, after all the oily, fatty food we consumed earlier.
Chilled aloe vera infused with lemongrass
The dim sum buffet was good value for money. Tastewise, the dishes on a whole were average — some were good and some did not meet my expectations. That said, I wouldn’t mind going back if I feel like pigging out again.
Food: 5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Good value for money, but some of the dim sum were not up to par.
One World Hotel
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47800 Petaling Jaya