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Wedding dinners in Sitiawan are often held in community halls and restaurants cum budget hotels. At least that’s what I thought, after attending numerous wedding dinners in this small town. Jessey had her wedding dinner at Michelin Star, a Cantonese restaurant I’ve never heard of.

“It’s just further up the road from The Store,”she said.

Picture credit: Michelin Star

She was right. rif and I found the place quite easily. Just drive past The Store (on your right) and head towards Lumut. You can’t miss the restaurant (on your left). The interior was nicely done; I liked the curved staircase going up to the first floor where the banquet was held. Michelin Star serves Cantonese food, which surprised me because I expected Hock Chew cuisine.

Four seasons platter

I’m not sure if it should be called four seasons, because there are five items in the dish. This platter comprised a “loh bak” roll, shredded egg omelette, baby octopus, deep fried pork with a sweetish sauce and “dim sum” at the centre. I tasted salted egg yolk, fish paste, crabstick and carrot in the loh bak – very nice.

Shark fin soup

This shark fin soup was quite good. I liked that it wasn’t overly starchy. Hock Chews tend to add a lot of egg and starch when making shark fin soup; probably to compensate for the lack of ingredients. The shark fin for this dish however, didn’t taste real to me.

Steamed pomfret

The steamed pomfret was very fresh, but the chef could have gone easier on the gravy. It was a tad salty for me. The rest of the table thought it was fine, so I reckon it’s because I’m used to the lighter version mum prepares at home.

Fish paste with chicken skin, chicken wings and prawn fritters salad

The fourth course was my favourite – fish paste topped with chicken skin, chicken wings and prawn fritters salad. The chicken skin was crispy to the T, and I loved how it complemented the firm yet bouncy fish paste. Portion was big so I got to eat more. The poor bride didn’t get to eat her food — she was busy mingling with everyone.Note to self: Make sure my portion of food is packed during my wedding dinner and sent to the bridal suite!

Braised pork knuckle

Braised pork knuckle came with fried quail eggs, bean curd sheets (fuchuk), abalone mushrooms, straw mushrooms, dried mushrooms and broccoli. Unlike the Hokkien and Hock Chew version, the gravy wasn’t too heavy or cloying. Jessey Ding, you really missed out!

Stir fried vegetables in yam basket

I didn’t care much for the stir fried vegetables in yam basket. This was a tad dry because the vegetables didn’t come with much gravy.

Chinese fried rice

The customary fried rice was average, but the English bloke on our table declared it the best dish of the lot. He found most of the dishes too “foreign”.

Fried kaya bun and pandan roll

The fried kaya bun and pandan roll were delicious, but I didn’t like the sweet corn and water chestnut puree. It was too sweet. A lot of people left this untouched, either because it wasn’t good or they were stuffed to the brim.

Sweet corn and water chestnut puree

Dinner was good and the portions were huge. Like any other Sitiawan wedding, we were given plastic bags to take away the leftovers. If my grandmother insists on throwing a small wedding dinner in Sitiawan, I’m definitely having it at Michelin Star!

l-r: Jessey, rif, myself & Shum

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: N/A (it should be reasonable)
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Hearty dishes and portions are twice the size of what you would get in KL.

Lot 14781-A,
Jalan lumut Besar,
32000 Sitiawan
05-692 2833

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KY December 29, 2010 - 5:27 am

that's a pretty awesome name for the restaurant tho. lol

Baby December 29, 2010 - 5:34 am

so big portion!

J December 29, 2010 - 6:06 am

LOL. So that's the restaurant's name and not it's actual Michelin rating! :)

Still, good that the food was (mostly) yummy – usually wedding dinner food kinda sucks…

iamthewitch December 29, 2010 - 7:06 am

Was misled by the restaurant name, you bet! But luckily food quality didn't disappoint eh? :) And it's true! Being a bride means no food during dinner :( The smart me ate something just before dinner so it wasn't that bad. :)

Sean December 29, 2010 - 7:21 am

what a catchy name for a chinese restaurant! i wonder if the phrase 'michelin star' is copyrighted though, heheh :D i've never had pork knuckles with quail eggs before. sounds like a killer combo! =)

Camemberu December 29, 2010 - 8:53 am

My gosh, for a while, I thought some restaurant from my dad's hometown had made it big time! I certainly hope Michelin Guide won't come after them for using that name! LOL :)

Ah I miss Sitiawan…used to go there as a kid.

Bangsar-bAbE December 29, 2010 - 9:41 am

Camemberu – Hahaha…yeah, let's hope so. It's really a corny name. =P

Time for another visit?

Sean – The combo was yummy. I liked how the gravy complemented the fatty pork. :)

iamthewitch – Good tip! I'll eat before the dinner. But I'm worried I might grow a little paunch. Then my dress won't look so nice liau…

J – Yup, the food was good. Got QC la, unlike most wedding dinners these days…

Baby – Mega big. I like! =D

KY – Hahaha…definitely memorable!

Melanie December 29, 2010 - 7:38 pm

Wah I'm impressed that the food actually looks really good! Wedding food usually sucks!

eiling lim December 30, 2010 - 2:57 am

haha a chinese restaurant called Michelin Star… you better make sure they live up to the reputation if our bangsar babe is going to have a wedding there! haha

Julian Si December 30, 2010 - 11:00 am

Fish paste with chicken skin, I love how innovative this dish was when it was first launched … uh … 15 years ago :-)

The title of your post / name of the restaurant really caught my eye!!!

Hahaaaaa :-)

Mabel the happy girl December 31, 2010 - 4:55 pm

the food there is average with good ambience, but the service there is absolutely horrendous, making my experience there very unpleasant.on my first visit, the waiter spilled our wine all over us and he actually laughed. On my second visit there, they provided us with plates for a cake before the meal. none of the staff took the initiative to clear the plates for us during the meal. also, while scooping the shark's fin for us, they spilled it on us (again). somewhere i'd never visit again.

Bangsar-bAbE January 1, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Mabel – Hmmm…that sucks. I noticed the waiters were not well-trained. A few of them spilled drinks on some guests while serving them. I guess I was lucky I got a better waiter.

Julian – Really?! 15 years ago?

eiling – LOL. I won't be having the wedding there la. Maybe a small reception for my grandmother's friends. ;)

Melanie – I agree!


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