Elegant Chinese Cuisine

Double-boiled Lamb Flap in Chinese herbs
As Kai Xuan Chinese Restaurant in the Puteri Pacific Hotel Johor Baru has earned a reputation for delectable dim sum, discerning customers are now discovering that there’s also an All-You-Can-Eat buffet menu for lunch and dinner in August.  

Served in an elegant setting, this buffet menu offers another option for gracious dining, entertaining and the breaking of fast during the Ramadan month.

Diners can pick from 70 items on the buffet menu in a selection of appetizers, soup, seafood, poultry, beef, beancurd dishes as well as vegetables, noodles and dessert.  Portions are served for a minimum of two guests and orders can be repeated for diners to savour each dish to their satisfaction.  The fish choice of Seabass or Red Snapper, served in your pick of preparation, is just nice for a single order.

Red Majesty Chef Vincent Yap at Kai Xuan
Dishes popular with diners at Kai Xuan include Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup, Deep-fried Prawns with Butter and Fragrant Leaves and Braised Brinjal with Minced Chicken and Salted Fish.  Their signature dessert, Chilled Fresh Mango Pudding, continues to a favourite among regulars.

Kai Xuan’s Executive Chef – Chinese Cuisine, Vincent Yap Gin Kee, is also recognized as a Red Majesty Chef by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) who supports the development of Chinese chefs and their use of Australian beef and lamb in Modern Chinese cuisine. 

Chef Yap recently created several innovative dishes with Australian beef and lamb where the tantalizing flavours of these tender meats are carefully preserved in traditional Chinese recipes.  One of these dishes popular with diners at Kai Xuan is the Double-boiled Lamb Flap in Chinese herbs. 

A serving of Lamb Flap, which is essentially a meaty
short rib cooked in Chinese herbs
“It is simmered for up to three and a half hours,” said Chef Yap because the lamb flap, which is essentially a meaty short rib, is so tender that the meat is ready to fall off the bone.  Served in a claypot with a generous portion of enoki mushrooms and dried beancurd sheets, its rich broth is deliciously reminiscent of traditional bak-kut-teh flavours.

The halal certified Kai Xuan Chinese Restaurant is located in Basement 1 of the Puteri Pacific Hotel Johor Baru, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Johor Baru.  Open for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm and for dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.  For reservations, Tel: 607 – 223 5522.  For more info, visit website: http://www.puteripacific.com/

A version of this article was published in The New Straits Times, Johor Streets on 4 August 2011

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