QING ZHEN CHINESE MUSLIM RESTAURANT,
1st Floor, Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
2, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2147 0888 ext 7668
Business hours: Monday to Saturday,
noon to 2.30pm (lunch), 6.30pm to 10.00pm (dinner)
Closed on Sunday.
IT MAY seem strange but the best-selling dishes at the Muslim Chinese restaurant Qing Zhen at Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel is related to mutton and lamb.
Chef Chiew Mun Pong says the secret lies in the recipes, special spices and herbs, that make the lamb dishes the restaurant’s best seller.
The dishes in question are the Grilled Lamb Chops with Cumin and Lemongrass Hint and the Dry Spicy Lamb chops.
Chiew, who learnt the recipes from a Chinese chef from Kun Ming in the Sichuan province, said many people did not like eating lamb, as it was not properly cooked or it had a strong smell, which was unpleasant.
“However, when it is properly marinated and cooked, the meat is juicy and delicious. Some diners can eat between four and five chops all by themselves,” he said, while promoting the restaurant’s Oriental Feast for Ramadan.
Flavoured with thick dark sauce, the Grilled Lamb Chops with Cumin and Lemongrass Hint is somewhat pleasantly sweet, with a hint of herbs, including lemongrass and curry leaves.
Meanwhile, the Dry Spicy Lamb was pungent with aromatic spices and herbs. The tender meat went perfectly well with the blend of exotic spices.
With three rotational menus, the Ramadan buffet at the restaurant comprises a mouthwatering line of dishes from appetisers, main dishes to desserts.
For those who fancy dim sum, there is a small selection of interesting dumplings to try.
As for the main courses, diners can savour the flavours of more Cantonese and Szechuan dishes like stir-fried Bed with Pumpkin and Oyster Sause, Stewed Flower Crabs, Tiger Prawns cooked in various methods and Deep-Fried Chicken with the chef’s Spicy Mango Salad.
The promotion starts daily from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, and is priced at RM65++ per person.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.