Now as Chinese New Year is fast approaching one thing that I always look forward to is having yee sang! Don’t ask me why but I enjoy the delicious mix of a dozen ingredients and the act of ‘lou sang’ together with friends and family. So I was very happy when Malaysian celebrity violinist Dennis Lau invited me and Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers over to his restaurant in Damansara Uptown for a food review and yes you guessed it – yee sang!
Love at first sight floral tea RM5.00
The flower slowly unfolds when added to the hot water. Refill it 2 or 3 times and the flavour is still strong!
CNY Salmon Snow Pear Yee Sang (RM38.00 for half portion / RM68.00 for 1 portion)
As Chinese New Year is just around the corner we had to have this! It’s only my second one for the year though. I thought the salmon slices were a little thin but overall the taste was quite evenly balanced ie. not too sour or salty. Not bad! Will most likely buy one for my family’s reunion dinner.
Long boiled soup of the day (Sweet corn & old cucumber with lean meat soup)
RM6.00 per bowl / RM20.00 for 5pax / RM40.00 for 10pax
Super flavourful and sweet. Thought this was rather unusual as I’ve never eaten corn on the cob in a soub before. Good start to the meal.
CNY Special Fried Rice with Chinese preserved meat & mushrooms in claypot
(RM18.00 for 1-2 pax & RM98.00 for 10pax dine-in / special CNY take away at RM88.00 with complimentary claypot)
I can never say no to lap cheong and this dish had loads of it! I hope Private Kitchen will retain this dish after CNY.
Private Kitchen Signature fried rice with seafood in XO sauce RM18.00
For you fans of fried rice this one is another option if you’re not so much into the dark sauce ones.
Stir-fried prime beef fillet with strawberry & black pepper sauce RM28.00
I know what you’re thinking – beef with strawberries? Well Chef Fai is pretty creative and adventurous when it comes to flavours and this is one of his creations. The strawberry taste is not overpowering and you’ll only get a hint of it in the black pepper sauce. A favourite with the girls though. The beef was tender (must have been a good cut!) and not fatty. Definitely something to try if you like beef.
Crispy fried tofu with salt & pepper RM16.00
I wish I had beer to go with this one! Crispy on the outside while soft and smooth on the inside! Incredibly addictive.
Sauteed Chinese chives with dried shrimps & pork belly in XO sauce RM18.00
I’m such a pork lover and I can never resist pork belly! Usually have the roasted kind but this time it was incorporated into a vege dish. The Chinese chives were crunchy and the flavour of the XO sauce was complementing not overpowering making this another recommended dish!
Braised tomato with egg plant RM16.00
I’m not much of a vege fan but I thought this was ok. The tomato lends some acidity to the dish making it pretty balanced in terms of flavour.
Steamed Sand Ginger Chicken – RM25.00 for half bird (pictured above)/ RM48.00 for 1 bird
Tender, succulent chicken in a savoury and lightly sweet sauce with ginger on the side.
Stir-fried crispy pork ribs with longan coated with honey – RM32.00
As the girls were pretty full I happily finished up this dish. The pork ribs somehow maintained it’s crispiness despite it being covered with the sauce. Eat the pork ribs with the peppers as they lend some acidity to balance out the taste. A very very addictive dish and definitely one I will order when I come back!
I think that Private Kitchen is a moderately priced restaurant that serves up good food and is definitely somewhere that I will bring my family and friends over for a meal as it’s conveniently located only a couple of minutes away from my house.
Private Kitchen is located at
103, Jalan SS21/37,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
(Same row as HSBC, look out for the Perodua showroom)
Phone: 03-7728 8399
Closed on Mondays.
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