Grace and I headed over to Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur to try out their special “All Steamed Up – Oriental Steamboat” at Celestial Court which is the hotel’s Chinese restaurant helmed by the experienced Chef Vincent Loo Weng Soon. This new steamboat promotion features some exciting looking steamboat specialties accompanied by 5 unique broths.
Most Malaysians are no stranger to steamboat, which is also known as ‘hot pot’, and refers to several East Asian varieties of stew that comes with different flavours of broth where different ingredients are placed into the pot to be cooked, and such is its appeal that steamboat restaurants can be found in just about every neighbourhood in the Klang Valley.
While I wouldn’t really go out of my way for steamboat, I must say that I do enjoy steamboat especially on cooler nights and with the company of friends. I strongly believe that steamboat is a communal dining experience that should be enjoyed together over some drinks and good conversation.
Chef Vincent Loo Weng Soon started out in the culinary world at age 18, and for 11 years, he worked with many Chinese restaurants and his long devotion and dedication to the cuisine provided him with the opportunity to be a part of the banquet kitchen team. As Chef Loo developed great culinary skills and knowledge during his tenure, he was placed in charge of all Chinese set and banqueting events such as buffets, outside catering, Chinese set cocktails as well as Chinese weddings at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel.
In October 2013, Chef Loo took over as Chinese Restaurant Chef at Sheraton Imperial KL’s Chinese restaurant, Celestial Court. In his current role, Chef Loo’s responsibilities include overseeing the planning and smooth running of the Chinese kitchen operations. He is also accountable for menu engineering and development, budget and forecasting, food costing, staffing and implementation of various food promotions.
“As of my dream or future goal, I hope to be able to lead in operations as an Executive Chef or Director for Food & Beverage,” said Chef Loo.
There are five (5) different broths for you to choose from:
‘Lui Yee Hung’ Chinese Wine with Cordyceps Herbal Soup – made of glutinous rice and wheat, this wine evolved from the Shaoxing tradition of burying it underground upon the birth of a daughter, and serving it at the wedding of the daughter. Deliciously sweet with the complex tastes from the wine and herbs, this variant was my second favourite broth! And don’t worry, there’s no alcohol as it pretty much evaporates during the cooking leaving only the lovely taste.
Jade Porridge – porridge based vegetarian broth with a blend of spinach, which is claimed to strengthen the bones, nourishes the eyes and contains anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory antioxidants. A very healthy broth indeed!
Hot Slipper Lobster Soup – a fusion of slipper lobster based broth and ‘ma la’ sauce, great for those who are looking for something flavourful and spicy. This was my favourite broth of the night and I just couldn’t get enough of it.
‘Thai’ Tom Yam Soup – for a tangy and spicy twist!
Chicken Ginseng Soup – delicious chicken soup which is both tasty and healthy!
King Crab – RM30++ per 100gm
Tasmania Ocean Petuna – RM25++ per 100gm
Chicken slice, Duck slice, smoked duck breast, smoked turkey slice, Jalapeno sausages, black pepper chicken sausages, cheese chicken sausages, spring chicken,
assorted vegetables, chicken farm egg, glass noodle
RM55.50++ per set
Chinese mushroom, shitake mushroom, maitake mushroom, enoki mushroom, shimeji mushroom, fresh button mushroom, chicken leg mushroom, abalone mushroom, assorted vegetables, Ee fu noodle, chicken farm eggs
RM 49.90++ per set
Sea abalone slices, white Prawn, flower Crab, mussels, fish slices, jelly fish, crab sticks, fresh oysters, scallops, assorted vegetables, chicken farm egg, rice vermicelli
RM68.80++ per set
As we tried every set (ie. seafood, mushroom and chicken), the various broths just got sweeter and more tasty towards the end of the meal and I found myself drinking up the broth by itself late into the meal as it was just so delicious! The ingredients were fresh and this made all the difference especially for the seafood. Another ingredient that really stood out was the smoked duck breast which is a fav of mine.
After the steamboat, we somehow managed to find a little extra space for some of the popular desserts at Celestial Court. This was my second outing to Celestial Court and I must say that it has become a preferred choice of mine when it comes to Chinese food. Do give it a try when you have a special occasion to celebrate or just feel like having a good Chinese meal!
This Oriental Steamboat promotion is available for DINNER only from 1 August to 30 December 2014. Set menus are available (for a minimum of two persons each) with a choice of vegetarian Mushroom Set priced at RM49.90++ per set, Poultry Set priced at RM55.50++ per set and Seafood Set priced at RM68.80++ per set. A la carte orders are also available and will be priced from RM19.00++ onwards per portion. If you’re celebrating a special occasion you can try the restaurant’s highly recommended King Crab at RM30.00++ per 100 grams, and Tasmanian Ocean Petuna Fish specialties and RM25.00++ per 100 grams.
Celestial Court serves dim sum for lunch from RM14.00++ per dish onwards, while a la carte and set menus are also available for lunch from 12 noon till 2.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays). There’s also the “All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum” from 10am to 2.30pm (Sundays and Public Holidays) at RM88.00++ per person and you can read my review on that here – https://timchew.net/2014/06/17/all-you-can-eat-promotion-at-celestial-court-sheraton-imperial-kuala-lumpur/
For dinner, Celestial Court is open from 6.30pm till 10.30pm, 7 days a week.
Celestial Court is located at
SHERATON IMPERIAL KUALA LUMPUR HOTEL
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
For reservations, call 603 2717 9900