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Elegant Inn, unlike the slightly more famed Holiday Inn, is a pretty high class restaurant serving Hong Kong cuisine and not a hotel chain. This is among the things I learn from the invitation to the said restaurant at Menara Hup Seng a couple Saturdays ago.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
classy indoor as and alfresco dining areas at Elegant Inn

The invitation was extended by Millennium Associates, on behalf of Jeanette of Elegant Inn. Mellissa and I were joined by Jasmine (epicuriousgirl) and her friend Jess in this review session. The four of us were seated in a private room as the host insists that we be treated to a full dining experience.

Elegant Inn first started at Taman Connaught before opening this outlet at the heart of KL, explained Jeanette as she suggests what we should have for lunch.

yee sang
yee sang with all natural ingredients

Naturally, we started off with yee sang, the unique Malaysian Chinese New Year tradition. This was my 4th yee sang session and I was more than happy to find out that the yee sang here is slightly different. All natural and most importantly, fresh ingredients are used. Pamelo, raddish, cucumber, smoked salmon, crackers, jellyfish, etc. Auspiciousness in a slightly healthier style.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
Appetizer: soft shell crab, fried calamari, seared scallop on tofu

A huge plate of nicely presented dish was then served as the appetizer. There’s the slightly spicy soft shell crab with plenty of onion, a portion of salt and pepper calamari (椒盐鲜鱿),and four lightly seared scallops sitting on tofu.

Scallop is always one of my favorites. The combination of soft tofu and succulent scallop provided the perfect start for this meal. I had the calamari followed by soft shell crabs and they were both very good as well, one salty and crunch while the other spicy and fragrant. By now I was convinced we’re into something pretty special.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
double boiled soup

Next came the pretty impressive double boiled soup. Pork, ribs, tripe, shell chunks, phoenix claws, kampung chicken, scallops, and preserved vegetable boiled for 4-6 hours, the traditional way. End result is a bowl of very rich tasting soup with a hint of pepper and a mixture of sweetness from all the ingredients.

This soup reminds me of the one I had at Sheraton, they’re both at the same high level while not exactly similar in taste or ingredients.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
steamed Australian Jade Perch and stuffed chicken wings

Like any proper Chinese meal, we have fish next. Live Australian Jade Perch is not a fish commonly found in Malaysian restaurant unless frozen, Jeanette told us about one of her many expeditions in sourcing ingredients. The steamed fish was done just right with it’s smooth texture and sweet seafood taste preserved in a very light seasoning. I particularly love the fatty belly portion the waitress expertly boned.

Jeanette insisted that we should try their stuffed chicken wing, and so we did. The wings came out looking like what you would expect, and it wasn’t until cutting it open do you see the wonder of their culinary skills. Gone were the bones and replaced with a mixture of ham, water chestnuts, prawns, and more. Eight ingredients in total. The wings were rather delicious and probably makes for perfect beer tidbits.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
fried rice, bitter gourd with salted vegetable (ham choy), choy sum with waxed goose liver

Bitter gourd with salted vegetable is one Elegant Inn’s signature dishes, and that suits me just fine since I love bitter gourd. The very subtle salted vegetable taste blends with the spiciness of chili and the rather strong version of bitter gourd was very addictive to me, but I hazard it is not a dish for everyone.

The choy sum with waxed goose liver (腊鸸肝) was a very sinful dish. The wax meat tasted something in between dried meat and foie gras, with that sliver of liver bitterness and very rich texture and taste. You could almost feel your arteries contracting but it was impossible to stop having “just another piece”. To me, the choy sum was almost just an excuse to have this sinful ingredient.

Jeanette went into a long and elaborated speech on their dancing fried rice, explaining how they use 2 grades of rice kept in 2 different temperatures, and how the eggs had to be fried first, the wok washed and then top grade dried shrimps from HK fried next, wash the work again and finally add everything in while tossing the rice non stop till it’s cooked.

That just seems like too much work for good old fashion fried rice, and I didn’t see the point until I actually tasted the dish myself. It was simply the best fried rice I’ve had, you can literally taste the individual grain and the distinct flavor added by crab meat and bits of dried shrimps, eggs, and green onion. This is a must-orderdish.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
steamed brown sugar cake, mini egg tarts

As we start to wind down, Jeanette brought out some very tasty mini egg tarts and steamed brown sugar cake (malai kou in Cantonese 馬拉糕). They were both very delicious and properly made traditional Chinese pastries I wish I could have more. We finished them despite the already rather full stomach.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
mango pudding with milk, tong sui (糖水)with mochi

The lunch session was ended on a sweet note. We were served a couple bowls of tong sui (糖水), sweet ginger soup with mochi and the sea coconut with fungus and logan soup. In addition to that, we also had the mango pudding with milk that had chunks of mango in every scoop, just like the way it is supposed to be.

Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine
Mellissa, Jeanette, and Yours Truly

I was as overly stuffed as I was impressed with Elegant Inn at this point. It was one of the best lunch experience I’ve ever had in a Chinese restaurant. Quality of food as well as the ambiance were both excellent. I had no idea how much the meal costs and yes, the prices would be on the higher side but considering the experience and quality provided here, it will be well worth it.

Map to Elegant Inn at Menara Hup Seng
Elegant Inn is located at Menara Hup Seng.

Address:
2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block,
Menara Hap Seng,
Jalan P.Ramlee,
50250 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.153034,101.70752
Tel: 03-2070 9399

Discuss : KY eats – Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine, KL

  1. grr can’t wait to try this place. yumyum

  2. I think there is another Elegant Inn in Taman Connaught.

  3. KY, the bittergourd is fried with salted vegetable not salted fish. I love the mai lai koh – soft and fluffy but a bit sweet though.

  4. best fried rice?? really? better than the one at Subang – Devil crab? And yeah.. how come Jeanette is dressed like that for a review?? Haha

  5. waxed goose liver. GOOSE again!? now its LIVER? WAXED?! KY~

    lol…

  6. The cheek of the fish is ze best.

    Waxed goose liver, I had it as a snack from China, brought in by some taukeh in Kuching. It tasted pretty good, and it was kinda cooked and preserved.

  7. mr ky. can you not make me hungry one day? hahahahha

  8. babe_kl,
    Do it! :D

    Paul Tan,
    Yes that’s their first branch.

    boo_licious,
    Yah you’re right, I’ll correct it. Thanks! :D

    thenomadGourmand,
    Try it! Jeanette didn’t expect I’d take pictures of her. :P

    Jade Zheng,
    Yess, very nais!

    Huai Bin,
    As snack! wooo that’ll be very nice. Cheek & lips of fish are both very nice, but the head of the fish we had was a bit too small for that. :D

    pinky,
    Did you get hungry when reading my previous post about accident too!? :P

  9. WARGH OMG my chewing photo is damn off.

  10. i lili hate u lo.

  11. Mellissa,
    But it’s so kewtttt :D

    Cheesie,
    Hehehe nooo :P

  12. egg tart

    T_______T

  13. I like how you make those ordinary dishes looked so appetizing the in photos!!!

  14. Elephant in Hong Kong Cuisine! Ewwww! Remind me not to eat the elephant! :-)

  15. Elegant inn is nice. What you’ve tried is some of their famous dishes. Can try their seafood as well. Alaska Crab is only Rm250 per kg. :)
    The price at Elegant Inn is around 30% higher than outside normal Chinese restaurant. Not very expensive if you compare to hotel. :)
    The connaught 1 is located behind the famous Sun Meng Kee Roast Duck shop.(Behind Domino Pizza)

  16. pinkpau,
    Chinatown :P

    eiling,
    Cos they aren’t ordinary! :P

    Dabido,
    but why not? hehe

    ggmu,
    I think our concept of *only* is slightly different. :P

  17. the scalop toufu is fantastic.

  18. midmid3vils,
    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too!

    aeroplane1234,
    Yes it was! :D

  19. [...] was with KY, Mellissa and another friend and we were introduced to Jeanette, the friendly and knowledgeable [...]

  20. I think u have gotten the raja chulan monorail station all wrong. it’s very confusing looking at the map u have drawn. could you pls possibly re-draw it again?

  21. we did tried this elegant inn last year. here is our post
    http://www.gourmetgarden.com.my/?p=258

  22. Ah Vic,
    Yah, I shall correct it! Thanks for pointing that out. :)

    gill gill,
    Cool! I think there’re some errors on your wordpress or something..

  23. oops…pai seh…hehe, the photo didnt shows properly. Nvm, you can view this in my blogspot.
    http://gourmet-garden.blogspot.com/2008/10/chinese-fine-dinning-elegant-inn-kuala.html

  24. Preveen Lam

    Is very good and nice will come again to you!

  25. gill,
    Hahah okay thanks. ;)

    Preveen Lam,
    @.@

  26. hi ky! was there last friday…i shall definitely go there again cos their service was excellent and friendly… table for two.. ordered australia scallop bacon roll (RM24 for 4pcs).. was nicely done and delicious.. golden fried spare rib (RM26)was so juicy and crunchy on the outside tat i really savour every bite of it!.. the manager told us the ribs were marinated for at least two days and its their signature dish.. homemade beancurd with shrimps and pork is out of the world as well (rm22) and the tofu really melts in the mouth just like what my friend said!.. hk kailan with juicy big prawns was very well made (rm38).. the high price is due to rm20 for the big prawns!.. dancing fried rice isnt too bad with some crab meat on it.. so including tax and tidbits, the whole dinner costs rm155.10 for two.. not too bad isnt it, for a nice ambience with superb fine dining chinese food like tat? oh, we brought our bottle of whisky there as well.. no corkage at all!! so thanks again for recommending this restaurant ky..

  27. connie,
    Glad that you had a very good experience there. Usually the younger couples these days aren’t very welling to pay RM 100+ for a good Chinese dinner but at the same time they splurge on Japs and other cuisines, puzzling isn’t it?

  28. haha.. yes u are rite!.. looking forward to more places like this..

  29. connie,
    Hopefully! :D

  30. hey ky, i tink a lot of ppl tot tat chinese restaurants are more for family type and arent romantic ambience wise.. i forgot to mention tat this place has kind of private couple seats nicely decorated at the back area facing the alfresco entrance.. nice lor

  31. connie,
    Agreed. :)

  32. JOIN ELEGANT INN ON FACEBOOK

  33. lenny,
    OoOo caps!

  34. [...] Yong Chow fried rice was served just before the hairy crab itself. Although a relatively common fried rice dish you can find basically in any Chinese restaurant in Malaysia, the fried rice at Dragon-i was something else. Prepared by chef Kung Yu Hung who is actually from Yangzhou (that’s Yong Chow in Mandarin) itself, the rice is fried with bits of char siu, egg, green onion, prawn, and of course, hairy crab meat. It is on par with the excellent fried rice I had at Elegant Inn. [...]

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