Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oriental Viva

It feels like every time Chinese New Year beckons, Malaysia's Oriental Group of Restaurants rolls out another branch in another shopping mall.

Only last year, The Han Room stormed The Gardens, becoming a swift, sturdy success. Anticipating the Dragon's reign, the Oriental Group has now infiltrated Viva Home, enlarging a commonwealth of Chinese cooking that includes The Ming Room, Maju Palace & Noble House.

A symbol of the season: our first yee sang of 2012, vamped up with prawns, salmon sashimi & soft-shell crab. RM48++ for the smallest serving, sufficient for three of us.

Braised goose web (fleshier than scrawny chicken feet), a classic recipe with 10-head abalone & broccoli. If you've enjoyed the food at the Oriental Group's other outlets, rest assured that the same standards apply here, extending to the service & menu selection.

Waxed duck with "seng kua." A complementary coupling of meat & veggies, with the salty fowl punching up the flavor of the satin-smooth sponge gourd.

Whole pork trotter with sea cucumber. A whole lotta meat (tender as can be), a whole lotta fat (sinful as it comes), a whole lotta fun (certain as the sun).

Our full-out favorite, 'lap mei fun,' supremely satisfying. We'd love an extra string of the creamy liver sausage, which eclipses all other waxed meat in its peerless, perfumed richness.

Raging for more rice? This fried one is a curious but comforting creation _ wet like claypot rice, baptized in a mix of raw egg & abalone sauce.

A narrow but nicely priced range of wine is available by the bottle, starting from RM110++.

Oriental Viva @ Viva Home Shopping Mall,
Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-9283-8833
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39 comments:

  1. you finally tasted lup mei fun for this CNY season. I kinda love the look of the "wet" rice with the raw egg and abalone sauce. yummeh!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, the fried rice was not nearly as great as the lap mei fan, but it was still absolutely delicious! :D

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  2. Oriental in Jaya33 is still my favourite haunt! They always give us 10% off when we ask even though we haven't shown our member card for years..lol

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    1. Adam: yikes, i wonder my card has vanished to. it's a great card, right, with no expiry. but oops, i think i lost my birthday RM50-off voucher for oriental this year too...

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  3. One knows CNY is getting nearer when you dine out at Chinese restaurants (somewhat) regularly... Hehe.

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    1. Kenny: wah, you make me sound like the groundhog of CNY. though rest assured, i can never be the groundhog for deepavali, heh =)

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    2. Come to think of it, CK would make a bad Deepavali groundhog too. Aiya, you two har...

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  4. Ooo...yee sang with prawns, salmon sashimi & soft-shell crab...I gotta try...adding maguro will make it even better :P

    Love the claypot fried rice with the egg n abalone sauce...time for some mixing action =)

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, can also add other ingredients, like jelly fish, etc, into the yee sang for an additional cost =) i think the service team mixed the fried rice for us, and dished out individual portions :D

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    2. My company just booked a table there for our annual dinner...took their set menu but replaced the rice dish with the Aberdeen Claypot Fried Rice in Abalone sauce n Egg Yolk...so thanx for d write-up...hahaha =D

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    3. Ulric: Wah, that was quick! Hope you guys enjoy the yee sang tossing and the rice mixing! :D

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    4. D early bird catches d worm...not...31st was fully booked for an event...had to book on 30th :)

      Yaya...time for more n more lou sang...hahaha :D

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    5. Just had d Aberdeen Fried Rice...so eggy-aromatic...awesome :)

      The BBQ roast duck was also achingly tender...nicely combined with d sweetness of chestnuts n arrowheads :)

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    6. Ulric: wah, that duck sounds yummy! i just had something ducky for dinner, but now i'm craving more, thanks to your comment! :D

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  5. Ooh I can't eat there I guess... although I really like how they prepare the table

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    1. Rad: oops, at first i read your comment as "i can't eat there, but i can help them prepare the table" ... heheh =)

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  6. Hehe wouldn't have guessed you would ever step foot in Viva Mall. Looks like quite a lot of food for 3 ppl!

    Btw, can I ask a totally unrelated question abt Ril's, is there parking at the venue?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, we ended up packing some of the fried rice, cos we couldn't finish it =) ya, for ril's, you'll have to turn left on the one-way main road BEFORE you pass ril's (maybe 50 meters before the restaurant). the lane will lead to an open-air car park behind the shop houses where ril's is located. it'll be less than a two-minute walk back out front to the restaurant =)

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  7. Baby Sumo: You will need to park at a open-air car park just before Ril's...once u c Public Bank on ur right please observe on ur left there's a small cark park sign...go in d lane and immediately u can spot d car park...it's RM5 per entry after office hours =)

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    1. Thanks for the reply! Can I get in easily around 1pm or will it be super busy?

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    2. Baby Sumo: oh, weekends should be fine, but weekdays the car park might be a bit packed. there are other car parks in the area, though they are a bit further off, maybe a five-minute walk. note the restaurant is closed on mondays =)

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    3. Have to go there for work today, hopefully parking will be OK.

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  8. a whole set of menu is only for 3 persons? you must be having a stuffed stomach at the end of the meal :)

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    1. Fish: oh, this wasn't a set menu. we ordered a la carte. but yeah, we were still stuffed! a lot of rice, heheh =)

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  9. you finally tasted lup mei fun!! good for you! :) I LOVE blood sausages.. and the foie sausage is superb eh!!

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    1. Ciki: heheh, so far i've only had one lap mei fan this year. last year, i think i had four or five. hopefully will have the same number this year! :D

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  10. Is the concept similar to han room or most of their stuff are the standard chinese dishes?

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    1. Michelle: very similar to the han room. maybe 20 percent of the menu is exactly the same :D

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  11. Woohoo! Another one to the empire.:P Look at that abalone!! SO huge!! And yay to tossing of your first yee sang! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, i wonder where the Oriental Group might open their next restaurant next year! :D here's wishing all of us a lot of happy yee sang-tossing this year =)

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  12. the abalone is huge....
    Add an egg to the lap mei fan .. similiar to the Moon Kuey-Teow (Yuet Kong Hor).. nice ...
    The pork trotter is amazing good.

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    1. Simple person: egg with lap Mei fan sounds delicious! I must look for it :D

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  13. I have yet to visit Viva mall!! :D

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    1. Tng: it's actually quite nice! Much more modern and attractive compared to the mall it replaced (UE3 mall, I think it was called previously). Total refurbishment and revamp of tenants =)

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    2. Me too...but will on d 30th :)

      Come to think of it...I haven't visited 1U either...I m so out :P

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  14. i also just had the lap mei fan at Imperial Palace at BSC. It's very good too and the liver sausage is yummy.

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    1. Eiling: oooh, maybe i should head there for my next lap mei fan! :D

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