Friday, January 11, 2013

Deluxe Peking Duck @ Tao, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

Tao Chinese Cuisine: Round Two. Earlier entry on Tao: January 4.

Semi-dried tomatoes with basil, an unorthodox appetizer for a Chinese restaurant.

Our mission this time: to try Tao's Peking Duck, with a twist. Folks can add foie gras in the rolls for RM60++, truffles for RM80++ & eringi mushrooms for RM40++.

Half a duck costs RM68++ on its own. Not too expensive for a top-flight hotel eatery.

Our choice: we love our liver, so there's no contest (though truffles would be nice too).

Crispy-juicy skin & richly flavorsome foie make for a fantastic partnership, though the pancake feels too doughy-chewy for our preference.

More fowl play: Succulent boneless chicken wings marinated in oolong tea with plum sauce.

But our No. 1 Tao favorite: chicken coated in salted egg yolk & sweet corn, topped with floss. Breathtakingly decadent, every bite is savory-creamy bliss.

For drinks before or after dinner: OneSixFive, Intercontinental's refurbished lobby lounge.

OneSixFive's complimentary wasabi peas lean perilously toward the fire-breathing variety.

Cocktails here can also be spicy: the Master's Flame (RM34++) is a mix of absolut citron vodka, ginger syrup, coriander, lime juice & red chilies.

Tea to soothe us: a blend of sencha fukuiyu cha, fresh mint & sugar cane syrup (RM22++).

Not a bad range of wine by the glass; not at bad prices either, considering the venue.

OneSixFive @ InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Tao Chinese Cuisine @ InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

OneSixFive @ Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Tao Chinese Cuisine @ InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

24 comments:

  1. Nothing beats salted egg eh?...I gotta take u go a 'dai chow' in Happy Garden OUG tat serves salted egg pork ribs, salted egg crabs, salted egg sotong etc...u get my drift?...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: sounds like a meal i would definitely enjoy! though with that much salted egg yolk, plus seafood, i should head for a cholesterol check-up first, just in case! :D

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    2. Oops...we better not order the braised triple-layer pork belly in claypot then!...hehe :P

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    3. Ulric: sounds equally tempting! i'm a sucker for pork belly :D

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    4. Haha...u let me know when u r up for it...hehe =)

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    5. Ulric: sure. my salted egg yolk craving will surface again sooner or later =)

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  2. I love to eat peking duck.. and i like to eat with spring onions.
    that is the best..

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    1. Simple Person: ya, if i could eat peking duck as often as i like, i think i'd want to eat it at least once every two weeks, heh :D

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  3. Ooooo...I love Peking Duck!!! But my missus doesn't eat duck so I hardly ever get to eat duck. You think that would be valid grounds for divorce? Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, think of it this way. if she doesn't eat duck, you can order duck and have the entire portion to yourself, without having to share! :D

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  4. Tao certainly looks amazing with its food offering. No more a typical chinese restaurant. Heading in this week...am super excited!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, the traditional classics are still on the menu, but you're right, they've also put some distinctive recipes on the menu for customers seeking something special. i think you'll enjoy your meal here! :D

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  5. My wife too don't take ducke meat!

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    1. Wong: ooh, okie. i wonder why. i lovvveeee duck. tastier than chicken, heheh =)

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  6. I want to try "chicken wings marinated in oolong tea with plum sauce". Do you think wrapping with lettuce will taste better than the pancake like thg?

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    1. Melissa: it's an interesting chicken recipe, and totally chinese in flavor, heheh =) ooh, lettuce sounds like a good low-carb alternative, with a potentially interesting crispness. i'm actually usually fine with the pancake skin, but the one here was a bit too thick, and that affected both the flavor and texture negatively =)

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  7. The first few things I noticed from your post are the lights in each outlet. They all look very unique! Btw love anything with salted egg yolk so that would be probably get a big thumbs up from me too.

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    1. Baby sumo: ooo, u have a good point about the lights. Must have taken a lot of care and consideration to choose those lights. A nice extra to make the place more special =) heheh, I'm crossing my fingers that low-cholesterol salted egg yolk might someday become a reality. The chicken with salted egg yolk here is fantastic, very creamy =)

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  8. I thought you will try all foie gras, truffles & eringi mushrooms! Hehehe
    I tried salted egg yolk chicken before in other few places, but not really impress, maybe the chicken coated in salted egg yolk here will change my mind. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, actually I don't really love eringi mushrooms. But it would be quite interesting to see how the mushrooms and the duck skin manage to combine well in the Peking duck roll :D ooo, the salted yolk chicken here surprised me a lot. They are very generous with the egg! It's super creamy =)

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  9. Wow never imagined foie gras in a humble peking duck! How much was the chicken? If they had salted egg crabs that would be the best! haha

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, i guess peking duck pancakes might be more versatile than most of us expected! a good thing too :D the salted egg chicken was RM35++. i'm still dreaming about it, heh =)

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  10. Very nice twist to the ducks! The fried chicken wings looked good as well... ahh now that I'm having blocked nose, I wouldn't mind some hot wasabi peas to clear up my nose!!

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, now whenever i think of peking duck, i think of tao's peking duck with foie gras, heh. and ya, i especially liked the chicken wings cos they were boneless. hope your nose gets better fast (maybe you could find some wasabi peas at a grocer near you!) :D

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