Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dim Sum @ Tao, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Concluding our Tao trilogy with a look at this lovely restaurant's art of dim sum.
Earlier entries on Tao: January 4 & January 11.

Let's not save the best for last: this seafood & mushroom dumpling topped with bird's nest (RM38++) ranks among our favorite dishes so far this year, a lavish miracle of taste & texture.

Steamed baby abalone & four caviar dumplings in superior broth (RM30++). One of those delicate, silky-smooth concoctions that give dim sum a great name.

Tao's executive chef Wong Lian You was kind enough to customize our chee cheong fun: these rice noodles were supposed to be stuffed only with scallops & kai lan (RM16++), but he threw in foie gras for an extra RM60++, making each mouthful a decadent delight.

Steamed "fried fish maw," chicken & jade abalone rolls (RM14++). Expertly executed, but with so many marvels for this meal, this wasn't the star of the show.

Steamed crystal dumplings with prawns & black truffles (RM16++). The sole disappointment, since the truffles had scant effect on what tasted like ordinary har gow.

Bountifully stuffed soft-shell crab spring rolls (RM18++). Munch munch, crunch crunch.

Deep-fried black pepper smoked duck wrapped with sweet potato & cheese (RM17++). Somewhat like a meaty-gooey croquette, bursting with savoriness.

Deep-fried avocado & banana rolls in crispy dough (RM13.50++). Pasty-soft & gently fruity within, crispy without (best kataifi pastry ever!).

Iced peach tea, a very yummy alternative to regular Chinese tea.

Tao Chinese Cuisine,
InterContinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2782-6128

33 comments:

  1. Stunning! Different from the usual... Bet everything tasted great. Definitely worth a try.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, quite a few signature creations here by tao's chefs. masterworks of dim sum. i liked everything except the har gao, strangely :D

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  2. 80 buck chee cheong fun, i don't think many places can top that! maybe next time you can ask for shave truffles too!

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    1. Joe: heh, this restaurant actually does offer truffles for another one of its dishes, so they definitely would be able to serve truffled chee cheong fun if requested too :D

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  3. WOW... The led light is impressive at the first glance!
    The Deep-fried avocado & banana rolls in crispy dough sounds really, really, really delicious to me...;P

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    1. Eunice: yeah, those lights on the ceiling are a magnificent centerpiece for this restaurant :D it's quite a good choice for fried dim sum. both crispy and creamy textures on one plate =)

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  4. oh snap! foie gras chee cheong fun? how tempting that sounds... =P~

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    1. Bob and Julie: they taste mighty fine together! it makes me wonder what else we could use to stuff into chee cheong fun :D

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  5. Wow! Tao's dim sum looks mouth-watering lar...especially like their steamed baby abalone & four caviar dumplings in superior broth and the deep-fried avocado & banana rolls in crispy dough...yums :D

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    1. Ulric: ya, it's evidence yet again that even without pork, a great chef can create great dim sum. i guess the only real obstacle here is that prices are steep =)

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  6. Foie gras chee cheong fun? Wow, I want to try that! But need to save the money first. hehehe

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    1. CK: i wonder if sea urchin chee cheong fun might be successful also :D

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  7. woah....luxury dim sum wey!! ^_^

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    1. Melissa: definitely worthy of the intercontinental :D

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  8. Wow, I been there last week for Tao Chinese Cuisine Menu by Chef Sam Leong, the Gorgeous ambiance, the impressive led light & delicious dishes really give me an unforgettable dinner... :D

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    1. “追食富迪”: sounds like the visiting chef sam leong managed to really impress customers during the special dinner! :D

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  9. Now I have never been a big fan of dim sum...but THIS dim sum looks utterly stupendous! Deep fried avocado and banana rolls? Wow. Tao obv matches their decor with dazzling food

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    1. YouHadYourlunch: yeah, definitely not run-of-the-mill dim sum. Available here only for lunch daily, but worth checking out on any afternoon =)

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  10. oh gosh! so mouth watering neh~ T.T

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    1. Mr lonely: I don't often eat dim sum, but this was a good place to try it =)

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  11. those dim sum are really elegant and nice..
    will try it if got chance....

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    1. Simple Person: ya, very elegant. And creative too :D

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  12. Was at Tao on Saturday...was amazed with the new menu. Will hop by for the dim sum soon!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, the revamp of toh lee into Tao has really yielded impressive results! I don't usually do dim sum much, but i think the one here's worth checking out =)

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    1. Choi Yen: the designers deserve praise for their work here =)

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  14. Fish maw! My favourite...Fish maw has always been challenging to prep. If not done correctly, can lead to the dish being very bland.

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    1. Sycookies: that's quite an observant perspective on fish maw. true, it's never easy to predict whether a restaurant's preparation of fish maw will be a hit or a miss =)

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  15. Aha...softshell crab spring roll... that's already on my Wish List, hehe!

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    1. Pureglutton: it's an interesting ingredient for a dim sum dish! :D

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  16. the dim sum are so pretty and dainty. nice!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, it's as great as pork-free dim sum can get at a hotel in kl, i think! :D

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  17. wow,the four caviar dumling is a very beatiful and smackling delicious looking..
    i can barely taste the burst when the caviar is popped out right after the first bite,,,,

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