Dim Sum Ala Carte Buffet at Zuan Yuan

Gone are the days that dim sums were only for breakfast. These wholesome lil bites are just as perfect for lunch. Dim sum affectionistas can now add the buffet offering at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant. Its buffet yet its ala carte which means you order as much as you can eat from the special buffet menu. Brilliant idea since the food will be nice and fresh.

Choose from the Empress or Emperor menu. Yes! there is one for the boys and one for the girls:P Actually they are almost the same with just a subtle difference in the soup. The Emperor Set comes with Steamed Seafood Dumpling with superior Stock and Shark’s Fin which you are entitled to one order per set. The Empress Set features the Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Roe which you are entitled to one serving per set.
Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Roe

Steamed Seafood Dumpling with superior Stock and Shark’s Fin ~ i loved this one and if you don't take sharks fins, then you can always inform kitchen to omit the sharks fins.
And each set also offers you a plate of the very delightful Seafood Noodle which I happily slurped everything even though I thought I was full. That yummy that my stomach opened up additional space to fit in the lovely noodles.
Either set that you choose, you'll be spoilt for choice with the offerings. Here's some of what you can expect for the steamed items that you can order unlimitedly. But please order only what you can eat rather than end up wasting or throwing them away:P
Steamed Prawn Dumpling. Silky with tender prawns, this is one of my faves. But you must eat it as soon as it arrives. So pace yourself and take your time to order and savour your dim sum.
Zuan Yuan Style Steamed Siew Mai with Flying Fish Roe is pretty much your traditional siu mai but with quite a generous topping of roe. I can't imagine my dim sum sessions without siu mai!
Here's a twist to your regular siu mai. Is called Steamed Glutinous Siu Mai. Precisely, its very yummy glutinous rice in bite sizes of siu mai. Caution, its so cute and yummy that you can eat a lot more than you normally do of your glutinous rice.
Steamed Minced Squid Ball with Dried Octopus and Crab Stick
Steamed Shark’s Fin Dumpling 
My fave of from the steamed items that we tasted was Steamed Teo Chew Sui Mai. Very delightful and it certainly looked and tasted almost pork like. But no way it would be pork because Zuan Yuan is pork free. Green and with a very delightful taste of five spice powder.
Steamed Scallop Dumpling has a pretty light green skin. The fillings are scallops chopped finely with mushrooms, chives and of course prawns.
And what is dim sum without Chee Cheong Fun? Choose either Barbecue Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun with Sesame Seeds or Scallop and Shredded Dried Scallop Chee Cheong Fun. Or why not have both of them as much as you like. Chee Cheong Fun is also unlimited order!

For those who prefer the fried and baked ones, here's what you can order unlimitedly:
Oven- Baked Cheese

Flaky Barbecue Char Siew Pastries  with a very beautiful rich buttery pastry that will almost melt in your mouth with chicken char siew fillings.
My all time favourite in Zuan Yuan is the Oven-Baked Mini Egg Tarts with Caramel and Cinnamon that I recall eating 17 in one go. Hehehe. I am an egg tart monster:D
Bean Curd Roll
Deep-Fried Prawn Dumpling and Salad Dressing
Deep-Fried Sesame Ball with Peanut Paste is also one of my faves. Every ball is coated with delightful fragrant sesame seeds and holds a very yummy smooth rich peanut paste. 
Pan-Fried Shanghai Dumpling is filled with juicy chicken meat.
Taro Dumpling Wu Kok Style with Scallop and Miso Sauce is a must have in a few plates for 
wu kok lovers. The yam ball is utterly smooth and fragrant and goes well with 
the slightly sweet miso sauce.

Stir-Fried Turnip cake with XO Sauce is good although I prefer mine spicier:P
Desserts are the same for the Emperor and Empress Sets. Again its unlimited order!
Double Boiled Crystal Pear with Fresh Ginseng. This is reputed to be good for the skin. So you can imagine how the girls on our table went gaga over this drink.
Chilled Aloe Vera infused with Lemon Grass. This is absolutely delightful if you have over eaten and is often my choice of dessert when we dine at Zuan Yuan.

And when you dim sum, always remember to have a pot of tea to go with it!
So if you're looking for dim sum for lunch and/or are also looking for pork free ones to dine with your Muslim friends or in cases like me because my mum does not eat pork then head over to Zuan Yuan at One World Hotel. Available 7 days a week:
• Monday to Friday ~ 12 noon to 2.30 pm @ RM 55++ per person
• Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday ~ 11.00 am to 2.30 pm @ RM 65++ per person
For reservations, please call Zuan Yuan at (603) 7681 1159.
We discovered a lovely dim sum on the ala carte menu at RM8 per portion. A generous serving of Steamed Wild Rice and Glutinous Rice with Mushroom and Smoked Duck. Yummilicious!