Aug 2, 2018

The All New Dragon-i Peking Duck Restaurant at 1 Utama Shopping Center

I was recently invited to the re-launch of Dragon-i Restaurant, now named Dragon-i Peking Duck Restaurant, located inside of 1 Utama. Bridging the gap between the old and the new of this prominent traditional Shanghainese restaurant, would be the introduction of one of my favorite Chinese dish of all time - Peking Duck.

There are now 2 Dragon-i Peking Duck Restaurant in the Klang Valley, 1 Utama and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

As part of the restaurant's new premium menu, I enjoyed a delectable spread of traditional Shanghainese and Huaiyang dishes, including the much anticipated Peking Duck of course, cooked by Chinese chefs, in an open kitchen, with a special brick wood-fired oven, that was brought in for this sole purpose of enjoyment.

This is the "Peking Duck 3 Course Meal"

The Peking Duck galore came with - a plate of roasted duck meat; a plate of roasted duck skin - yes, it's from the same duck; a trio platter of condiments, consisting of cucumber, scallions and honey melon; and small plates of hoisin sauce and sugar.

The roast meats were sliced narrowly, it was tender and flavorsome, and the duck skin had superb crackling. Good thing too for me, the pancake was thick enough to not tear - I tend to get greedy when it comes to stuffing my Peking Duck rolls full.

The "Peking Duck 2 Course Meal" for 2 pax, is priced at RM105.00, and came with:

∎ Half a roast duck
∎ Duck bone soup with soft bean curd.

The "Peking Duck 3 Course Meal" for 3-4pax, is priced at RM158.00, and came with:

∎ One whole roast duck
∎ Duck bone with soft bean curd
∎ Stir-fried duck's bone in Hunan style

Stir-fried Duck Bone's in Hunan Style | Duck Bone Soup with Soft Beancurd

Apart from the Peking Duck, we also sampled a couple of signature Dragon-i dishes.

For a hearty welcoming to the meal, I had the Double-boiled Hydrangea Beancurd Soup (RM38.00), in which the beancurd was intricately sliced into 2,800 strands flower-liked goodness, with sea cucumber and matsutake, in a base of savory superior soup.
The all time favorite here, would be the Shanghainese Steamed Meat Dumplings (RM12.00) or the "Xiao Long Bao". These pockets-full of of soup dumplings stuffed with meat have a comforting effect on me - I'm not too sure why. I also prefer to have it without the shredded ginger and vinegar.
The Steamed Egg Yolk Custard Charcoal Bun (RM16) was filled with oozy molten sweet custard and savory egg yolk. For those who love "lau sa bao", this order is yours to make.
The Signature Appetizer Platter (RM83.00) came with tasting portions of - stewed mushrooms, chilled chicken with "hua diao" rice wine, deep-fried vegetarian beancurd skin roll, pickled radish and crispy caramelized eel. My favorite? The crispy caramelized eel - no doubt about it.
The Braised Pork Belly (RM88.00) came stacked in the form of a "pagoda", with a good deal of "mui choy" hidden beneath, though a touch too fatty for my liking. Have it tucked between the steamed buns at the side.
At hindsight, the Sauteed Diced Chicken with Dried Flower Chili in Szeuchuan Style (RM38.00) may looked fiery but it was quite mild, even for a non-spicy eater like me. The bite-sized chunks of chicken lean more towards the deep-fried and drier end however.
The Sauteed Mixed Vegetables (RM25.00) simply added variety to an overall meaty meal.

Towards the very end of my meal, I noticed that there were 3 untouched roasted duck drumsticks on the table - too shy to be picked up and eaten by the rest perhaps, since we were all sharing. If it weren't for my braces, I would have not hesitate.

I had a fantastic feast that evening and would definitely return for another round of Peking Duck soon! Thank you for having me!

Dragon-i Peking Duck Restaurant is located at:

Address: Lot S313A, 2nd Floor Highstreet, 1 Utama Shopping Mall, No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Phone: +603 7725 8822 / +603 7728 6886

Address: Lot No. 1.17.00, Storey No. Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: +603 2143 7688 / +603 2143 7588


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