EAT: The Han Room, The Gardens

Hi, it’s another food post! /waves

(Not sure how I feel about my blog being so food-centric… Maybe I’ll do some makeup reviews after this to keep things fresh)

Been having finals, so I haven’t been blogging… I’ve got so many backlog posts now, it’s kinda daunting. :X

I had lunch with my mom just the other day at The Han Room, The Gardens Mall. It’s a fairly new establishment just across from Fresca, serving up traditional and fusion chinese food. When we arrived, it was crazy packed because of their dim sum lunch service – had to wait ages for a table to free up! Make a reservation before you head over to avoid the wait.

The Han Room’s dim sum service is the type that goes around in categorical push carts, which you’re meant to flag down and pick your dim sum from, or tick off of a paper menu. So it’s not the made-to-order type. Even so, the dim sum here was (mostly) piping hot and freshly-made.

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For starters, si cap pai guat (RM9)! Generous chunks of bite-sized spare ribs, more meat than bone, but not a single black bean in sight. They’ve added pumpkin cubes instead, but it pales in comparison to fermenty beany goodness.

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Fish balls (RM8). These are the starchier, spongier kind. Well made, but nothing remarkable.

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Beancurd rolls in a spicy sauce (RM9). These are filled with minced pork, mushrooms and veges. This was average-tasting, rather much like soggy spring rolls, and too sweet imo. Not something I’d order again.

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Inside view!

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Har gou (RM9)! Whole shrimp wrapped in paper-thin, gelatinous flour skins. The quintessential dim sum dish ahh. This one actually arrived at our table cold and with a hole (a freaking hole!!) in one of the skins, so we asked for a replacement. T_T The har gou here was yummy, but nothing spectacular.

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Salad prawns; crispy deep-fried beancurd rolls stuffed with marinated whole shrimp (RM10). Actually, why do people call this salad prawns? It doesn’t have any salad in, on or beside it. :-/ This was really yummy regardless. The rolls were light and not oily, and the shrimp were juicy and flavourful mmm. Particularly tasty with the accompanying mayonnaise!

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Baked seafood in a crabshell with cheese (RM16). This was so disappointing, I could cry. T_T We actually saw a nearby table order this and it looked super noms. We thought it was actual crab! Covered in cheese! WHO COULD RESIST, YOU TELL ME. We asked a waitress if it was crab and she said yes, so we ordered one. It’s actually just a mixture of itty gritty seafood bits with what seems like ham and mushrooms and daikon, in a creamy sauce; not unlike the filling they put in pot pies. More importantly, not crab.

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That’s what it looks like inside. I couldn’t even eat any of it, I was so saddened. T___T

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Pei tan ham tan ji yuk chuk (RM10). Pork congee with century egg, salted egg, scallions and yau char kuey (‘chinese crullers’ in english). This was another miscommunication error: we’d requested for those deep-fried pork intestines (sounds gross haha but omg I love it!!), but ended up receiving minced pork instead. /fail The congee was also on the watery side and not very smooth. I like my congee tasting like it was pulsed in a food processor heh. Passable.

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Roasted pigeon (RM55). Roasted to perfection with a crisp skin and tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat. I’m not a big fan of the stuff, the meat is too liver-y for my liking, but I could eat it. Ma loved it though! Justifies paying so much for such a tiny bird I guess lol.

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Another shot, because the head is both fascinating and extremely mortifying hahaha.

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Meat shot! Excuse my gross plate heh. I think they don’t change your plates here at The Han Room.

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This funky-looking thing is not a meringue lololol. It’s a baked fresh scallop (RM14). The frothy white mass on top of it is whipped egg white (not very tasty, but at least it looked pretty)!

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This is what it looks like under all the fluffy egg drama haha. It’s actually covered in warm, yummy, gooey cheese! *angels singing*

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Inside the cheesiness is one scallop and some shimeji mushrooms. The scallop was kinda sad and didn’t seem very fresh, but I still enjoyed this a lot because CHEESE AND MUSHROOMS! โ™ก

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Moving on to desserts now: chilled mango and avocado cream with sago (RM8). Okay wait, let this be clear to all: I’m a sucker for presentation. I have a tendency to pick food items that look cute or artsy in the menu photos. And this yin-yang shaped cream dessert is so cute. How does it taste? Slightly sourish, slightly sweet. Overall ,yummy and refreshing.

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It’s a pretty shallow-dished dessert, suitable for one person or two to share.

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Durian pudding (RM9). I was actually eager to have durian pancakes after the dim sum (I love the kickass ones at Lai Po Heen in Mandarin Oriental) but The Han Room only does a durian pudding, so why not? This pudding was surprisingly good – it had the slippery texture of tau fu fah (tofu pudding) but was much richer and creamier. The durian taste wasn’t overbearing and there was no smell, either; perfect for those who love durian but can’t stand the stench of it!

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It looks pretty cute, too! It was served in a glass cone, propped over a tiny fishbowl of dry ice. I love these things!

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This dessert was also pretty small, perfect for one or two people to share.

Verdict: The Han Room is quite a nice place to have a meal with friends and family. The restaurant captain was attentive and courteous, but I’d say the normal wait staff weren’t very good with communicating, judging by how they funked up some of our orders. The place was really packed for the dim sum service though, so I imagine that service would be much better on quieter days or during their dinner service.

Hit this place up if you’re looking to impress a client or someone special! The prices aren’t cheap, but I reckon it’s somewhat worth it.

The Han Room
G-243 & 246, Ground Floor,
The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Call: 03-2284 8833

More info on the Oriental Group of restaurants here!