It was the time of the year to locate a suitable makan place for the important reunion dinner at the eve of Chinese new year. A friend had recommended that we try out Loon Sing located in Nilai. About 6 weeks before the occasion, we called to reserved a table and also asked for the Chinese new year menu. The set menu range from RM680 up to more than RM2000. A few calls were made to Loon Sing to discuss the menu , we selected the RM1088 ++ set. We were allowed to make a few changes to the set menu to cater for our needs.
The journey from home to Loon Sing took about 1 hour and once we arrived at Loon Sing , wowww…we were impressed by the sheer size of this restaurant. It was HUGE. As we walked to our table, we walked passed large rooms filled with tables ( and diners) , expectations were running very very high, we must have finally found a restaurant that can serve good quality food even with the heavy crowd.Our Menu :First up- the highlight of the day – Buddha Jump Over The Wall. I dug into my bowl and found : dried scallops , piece of shark fin, mushroom, chicken, sea cucumber and abalone. The first sip..hmmm..nice strong aroma of abalone and scallops, halfway through the soup I found it a bit salty and it became a bit of a chore to finish the soup. That’s what they say about too much of a good thing…..Braised pork ribs cooked in white lemon sauce – the pro : the meat was tender. The con – the taste was a bit too rich and overpowering, This taste like the cooking style of Mongolian ribs. I must admit at first bite it was delicious but after that, the (over) richness of the taste got to me and it felt a bit ‘jelak’ and some of the pieces were more fat than meat.Prawn balls- ahh, the presentation was eye catching , as for the taste it felt short. It taste of more batter than prawns and the sweetness of the prawns were not present. The test was that none of the kids took up the offer of having seconds. They did not like the corn that was stuff in the prawn ballsSteamed fish –this was one of the redeemers of the day. The fish was fresh, meaty and cooked just right. Nice and simple. Loon Sing specialty Noodles (small) – this was something extra we added, just in case some of the dishes were not suitable for the kids. Sad to say, the taste was a bit off for us, I am not sure lah, maybe we are used to Cantonese cooking style and Loon Sing’s Hock Chew style might not be the style that we liked. And for the record – the fishballs were tasteless.We replaced the Yee Sang with ‘Loh Hon’ vegetable. Taste wise – you can refer to comments for noodles above. The taste was one dimensional and boring. People were fidgeting in their seats . Things were not looking good.In the original menu, the fish maw was cooked in Hock Chew style – when we were deciding on the menu a few weeks back, the waitress said the flavour was sourish and sweet and could be an acquired taste. So she suggested to change the cooking style to the usual braised fish maw. Sad to say, another disappointment. I must say it reached a point where it wasn’t easy to distinguish this dish from the Loh Hon vegetable dish for both taste and appearance.Dessert – yam and glutinous rice. Appearance wise not very appetizing but glad to say that taste wise this was enjoyable, the yam mud was smooth and sweet and the glutinous rice wasn’t too heavy, a good combination.Dessert – Pamelo mango ( I think) puree. We enjoyed this. The flavour was good – mango-ish with the pamelo bits adding dimension to the smooth sweet puree.The total bill for 12 pax– plus soft drinks for the kids , beers and Chinese tea came to about RM1220
Overall – a mediocre dinner.
NB: another comment- Loon Sing must not forget to monitor the cleanliness of their toilet during the heavy crowd.
Location ( map can be found at their website) :
PT 2484 Kawasan Perindustrian Nilai 2
Block D, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.
Tel : 06 7997787