Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Wan Chun Ting, Dim Sum Brunch, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Monica Tindall

Sundays in KL are perfect for dim sum brunches and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s Cantonese restaurant, Wan Chun Ting, has a delicious line-up.

Located on the first floor of the newly opened luxury hotel, Wan Chun Ting, is a beautiful setting. A large circular room is mirrored with round panels in the ceiling and bronze cylinder chandeliers that hang in glitzy style giving the room a splash of glam. Private rooms are fit with their own bathroom making them an ideal spot for more intimate functions. The larger dining area is divided by enormous wooden decorative panels, turning a large space into more personal pockets.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Dining Room

The dim sum items are extensive and very reasonably priced ranging from RM10 to RM20 per serving. The division of the menu into Chef’s Recommendations, Congee, Steamed, Rice Rolls, Deep-Fried and Baked, makes the choosing easier.

Chef’s Recommendations at Wan Chun Ting

It’s always a good idea to listen to the chef and so Dim Sum Chef Chong Chin Kee’s recommendations are where we begin. Steamed Golden Black Prawn Dumplings (RM35) look dramatic with their black charcoal wrapping and gold leaf crown. They’re equaled in taste with a whole fresh prawn, plump and flawlessly cooked in the middle.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Steamed Golden Black Prawn Dumplings

Steamed Trio Style Chives Dumplings (RM18) are a pretty three with their transparent coat, and purple cabbage, red and yellow capsicum finely chopped as toppings. A clean, firm prawn centre seasoned with chives leaves us wanting more.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Steamed Trio Style Chives Dumplings

The popular Steamed Salted Egg Custard Buns (RM15) dispense a swirl of orange and white giving the dish a psychedelic spin inspired by the layers of a Swiss Roll. Breaking it apart rewards us with an attractive gooey paste of yellow custard – sweet, salty, spongy and sticky.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Steamed Salted Egg Custard Buns
Congee

Congee with Prawn and Scallop (RM25) is a simple porridge lushed up with a fresh prawn and scallop forming a completely white dish. Chicken stock gives it flavour and aroma and I like it with a spoon of soy sauce mixed in.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Congee with Prawn and Scallop
Steamed Dim Sum

Black Pepper Chicken and Mushroom Dumplings (RM12) are scrumptiously intense. A rich pepper sauce coats the meat and veg leaving a peppery tingle on the tongue and keeps the insides wet. Small chunks of radish give it crunch.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Black Pepper Chicken and Mushroom Dumplings
Rice Rolls

Vegetarian Rolls (RM12) glisten on arrival with their soft rice paper skin and drizzling of soy sauce. They’re packed with a vibrant display of shredded vegetables and, proving that veggies are where it’s at, it’s one of the most flavourful numbers on the menu. They take some time to make because of the multiple layers. It’s actually first wrapped and fried (hence the crunch) and then wrapped in steamed cheung fun.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Vegetarian Rolls
Deep-Fried Dim Sum

Pan-fried Shanghai Dumplings (RM12) remind me of gyoza and are tasty with their chicken, spring onions and ginger filling. The pan imparts a taste of the grill. “Lovely, lovely,” says hubby.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Pan-fried Shanghai Dumplings

Presented on a long slate platter, the Pan-fried Radish Cake (RM15) looks deceptively simple. Four slices of softly mashed vegetable are lightly fried and surprisingly rich in flavour. A topping of shredded dried scallops gives a depth of structure that turns this seemingly straightforward dish into something much more complex.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Pan-fried Radish Cake
Baked Dim Sum

Baked Egg Tarts (RM12) are wonderfully buttery and flaky holding a gently sweet baked custard. The secret here again is multiple layers – time consuming production.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Baked Egg Tarts

A sweet crumbly scone like bun holds the Baked Hong Kong Style Barbecued Chicken Polo Bun topped with Pineapple Craquelin (RM15). It’s a crumbly bite of both sweet and savoury.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Baked Hong Kong Style Barbecued Chicken Polo Bun
Desserts

Hubby finds comfort in the Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo (RM22), which is finished off with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. He’s also a big fan of the Signature Banana Fritters (RM18). They’re been coated in tempura flour and quickly fried at a high temperature leaving them crisp without a single drop of oil to be seen. The filling of sweet banana is balanced with black beans. My favourite though is the Sweetened Mango Mochi (RM10). The natural taste of fruit shines through and the sticky rice jacket is perfectly smooth.

Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel KL
Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo
Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Signature Banana Fritters
Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
Sweetened Mango Mochi

Dim sum is available for lunch and Sunday brunch. Lunch Monday to Saturday runs from 12 noon to 2:30 pm and Sunday brunch is a long leisurely affair beginning at 10:30 am and finishing at 3 pm.

Reasons to visit: great dim sum menu; must order the vegetarian rolls, baked egg tarts, steamed trio style chives dumplings, the pan-fried radish cake and banana fritters.

Wan Chun Ting
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
5 Jalan Damanlela
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2720 6688
HA123@sofitel.com
www.sofitel.com

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9 Comments

  1. Everything looks so good, a cut above all the rest, so much nicer.

  2. that looks so delicious! i am craving! 🙂

    xoxo, rae

  3. I love pan fried radish cake…and I see this one is elevated with dried scallops! 😉

  4. So posh! So much better than Din Tai Fung.

  5. I was n’t around for couple days and miss your reviews 🙂
    we had great experience with Sofitel hotel Macau, KL one most be good too.
    Everything looks so delicious.

  6. Quite different what they serve here compared to the usual run of the mill dim sum. I would love to try this.

  7. Hello, the place is beautiful and the food presentation is lovely too. Everything looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing your review. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

  8. Every time I visit you blog, I get in the mood to eat. Such a yummy blog!!

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  9. This looks delicious! I’d be all over those desserts!

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