With just slightly more than a week to go before the Reunion Dinner for Chinese New Year, have you decided where to have that all-important dinner, if it’s not hosted in your home? I heard many restaurants around town are almost, if not already, fully booked!
Well, if you hurry, you just may be able to secure a booking at Ben Tdi Wei (BTW). See my earlier postings on BTW here and here. Being new in the dining scene in Bandar Utama, BTW offers good food at affordable prices with its clientele coming mainly from the neighbourhood. For this festive Chinese New Year season, BTW is offering 2 special menus at very reasonable prices: RM598++ and RM788++ for 10 people. The same menus can cater to a smaller group of 6 people at RM338++ and RM478++ respectively.
Both festive menus start off with their Salmon and Snow Pear Yee Sang. This is really the most refreshing and healthiest yee sang I have tasted so far! The colours may be a bit lighter, as you can see, simply because there is NO colouring added to any of the ingredients. None of the bright red or green-dyed vegetables usually found in yee sang here. I love it that mangoes, both ripened and unripened ones, are included. The orange-fleshed ripened mango provides that splash of orange-yellow while the unripened mango shreds gives the yee sang a tartly sourish taste – so refreshing and good!
The BTW Two Combinations we tried were a platter of fishpaste rolls wrapped in bacon and another platter of tofu and shrimp paste encased by kataifi pastry. Both were absolutely scrumptious. The bacon fishpaste rolls disappeared very fast from the plate and I wished there were more of those kataifi pastry balls!
However, do note that these 2 items may or may not be featured throughout the festive period as the chef will serve whatever is best and available at any point of time.
The Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Wild Ginseng and Dry Scallops was served piping hot, just the way Chinese soups should be served! We took our time slowly slurping the aromatic soup, relishing its goodness to the max!
When the Fried Red Snapper Rolls were served, it was greeted with exclamations of delight. Such a pretty presentation… just look!
The fish fillets are actually rolled over a chunk of fishpaste before being fried. Plates of spicy tangy salad sauce are served as dips. Balls of honeydew and watermelon added colour and some refreshing bites to this delectable fish dish.
In the RM788++ menu, there’s a dish comprising Braised (10 heads) Abalones with Mushrooms and Beancurd. This is my favourite dish. Possibly, the own-made BTW beancurd is the star here, surpassing the abalones, for its lovely fine silky smooth texture. Thick succulent Chinese mushrooms give it that earthy flavor and all 3 ingredients here are perfectly matched against each other.
Kampong Chicken with Lotus Seeds and Chinese Wine, double-boiled to retain the sweet nutrituous flavours was next. Served in a big bamboo basket, it’s the epitome of comfort food!
The vegetable dish is a refreshing Stir-fried Kai Lan with Choy Po. The crunchy green stalks of the kai lan were very fresh and the chopped pickled choy po gives it that saltish savoury lift. If eaten on its own, be a bit wary of the saltish choy po but it would go excellently with white rice.
BTW serves a delicious Fried Glutinous Rice with Waxed Meat. You can see the chef’s skills are truly tested here as every grain of glutinuous rice is fried well and separated from each other. The waxed meat has imparted their smoky savoury flavours into every grain – this rice dish was a hit with everyone.
Dessert was a simple Red Bean Paste with Lily Bulbs – simplicity at its best. The sugar level was just nice and it was not amazing that the entire bowl of this was wiped clean by some very happy and satisfied diners that day!
Ben Tdi Wei Local Delights
Lots G1 & G2, Ground Floor (next to KFC)
3 Lebuh Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya