Recently The Westin Kuala Lumpur welcomed a new chef to their stable – Chef Ron Lean Wen Seng as the Chef De Cuisine in Five Sen5es, their Chinese specialty restaurant. I was thrilled to be invited to a tasting of Chef Ron’s maiden food presentation to the media.
The youthful-looking amiable chef, a Perak native, brings with him more than 17 years of culinary experience, having started in the kitchen at the tender age of 15. Chef Ron started in small local restaurants, developing his skills and nurturing his talent along the way. Driven by culinary passion, he eventually steered himself into chef roles in high-end Chinese restaurants in Australia and international chain hotels. Prior to joining The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Chef Ron was the Banquet Sous Chef in Aloft KL Central and Senior Sous Chef in New World Hotel.
Chef Ron’s signature dishes lean towards Hongkong-style and his masterpieces are often dishes cooked with seafood (lobsters and abalones), chicken and desserts using traditional Chinese ingredients. Taking the helm at Five Sen5es, Chef Ron together with his enthusiastic culinary team cooked up a storm for us recently.
Here’s what we had…
Boston Lobster Combo featuring Deep-fried Lobster Balls and Lobster Steamed with Eggs
Double-boiled Rambutan, Chicken with Crabmeat & Scallop Soup
House-made Spinach Tofu braised with Shimeji Mushrooms
Fuzhou Litchi Sweet & Sour Chicken
Pomelo Crispy Prawns with Special Sauce
Steamed Coiling Dragon Garoupa with Golden Garlic Sauce
Stir-fried Romaine Lettuce with Salted Fish
Chilled Peach Gum with Red Dates & Longan in Coconut
Flavours were sweet and clear in most of the dishes, as what Hongkong-style does: allowing the natural goodness of ingredients to shine. With wellness very much in mind, the dishes are well executed with minimal use of oil and hard flavouring. I like how Chef Ron injected some fun innovation in his repertoire like using our local rambutans in his soup and pomelos in the prawn dish.
“Inheritance preserves the old dishes, Innovation does not forget the tradition,” – that’s my ideology in creating new dishes and also the ruling principle behind the new menu we have created at Five Sen5es in The Westin Kuala Lumpur. My team and I look forward to creating memorable dining experiences for our guests.” – Chef Ron Lean Wen Seng
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur