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继大人早前所推荐的喝粥吃菜话家常、暖心潮州粥幸福上桌获得极大回响之后，本季 Ponderosa Golf & Country Club 金阁楼再有新作，非常感激 Yvonne 屡次盛情款待，大人真是口福不浅啊！
Dim sum has always been a quintessential part of our Chinese culture, evident from the popularity and growing number of restaurants now serving Halal (pork-free) versions of the famous staples and coming up with their own innovative rendition.
Fresh from the success of their Teochew Porridge set lunch which has warmed many hearts (and bellies) since July, Ponderosa Golf & Country Club is bringing even more comfort food to the table, now Muslims and non-Muslims alike can enjoy these Chinese delicacies with family and friends! How incredibly blessed we are to reside in this multi-racial country, don’t you agree?
PS: We always felt equally appreciated whenever Yvonne’s in town. Thanks for the invite once more LOL!
If you love dim sum (and very few of us don’t), you can now get it at Ponderosa Golf and Country Club, within the vicinity of Johor Bahru city centre. Affordably priced at only RM3.90 per plate, the Halal (predominantly chicken) version served at Restoran Hop Sing is definitely music to our ears, as it means more working dim sum lunch for us and our dim sum loving Muslim colleagues and associates.
Pork-free dim sum may sound limited in terms of what you can choose to eat, but the Halal menu was packed with a surprising variety of options. Our starters comprising Crystal Flower Dumplings, Chicken Siew Mai with Cheese (what?), Chicken Siew Mai with Prawn and Chicken Ham Beancurd Roll (seriously?) made a very decent impression and tasted surprisingly good, with the addition of cheese and ham sufficiently making up for the absence of our traditional non-Halal ingredient.
Taking a leaf from the Hong Kong-style BBQ Chicken Pau, Vegetables Pau and Salted Egg Pau, the taste were not in any way inferior to the non-Halal version. The “curry” BBQ Chicken version however, with a hint of fusion combining the local curry puff ingredients, getting all our thumbs up! It was simply spicy, savoury and sweet, all in one mouthful.
这道非常入味的豉汁凤爪甚得大人欢心，来人啊～ 再来一笼！而将肉汁深锁在脆皮里的鸡肉上海锅贴，内馅超级饱满～ 大人的友族朋友们一定会喜欢 (目光坚定)！
The mouth-watering Steamed Chicken Feet with black sauce were so juicy and tender that we couldn’t resist another serving, while the pot stickers (Chicken Shanghai Gyoza) are also proving irresistible with their generous amount of ingredients, that were only held well in place by their rather firm skins.
It must be either pure psychic at play or just plain coincidence, but Ponderosa certainly understand (by now) the king of all ingredients that can make nearly everyone go gaga! YES! The King of Fruits is here to stay, and can be enjoyed at will in the form of Durian Tempuras and Durian Rolls.
Go for the Fried Crab Claw, Yam Roll with Prawn AND crispy Durian Roll for the biggest bang for your dietary buck. Needless to say, the seafood here are always a good bet for their freshness and taste, but the lusciously runny durian filling had since stayed in our minds even long after we had sufficient replenishment. Need we say more?
好料在后头！大人原以为芝麻球里裹着的是一般的豆沙啊、花生啊 … 咬开后万万没想到竟然是咸蛋黄！有惊喜！赞！芝麻与咸蛋黄原来如此搭调，无需华丽的形容词，外脆内软就是好吃！此外，金阁楼的荷叶饭与糯米鸡也非常引人举筷啊！只见大人们的筷子此起彼落，不消两下子，吓着了孤单的荷叶与空碟啊～
And there is still room for one final surprise, with the plain Sesame Bun proving more than meets the eyes. While all of us have come to expect the usual red bean or peanut fillings, we found ourselves speechless with our mouth full of… Salted Egg Yolk (OMG)! Not to be outdone, the Lotus Leaf Rice and Lo Mai Kai (Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken) almost disappeared the moment they were served, and for good reasons too. The huge piece of chicken on the Lo Mai Kai was so tender and succulent that we nearly mistook it for a fresh oyster (no joke)!
盛夏蓝天绿景，确是招待各族商务伙伴的好地方。Ponderosa Golf & Country Club 金阁楼的清真点心已于7月15日起每日午餐时段 11.00am – 3.00pm 及晚餐时段 6.00pm – 10.00pm 温情献上，万勿错过。
Kudos to the chefs at Restaurant Hop Sing, who have worked tirelessly in sourcing the best substitutes without compromising the flavour and authenticity of traditional Chinese dim sum, leaving us pretty impressed with the quality of these pork-free variations.
Come savour these bites and nibbles with an open mind and an empty stomach (to order everything) during the extended lunch hours (11.00am – 3.00pm) and dinner (6.00pm – 10.00pm) daily, and watch these steaming baskets emerge from the kitchen! Selamat Makan (Bon Appétit)!
Ponderosa Golf & Country Club
1st Floor, Hop Sing Chinese Restaurant
No.3, Jalan Ponderosa 1, Taman Ponderosa, Johor Bahru
Time: Mon – Sun : 11am – 3pm (Lunch), 6pm-10pm (Dinner)
Price: RM3.90 nett per basket
Reservation: +607-354 9999 (Ext. 255) or +6016-763 4496 (Wish)