Turning 16 this year, Putien celebrates it with a one star Michelin for its Kitchener Road Outlet. With recognition by the inaugural Michelin guide Singapore 2016, Putien celebrates this double memorable occasion with a gala dinner last month at One Utama as a gesture of appreciation to members of the media and guests.
Debuted with a delightful tea and followed by a light hearted speech and introduction to Putiens inspiring success story by Putiens General Manager, Ms Caren Poon. This occasion also served as a launching pad to introduce Putien’s festival – a month long celebration featuring festival road shows and a special festival menu comprising a delicious selection of new dishes.
A hub for authentic Putian (China) cuisines, Putien has been synonyms with quality food with ingredients as close to its roots as possible. Trying out their signatures dishes for the night, appetisers showcased both hot and cold dishes with some of them fabulously caught us by surprise and practically having us savouring it continuously for a good whole minute with no conversation at the table. Signature Putien Style Century Egg was an infinite delight to most of us and to those who is a fan of century egg; you’d find this a delight with the gentle coat of sweet tangy sauce around it. Other comfort starter warms up the stomach when the Braised Putien Handmade Bean Curd is served elevated with fire below it for perpetual braising.
The cold starters are very authentic and certainly translate the coastal ingredients into mouth watering dishes on the plate. Being situated in the central part of the coastline of Fujian province, it is just natural to see plenty of sea harvest to be a part of the food culture. Seaweed with mini shrimps might not been the fabulous and rich when it comes to flavour as compared to the Braised Bamboo Shoot, but these starters are absolutely great for the health conscious.
Correctly serving in the right sequence, a heartwarming “Yan Pi” Fish Maw Soup was served. Each sip packed with intense flavour, it’s like you can taste it nourishing the moment the soup touches the lips. This one really helps the stomach working into getting the acid build up for the rest of the dish.
And even though Stir Fried Seaweed could be selectively subjective to individuals preferable, the Shredded Meat with Bun seemed to fit into the majority’s agreement.
Putian dishes are not customarily general like most dishes in Chinese cuisines but they are certainly being acknowledged to compliment fellow Heng Hwa clan. Putien Lor Mee has its distinctive charm despite looking unattractively pale with the off-white coloured noodle. The flavours really came from the starchy stock that is packed and deeply infused with flavours from well-executed ingredients like clams and prawns and all the fresh ingredients in this homely gourmet. Along with an immense braising, every ingredient adds up to the final sensation.
As a fan of strawberry, the Strawberry Prawn did not at all startle me, in contrary I was thrilled to try the fusion of these two ingredients. And like the sweet aroma from the fruit, the prawns fully coated with strawberry infused gravy have the fruity finishing as well.
Deep Fried Yellow Croaker is their main highlight this time around. Being their seasonal source, this one is marinated with premium peppercorn and sea salt for 24 hours before deep frying to crispiness yet retaining tender, juicy meat within.
Putien might not be the only place to taste authentic flavour of Putian dishes but they are probably the only one awarded with a Michelin Star. Catch the night’s action on my snapchat vlog.
PUTIEN restaurant is located at:
One-Utama Shopping Mall (G213A, Ground Floor)
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre,
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone:+60 3-7722 1539
Opens daily: 11:30AM–4:30PM, 5:30–9:30PM
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