My mum read about Man Fu Yuan’s 17th Anniversary Special promotional menu in the newspapers and the next moment, we were booking a table for lunch the next day. Man Fu Yuan is celebrating its 17h Anniversary this August and they are offering 17 of their signature dishes for just $17+ each. Each dish comes in a one person portion, but $17 for delicacies such as shark’s fin, lobster, sea cucumber, abalone… is just a good deal!
But for some reason, we ended up ordering dishes with less bang per buck, but decent nonetheless. We were a little disappointed with the service staff, who didn’t really offer much helpful suggestions or meal recommendations, but then again, I guess that’s the cause of going with a family of fussy eaters. They do have a nice selection of customized premium tea which deviates from the usual chinese tea selections and the menu even recommends different tea pairings.
This is the Roasted Meat Platter ($17), which comes with soya sauce chicken breast, roasted duck and char siew. The chicken and roasted duck were surprising not tough and an absolute delight to eat. The char siew slices were too thick for my liking but still very well marinated and flavourful.
Also part of the special anniversary meal is this Sauteed Clam dish ($17). The server took the initiative to split the dish for each person. The slightly salty brown gravy went really well with the fresh clam meat, but we realized the clam meat served was rather small and it was a hassle to pry open some clam shells that remain stubbornly tight shut.
Stewed Vermicelli with King Prawn and seafood ($17) is a really tasty *premium* seafood beehoon dish. It is fried with generous scallop and clam bits and sitting on top of the vermicelli is this really huge sized, fresh succulent king prawn. The vermicelli is freshly fried on the spot, as it is evident from the piping hot steam emanating from the dish when it arrived and the vermicelli isn’t too dry at all.
We also ordered some dim sum items which were rather impressive.
The Fried Radish Cake ($5.20) didn’t look appealing at first, but take one bite and you will be wowed by how perfectly golden crispy its outer skin is. The fragrant radish encased inside was really soft and smooth and it serves as a nice contrast against the crunchy outer layer.
And another staple in dim sum menus- Liu Sha Bao or Custard Bun ($12 for 6 pieces). Man Fu Yuan serves out a unique Deep fried version of custard bao, which has nice golden brown outer layer. The fillings for both steamed and deep fried versions are similar- rich, molten yellow blots of salted egg and custard that ooze out as you puncture your buns. I personally prefer the deep fried version- it’s a bit like eating man tou with custard filling, but both versions are really tasty. The rich, generous custard flowy fillings really make this bun worth trying. Do remember to ask them for the deep fried version, because it is not stated explicitly in the menu and out unhelpful waiter did not mention about it until asked.
The meal ended with a complimentary shot of sour plum concentrate, which was supposed to aid in digestion.
Overall, food here is good and has gotten even more affordable with their $17 promo items. They dish out decent great cantonese cuisine food here, but I would definitely not miss the unique deep fried custard bun.
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