The Delicate Art Of Dining

AMS embarked on a delightful journey through the rich and diverse landscape of Chinese cuisine at Miss Wong at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas.

The moment we walked into Miss Wong, we entered a world of refined beauty. Its décor, a harmonious blend of traditional Chinese elements and modern sophistication, set the stage. The vibrant stainedglass windows cast colourful reflections on the plush red carpets, creating a warm and inviting glow. Intricately designed wooden screens and elegant chandeliers added an air of grandeur, while the plush red leather seating offered a comfortable yet luxurious space to dine. Once seated, we soon found ourselves savouring a selection of exquisite appetisers, marking the start of our culinary journey.

Salad and Soup Sensations

To whet our appetites, we began with a vibrant salad of Chinese enoki mushrooms, broccoli, onions and wood ear mushrooms, each ingredient adding its unique texture and flavour. Wood ear mushrooms are popular in Chinese cuisine offering numerous health benefits. Diners could request a gluten-free option with a zesty lemon dressing replacing the soy sauce, making it both versatile and health-conscious. Packed with a delightful spicy punch, the hot and sour egg drop soup featured ingredients that not only enhanced the texture but also tasted exquisite.

Sizzling Hot Starters

Soon after the soup was cleared from our table, we happily received crisp dumplings, pan-fried to perfection and served with a ginger and soy sauce. These dumplings, with an assortment of vegetable, chicken and shrimp fillings, offered a variety of textures and flavours that tantalised the palate. Delicate spinach rolls featured spinach enfolded in a light, translucent wrapper, providing a refreshing and light bite. Wasabi-infused prawns added a spicy kick, perfectly balancing the mildness of the other appetisers and setting the stage for the main courses.

Beverage Bliss

In between courses, we sipped on a selection of expertly crafted mocktails. The mandarin passion fruit option was a vibrant, citrusy delight, with the sweet and tangy notes of passion fruit perfectly balanced by the bright, zesty flavour of mandarin. The tea cucumber oolong mocktail, on the other hand, was a more subdued, refreshing drink, with the delicate floral notes of oolong tea complemented by the crisp, cool taste of cucumber.

Marvellous Mains

Soon, meticulously crafted dishes from various Chinese provinces began to arrive. Our knowledgeable waiter, Saktan, expertly guided us through the menu, sharing valuable insights.

Brought to the table and carved by Chef Li Qiang with precision, the renowned Peking duck was pure theatre. The tender, crispyskinned duck was an indulgence, perfectly paired with thin pancakes, fresh cucumber, spring onion and a rich hoisin sauce, making it a feast for the senses.

Elevated by the addition of cashew nuts and spring onions, the sweet and sour crispy prawns were another highlight. The shellfish were perfectly cooked, their crispness balanced by the tangy and sweet sauce that coated them.

The Wagyu beef with asparagus was sublime, cooked to perfection in a savoury black bean sauce. The tender, marbled beef paired wonderfully with the fresh, crunchy asparagus, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavours.

Finally, the chicken clay pot dish was a comforting delight. The tender pieces of chicken were bathed in a fragrant, savoury broth, enriched with vegetables and herbs that added layers of complexity.

Delicate Desserts

For dessert, we indulged in a refreshing mung bean creation. This delicate, slightly sweet concoction offered a light, invigorating end to our meal. Its smooth texture and subtle flavours were a gentle finale that left the palate cleansed and refreshed.

Following this, we enjoyed the lychee jasmine mousse cake. This standout dessert featured an airy texture that melted in the mouth, infused with the delicate floral notes of jasmine and the sweet, exotic taste of lychee. The mousse cake was a perfect blend of traditional Chinese flavours and modern pastry techniques, leaving us thoroughly satisfied and impressed.

As the final notes of the afternoon’s symphony faded away, we savoured the delicate, floral essence of jasmine tea to round off the meal. The subtle sweetness and delicate aroma of the infusion perfectly complemented the lingering flavours of the dishes, leaving my palate refreshed and rejuvenated.

In short, our afternoon was a delightful journey through the rich and diverse landscape of Chinese cuisine. From the exquisitely crafted appetisers to the masterful main courses and the refreshing, innovative desserts, every dish was a testament to the culinary expertise of the Wong family. The restaurant successfully combined tradition with modernity, creating a harmonious and sophisticated feast that left us thoroughly satisfied. As a parting gift, we received a fortune message tied in a red bow, adding a touch of whimsy to the experience. This thoughtful gesture was the perfect end to the perfect afternoon. ✤