Sometime last week, we have had a huge appetite for a hearty meal and wanted to go Chinese. And so, since we heard of this new Chinese restaurant that recently opened in Sunway Pyramid, we decided to give it a go.
Located near the ice rink at Ground Floor, Putien has an inviting wooden and glassy frontier with displays of some of its products. Through the glass, we saw mainly family crowd and friends getting together in the restaurant. We have earlier learnt (thanks to Google) that Putien derived its name from Putian, a beautiful coastal town located in Fujian, province of China. Putian is reputed to exude simple home cook meals with flair. We decided to test that out and see if that is true.
As we waited for friends to arrive, we opted for a simple appetizer, the Mushroom Beans. These mushroom beans are rather special. The mushrooms are already peeled, boiled in water and star anise then seasoned with salt, giving the soft mushrooms a metallic taste with every single bite. The lingering aftertaste of the mushrooms is strong and just nice to our liking.
While waiting for the other dishes to be served, we helped ourselves with the home made chilli. For those looking for home made chilli with a kick, this is totally, totally recommended as this is a super power packed chilli has a sharp taste (which comes as an after taste) that will definitely jerk you awake if you are sleepy, to begin with. Dribble sparingly (like super sparingly) if spiciness is not your thing. You have been warned. 😉 You can purchase this Home Made Spice Mum Chilli (take away) for RM13.70.
We like this light and refreshing savoury appetizer, air-flown seaweed from Putian City, lightly boiled then tossed with shrimps. It gave us a simply delightful healthy start to prepare our stomach to what is coming.
Yes, indeed, this is only a start to what is going to be a heavy (hearty) meal for us just as planned – the Nine-fold Braised Pig Intestines. While we usually cross out internal organs off our dining list, compliments overflowing from our friends about this one had us trying, just to satisfy our curiousity.
And so when we took a bite, we liked it so much that we had more. No wonder this is Putien’s signature dish. It taste just like sausages and you will have no inkling that it’s pig’s intestine. Whatmore, this pig intestine is 9 layers artfully and carefully folded, braised and marinated in special sauce (including the oyster sauce) with no hint of the rough texture expected from innards. So, this was indeed a surprise for us and apparently, a favourite among all diners.
Our next dish was something much simpler – the fried homemade bean curd slices. It is indeed a simple dish but we are absolutely overjoyed by its soft texture, how these beancurd slices are soft inside but crispy on the outside, with overpowering freshness marinated in garlic vinegar and chilli. We learnt that these making these beancurd slices is no easy feat. Did you know it takes 4 hours to just settle the beancurd and for the flavours to seep inside?
Next up, we had the Sweet & Sour Glazed Pork, fried to golden brown, wonderfully juicy and tender on the inside and paired with sweet lychees to further enhance the sweetness of the sweet and sour pork.
Our next one is one of our top favourites – the stir-fried yam, steamed and cooked with caramelized sugar, served piping hot. These lovely yam rolls (as we prefer to call it) are to die for, sweet on the outside, mashy and soft and savoury on the inside, the overall dish is nice and warm. Its lingering aftertaste is there to remind you why it’s yummy and why you want to have more.
*burp* We decided to have another tou fu or beancurd. Yes, we love beancurds and this time, we had the homemade beancurd. Unlike the previous beancurd which was fried, this one was braised so the freshness of the ingredients and how it was served became increasingly important but no worries about that because Putien excelled in it hands down. The restaurant somehow enhanced the freshness of this silky smooth beancurd with this egg-based dish, stir-fried with mushrooms, carrots and snap peas.
We heard that this particular dish – the Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon is one of the must-haves in Putien, as in, you don’t come to Putien without trying this bee hoon, another one of their signature… so surely, we had to have this in our menu. This particular dish is not just a signature dish in Putien but also in Putian City. The Bee Hoon is made from non-glutinous rice floor and painstakingly sun-dried so that the noodles have a more springy texture. The noodles are fine and delicious, with all the other fresh ingredients including the seaweed from Putien, fresh prawns, mushrooms and more to complement the dish.
Beancurd is indeed the theme of the night. This Braised Beancurd with Cabbage Soup is delicious and we learnt that it is moist inside and crispy on the outside, result of laborious stirring while slowly frying the beancurd to ensure even distribution of heat and for air bubbles to be captured within.
The PUTIEN Mee Sua is another dish that we shared among our friends. It has a mixture of rich and fresh ingredients in its superior broth such as clams from Putien, prawns, scallops, beancurd and cabbage cradled served with handmade sun dried pristine rice vermicelli and cradled in its hot, sweetish soup.
Put on a plastic glove provided by the restaurant and dig in. This Deep Fried Pig’s Trotter seasoned with Salt and Pepper was perfect grand finale to our gastronomic meal at Putien tonight. While it was still steaming, we literally dug in and tore a piece of hot steaming pig’s trotter and its skin was crispy, savoury and its insides soft. Many of us thought that it was fat inside but actually, we were told it was collagen – the more reason to go on emptying the platter with a satisfying finish. A totally recommended and must-have dish at Putien.
All in all, the food in Putien does serve the freshest ingredients, living up to its promise to serve simple home cooked food with flair. We recommend you to try the signature dishes. They were definitely the ones we would come back for and the most memorable dishes so far.
Putien’s Promotion on Tap. Eat. Save! will be on 4 Apr 2014!
Free 1 bottle of Putien Signature Chili Sauce (worth RM13.70) with purchase of RM50 and above in a single receipt.
Putien, Ground Floor (near Ice Rink)