Chinese cuisine at PUTIEN

PUTIEN restaurant © Adrian Cheah

We started our dinner at PUTIEN restaurant at Gurney Paragon Mall with the Starters Platter which had an assortment of four PUTIEN delights. They were cold pig's trotter jelly, seaweed with mini shrimps, braised pig intestine and braised bean curd. The cold dish of pig's trotter jelly topped with a dark chilli paste was packed with flavour and collagen. I enjoyed this dish very much.

PUTIEN restaurant © Adrian Cheah

I also relished the braised pig intestine. The pig intestines were meticulously looped and braised in a 12-spice house sauce. The braised bean curd that was one of the items in the starter was a PUTIEN’s specialty.

PUTIEN restaurant © Adrian Cheah

Sliced duck meat encrusted with fried yam and paired with a special mushroom dip was also delicious. We ordered a portion each of the bamboo herbal prawns. The sweetness of prawns cooked in a light herbal stock of Chinese herbs including angelica root and wolfberries was infused in Chinese wine. Each portion of this dish had two prawns.

PUTIEN restaurant © Adrian Cheah

The PUTIEN Lor Mee had a selection of seafood. This noodled dish was fantastic with the fiery PUTIEN chilli sauce. The sauce was available for sale at the cashier's counter too. For greens, we opted for the stir-fried Kailan and assorted greens with bean curd skin.

As an Art Director, I have to note that the photos in the menu were beautifully taken and the menu, well designed. My daughter's expression was priceless when the desserts arrived.

PUTIEN restaurant © Adrian Cheah

In the menu, the photo of the dessert – Chilled Putian Loquat in Herbal Jelly covered the entire page and when the actual dessert was served, her jaw dropped to the floor. She was shocked that at the size of the serving. I could not help but laugh as she went on and on about this. She should have known better than having a dad working in advertising. After settling down, she tugged into her chilled lemongrass jelly topped with a sprinkle of mixed fruits.

The total bill came up to about RM193 including taxes.

Written and photographed by Adrian Cheah
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3 November 2018

PUTIEN restaurant began in Singapore in 2000 and has since grown with outlets throughout Asia including Malaysia, with one in Penang at Gurney Paragon Mall. PUTIEN serves Chinese cuisine from the coastal suburb of Putian in Fujian Province, China which celebrates fresh ingredients from both land and sea.

PUTIEN is a non-halal restaurant. 10% Service Charge and 6% Government Tax apply.

Please make reservations. Without reservations, we waited for half an hour that evening to be seated. I ordered and left my contact at the door. When we were seated, the food arrived promptly and was happy with their service.

Level 6, 16, 17 & 18, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Drive, 10250 George Town, Penang
Opens daily for lunch and dinner
T: +604-2260828