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Unique seafood ‘siew mai’ at Dragon Palace

24th May, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The Dragon Palace Sabah-Seafood and Dim Sum Restaurant in Suria Sabah shopping mall here has invented its own unique ‘siew mai’ by blending it with seafood.

Its managing director, Jack Wong said instead of selling the traditional dim sum made from pork, we switched to shrimp as the restaurant does not serve pork.

“This is also the first Dragon Palace franchise restaurant outside Australia and the first in Malaysia,” said Jack during the official opening of the restaurant by Kota Kinabalu City Hall Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai yesterday.

To date, there are four Dragon Palace restaurants in Australia which began in Perth, he said.

“We approached the franchise owner-Maggie from Perth in 2015. She was very sceptical at first, but after two-and-a-half years, we managed to convince her to open the first oversea outlet in Kota Kinabalu but not Kuala Lumpur,” said Jack.

“Thankfully, she accepted our proposal and it took us eight months to do the renovation before we do a soft opening on Feb 10, six days before the Chinese New Year,” he said.

Besides being popular for the dim sum, he said they are also popular for selling seafood whole day and their signature menu is the snow crab flown from Perth every fortnight.

“The selling price is the same as the local imperial lobster. We try to be more hybrid in coming up with creativity menus,” he said.

Every month the restaurant will introduce special menu for the customers to try. Last month they unveiled the egg tart selling at RM1 per piece.

The restaurant which can accommodate 350 people is open for business daily from 10am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm. During the weekends they start from 8am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm.

“We also cater for all events where we will extend our operation hours until midnight,” said Jack from Tawau.

“We are also looking into the possibility to open a second outlet in Semporna this year to cater for the huge arrival of tourists there,” he disclosed of their future plan.

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