This 12 months’s new variant of yee sang, the Chiu Chow Yee Sang, was impressed by chef Alex Au’s travels and the native yee sang he had sampled.
The chief Chinese language chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur’s Li Yen curated the yee sang after having drawn inspiration from the varieties he tried in China, Thailand and Singapore.
“In Chaozhou, China, they eat the uncooked fish dish with uncooked garlic however in my model at Li Yen, I fry the garlic.
“In Thailand, they eat yee sang all 12 months lengthy, not solely throughout Lunar New 12 months. And star fruit is included within the combine.
“The sauce was impressed by the one I attempted in Singapore.
“My model has tangerine oil and bitter plum sauce,” he stated.
This Lunar New 12 months, Li Yen rolls out alternatives that finest showcase the 4 pillars, particularly Teochew and Cantonese cuisines, dim sum and barbecue flavours.
The Barbecue Medley options barbecued Iberico pork and rose soy sauce hen to focus on the restaurant’s barbecue dishes and Cantonese delicacies.
Then there may be the nourishing Double-boiled Soup with Conch, Dried Scallops and Mushrooms that helps heat up the abdomen in preparation for a luxurious meal forward.
Soy sauce hen is a conventional Cantonese dish, and in accordance with Au, it has turn out to be well-known because of the recognition of a Singapore Michelin-starred hen rice eatery famed for its soy sauce hen rice. By the way, the soy sauce hen rice was created by a Malaysian with origins in Ipoh.
The flavourful barbecue sauce had me wishing I may take pleasure in it with a bowl of rice.
One other Chinese language New 12 months staple is the Hong Kong-Fashion Waxed Meat Claypot Rice.
Utilizing Chinese language sausages specifically flown in from Hong Kong, this dish requires as much as 45 minutes to organize for the flavours of the greens, meat and Chinese language herbs to infuse into the rice.
The melding of flavours go away a definite style within the rice.
The Wok-fried Prawns with Truffle Sauce was well-received amongst diners as was the Steamed Flower Grouper.
I loved the strips of pork paired with the grouper, which complemented the fish’s general style.
In between the splendid choices of meat and seafood was the veggie dish of Bamboo Pith with Asparagus and Fungus.
One other Chinese language New 12 months favorite is the nian gao (Chinese language glutinous rice muffins).
Right here, the Three-Layered Nian Gao with pumpkin, purple yam and taro packed up in tiers, is deep-fried till golden brown and crispy.
We ended the meal with Black Sugar Bentong Ginger Tea with Peach Gum and Sesame dumplings.
Au stated, “I selected Bentong ginger as in Malaysia, it’s thought-about the king of ginger.”
The ginger balances the sweetness of this dessert and enhances the selfmade dumplings.
Accessible till Feb 8, lunch set menus are priced from RM148 nett per particular person with a minimal of 4 diners whereas the dinner set menus are priced from RM1,988 nett per desk of 10.
The seasonal Lunar New 12 months dim sum, à la carte and yee sang menus can be found till Feb Eight too.
Situated on the second ground, the 190-seater Li Yen additionally affords seven personal eating rooms to accommodate intimate teams of eight and as much as 30 for bigger celebrations, reunions or enterprise features.
LI YEN, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Imbi, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel:03-2782 9122, WhatsApp 018-646 8033) Enterprise hours: Midday to 3pm (Monday to Saturday) and 10.30am to 3pm (Sundays, public holidays); 6.30pm to 10.30pm (every day).
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