KEEPING to custom is necessary when planning a festive menu as some diners look ahead to savouring Chinese language New 12 months delicacies with symbolic which means connected to them.
Substances like fish (surplus and prosperity), prawns (happiness), the mix of sea cucumber, abalone and shiitake mushrooms (symbolising prosperity) and pineapple tarts (ong lai in Hokkien referring to welcoming luck and the fruit’s golden color symbolising wealth and prosperity) are sometimes included by cooks when curating a festive menu.
The scene isn’t any completely different at Lai Po Heen in Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur as new government Chinese language chef Michael Wong is acutely aware of getting components deemed affluent and thought of fortunate on the menu to welcome the 12 months of the Rat.
The advantage of the Lunar New 12 months menus right here is that these desirous to take pleasure in these affluent dishes will likely be thrilled to know that the promotion is till Feb 29.
Wong mentioned the rationale for having an prolonged Chinese language New 12 months promotion is to widen the window of time for diners to savour festive delicacies.
A toss to abundance, success and well being is a should and the dish that kicks off the celebration for a lot of is none aside from yee sang.
The MO Signature Yee Sang (with shredded treasures and blackcurrant plum) has a medley of seafood components similar to salmon, tuna, butter fish and jelly fish introduced in a fan-shaped design that’s synonymous with Mandarin Oriental’s fan emblem.
Different yee sang listed here are Abalone Yee Sang, Canadian Surf Clam Yee Sang, Yellowtail Yee Sang, Salmon Yee Sang and Vegetarian Snow Pear Yee Sang priced from RM98 to RM476 for half portion and full
Three set menus particularly Fortune, Prosperity and Wealth priced at RM288, RM398 and RM518 per individual, can be found for diners.
The Double-boiled Wild Matsutake with Morels and Fish Maw Soup (on the Wealth menu) is a transparent providing with the components’ contemporary flavours coming by in every spoonful.
The normal style of Braised Abalone with Mushroom and Japanese Kanto Sea Cucumber and Brown Sauce and Oven-baked Honey Cod Fish Fillet on a mattress of Milky Clouds are additionally from the identical set menu.
With little orange tobiko pearls dotting the prawns, the Crispy Prawns coated with Lemon Dressing garnished with Tropical Fruit Salsa and Tobiko (Prosperity menu) is a pleasant plump and modern providing for the event.
The Salted Brine Corn Fed Rooster with Ginger and Onion Dip is the restaurant’s tackle the favored steamed hen dish served throughout Lunar New 12 months.
This dish and the flavourful Wok-fried Rice with Diced Lobster, Tobiko and Bonito Flakes enrich the Prosperity menu.
Wong additionally introduced a
medley of flavours within the Stir-fried Assorted Greens with Scallops and Wild Mushrooms that was prettily introduced.The mix of Batter-fried Glutinous Rice Truffles and Chilled Mango Puree, Plum Seed, Pomelo Drops and Vanilla Ice Cream lent candy notes on the finish of our lunch, making it an fulfilling expertise.The restaurant additionally has the Longevity Dim Sum and Happiness Dim Sum, out there for lunch solely, priced at RM188 and RM238 per individual respectively with a minimal of 4 diners.
LAI PO HEEN, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Metropolis Centre. (Tel: 03-2179 8885). Enterprise hours: Midday to
2.30pm (Monday to Friday), 10.30am to 2.30pm (Saturday and Sunday); 7pm to 10.30pm, day by day. Pork-free.
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