Giving traditional dishes prominence | The Star Online

WHEN getting ready festive meals for Chinese language New Yr, many residence cooks and cooks will embrace substances which can be mentioned to ask good luck and prosperity for the 12 months forward.

A must have on the reunion desk is fish and it’s because the Mandarin phrase for fish (yu) is a homonym of the phrase for abundance.

Throughout the Lunar New Yr, nian nian you yu (abundance and surplus for yearly) is a well-liked greeting exchanged between household and mates.

Therefore, fish is rarely disregarded of the festive menu.

However fish dishes don’t all the time must be plain or boring.

At Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, culinary director Ryan Poon continues the custom of affluent dishes to welcome the brand new 12 months with two totally different fish preparations which can be set to win diners over.

“Nevertheless fashionable we’re, there are some traditions that we proceed to look at and considered one of them is ensuring the reunion meal has all the mandatory substances for a affluent 12 months forward.

“This 12 months, I’ve determined to characteristic garoupa in two totally different types — steamed and in a terrine,” he mentioned.

The extra conventional of the 2 is Steamed Inexperienced Garoupa “Shunde” Fashion, which Poon mentioned was impressed by the delicacies of the Shunde district in Foshan, China.

“It’s broadly recognized that the delicacies in Shunde is centred on retaining the real flavours and textures of substances.

“This technique of cooking permits visitors to savour the recent flavours of the garoupa,” he mentioned.

The dish is featured on the lodge’s Reunion Set (RM1,688 nett for eight to 10 individual) — considered one of two festive set menus accessible on the lodge this Chinese language New Yr.

The Reunion Set options Rainbow Yee Sang, a trio of starters — Braised Treasure Seafood Soup, twice-cooked (deep-fried and steamed) Rooster with Traditional Chinese language Herbs, barely spicy Indochinese-inspired Wok-baked Prawns, Fatt Choy with Dried Oyster, Southern Fried Rice and Nian Gao (candy glutinous rice muffins).

The opposite fish speciality — Rainbow Garoupa Terrine — options fish steamed in soy sauce however departs barely from the normal as it’s then put collectively in a vibrant terrine with carrots, mushrooms and smoked hen ham.

This dish is the spotlight of the Harmonious Set (RM988 nett for 4 to 6 diners), which embrace Two Oceans Yee Sang, Braised Treasure Seafood Soup, Fried Boneless Rooster with Indochinese-inspired dressing, Wok-baked Salted Egg Yolk Prawns, Fatt Choy with Dried Oysters, fried rice and nian gao.

Poon mentioned as with earlier years, solely recent and premium high quality substances have been used.

“Whereas we do experiment with totally different displays and types of cooking, now we have all the time emphasised recent flavours to let the substances shine,” he mentioned including {that a} number of yee sang, together with a vegetarian choice have been additionally accessible for the normal tossing occasion.

The Chinese language New Yr Reunion Set Menus (lunch and dinner) can be found at Yuan Chinese language Restaurant till Feb 8.

YUAN CHINESE CUISINE, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, 12th Mile Jalan Pantai, Pasir Panjang, Negri Sembilan (Tel: 06-660 2626 ext 2646). Enterprise hours: Reunion lunch

(midday to 2.30pm) / Reunion dinner (6.30pm to 10.30pm)

That is the author’s private commentary and never an endorsement by StarMetro.

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