The season of lion and dragon dances, red lanterns, Mandarin oranges, ang pows and fireworks are just around the corner as Malaysians gear up for Lunar New Year festivities. Having said that, Chinese New Year celebrations are nothing without a delicious yee sang serving which brings together the entire family or good friends.
For the unfamiliar, yee sang or lou sang is a Cantonese-style raw fish and chopped vegetables salad tossed with delectable seasonings that symbolises prosperity, abundance and is believed to bring in good luck. Thus it’s not surprising that yee sang meals have become one of the cornerstones of Lunar New Year festivities.
And options galore. There are some restaurants that still prepare yee sang in traditional style, and there are others which are bringing in loads of innovations in their choice of ingredients and cooking techniques to make their “prosperity salad” (There are some healthy options too. Read on).
Here’s our list of 6 superb yee sang experiences you can consider in and around Kuala Lumpur as we usher in the Year of Dog.
1. Celestial Court at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel
This award-winning Cantonese restaurant set in the luxurious Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel is known for its delectable spreads during Chinese New Year festivities every year. This year it’s no different.
The Celestial Court is serving four varieties of yee sang items made up of exotic ingredients like sliced abalone, Norwegian salmon, sea jellyfish and smoked duck. Prices for a small portion from the a la carte menu start at RM109 while big portions are priced from RM218.
The restaurant also has four distinct Chinese New Year set menus for 10 people starting from RM2088, most having a different variety of yee sang.
The set menus are served along with a number of other dishes like Steamed Red Grouper fish with Roasted Minced Garlic and Enoki Mushroom, Braised E-Fu Noodle with Smoked Duck Meat in Chicken Broth Stock and Chilled “Kwai Hua” Jelly with Wolfberries and Lychee.
You can contact the restaurant at 603 2717 9988 for more information regarding reservations.
2. Zuan Yuan at the One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya
One World Hotel’s Zuan Yuan is another renowned Chinese restaurant that has satiated the taste buds of food connoisseurs during CNY celebrations for some years now.
This Year of Dog, Zuan Yuan is offering three 7 or 9 course yee sang set menus named as Happiness, Harmony and Longevity, each starring a delightful platter of Fruit Yee Sang. Some of the other highlights in the set menus are Braised Seafood Soup with Fish Roe or Double-Boiled Abalone Soup with Fish Maw. The CNY special menus are being served from January 1, 2018, and will be offered till March 31st.
All the set menus come with a complimentary bottle of wine or a box of Pu’erh tea, and are priced from RM1738 to RM2218 for a table of 10.
And that’s not all. For smaller groups, the restaurant is also offering five variations of Yee Sang with Crystal Pear from its a la carte menu — made up of either crispy soft shell crabs, salmon, abalone, salmon skin and chef’s special sauce. The half portions are priced from RM118 and the full portions go up till RM288.
You are advised to contact the restaurant for queries on reservations or any other information at 603-7681-1159.
3. Sek Yuen
If you’re looking for an yee sang feast without burning a deep hole in your pocket, you can definitely consider Sek Yuen, a popular 70-year-old Chinese restaurant in Jalan Pudu.
The restaurant, known for its ‘Eight Treasure Duck’ and crabmeat balls, have come up with three yee sang set menus to welcome the Year of the Dog. All of their set menus have their signature traditional yee sang, and other delicacies like Pipa Roasted Duck, Steamed Grouper in Soy Sauce, Stir-Fried Prawns in Cream Sauce and Fragrant Rice with Chinese Cured Meats.
The set menus are priced from RM588 to RM1088, exclusive of GST. Call the restaurant at 603-9222 9457 for more details.
4. The Good Co.
This one goes out for those who want to indulge in CNY delicacies without putting on those extra pounds. The highly-rated and pocket-friendly The Good Co. is serving regular and large portions of ‘Healthy Yee Sang’ using natural ingredients free of preservatives, artificial colour and refined sugar.
Some of the yee sang ingredients include organic coral grass (Sea Bird’s Nest), carrots, daikons, beetroot, cucumbers, pomelos and papayas tossed in homemade honey ginseng plum sauce and topped with red wolfberries, nuts, pickled ginger, coriander, lime leaf, organic corn flakes, 5-spice powder and sesame oil.
A regular portion (meant for maximum 4 people) is priced at RM78 while a large portion (meant for maximum 8 people) will cost you RM98.
The CNY special menu also includes a ‘Prosperous Set’ (RM138) that includes a regular portion of ‘Healthy Yee Sang’ and two bags of Oriental Chinois granolas, 2 regular ‘Fortune Jars’ and 2 Bon Estates ang pow packets.
Also available is the ‘Fatt Choy Set’ (RM168) that contains a large portion of ‘Healthy Yee Sang’, 2 Oriental Chinois granola bags, 2 gift-sized ‘Going Nutz’ granola packs, 2 large ‘Fortune Jars’ and 2 Bon Estates ang pow packets.
You can contact this cafe located at Bangsar at 60 3-2202 6536 or check their website for more information on delivery options.
5. Sunway Putra Hotel
The Sunway Putra Hotel has also made elaborate preparations to provide its guests with an extravagant culinary joyride this festive season. They recently came up with detailed menus for their two Reunion Dinners that’ll be served at their flagship Coffee House restaurant from 8th February to 3rd March, 2018.
The reunion dinners, to be served for 10 diners per set, would feature 8-course dishes starring award-winning Chef Chew Keng Chai’s signature salmon yee sang. The other highlights on the menu include Deep-Fried Red Snapper with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Hong Kong style Steamed Sea Garoupa , Stir-Fried Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk and Steamed Lotus Rice with Chicken and Yam.
Both the set menu dinners will be priced at RM1188 per set.
Call the hotel at 603 7492 8000 for more information.
6. The Noble House
Oriental Group of Restaurants’ The Noble House, which is another acclaimed destination for authentic Chinese cuisine in Kuala Lumpur, has started serving its special menus from January 15 to mark the beginning of the Year of the Dog.
With executive chef Justin Hor at the helm, (who is also one of Oriental Group of Restaurants’ founding partners), Noble House has already made its mark in the culinary landscape of the city.
The eight CNY special set menus, each meant for a table of maximum 10 diners, will include different types of traditional yee sang preparation — made from either salmon or fish skin and sea clam or salmon and anchovies or shimeji mushroom with white baitfish or salmon, prawn and snow pear, to name a few options.
Some of the other highlights in the set menus include Portuguese Soft Shell Crab in Charcoal Money Bag, Barbecue Sucking Pig with Garlic, Aberdeen Sizzling Boston Lobster with Chef’s Special Sauce, Roast Baby Pigeon with Stir-Fried Glutinous Rice, a pair of Braised Fish Maw with Superior Sauce, Steamed Jelawat with Superior Soy Sauce, among others. The set menus are priced from RM1268 to RM5888.
There are also a host of exotic delicacies on their special a la carte menu like poached or fried Australian Abalones (RM248), Beef Rib with Pineapple and Belacan (RM108) and Double-Boiled Superior Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw and Dried Seafood (RM138).
You can also check their Facebook page for more information on CNY-special set menu options, like those meant for 1 diner (priced from RM148 to RM698).
These are just 6 yee sang options, and there are plenty more for you to explore. Whichever you pick, don’t forget to enhance your experience by using a credit card that rewards your dining expenses.
- The Standard Chartered Visa Platinum card lets you earn 5X Reward Points on your dining spends, apart from local departmental stores and overseas expenses.
- The Citi Cash Back Card gives you up to 5% cash back on everyday purchases, and the cashback is automatically credited to your account once RM20 cashback is accumulated.
- The Maybank 2 Platinum Card and Maybank 2 Gold Card also gives exclusive dining privileges at all SPG Hotels and Resorts in Malaysia.
- Hong Leong Bank’s Mach Visa Credit Card gives 5% cash rebates on dining expenses.
- Many AmBank credit cards like AmBank World MasterCard, AmBank Visa Infinite, AmBank Visa Signature and AmBank Platinum MasterCard among others provide a complimentary Hilton Premium Club Membership Card that offers up to 50% dining discounts at all participating Hilton Hotels in Malaysia, Thailand and China.
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