In the blink of an eye, a new decade dawns upon us, barely had the jingle of the Christmas songs faded before it is replaced by the melodious familiar cacophony of Chinese New Year kongsi songs. Now, the main difference I reckon is the very money and prosperity skewed lyrics. (compared to a baby born in the manger etc)
And since we're on the note of prosperity, Celestial Court, the pork free Chinese Restaurant of Sheraton Imperial KL, has three AUSPICIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR REUNION 9 COURSE SET MENUS.
CNY Wealth Set at RM1688 nett per table
CNY Prosperity Set at RM1988 nett per table
CNY Happiness Set at RM2388.
Who says that money can't buy happiness.
And the mandatory Yee Sang, touted as the UNITY LOU SANG, is priced as below:
Abalone Sliced With Fresh Scallop Yee Sang (RM188 nett/ RM376 nett for large)
Crispy Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang (RM108nett/ RM216 nett for large)
Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang (RM108 nett/ RM216 nett for large)
Jelly Fish Yee Sang (RM88 nett/ RM176 nett large)
It was nice to partake in the "ritual", as it was referred to..... Words ushering prosperity, good health, good business, etc etc represented by the various condiments. I think yee sang is a brilliant invention, and probably can attribute its origin to Malaysia.
The crispy roasted Garlic Corn Fed Chicken, Sichuan Spiced Mushroom Sauce. I enjoyed the moist thighs meat and the sauce had a nice sweet sour tangy zing to it.
Stewed Dried Oyster With Sea Cucumber and Black Moss ("Hair vegetable")
Traditionally, the Chinese word for oyster, Ho See, also sounds like good fortune, and the hair vegetable, FATT CHOY, well, forms part of the KUNG HEY FATT CHOY, so you get the drift. Our table didn't get to sample this, as there were two sea cucumber dishes, and each table tried one variety.
Our table's version was the Braised Sea Cucumber With Chinese Mushrooms and Yam in Claypot. A good combination, with the creamy yam, which melts in the mouth.
Wok-fried prawns with Angled Loufa Gourd, Shimeji Mushrooms and Cashew Nuts
Prawns, like no 5 in Thai, is HA....which of course denoted mirth and joy.
To finish off, pan fried nian gao, which I have to say, was very good. Not too sweet, well fried with a crispy exterior and soft insides.
Maybank, HSBC or CIMB cards get 20% discount (t&c apply)
Club Marriott members 30%, and Marriott Bonvoy from 10 - 20 % depending on tier. (t&c apply)
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