Time flies. In just a blink of an eye, here comes Chinese New Year, a celebration of harmony and prosperity! With this in mind, Zuan Yuan @ One World Hotel has specially hand picked some well known dishes in their restaurant and incorporate them in their Chinese New Year Festive Menus.
Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Condiments
The food we had that day was actually selected from a few festive menus. The feast first started with Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Condiments, a dish that Chinese cannot run away from eating during Chinese New Year as it signifies prosperity and abundance. The higher you toss it, the better your growth in fortunes is!
Soft Shell Crab
What’s most special about their Yee Sang is it comes with Soft Shell Crab! The crunchiness and taste of it was addictive, it got snapped up pretty fast! The plate of colorful Yee Sang lifted up everyone’s mood as we chanted all the great mantras like “More money! More diamond! Stay young always!”.
Deep-fried flour crisps, my favorite since young
“Lou hei” 撈起
Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop, Fish Lips and Crab Meat
After the scrumptious Yee Sang, we were served with Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop, Fish Lips and Crab Meat. I know many friends of mine who avoid eating shark’s fin now to save the sharks so be rest assured that you can request them not to serve it with shark’s fin. The thick soup is filled with dried scallop, succulent fish lips and crab meat, it’s so flavorful on its own.
Spoonful of Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop, Fish Lips and Crab Meat
Steamed Star Garouper with Mandarin Orange Skin and Fresh Bean Curd
Fish is one of the must-order dish for Chinese New Year as it signifies 年年有余, meaning “Abundance through the year”. Steamed Star Garouper‘s meat was a little firm in texture but it goes well with the sauce and I admire the use of Mandarin Orange Skin in it to remove the fishy taste. The fresh bean curd was amazing, having the texture of smooth egg.
Zuan Yuan Crispy Roasted Duck
Zuan Yuan Crispy Roasted Duck was the highlight of the night as everyone went gaga over it! Zuan Yuan’s duck dishes has been quite famous for the longest time and I really recommend it. Unlike most of the duck I have tasted, the one in Zuan Yuan is very succulent, tender and not to mention, flavorful. Kids will definitely love the crispy duck skin!
Wok Fried Tiger Prawn with Oats and Chilli
Surprisingly, Wok Fried Tiger Prawn with Oats and Chilli wasn’t as spicy as I expected so it’s suitable for kids’ consumption too. It’s le boyfie’s favorite dish because he loves the aromatic fried oats to go with his bowl of white rice. The fresh prawns tasted just nice.
Braised Abalone with Dried Oyster and Sea Moss in ‘Golden’ Bag
I’d have to admit: I love Zuan Yuan’s creativity in Braised Abalone with Dried Oyster and Sea Moss in ‘Golden’ Bag because it brings of the feeling of prosperity and abundance visually. The yummy abalone looked like gold ingot here while beancurd has been made into the shape of a ‘golden’ bag, full of vegetables!
Steamed Lotus Leaf Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat, Chicken Sausage and Yam
Although everyone has started to feel a little full when this dish came out, I’d have to say that Steamed Lotus Leaf Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat, Chicken Sausage and Yam was worth trying. They were sensitive enough to use normal rice instead of glutinous rice because it would be too heavy for the tummy to take in after sampling so many dishes.
Q&A with Chef Woon Ting Keat
Pan Fried ‘Nian Gao’ with Cheddar Cheese
Chilled Soy Bean with Sea Coconut, Lotus Seed and Black Pearl
Last but not least, we had Pan Fried ‘Nian Gao’ with Cheddar Cheese and Chilled Soy Bean with Sea Coconut, Lotus Seed and Black Pearl as desserts. I have a feeling that youngsters would love Pan Fried ‘Nian Gao’ with Cheddar Cheese since it’s a fusion between Chinese and Western food. I personally love Chilled Soy Bean with Sea Coconut, Lotus Seed and Black Pearl. The black pearls reminded me of bubble tea! It was really refreshing and I think it’s a perfect dessert to end the meal and cool off the heat from all the fried and spicy food earlier. On consuming good food, it’s always about balance!
‘Sau Kong Chau’ Celebration Menus Availability: 1 – 31 January 2013 Price: RM 988++ (10 person)
They will be serving sumptuous dishes such as Roasted Chicken with King Soy Sauce, Steamed Sea Grouper with Olive Vegetable ‘Teo Chew’ Style, Steamed Lotus Leaf Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat, Chicken Sausage and Yam, Slow Braised Village Chicken with Ginger in Soy Sauce, Steamed Sea Grouper with Pickled Radish and Chilli, Wok Fried Tiger Prawns with Lemongrass ‘Vietnamese’ Style, Braised Abalone, Mushroom and Bean Curd in Green Garden, Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop, Fish Lips, Crab Meat and Shredded Chicken Meat, Roasted Crispy Duck ‘Cantonese’ Style and Steamed Pomfret with Wood Fungus and Golden Mushroom, signature desserts such as Chilled Aloe Vera and Snow Fungus with Arhat Fruit, Double Boiled Sugar Cane with Snow Fungus and Snow Lotus Seed and Chilled Sea Coconut and Honey Date with Lotus Seed and Lily Bulb.
Auspicious Yee Sang
Availability: 16 January – 28 February
Savour four new flavours infused in the preparation of Yee Sang at Zuan Yuan. Take a pick from the following auspicious Yee Sang variations:
Yee Sang with Seaweed & Assorted Fresh Fruits RM 55++ (half portion) RM 110++ (full portion)
Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Condiments RM 70++ (half portion) RM 140++ (full portion)
Yee Sang with Snow Pear and Salmon RM 85++ (half portion) RM 170++ (full portion)
Yee Sang with Sliced Abalone & Snow Pear RM 90++ (half portion) RM 180++ (full portion)