My Chinese New Year culinary adventure continues. This time around, it’s at Zuan Yuan of One World Hotel. You would probably think that I’d be bored with Chinese New Year’s feast offerings by now (as of writing I have sampled 8 different CNY previews at 8 different hotels), but I’m glad to report that I’m not a bit bored as yet, and I don’t foresee that I’ll get bored of it anytime soon, considering that each restaurant that I’ve visited has it’s own unique feast offerings.
More often than not, I found myself being pleasantly surprised with the twists and turns in each dishes that was presented before me.
For instance, in Zuan Yuan, I “loh sang” with fleshy soft shelled crabs instead of the conventional raw fish.
There were copious amount of freshly shredded vegetables and pomelo pulps in this Yee Sang to give it an extra sweet and juicy crunch. Moreover, the accompanying sauce is well balanced & the sweetness just right, which is exactly how I like my Yee Sang.
Similarly I would give the Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop, Fish Lips and Crab Meat a thumb’s up. There were ample dried scallops, crab meat, fish lips and yes, genuine shark fins to ensure your money’s worth. The soup was boiled to perfection too, and it’s everything a traditional shark’s fin soup should be.
NOTE: You can opt for the non-shark fin version.
A dish that symbolizes abundant wealth year after year is the fish dish, another crucial element to the auspicious 8 courses CNY feast. Out of the 8 courses, the fish dish has always been my favourite. That night, I was quite pleased with the Steamed Star Garouper with Mandarin Orange Skin and Fresh Bean Curd. The added zest and citrusy aroma in the fish certainly made it more palatable than a plainly steamed one.
Up next is Zuan Yuan Crispy Roasted Duck. Now, this is what I call a roast duck. It has all the right elements a roast duck should have. Thin and crispy skin that makes you itch to just eat the skin, and tender, not too gamey meat.
Another familiar preparation of prawns is the Wok Fried Tiger Prawn with Oats and Chilli. And just like the prawns, the Braised Abalone with Dried Oyster and Sea Moss in ‘Golden’ Bag was lip-smackingly good.
One noteworthy item from the braised abalone dish was the money bag. The golden bags were laid in a flood of savoury sauce and was surrounded with crispy blanched broccoli and assortments of mushrooms like Enoki, Shittake and black mushrooms. The golden bags and mushrooms absorbed the sauce well and each mouthful was a bagful of goodness.
For the carbs dish, we were served Steamed Lotus Leaf Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat, Chicken Sausage and Yam.
This was was nicely done and very flavourful with the usual ingredients of waxed meat, sausages and yam.
Overall, the Chinese New Year feast at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant didn’t miss any mark nor did it spring any surprises. Dishes here didn’t deviate far from its traditional form and flavour. You can expect quality and consistency and thus be assured that your traditional CNY feast here won’t disappoint.
BELOW: The sweet finish - Chilled Soy Bean with Sea Coconut, Lotus Seed and Black Pearl.
But I personally would give the Pan Fried ‘Nian Gao’ with Cheddar Cheese a miss. It tasted as peculiar as it sounds.
Zuan Yuan One World Hotel is offering three Chinese New Year’s set menu for your festive dining consideration starting from 10th February 2013- 28th February 2013.
Set A- RM1088++ ( 8-10 person).
Set B- RM 1288++ (8-10 person).
Set C – RM 1588 ++ (8-10 person).
Yee Sang is also available in ala carte, priced from RM55++ per half portion for lunch, dinner and takeaway:
Yee Sang with Seaweed & Assorted Fresh Fruits: RM55++ (half portion RM110++ (full portion)
Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Condiments :RM70++ (half portion) RM140++ (full portion)
Yee Sang with Snow Pear and Salmon :RM85++ (half portion) RM170++ (full portion)
Yee Sang with Sliced Abalone & Snow Pear :RM90++ (half portion) RM180++ (full portion)
Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant,
One World Hotel,
Bandar Utama City Centre,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Phone: 03-7681 1159
Lunch : 12.00pm to 2.30 pm
Dinner: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Do note that Zhen Yuan Restaurant will be open for business on the eve of Chinese New Year and throughout the fifteen days of the Chinese New Year
Here’s my round-up for 2013 Chinese New Year Menu in KL. I’ll include the links once I have published the posts this/next week. I’m trying to write as fast as I can!
1. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Ti Chen Chinese Restaurant, The Saujana Hotel
2. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, One World Hotel
3. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Li Yen Chinese Restaurant, The Ritz Carlton Hotel
4. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Shanghai Restaurant, JW Marriott Hotel
5. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Cheng Ho Court Chinese Restaurant, Mines Wellness Hotel
6. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: West Lake Garden Chinese Restaurant, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
7. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Armada Hotel PJ
8. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: 5enses, Westin KL
9. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial Hotel KL
10. Chinese New Year Menu 2013: Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Hotel KL
there’s more for sure… let me eat first and I’ll update ya!