One thing I love about Chinese New Year? Banquets! Never mind the guilt and expanding waistline, we can worry about that later 😀
Usher in the Lunar New Year at Oriental Thai Cuisine @ Pullman Kuala Lumpur in Bangsar, where they serve hearty and affordable feasts for reunions with friends and family. Inspired by the Spring Festival, Chinese chef Tan Wee Kiat whips up five thematic courses – namely ‘Happiness’, ‘Success’ ‘Prosperity & Wealth’, ‘Auspicious’ and ‘Harmony’, each with nine dishes.
Greeted by lots of red, spring flowers, lanterns and oriental decor. On the right are seafood tanks.
Typical Chinese resto setting – high-backed wooden chairs, patterned carpeting, gold pillars.
We tried the ‘Happiness’ set at RM988++ for 10 pax (comes to about RM100 per pax, which is quite affordable!). Kicked off the meal with Snow Pear & Salmon Yee Sang, which featured a nice mix of textures, flavours and ingredients; shredded carrots, crunchy flour snacks, cucumber and onions among them.
Pouring the plum/fish sauce, which gelled everything well together. 🙂
Before the carnage.
It was an excellent plate of yeesang. Nice balance of flavours, and the salmon slices were thick cut and fresh.
Everyone at the table agreed on how tasty the second item was. The Braised Spinach Soup with Crab Meat & Scallops was clear and rich, with fresh seafood in every spoonful. The green from the spinach also gave it a nice colour and a hint of creaminess.
Next came Roasted Village Chicken Topped with Crispy Crust & Sauce. The meat was tender and juicy, while the chicken skin was so thin and crisp, it was almost like fried chicken. All in all, good stuff; except that the crispy items on top were super spicy and had us all draining our tea cups and asking for refills.
Fish is notoriously hard to prepare, but the Steamed Patin Tinggi with Supreme Soya Sauce didn’t have any of the fishy smell at all. The meat was sweet and firm, complemented by the soy sauce.
Wok-Fried Tiger Prawns with Superior Soy Sauce was served in a beautiful platter; almost like a blooming flower. Huge and juicy, we got down and dirty with our hands to peel off the shells, in order to get to the flesh on the inside.
Almost at the end of our meal! Braised Dried Oyster with Shiitake Mushroom and Fish Maw (Foreground) was followed by Fragrant Fried Rice with Waxed Duck and BBQ Chicken. The latter was very tasty, with a nice balance of sweet and salty flavours. Chef Tan told us that he did not use any extra seasoning, since the two kinds of waxed duck used had enough flavouring on their own.
Wrapping up the meal was dessert: Chilled Osmanthus Jelly and Malay Steamed Cake. Osmanthus jelly is a traditional dish that dates back to ancient China. Made from osmanthus flowers and wolfberries, it has a clear sweetness to it coupled with a fragrant aroma.
The Malay Steamed Cake looked deceptively simple but was plump, soft and fluffy, sweet without being cloying.
The prosperity feasts are available until 28 February 2017 at Oriental Thai Chinese Cuisine, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar. For reservations, call +603.2298.1888 or email to H7962-FB@accor.com
- Happiness Set | RM988 nett per table of 10
- Success Set | RM1,388 nett per table of 10
- Prosperity & Wealth Set | RM1,988 nett per table of 10
- Auspicious Set | RM2,888 nett per table of 10
- Harmony Set | RM3,988 nett per table of 10
Other Chinese New Year Specials available at Oriental Thai Chinese Cuisine include:
- Prosperity Abalone Treasure Pot (Poon Choy) (ABOVE) | RM1,188 nett per table of 6
- Yee Sang Set | From RM38 nett per set
- Reunion Dimsum Feast | From RM9.80 nett per item
ORIENTAL THAI CHINESE CUISINE
Pullman Hotel Bangsar Kuala Lumpur, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia