Chinese New Year IS the talk of town when the year begins. It’s the time where families reunite (I’m talking about extended families and those from abroad) and friends come together for a warm and joyous celebration. So, really, when a group of people get together, we eat. Right from the day before CNY for reunion dinner, all the way till Chap Goh Mei. I kid you not.
The city will be abuzz with a celebratory vibe during this festive season, no more so than at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. The hotel’s unique culinary concepts and traditional elegance blend to form a distinctive assortment of venues to entertain close family and friends in true festive style. The culinary team leaded by Chef Vincent Loo at the award-winning Chinese restaurant Celestial Court has fashioned a delectable 9-course set menu complementing this auspicious occasion. It is priced from RM 2288 nett per table of 10 persons or choose the Premium Set option at RM 3388 nett per table with a complimentary bottle of Hennessy Cognac.
Fret not if you do not want to over-indulge in a 9-course banquet, there are ala carte delights from RM38 ++ per dish and Yee Sang priced from RM 98++ available. Yee Sang 鱼生 is a Malaysian and Singapore cultural “must-do” before the start of any meal during Chinese New Year. Yee Sang (Yúshēng) literally means raw fish but since “fish (鱼)” is commonly conflated with its homophone “abundance (余)”, Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, Yee Sang (Yúshēng) is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. It is served primarily with shredded vegetables, crisps and condiments and tossed for good luck and blessings.
This year, Celestial Court’s Signature Yee Sang features Netherlands’ Arctic Char, New Zealand Tarakihi and Swordfish. It is available from 19th January till 5th March 2015 for lunch and dinner. Salmon is usually the classic choice for Yee Sang but the Arctic Char was just as good, if not better when it comes to texture and flavour. The thick slices of swordfish was tender contrasting the crunchy and tangy vegetables.
Celestial Court’s All-time Favourites
Yee Sang with Jelly Fish – RM188++
Yee Sang with Norwegian salmon– RM 228++
Yee Sang with Norwegian salmon and sunflower sauce – RM 238++
Yee Sang with Abalone and Salmon – RM 318++
Wild Catch (signature yee sang)
Yee Sang with New Zealand Tarakihi Fish – RM 258++
Yee Sang with New Zealand Swordfish– RM 428++
Yee sang with Netherland Arctic Char Fish– RM 388++
Vegetarian yee sang with vegetarian abalone and vegetarian goose – RM 98++
In the recent years, Treasure Pots (Poon Choi 盆菜) are also getting more popular. The Premium Treasure Pot from Celestial Court features 18 premium ingredients; Baby abalones, dried sun scallops, fish maws, mussels, sea cucumbers, Japanese mushrooms, Chinese mushrooms, sea asparagus, sea prawns, roasted duck, roasted chicken, Hong Kong kai lan, Australian broccoli, Hong Kong nai pak, siew pak choy, fresh scallops, groupers and Pacific clams. I often find Treasure Pots to be boring because it has only 1 taste but this was really yummy. The superior stock was very fragrant without being too heavy and I really liked the roast chicken, abalone, sea cucumber and dried oysters in it. The Treasure Pot is available from 19 January to 5 March 2015 for takeaway and is priced at RM888 ++ per portion in servings of five – advance order of one day in advance is required.
Other dishes we had were “Wok-heated Pranws with Nutmeg, Asparagus and Smoked Chicken” and “Stir fried Scallops with Pumpkin, Asparagus, Celery and Macadamia Nuts”.
The huge prawns were coated and fried in a crisp and thin coat of batter, tossed with a tangy and sweet mayonnaise on a bed of blanched crispy asparagus. The smoked chicken was flavourful but I didn’t think it was needed in this dish. Prawns and asparagus would sealed the deal.
Scallops, asparagus, celery and macadamia nuts are a norm in this “Spring” stir-fried dish. Usually thinly sliced lotus root would be included but here, cuts of pumpkin were used instead to give it more creaminess.
As with all meals, end it on a sweet note. This “Chilled Earl Grey Syrup with Hasma, Snow Fungus and Black Dates” was refreshing and a perfect ending for a scrumptious dinner like this.
If you wish to book your Chinese New Year banquet reunion dinner at Celestial Court, you will get a complimentary pre-dinner cocktail inclusive of cordial punch and tidbits (up to 1 hour), bottomless soft drinks throughout lunch or dinner (up to 4 hours), waiver of corkage for 2 bottles of wine per table, 2 complimentary day-use rooms and Chinese New Year giveaway for every guest. These CNY Banquet packages are valid from now to 15 February 2015 with lunch or dinner menus starting from RM 1888 ++ per table of 10 persons for events between 1 February to 5 March 2015. T&C applies. To find out how you can book your reunion dinner, contact Celestial Court at 03-2717 9900 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not to be missed is the spectacular Lion Dance performance which will take place on 25th February 2015, 12 noon at the lobby of Sheraton Imperial KL. It is believed that when performed well, the lion dance chases away evil spirits, and at the same time opens the door for all good things; health, happiness, wealth and prosperity. So if you are around town, don’t miss out on it!
Chinese New Year Set Menu 1
Yee Sang with Norwegian Salmon, Fish Roe and Snow Pear
Boiled Tom Yam Soup with Assorted Seafood, Mushrooms and Chinese Parsley
Oven-baked Crispy Chicken with Truffle Essence and Spicy Garlic Topping
Smoked Pomfret with Spicy Thai Mango Salad
Deep-fried Squid with Lemon Sauce, Salt and Pepper
Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Oysters and Chinese Mushrooms
Fried Rice with Shredded Dried Scallops, Diced Chicken, Roast Duck and Mushroom
Double-boiled Hasma with Snow Fungus, Red Date, Chinese Pear and Ginseng
Chilled Coconut Layer Cake
A complimentary bottle of selected wine
RM2288 nett for a table of 10 persons
* Price quoted is inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Government Tax
Premium Chinese New Year Set Menu
Yee Sang with New Zealand Tarakihi Fish served with Traditional Plum Sauce
Double-boiled Mini Abalone Soup with Bamboo Pith and Dried Scallops
Oven-baked Crispy Truffle Essence Chicken paired with Peking Duck Rolls with Foie Gras Pâté
Steamed Cod Fish with concentrated Chicken Soya Sauce
Braised Sea Cucumber with Chinese Mushrooms, Fish Maw served with Stir-fried Scallops with fresh Lily Bulbs in Spicy Sauce
Sesame Prawns with Nutmeg and Smoked Chicken and Asparagus
Signature Crispy Noodles with fresh Water Prawns
Double-boiled Bird Nest’s with Sugar Cane Syrup in Whole Chinese Pear and paired with Tiramisu in Mini Chocolate Cup
A complimentary bottle of Hennessy Cognac
RM 3388 nett for a table of 10 persons
* Price quoted is inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Government Tax
For reservations : restaurants.imperial@sheraton.
Website : http://www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com
Tel : +603 – 2717 9900
Address : Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.