Time flies. Before I can finish humming “jingle bells”, the air is now filled with “Gong Xi Ni, Gong Xi Ni” songs. Many restaurants have put up their CNY decorations and created exciting new dishes to celebrate the New Year.
I was recently at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, One World Hotel to try their new Chinese New Year menu. The sophisticated decor comprised silver leaf ceilings, ebony doors, mahogany furniture, plush burgundy carpet and antique wine jars.
The dishes arrived one by one, starting with the Yee Sang with Seaweed and Assorted Fresh Fruits. Zuan Yuan offers 4 types of yee sang – seaweed with assorted fresh fruits, salmon with shredded sweet turnips, top shell and jelly fish, and sliced abalone and snow pear.
Hopefully, I’ll have plenty of good luck, good fortune and good health this year. A Chinese chef once told me to leave a bit of yee sang on the plate, as it symbolises more abundance for the year to come. So I left some yee sang bits on my plate.
I liked that the natural sweetness of the prawn was not masked with a strong gravy. Instead, it was nicely complemented with a simple topping of fried garlic bits and chilli.
I’ve never been a fan of fish, unless we’re talking about tuna belly, salmon belly or cod. The others said it was overcooked, but I didn’t notice it until they pointed it out. It could be because I ate the belly, which was the fattiest part of the fish.
This dish comprised rice cooked with chicken liver sausage, salted duck, smoked duck slices, yam cubes, mushroom and dried shrimp. It was quite tasty and I didn’t feel disappointed that it was pork-free.
Chef Michael treated us to another dish – Spring Chicken in Chrysanthemum Soup. Chrysanthemum tea is something I drink often, but Chrysanthemum soup is very new to me. Tastewise, the soup was sweet, savoury and concentrated from the chicken essence.
Overall, the food was quite good and the good company made dinner an enjoyable one. Thank you Florence and Crystal (from One World Hotel) for hosting us!
The Appreciation Set Menus are available from Dec 1, 2010 till Jan 31, 2011 from RM888++ per table of 10. The Auspicious Lunar New Year Set Menus are available from Feb 1-28, 2011 at RM988++, RM1188++ and RM1388++ per table of 10.
Food: 6/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: I enjoyed the food and the ingredients used were of good quality. Apart from the fact that it’s pork-free, there was really nothing to fault in the dishes.
ZUAN YUAN CHINESE RESTAURANT
One World Hotel
First Avenue Bandar Utama City Centre
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03 7681 1159