Monday, January 21, 2019

CNY 2019: Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Usher the Lunar New Year with a tan-Thai-lising CNY feast at Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine. The restaurant is located on Jalan U-Thant, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur's busy streets in a serene standalone bungalow, with an ornamental pond and private outdoor chalets.

Rama V is well-known for their authentic yet innovative fine Thai cuisine, particularly from the Northern and Central region of Thailand. There will be two Chinese New Year Set Menus available during the festive period, from 15 January until 20 February 2019; the Fortune Set (RM468 for 5-6 pax) and Prosperity Set (RM968 for 8-10 pax). The festive menus feature auspicious ingredients (such as prawns, fish and duck) commonly eaten during CNY, while still showcasing authentic Thai flavours.

Toss to prosperity and good luck with Rama V's Loh Hei Yee Sang, with a delicious Thai twist. Definitely one of the most unique, tastiest ones we've tried this year, topped with scallop sashimi, smoked duck, Thai fish cake, fried red and green yam, pineapple, red rubies, crispy Thai basil,  green papaya, shredded coconut, pomelo and more! It also comes with three types of sauces (sesame, mieng kham and plum sauce) which blend harmoniously together. Loved the slightly spicy, tangy flavours of this yee sang. Priced at RM128 (a la carte) or RM88 if you order one of the festive sets.

We sampled the Prosperity Set during our review, starting with the Golden Shrimp Tom Kha, a mildly spicy, tangy tom yum soup with coconut milk, oysters, mushroom, lemongrass and a juicy stuffed prawn ball with shrimp roe. So appetizing, great for whetting our appetites.

Four types of main courses will be served simultaneously, along with steamed Thai berry jasmine rice. Prawns are often served during CNY as it symbolises laughter and happiness; here, the tiger prawns are butterflied and stir fried, and served with a lemongrass and lychee salad. Love the pretty presentation of this dish too!

Stir fried tiger prawns with lemongrass and lychee salad

Fish symbolises abundance for the new year; a whole seabass is steamed with Tom Khong sauce; the sauce is very light, allowing the natural sweetness of the fish to shine.

Steamed seabass with Tom Khong sauce

The Deep fried crispy duck with morning glory was a big hit with the kids as they love duck. Served on the side as well was minced chicken cooked with a spicy, roasted tomato chilli paste... absolutely moreish. I loved the deep fried morning glory (kangkung) as well; the tempura-like batter is light and crispy. 

I love brussel sprouts, though this is the first time I'm having it in an Asian restaurant. It pairs really well with the delicate scallops, stir fried in a Thai royal sauce. 

Stir fried brussels sprouts with sea scallops in Thai Royal sauce

Desserts are fit for a king, literally; the trio includes Ja Mong Kud, egg yolk dumpling in wheat flour crown which was previously only served to kings and royalties. Other two desserts on the platter are the smooth Jasmine Mango Panna Cotta and Pandan Creme Dumplings (which taste like mochi). What a delightful end to this Thai-rrific meal.

Ja Mong Kud

Pinklao (RM24.85) - whisky, lime juice, coconut water, pumpkin spice syrup. Fantastic cocktail, highly recommended!

Thai iced milk tea

CNY 2019 Menu

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Opening times: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm.

Location: Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine, 5 Jalan U-Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2143 2663

GPS Coordinates: 3.154957, 101.724043

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

CNY 2019: Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium KL

Ring in the Year of the Pig with sumptuous delicacies and specialty dishes at the award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Lai Ching Yuen at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. Led by Executive Chinese Chef Terence Foong, the restaurant will be showcasing a series of Chinese New Year specialties and set menus.

There will be three set menus available, from now until 19 February 2019, priced at RM188 nett per person for a minimum of four persons and range from RM 1,888 nett, RM 2,888 nett and RM 3,888 nett per table of ten for a 9-course set meal. Please scroll down to the bottom for the full menus. 

Raise your chopsticks and toss to to greater heights with a selection of Yee Sang, with toppings such as fresh Norwegian salmon, jelly fish, crispy fish skin, abalone, soft-shell crab, barbecued pork or vegetarian. During our review, we sampled the "Peace Season" set, which comes with the Yee Sang with Abalone. The yee sang here is most apt for the Year of the Pig, with cute piggy buns, as well as crispy pork crackling.. loved it! The fruity yee sang sauce is also worth a mention, made from all natural ingredients such as peach, apricot, strawberry and mandarin orange.

The highlight of this set is the Hong Kong style roasted "pi pa" duck. This is only available during the festive period. To create the crispy skin, the duck is hung for 36 hours until dry and then marinated with honey, sugar, vinegar and rice wine. With its crispy, thin skin and juicy, flavorful meat, this was a truly enjoyable dish.

This set also comes with Braised supreme shark's fin soup, Crispy grouper bone in salt and pepper as well as grouper fillets with spring onion and ginger, Baked slipper lobster with superior broth and Braised dried oyster with stuffed sea cucumber, mushroom and garden greens.

Diners can also indulge in Chinese Wax Meat Rice in Claypot, a specialty for the Lunar New Year. Salted duck meat, duck liver and Chinese sausage are steamed with rice in claypot, and then a special sauce is poured over before enjoying.

For dessert, a Sweet Fancy Duet featuring traditional nian gao, sandwiched between yam and potato along with pineapple tarts are served with a Double boiled longan with sea coconut and white fungus.

In addition to the above, Dim Sum Master Chef Thye Yoon Kong and his team have also come up with a special festive dim sum menu comprising heart-warming steamed fish maw with prawn paste, pan-fried vegetables soft bun with fatt choy, pickled cabbage and chicken spring roll, steamed seafood dumpling and crispy onion puffs with chicken ham and more. Available till 19 February 2019 for lunch and dinner, starting from RM 28 nett onwards per dish. Highly recommended - the dim sum dishes were well-made and absolutely delicious.

CNY 2019 Set Menu 

For dining reservations or enquiries, guests may call +60 3 2117 4180 or email Pre-payment is required for guaranteed booking.


Opening times: Lunch; Monday to Friday 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Sat & Sun 11.00am - 2.30pm. Dinner; 6.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Location: Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Hotel, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM8 first hour, RM2 subsequent hour.)

Tel: 03-2117 4180

GPS Coordinates: 3.147694, 101.712338

Nearest MRT: Bukit Bintang.

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