Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rooster Pineapple Tarts and Bak Kwa for Chinese New Year

Hello! Over the past few days, we have been baking up a storm in our kitchen in preparation for Chinese New Year. We made pineapple nastar rolls, as well as German cookies to gift to our friends.

While making the pineapple nastar rolls, I tried making them in rooster shapes too. I made it using the same dough as the pineapple nastar rolls (recipe here) - to make the rooster shapes, first make a pineapple jam ball (about the size of a marble), then another slightly bigger ball using the dough. Flatten the dough, then place the pineapple jam in the centre, wrap and roll back into a ball. Stick on the red heart shaped decoration as the comb, and also another one as its beak (the pointy bit facing outwards) and then two black sesame seeds for its eyes. Have fun making them!

Rooster Pineapple Tarts for Year of the Rooster

Over the weekend, Baby D also helped make German Cookies, for his classmates and teacher. We made over 150 of them! :D Recipe can be found here.

Please also check out my recipe for Rooster German Cookies. :)

This year, we also made bak kwa (Chinese pork jerk). Do enjoy this short recipe video that I made on how to make bak kwa. It's so easy and sooooo much cheaper than buying from the shops. Recipe can be found here.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

CNY 2017: Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur celebrates the auspicious arrival of the Year of the Rooster with four sumptous set menus at Chynna. The mix of fashionably modern and traditional festive dishes are meticulously crafted by Chinese masterchef and TV personality Chef Lam Hock Hin.

The Chinese New Year set menus will be available from 5 January until 16 February 2017, with prices starting from RM238 nett per person for the Rainbow Set, RM298 nett per person for the Great Chynna Set, RM368 nett per person Prosperity and Glory Set and RM588 nett per person for the Year of Rooster Set. For the full menus, please scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Gather your family and friends at Chynna for the prosperity toss, aka "lo hei". Their signature Year of the Rooster Lo Sang is pretty special, whereby healthy, beautifully arranged julienned fresh fruits (strawberry, dragon fruit, jackfruit and pear) is topped with crisp, crunchy sweet and sour chicken. Sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and pok chui is added to signify "a floor full of gold" for the coming year, and olive oil is poured over for a "smooth sailing year". We love the light, refreshing taste of this fruity yee sang. Other than this, guests can also choose from other yee sang toppings such as Norwegian salmon, Chilean crab with gold flakes, Caesar salad with grated Parmesan cheese, and Australian 3 head abalone, with prices starting from RM128 nett for half portion.

We sampled the Great Chynna Set, a 7-course set menu which starts off with the Braised vegetarian fin soup with Shanghai style crab meat soup, made using shark's fin melon. A superb tasting soup, my favorite dish of the evening!

Fish is a must-have during a CNY dinner as it symbolises abundance for the new year. Patin is one of the most prized freshwater fishes in Malaysia. Chef Lam uses wild patin buah, which is steamed with salted fish, taucu, and chilli, which gives the sauce a hint of spiciness. Delicious!

Steamed wild patin buah with salted fish and touchu, chilli and congee broth

Another highlight for us was the Simmered abalone cubes with sea cucumber and mushrooms in abalone sauce. The sea cucumber and mushrooms were stuffed inside a beancurd roll, and it was very flavorful. I was also happy to savour the meaty abalone cubes, which symbolises definite good luck for the year. :)

Sea moss, aka fatt choy is usually eaten during CNY as its homonym stands for "struck it rich". Here at Chynna, Chef Lam adds it to his stir fried Korean pear with vegetarian meats. The vegetarian meats, made from soy, resembled chicken and the sweet, crunchy Korean pear cubes added an interesting touch to the dish.

We do not usually look forward to the rice dish, as we're super full by then. However, the Stir fried fragrant rice with sausage and char siew (pork-free) here was so good that we savoured every spoonful of it. The rice definitely had lots of wok hei, and was so tasty, we wished we could have another bowl!

For dessert, we were served a refreshing, Chilled coral weed (珊瑚草) with ginseng and wolf berries. A lovely end to our meal.

CNY Set Menus

For more information or reservations, please call 03-2264 2596. Visit this link for the hi-res copy of Hilton KL's CNY Brochure.


Opening times: Lunch : Mon to Fri - 12.00noon to 2.30pm; Sat & Sun - 11.00am to 2.30 pm;
Dinner : Mon to Sun - 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Location: Chynna, Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603 2264 2596


GPS Coordinates: 3.135685, 101.686524

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