Chinese New Year is barely 2 weeks away.. how quickly time flies! Last week, we were invited to Hilton KL to sample their CNY menu as well as "loh sang" (tossing the yee sang). To usher in the Year of the Dragon, award-winning Chef Lam Hock Hin has come up with 4 signature set menus, for 5 persons and above (prices start from RM168.80++ per person). The set menus are available from 2nd January to 6th February 2012. Click here to check out all 4 menus available.
Year of the Dragon 2012
Love the pretty looking plates.
Upon arrival, the tea master greeted us with an impressive tea-pouring ceremony. The tea served to us was a fragrant eight treasures tea, with notes of Chinese herbs.
Watch the action here! Very awesome.
Chinese tea and eight treasure tea
A yee sang feast...
We started off with the obligatory yee sang... not one but three yee sang! That afternoon we sampled the Brilliant Australia lobster lao sang (RM78 per 100g), the Caesar salad with grated parmesan cheese and Norwegian salmon lao sang (RM98 for half portion, RM148 for full portion) and the vegetable, fruits, salmon with extra virgin olive oil lao sang. I love the luxurious lobster yee sang, the lobster meat was very fresh with a nice bouncy texture. Hubby's favorite was the unique caesar salad yee sang -- an ingenious creation by Chef Lam showcasing the perfect marriage of East and West cuisine. At first, we thought the parmesan cheese would be weird with the yee sang but we were wrong.. as tasting it proves that it works well.
Colorful yee sang
Angry lobster, happy diners :P
Extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the yee sang
Vegetable, fruits, salmon with extra virgin olive oil lao sang.
Caesar salad yee sang with Norwegian salmon
Spooning luscious lobster meat on the yee sang
Toss to abundance, prosperity and happiness :)
The Source of Wealth is Plentiful Set Menu 1
Caesar Salad with Grated Parmesan Cheese and Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang
Double-Boiled Shark’s Fin Soup with Baby Abalone and Cabbage Heart
Stewed Free Range Chicken with Oriental Herbs
Golden Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk
Stewed Aromatic Duck with Sea Cucumber, Mushrooms and gluten ‘Tou Kan’
Lotus Leaf Fried Rice with Chicken, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Ginger Syrup with Pandan Glutinous Dumpling
Glutinous Rice Balls with Peanut and Sesame Seeds
Priced at RM168.80++ per person (for 5 persons and above)
After the yee sang, we sampled the set menu above. I love double boiled Chinese soups and the double boiled shark's fin soup with baby abalone and cabbage heart here was excellent. I much prefer this light soup to thick starchy soups, which fills me up unnecessarily. If you do not take shark's fin, you can always ask to change it to a different soup.
A whole baby abalone! :)
The next dish does not look like much, but it was one of the tastiest things we ate that afternoon. It will actually be served to your table as a whole chicken, but the staff will portion it up for you for easier consumption. Free range chicken is used and stewed with Oriental herbs for several hours, resulting in a toothsome dish. I dont usually eat chicken skin, but I gobbled it all up here. :P
Stewed free range chicken with Oriental herbs
Usually, I don't eat prawns during Chinese banquet dinners etc as I am too lazy and don't want to get my hands dirty peeling them (unless Hubby offers to peel them for me of course.. hehe) so it was nice to see that the prawns served to us here has already been peeled for us! Hooray. The prawns were huge and taut, and coated with salted egg yolk... I also like that the prawn was not oily.
Golden prawns with salted egg yolk
Stewed aromatic duck with sea cucumber, mushrooms and gluten "tou kan"
Lotus leaf fried rice with chicken, mushroom and dried shrimps
Ginger syrup with pandan glutinous dumpling and glutinous rice balls with peanut and sesame seeds
Baby D's fortune cooking reads..
The charismatic Chef Lam Hock Hin of Chynna -- he hails from the same hometown as me! :)
We were also presented with this beautiful koi nian gao (no preservatives used) to take home. I love nian gao and I have to say the nian gao here is really good. It was still very soft and fresh when we tried it that same afternoon and not too sweet. We still have some leftover in our fridge, so will probably pan fry it lightly and eat with toasted or fresh coconut. :) These nian gao would make an excellent gift, and is available for purchase in limited quantities from Chynna for RM88++.
Koi nian gao
Click here to view Chynna's a la carte Chinese New Year menu.
Full set of photos available to view here.
Location: Chynna Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2264 2264
GPS Coordinates: 3.135685, 101.686524