Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CNY 2013: Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

From 28th January to 24th February 2013, Chynna at Hilton Kuala Lumpur will be showcasing menus inspired by the Year of the Snake. Chef Lam Hock Hin once again impresses with his creative dishes, including one of the most unique yee sangs I've come across (ever). The CNY set menus are priced between RM178.80++ per person to RM398.80++ per person (for a table of 10 persons). 

We were invited to Chynna to sample some of their prosperous offerings, from the Scholarly Honour of Rank and Wealth menu (RM2488++ for 10 persons). 

Sea birds nest with golden MD2 pineapple yee sang

Beautiful restaurant




Love the ornate plates here


I remember going "wow" when I first saw the tea master perform his tea-pouring ceremony last year. Still very impressive watching it the second time around. Lovely, fragrant eight treasures tea.


Took another video of the action... couldn't resist!
video


Toss to a prosperous 2013 with the luxurious yee sang on offer, with ingredients such as Australian live lobster sashimi, Australian 3 heads abalone or sea birds nest. We had the latter, sea birds nest with golden MD2 pineapple yee sang. The sea birds nest is not birds nest as all, but it is actually a type of yellow seaweed from Sabah. It is mildly crunchy and is said to be rich in collagen.

We also sampled the unique Hakka Lei Cha with Rice Bran Oil Yee Sang. This is Chef Lam's unique take on the famous Hakka dish, which received nods of approval from everyone at the table. The basil pouring sauce was a gorgeous green hue and smelt so good. Absolutely delicious!

Sea birds nest with golden MD2 pineapple yee sang


Hakka Lei Cha with Rice Bran Oil Yee Sang

Hubby heaped praises on the Shanghai style braised shredded abalone, sea cucumber and fish maw in supreme broth. This bowl of goodness was laden with so much ingredient - rich and bursting with flavour.


The marble goby fish (soon hock) may not be the prettiest fish to look at, but it sure was pretty tasty. The meaty fish was simply steamed with a taucu chilli sauce for a little heat.

Steamed live marble goby fish with taucu chilli sauce

Fresh and flaky fish


The poached free range eunuch chicken (capon or "yim kai" in Chinese) was served with a Wincarnis sauce, a type of British tonic wine. Chef Lam explained that a capon can grow up to 4kg, and generous portion which was served to us was only half a chicken. The skin of the capon is rather springy and thick. The chicken went perfectly with the ginger-coriander sauce.

Poached free range chicken (eunuch) with Wincarnis sauce



The steamed giant bamboo clam with spicy homemade dried shrimps sauce was one of my favorite dishes that afternoon. The giant bamboo clam which was sourced from Sabah was meaty and fresh, and was lightly steamed for 2 minutes. The sauce it was served with was similar to the "kam heong" style sauce.



The braised abalone with sea cucumber, sun dried oyster and fatt choy in dried scallop sauce was a dish full of auspicious meanings. One of my favorite CNY dishes.


The simmer bean vermicelli with minced meat Sichuan style was a nice change from the usual rice dishes in CNY menus. As a noodle lover, I would pick this over lap mei fan any day.



Lunch ended on a high note with the fragrant chilled Tianshan snow lotus with red date and deep fried nian gao with banana. Usually nian gao is served with sweet potato or yam, serving it with banana worked extremely well too.



Click here to view Chynna's CNY a la carte and setmenus.

Pork-free.

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

Tel: +603 2264 2264

Website: www.life.hiltonkl.com

GPS Coordinates: 3.135685, 101.686524

25 comments:

  1. "Hubby heaped praises on the Shanghai style braised shredded abalone, sea cucumber and fish maw in supreme broth." See! It doesn't need to have that offensive stuff...and for all you know, you could be paying through your nose for some plastic imitation. Ooooo...love the crockery! So very nice!

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    1. Lots of hotel restaurants are choosing to go "shark fin - free" nowadays.

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  2. bamboo giant clams look delish!! :D

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    1. Yah... I had a few helpings of this since there were a few others who dont take seafood at our table!

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  3. oooo, quite a lot of creativity in the dishes here! definitely a few recipes that look very, very tempting :D

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    1. Yeah found the CNY dishes here fresh and exciting to the palate!

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  4. I like the Hakka Lei Cha with Rice Bran Oil Yee Sang... unique and because I like Lei Cha...

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    1. I have not tried Hakka lei cha before but have been told it can taste offensive to certain ppl cos of its strong tasting sauce. The chef has tone down the sauce here, I really liked this yee sang. One of my favs this yr.

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  5. very unique dishes for CNY especially the Lui Cha Yee Sang! Love to try that cos I am a huge fan of lui cha... two Yee Sangs at a go.... double HUAT!! ;)

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    1. Haha! Hopefully lots of good luck again this yr after all the yee sang I've tossed! :P

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  6. Everything looks so good... the Hakka lei cha yee sang is so special.

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  7. Everything looks yum to me!!!!!!!!!!! *slurrp*

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  8. Love that the dishes are quite unorthodox but you can tell that they work from those beautiful pictures itself!

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    1. Yeah u r right. But most of them still hold the auspicious meanings lah.

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  9. This restaurant is so special, can watch tea-pouring show too!

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  10. I want to try the giant bamboo clam, looks so yummy!

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    1. I checked their CNY a la carte menu... I think can only order the set menu to get this. :(

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  11. marble goby fish! I'll have to remember that name next time I write up on soon hock..lol. Hey fish doesn't have to look pretty. It's the taste and texture that counts. =D

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  12. Its always tough to keep the traditional dishes and yet make the menu different - looks like Chynna get it right! Love the plates - that's a nice touch.

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  13. I'm so excited about CNY and all of the delicious food there is on offer! Yee Sang is one of my favourite dishes :D

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  14. Everything looks delicious! You are on a CNY feast lately even before CNY! Lucky you! :)

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  15. Hi Baby Sumo, delicious! I feast with my eyes.... anyway I'm getting hungry now.
    Need to go cook maggi mee to satisfy my hungry stomach. LOL

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