This year, the theme at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant, Hilton PJ for Lunar New Year is "East Meets West Tale of Love" as both the Lunar and Gregorian calendar's Valentine's Day both fall on the 14 February. Double the love! Diners will be served a complimentary heart-shaped dumpling with red bean paste and love letter for this occasion. As for CNY dining, diners can choose from four celebratory banquet menus, which are priced from RM1088++ to RM1688++ for ten persons. We were delighted to be invited to the hotel to sample some of their sumptuous Chinese New Year offerings.
Chinese Pear and Jellyfish Yee Sang
I'm a little slow in the yee sang department this year, but I finally had my first "toss" today. We tossed to good fortune, health and a great Year of the Horse.
Diners can choose from a few yee sang options, such as fresh salmon and baby abalone, Japanese clam and jellyfish, fresh salmon and jellyfish, jellyfish with seaweed, and Chinese pear and jellyfish. We had the latter - Chef Tham, the head chef of the restaurant explains that he chose Chinese pear from Korea as it has a nice fragrance when the fruit is ripe.
The braised eight treasure soup was beautifully presented, certainly one of the prettier soups I've come across lately. Tastewise, it was really good too, brimming with an abundance of seafood such as dried scallops, abalone, crab meat and sea cucumber.
Pomfret is always a welcome sight during CNY dinners, as fish symbolises "surpluses for the new year". This deep fried pomfret, served with fried ginger was excellent - fresh and moist, and I liked the addition of chilli powder and Szechuan peppercorn which gives this a subtle spicy kick.
This may look like a simple dish, but Chef Tham tells us that the scallops are cooked via the double-boil method for 2 hours. The braised Chinese long cabbage was smooth and tender and has absorbed the lovely flavours of the dried scallop sauce.
Braised Chinese long cabbage with dried scallop sauce
The seafood fried rice with XO sauce was certainly good, with plenty of wok hei and fragrance. This is definitely one fried rice I wouldn't mind having a couple of bowls of.
Deep fried nian gao (New Year cake) and golden fish with red bean paste completed our lovely meal at Toh Yuen. The nian gao is sandwiched with yam slices and deep fried, so good we had to ask for more.
Head Chef of Toh Yuen, Chef Tham
Diners can also try their luck counting the gold coins and symbols of prosperity in the Jar of Fortune at the restaurant entrance for a chance to win a "sweet surprise".
The CNY menu is available until February 14, 2014.
Location: Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant, Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2 Jalan Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-7955 9122 ext. 4073/4.
GPS Coordinates: 3.102164, 101.640573
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