Welcome the Year of the Monkey with festive favorites with your family and friends at Five Sen5es, The Westin Kuala Lumpur's authentic Cantonese Restaurant. For the Chinese, the Lunar New Year revolves around five blessings, namely, Longevity, Riches, Peace, Wisdom and Virtue.
From 2 to 21 February 2016, Five Sen5es presents 3 exquisite set menus (prices start from RM1688 nett per table of 10 persons), a selection of fresh yee sang, festive a la carte items as well as an enhanced dim sum brunch for the festivities.
A Chinese New Year dinner will not be complete without the tossing of yee sang as it symbolises good luck, prosperity, health and all things auspicious. During our CNY review here last week, we tossed this spectacular yee sang, which features Norwegian fresh salmon sashimi, Australian spring abalone, as well as Chinese pork jerky (aka bak kwa!). The yee sang was beautifully arranged with two koi fishes in the centre, with auspicious Chinese words 年年有余 (translated to "every year filled with abundance") and the bak kwa arranged to look like firecrackers. Yee sang is available here from 19 January to 21 February.
After the tossing of the yee sang, we started our meal off with the double boiled pigeon soup with Chinese ham and baby cabbage 风生又水起（津胆火腿炖乳鸽 (RM88). This Beijing-style soup is savoury and fragrant from the Chinese ham, and has a very homely and comforting taste to it.
Next is the poached chicken with spicy garlic sauce 凤凰戏年花（麻辣白切鸡) (RM128 for whole bird). The chicken was smooth and tender, and went well with the fragrant (not too spicy) sauce with crispy garlic bits.
The deep fried pork spare ribs with berries and haw berry sauce 步步快高升（山楂鲜梅排骨）(RM62) could be likened to sweet and sour pork - the meat has been taken off its bone, deep fried until crispy, and then coated with a sweet and sour sauce made from dried Chinese hawberry, brown sugar and sour plum. Very appetizing!
Fried Pomfret with Braised Roasted Pork Belly and Cherry Tomatoes 鲜茄火腩焖鲳鱼 (RM42 per 100g) - the fish has been deep fried and then a tangy sauce of braised pork belly and cherry tomatoes is poured over the fish. Personally, I prefer Chinese pomfret steamed.
One of my favorite dishes of the evening was this crisp fried prawn with pumpkin and salted egg yolk mousse 金银遍满地（咸蛋金瓜爆虾球) (RM78) - the prawn has been peeled and butterflied, with tail intact, coated with salted egg yolk and then deep fried. The batter was crisp and slightly spicy. Also love the chunks of salted egg pumpkin.
The slow cooked clay pot rice with assorted wax meat and chestnuts 五谷丰收年 （瓦煲栗子滑鸡腊味饭）(RM68) - the lap mei fan is laden with lap cheong, wax liver sausage, kailan and spring onions and was deliciously fragrant.
For dessert we had the Glutinous Rice Dumplings in Sweetened Soya Milk and Ginger Juice with steamed ‘Nian Gau’财高升八斗（姜汁豆浆汤圆拼年糕）- the nian gau was made in the shape of an ingot, filled with Japanese sweet potato paste, while the glutinous rice dumpling (tang yuan) had a black sesame filling.
You can view here for the full CNY set menus.
Serves pork / Non-halal.
Location: Five Sen5es, Level 1, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03- 2731 8333
GPS Coordinates: 3.14779, 101.714569
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