Guests can usher in the Year of the Fire Rooster in an elegant, luxurious setting. Intricate carvings of animals and plants that are symbolic to fortune and prosperity adorn the walls of the restaurant. Guests can choose from four menus, all featuring signature creations that are symbolic to CNY celebrations. The set menus start from RM1,688 nett for the Spring and Happiness set, RM2288 nett for the Everlasting Prosperity set, RM3388 nett for the Wealth and Fortune set and RM8888 nett for the Emperor set menu. Each menu comes with a bottle of celebratory wine or champagne, depending on the menu chosen. For the full menus, please scroll down to the bottom of this post.
We were invited to Le Mei just before Christmas to sample some of their dishes from their CNY menu, specially handpicked by Chef Michael. Start your meal with the customary yee sang, or "lo hei" - we had the Four Seasons Prosperity Yee Sang, which consists of four types of seafood, namely butterfish, salmon, tuna and jellyfish, topped with crispy shredded treasures and a blackcurrant-plum dressing. Guests can also choose from specially plated sets, priced from RM110 nett onwards, with toppings such as salmon, Canadian surf clam, lobster, or vegetarian options such as snow pear, Fuji apple or persimmon.
Next to arrive was the Double Boiled Chicken Soup, with whole abalone, dried scallops, bamboo pith and vegetables. Loved the comforting flavours of the soup, so good!
Prawns are a must during CNY as prawn in Chinese (ha) symbolises laughter (ha ha ha) and happiness for the new year. And don't you love it when prawns are served to you, shelled? I do! The shelled prawns are coated in a light batter and deep fried to crispy perfection, and then coated with an appetizing lemon dressing, and tropical fruit salsa (mango, strawberry and dragon fruit) and tobiko for extra texture.
Crispy prawns coated with lemon dressing
The Chinese love having dishes with auspicious ingredients during CNY - hence the Braised Japanese sun dried scallops with dried oysters and fatt choy would be a hit. Oysters ("hou see") means "all good things and "fatt choy" means wealth and lettuce ("sang choy") means prosperity.
Fish is another must during CNY as the pronunciation of fish ("yu" 鱼) is a homonym for abundance or surpluses in Chinese. Chef Michael adds a fusion touch to the fish dish - the salmon fillets are glazed with honey and soy, baked and then served on a bed of sauteed onions.
Baked salmon fillets with honey and onions
Wok fried rice with diced lobster and tobiko
The perfect end to a CNY meal - deep fried nian gao (new year cake) with sweet potato and yam... these were so good, we wished there was more! This was accompanied by a lovely dessert soup, Double boiled Tianshan snow lotus with peach gum, dried longan, red dates and ginseng pao shen. Tianshan snow lotus is said to promote a healthy, youthful look, so ladies (and gents!), get sipping ;)
CNY menus at Le Mei
For more information or reservations, please call 03-8689 6888 / 6847 / 6868. You can also request for the full menus via this link http://www.lemeridienputrajaya.com/cny2017.
Location: Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepag, Selangor, Malaysia (located next to IOI City Mall).
Tel: 03-8689 6888
GPS Coordinates: 2.969213, 101.712596
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