Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CNY 2014: Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant, Hilton Petaling Jaya

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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  1. I love all the different colours and flavours you've got here and that rice looks so good.

  2. Wow! Delicious dishes, I am drooling !
    Wishing you and your family Happy

  3. Seems the general practice to have fried rice at the end of a Chinese dinner there. Long ago, we had fried noodles and siew mai at the end. No more noodles these days but some places still serve siew mai. Fried rice, so far...only at one hotel restaurant, not common around here.

    Qong Xi Fa Cai to you and your loved ones! Cheers!

  4. Hey dear, here’s wishing you, your hubby and your two little princess and prince a Gallopin’ Year of the Horse from Devil and me! Hurrah!

  5. I love Yee Sang salad! And I'm so excited because tonight is the reunion dinner at my parents' house. Happy Chinese New Year! :D

  6. Mouth-watering dishes! Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family too! :)

  7. hehehe .. the small lil red bean golden fish is very cute ..
    Wish you a prosperous & good health in this horsieee year..

  8. Hi Yen, wishing you and family a Happy Chinese New Year. May the year of horse brings you lots of delicious goodies.

  9. Happy Chinese New Year Yen! Wow, I'd love to have this exquisite CNY meals one day... I want to spend CNY in Asia someday. It's more festive and fun. Here... it's kind of like regular day, at least in my household as we don't have many family members around. Hope you have a wonderful celebration with your family!

  10. Hi Yen, Happy CNY. My family used to have such sumptuous CNY dinner when my late FIL was around. Now is always home-cooked until you do not look forward to CNY anymore. Very tiring 'duty' befalls on the one DIL in the house.

  11. yay for yee sang! the one here at toh yuen looks very nice. here's wishing you and hubby and both the kids a joyous dinner with the rest of your family this evening =)


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