Sunday, January 17, 2016

CNY 2016: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL

Welcome the year of the Fire Monkey with family, friends and relatives and savour the delectable festive menus at Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL from now until 29 February 2016.

Join in the ritual of tossing yee sang for prosperity, good fortune and health - there will be 5 yee sangs available here, namely the Sliced Abalone in Thai dressing, Yellow Fin Tuna and Salmon, Soft Shell Crab and Snow Pear, Salmon and Assorted Vegetables as well as Assorted Vegetables and Shredded Fruits in Sesame Dressing. Available for lunch and dinner, from RM138 nett to RM488 nett.

There are also three 8-course set menus offered, Fortune (RM278 per person), Prosperity (RM388 per person), and Wealth (RM628 per person) with a minimum of four diners, available for lunch and dinner. You can view the full menu here.

We were invited to sample their delightful Prosperity set menu, starting with the yee sang of yellow fin tuna and salmon. The yee sang incorporates fresh vegetables such as shredded carrot, radish, lettuce as well as rocket, hence making it light and fresh tasting.

The double boiled soups here are always a delight to savour, this time Chef Ricky Thein has created a nutritious double-boiled abalone soup and sea cucumber with morel mushrooms and maca. Maca is a medicinal herb originating from Peru, which is nourishing and good for fertility.

Next, we had the steamed Omega rich grouper with chopped chilli paste and ginger parsley paste. Both paste were spicy and fragrant, and went well with the fresh, flaky fish with gelatinous skin.

The corn fed chicken is marinated and poached, and then served with Chef's creation dipping sauce along with finely grated ginger and spring onion. A popular Cantonese dish which we love!

The wok fried Ming prawn with fragrant chilli paste was beautifully presented in a lantern as well as dainty butterflies carved out from carrots. So pretty! The prawns are served peeled, super convenient for the diners.

Lai Po Heen's CNY "Fatt Choy" sun dried seafood pot features large fresh scallops, abalone, fish maw, mushroom and pak choy. Presented in a claypot, it was both luxurious and delicious!

For the rice dish, Chef Ricky uses healthy grain rice which is fried with golden pumpkin and sea treasure consisting of prawn, dried oyster and dried scallop. The rice was full of wok hei and tasted great.

The chilled osmanthus jelly with crunchy water chestnut cake was a light, refreshing end to our meal.

For dining reservations and more information, please contact 03-2179 8885 or email


Opening times: 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch (Mon-Fri), 10.30am-2.30pm (Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays), 7pm to 10.30 for dinner (Mon-Sun).

Location: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2179 8885


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  1. The presentation of their prawn dish is truly exquisite. Love the lantern & butterflies, so very nice!

  2. Those dishes definitely mean Prosperity! Every dish is wonderfully plated. They all look so yummy and delicious! Absolutely delish!


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