Healthy toss to prosperous journey

Special Hakka Lei Cha sauce is the highlight of this Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang.

EVERY year, Chinese restaurants think of new ideas for their signature yee sang to kick off their Lunar New Year menu.

This year, at Tao Chinese Cuisine restaurant, its signature Hakka lei cha sauce is the highlight of its yee sang.

Instead of using ordinary plum sauce, executive Chinese chef Wong Lian You curated this special sauce with added ingredients like mint, basil, long jing tea, Pu’er tea and sesame, to go with its Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang.

“These are healthy ingredients and we want to start the year on a healthy note,” he said.

There are three set menus to choose from — Harmonious, Opulent and Abundance priced at RM1,988, RM2,388 and RM2,788, respectively.

I tried the Opulent set.

After a hearty serving of yee sang, a comforting Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Fish Maw and Abalone was served to warm up the palate.

Next up was the Hong Kong-Style Tao’s Roasted Duck. The skin was glazy and crispy, while the meat was sweet, succulent and tasty.

The fish dish with the set was a simple Steamed White Sultan Fish with Superior Sauce. The fish was fresh and a favourite among diners.

The Tok Alang Style Wok-fried Tiger Prawn got the diners licking their fingers. The prawns were well coated in the sweet and spicy sauce. It was good to eat on its own or with hot rice.

The vegetable dish was the Braised Sea Cucumber, Mushroom and Broccoli, made with crab roe paste. The paste did not alter the original taste much.

Finally, there was the sticky Steamed Rice in Mini Lotus Leaf. The rice was fragrant and well-seasoned, and appetising as expected. I was already stuffed at this stage, so I could not finish the portion served to me.

At the end of the meal, there was the Double-boiled Snow Bird’s Nest, Glutinous Dumplings, Lemongrass in Brown Sugar Syrup, and Pan-fried Ninko, Sesame Seeds, Salted Bean Paste Dumpling.

The former was light and the latter heavy, but both completed the meal with sweet endings.

All Chinese New Year sets will be served until Feb 8.

TAO CHINESE CUISINE, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2782 612) (Email address: Business hours: 12.30pm- 2.30pm (lunch) and 6.30pm- 10.30pm (dinner), daily.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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