A la carte options for small group of diners

Tender Golden Spring Chicken with Plum Sauce — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

DINING out during Chinese New Year does not necessarily have to be about set menus; these days, a la carte options are also available.

At Still Waters, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur, a small group of diners can opt to select festive items from the a la carte menu.

The restaurant, famous for its Japanese cuisine with European and Asian flavours, has prepared mouth-watering Chinese dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Chinese New Year meals always start with the tradition of tossing yee sang. Diners can choose the usual selection with salmon, yellowtail, crispy silverfish or jellyfish.

For the adventurous, the Japanese-inspired yee sang served with salmon sashimi, jellyfish, seaweed, tako, salmon roe and Japanese plum sauce is a must-try.

A generous serving of salmon roe oozes out from the fresh “salmon rose” placed in the centre.

Some of the recommended items on the a la carte menu are the Golden Spring Chicken with Plum Sauce, Marmite Deep-fried Crispy Fish Fillet, Wok-fried Prawn with Golden Salted Egg Yolk Cereal and Aromatic Garlic Fried Rice with Dried Duck Meat.

A whole chicken is a popular Chinese New Year dish, but for a small group, a spring chicken is ideal. Without compromising on the flavours, diners can feast on the tender roast chicken with plum sauce on the side without overeating or leaving it to waste.

The Marmite Deep-fried Crispy Fish Fillet was good on its own or with hot rice. The fish was placed on a bed of fried shredded potato that soaked up bits of the sauce, which was delicious to eat on its own too.

The Wok-fried Prawn with Golden Salted Egg Yolk Cereal was delightful. Generously coated with a special blend of spices and then fried, every bite is sure to be bursting with flavours.

Lastly, the Aromatic Garlic Fried Rice with Dried Duck Meat is just as its name suggests.

Wax duck, a must-have festive favourite, is used to cook this comfort food topped with a generous heap of crunchy julienned spring onions.

STILL WATERS, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur, Level 1, 138, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2711 8866). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm (Monday – Friday), Noon-3pm (Saturday). Closed on Sunday and public holidays.

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

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