For me, this is when I get to eat my favourite Chinese New Year appetiser or yee sang which has a combination of jicama, coriander, carrot, pickled ginger, radish and cucumber mixed together with plum sauce, crispy crackers and ground peanuts as well as sesame seeds.Oriental Group’s Noble Mansion has a variety of yee sang that offer silver fish, salmon, salmon and anchovies, salmon and prawns, soft shell crab, golden crispy enoki mushroom and even grilled Iberico pork neck.
To make it even more interesting, there are traditional, modern vegetables or white truffle yee sang to choose from.
Alaskan Spider Crab Vegetables Yee Sang with fresh vegetables dotted with raisins and pomelo bits was our yee sang for the day.
Alaskan spider crab was added in as an afterthought by Oriental Group executive chef Justin Hor after returning from a holiday in Japan.
He felt the large-sized crustacean with its meaty offering was juicy and complemented the dish well.
The restaurant has more than 10 Chinese New Year menus to choose from and for our dining pleasure, Hor chose a selection of dishes from each menu.
A generous serving of Whole Pork Trotter with Hokkaido XL Dried Scallop, Japanese Mushroom and Quail Egg (only available at Oriental Pavilion, Noble Mansion and Noble House) was served in a large pot for us to dig into.
The succulent pork meat paired with veggies can be eaten on its own or with rice.
Next was Steamed Deep Sea Garoupa with Fresh Abalone and Prawn Medallion in casserole basket (only available at Oriental Star) and our favourite Crystal Prawn with Gold Caviar Sauce served in a giant bean curd skin bowl.
We tore the bean curd skin (fu chuk) to the size of a potato chip before dipping it into a special sauce.
“The skin stays crispy for at least three hours so you can take your time savouring it,” he said, adding that the sauce featured a combination of lemon juice, oyster sauce and bird’s eye chilli.
We also enjoyed Hor’s two different crab dishes — Deep-fried Crab Claw with Red Vinegar and Crab Meat Scrambled Egg in Lettuce Wraps.
Hor chose to use crab legs for the fried dish.
“Crabs have two swimming legs and they are both very strong and meaty,” said Hor, adding that he hoped savouring the crab would help usher a strong and good beginning for diners.
The rest of the crab meat is mixed with egg whites and cream to create scrambled egg, which is then wrapped in lettuce.
Another favourite was the Steamed Rice with Waxed Meat in Hakka Style with pork sausage, pork slices and liver sausage.
Warm rice is mixed with cured meat in a special sweet dark sauce and French beans.
Waxed meat dishes are a popular must-have during the festive season as many believe consuming it will ensure a smooth year ahead, he said.
For dessert, Deep-fried Sesame Ball with Nian Gao as well as the refreshing Gold Pudding with Bird’s Nest served in an orange were served.
The orange is filled with a layer of jelly before being topped with bird’s nest and bite-sized orange pieces.
Noble Mansion has Chinese New Year set menus starting from RM1,388 to RM4,988 for a table of 10.
Individual set with a minimum order for two persons is also available starting at RM158 to RM 428 per person for a set of six dishes.
The set meals are available until Feb 11.
NOBLE MANSION Level 1 Podium, Plaza 33, Section 13, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03- 7932 3288). Business hours 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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