Getting together with family and friends has always been an important part of Chinese New Year festivities.
It is an opportunity to catch up as well as reminisce about the good old days.
Celebrating with a group of people with different dietary needs is never easy but Muslim-friendly Chinese restaurants like The Emperor at Dorsett Grand Subang may help to narrow down that search.
Its senior sous chef Liew Yin Wah and his team have carefully curated three menus — Prosperity, Wealthy and Happiness — priced at RM788nett, RM899nett and RM1,188nett respectively.
Each menu is for a group of five or six people and features eight to nine dishes.
A typical way to start a Chinese New Year meal is with yee sang.
The Traditional Prosperity Yee Sang with Salmon with its thin slices of salmon along with shredded carrots, radish, potato and cucumber slices was very flavourful and definitely whets the appetite.
Other variations of this dish include yee sang with crispy fish skin and salmon, jellyfish and fresh fruits, salmon and Korean pear as well as baby abalone and Korean pear.
From the Wealthy set menu, we had The Double-boiled Sea Whelk with Bamboo Piths and Farm Village Chicken, which brought back memories of home for me.
The Roasted Chicken with Prawn Crackers was a perfect combination of tender meat and airy crunchiness.
From the a la carte menu, The Braised Homemade Beancurd with Fish Fillets had me reaching for another piece as the fish was fresh and silky while the soft homemade beancurd reminded me of home-cooked meals.
For seafood lovers, there are Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Superior Soya Sauce as the soy sauce provides a nice contrast to the naturally sweet, juicy prawns.
In Chinese culture, mushrooms are served during Chinese New Year as they symbolise prosperity.
Available in all three set menus, the Braised Black Mushrooms with Dried Oysters and Sea Moss are full of flavour and juiciness.
Another must-have dish for the celebration is Steamed Organic Brown Rice with Glutinous Rice and Smoked Duck.
The dish reminds me of loh mai kai (steamed Chinese glutinous rice with chicken), but with a twist and more flavoursome.
For dessert, we were served Chilled Sea Coconut with Lemon Slices and it was indeed a refreshing end to the meal, especially since it was a sunny day.
Deep-fried Crispy “Nian Gao” with Sweet Potato and Yam and Crystal Skin Mango Puree with Pandan Lotus Paste from the Wealthy set were also served as the last course.
“The inspiration for the crystal skin comes from snowskin mooncakes. It symbolises family reunion,” said dim sum chef Chan Chee Loong.
Chan included a special lunar new year dish in the menu this year, Radish Cake with Dried Scallops and Dried Shrimps, which is priced at RM38nett.
The traditional radish cake symbolises prosperity and rising fortunes for you and your loved ones.
“Many customers have told us that they miss their parents in their hometown.
“We hope this radish cake dish can comfort them a little as it gives them a taste of home-made food,” said Liew.
Orders for the radish cake can be placed via the hotel’s website by Jan 23.
Collection of the dish will be from Jan 24 to Feb 14.
The yee sang and set menus are available until Feb 15.
Dorsett Grand Subang, Jalan SS 12/1, SS12, Subang Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-5031 6060).
Business hours:, Noon to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10pm (Mondays to Saturdays); 10am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10pm (Sundays and public holidays).
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.