THE ritual of tossing the yee sang starts with the methodical layering of shredded vegetables, raw fish, sauces and condiments along with uttering auspicious wishes for a prosperous new year.
Then comes the best part — the actual tossing and the higher you toss, the higher your growth in “fortunes”.
To usher in the Year of the Goat, the award-winning Lai Po Heen at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur has five different yee sang varieties in its festive menus, available until March 3.
Chef Ricky Thein and his team have prepared an extensive choice of menus where you can choose from Yee Sang with whole abalone, Roasted Duck and Chicken with Sesame Dressing, Yee Sang with Sliced Abalone and Salmon, Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Snow Pear, Salmon Yee Sang with Assorted Vegetables and Condiments and Yee Sang with Assorted Vegetables and Shredded Fruit.
It is also available for take-away (for lunch and dinner) priced between RM88++ and RM488++ onwards per half portion and full portion, respectively.
One would also feel rather affluent while dining at Lai Po Heen as the ethereal private dining rooms are fitted with ornate chandeliers and warm mahogany tones, making it fit for feasting any of the restaurant’s three set menus, priced from RM218++ onwards per person with a minimum of four diners, available for lunch and dinner.
The Fortune Set Menu comprises Salmon Yee Sang, Double-Boiled Abalone Soup with Sea Treasures, Steamed Deep Sea Barramundi with Cordyceps Bulb and Chinese herbs, Wok-fried Sea Prawns with Golden Sand Paste, Braised Money Bag filled with Sea Treasures and Wok-fried Green Garden and Hakka-style Fried Rice Cakes with Eight Treasures.
We had a chance to sample the Prosperity Set Menu which had Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab and Snow Pear, Eight Slow-Boiled Abalone Soup with Black Chicken and Sun-Dried Top Shell, Steamed Red Snapper with Salted Plum and Dried Tangerine, Poached Corn-Fed Chicken with Hong Kong Kai Lan and Young Ginger Dip, Toast Crispy Prawn Fritters with Golden Mango Puree, Lai Po Heen’s Chinese New Year “Fatt Choy” Sun-Dried Seafood Pot, Fried Healthy Grain Rice with Sun Dried Sea Treasure and Osmanthus Jelly with Mandarin Orange Sorbet.
The Wealth Set Menu has Yee Sang with Sliced Abalone and Salmon, Double-Boiled Abalone Soup with American Ginseng and Chinese Cabbage, Stuffed Duck Drumstick with Eight Ingredients, Pan-Seared Grouper with Morel Mushroom in Wolfberry Sauce, Oven-Baked Blue River Prawn with Rich Avocado Cheese Sauce, Fried Glutinous Rice with Dried Scallop, Oyster and Dried Meat in Bamboo Leaf and Double-Boiled Bird’s Nest with Papaya Puree and Batter-Fried Glutinous Rice Cakes with Cheese.
Dim sum lovers are in for a treat as the chef has specially crafted two delectable menus, namely the Longevity Dim Sum set and Happiness Dim Sum set, available for lunch only and both menus are priced at RM138++ and RM188++ per person respectively with a minimum of four persons.
If you prefer ala-carte, there are festive inspired dishes on their Chinese New Year specialities menu, featuring six dishes, available during lunch and dinner starting from RM88++ onwards.
The Chinese New Year dim sum specialities menu offers 15 delicacies priced at RM11.80++ onwards (available for lunch only).
¦ LAI PO HEEN, Level 1, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, P.O. Box 10905, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2179 8885) Business hours: Noon to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday), 10.30am to 2.30pm (weekends and public holidays) 7pm to 10.30pm (dinner). No pork served, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro