Auspicious dishes for joyous occasion


Glutinous rice balls with stuffing.

CHINESE New Year is a time for families to catch up and share stories on their experiences during their time apart.

Nothing beats a good gathering than having a meal together – be it home-made or eating out.

If you are still looking for a place to go this Chinese New Year, the doors at The Resort Cafe in Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa are open for your dining pleasure.

This year, executive chef Peter Lee and his team have prepared three menus – Billow of Longevity, Billow of Happiness and Billow of Prosperity – made up of specially created dishes to fit the joyous occasion. The menus are priced from RM1,688 to RM2,088.

The Billow of Longevity was the menu of choice when we dined at the restaurant, recently.

Customary in all Chinese New Year meals, we tossed yee sang for a prosperous new year.

The flavourful Braised South Africa Abalone and Money Bags with Black Garlic Sauce.
The flavourful Braised South Africa Abalone and Money Bags with Black Garlic Sauce.

The Fresh Salmon and Abalone Clam with Snow Pear Yee Sang with its combination of freshness in a bite, tangy and sweet flavours made the perfect appetiser.

We had Double-boiled Chicken Broth with Antler Mushroom, Hokkaido Dried Scallop and Fish Maw which left a sweetish aftertaste from the ingredients after being boiled for nine hours.

We were served two types of chicken – Deep-fried Chicken Slices with Cranberry Sauce and Chicken Roulade with Ma Lat Sauce, both with contrasting flavours.

Between the two, I preferred the latter as it was more flavourful, not too spicy and it had a better meat-to-skin ratio.

Crystal Prawn Meat with Golden Sand and Pine Nuts.
Crystal Prawn Meat with Golden Sand and Pine Nuts.

The abalone served in Braised South Africa Abalone and Money Bags with Black Garlic Sauce was fresh and the Money Bags, symbolising abundance and wealth, were stuffed with vegetables, giving the whole dish a nice range of textures.

Among the mains, my favourite was the Crystal Prawn Meat with Golden Sand and Pine Nuts.

The prawns were fresh and not over-seasoned, allowing the natural flavours of the shellfish to come through.

Pine nuts gave it a nice aroma and added a layer of crunchiness to the prawns.

The Waxed Meat Rice in Claypot.
The Waxed Meat Rice in Claypot.

The Waxed Meat Rice in Claypot was an acquired taste. It came with waxed duck and chicken that was a little on the salty side but with a tinge of sweetness when the dish was mixed together.

For dessert, we enjoyed Thousand Layer Radish Puff, and Chilled Lemongrass Jelly and Sun-dried Persimmon Syrup.

The radish puff was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside while the chilled dessert, served in cocktail glasses, was nice and refreshing, thanks to the preserved persimmon and honeydew, which balanced the lemongrass taste, lending a hint of sweetness.

Apart from the round table reunion dinner, The Resort Cafe also serves buffet lunch and dinner until Feb 19.

THE RESORT CAFE, Lobby Level, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7492 8000) Business hours: 6am to 11pm

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


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