Time-tested offerings for auspicious feasts


The skin of the Roast Pei Pa Duck is crispy while the meat is tender with a hint of smokiness.

CELEBRATE the prosperous Lunar New Year with a traditional Chinese feast in the heart of the city.

While many eateries try to outdo each other with modern Chinese New Year fare, the dishes at Dorsett Kuala Lumpur retain the traditional and festive elements.

Chinese chef Lai Chan Meng and his team have whipped up several set menus ideal for gatherings of families and friends.

The Chinese New Year yee sang and set menus are available until Feb 19.

During dinner, we tried several of this year’s highlights, starting off with the Braised Superior Seafood Soup with Crabmeat.

Deep Fried Seabass with Sichuan sauce.
Deep Fried Seabass with Sichuan sauce.

Lai added enoki mushrooms, prawns, crabmeat and mussels to the dish. The broth was rich and flavoursome, while the ingredients were seasoned well.

For the obligatory meat dish, the Roast Pei Pa Duck with Sweet Sauce was served. The duck skin was crispy and the meat was tender with a hint of smokiness.

The slight saltiness of the meat went well with the sweet sauce. A thin layer of fat under the skin helped meld the flavours together.

Next up was the Deep-fried Seabass with its signature spicy and sweet sauce. Here, I felt that although the fish was fried well, the sauce that was a tad too sweet and overpowered the fish’s natural taste.

The Vegetarian Snow Pear Yee Sang is a healthy option to kick-start the feast.
The Vegetarian Snow Pear Yee Sang is a healthy option to kick-start the feast.

The RM1,288 nett set menu starts off with a choice of either the Vegetarian Snow Pear Yee Sang or Jellyfish Yee Sang.

This is followed by dishes including Braised Seafood with Bean Curd and Mushroom, Deep-fried Boneless Chicken with Young Mango Salad, Wok-fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk and Chilled Sea Coconut with Longan.

The second set menu, priced at RM1,388 nett, includes a choice of Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang in Plum Sauce or Thai-style Tiger Prawn Yee Sang.

This set features the roast duck and superior soup, as well as Steamed Patin Fish with Homemade Soy Sauce and Steamed Nian Gao with Coconut Floss.

Braised Black Mushroom with Seasonal Vegetables is typical Lunar New Year dish.
Braised Black Mushroom with Seasonal Vegetables is typical Lunar New Year dish.

The hotel is also offering a premium set menu at RM1,488 nett which includes Roast Chicken with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, Braised White Jade Shellfish and Black Mushroom, Steamed Seabass with Sichuan Sauce and a refreshing Osmanthus Jelly for dessert.

Each set menu’s pricing caters for a table of 10 persons and includes a pot of Chinese tea.

CHECKERS CAFE, Dorsett Kuala Lumpur, 172, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2716 1010). Business hours: 6am to 11pm, daily.

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


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