Retaining authenticity of flavours

Fried Rice with Almonds and Raisins has an Indian twist.

“YOU will not find preservatives in any of my cooking,’’ Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur executive chef CW Ng says with regards to the festive promotion at Ming Palace Chinese Restaurant.

Ng, who did much research before deciding on this year’s Chinese New Year menu, said he had been on the lookout for new styles (of cooking) and ingredients while keeping it all natural.

“I like trying new things but as long as it does not involve any artificial flavouring, I am all for it,’’ he said.

Ng explained that the biggest change in this year’s Chinese New Year menu would possibly be the Fried Rice with Almond and Raisins.

“I was inspired by Indian cooking where almonds and raisins are used in rice dishes,” he said.

Pear and Salmon Yee Sang to usher in the Year of the Pig. — Photos: SAMUEL ONG/The Star
Pear and Salmon Yee Sang to usher in the Year of the Pig. — Photos: SAMUEL ONG/The Star

This was the last dish we sampled before enjoying a refreshing bowl of Chilled Sea Coconut with Longan and Snow Shallow served with Ningko Bun and red bean paste, providing a sweet end to our meal.

Apart from fried rice, the hotel’s Chinese New Year menu incorporates traditional prosperity dishes.

To kick off the meal, we tossed the Pear and Salmon Yee Sang.

This was followed by the Double-boiled Chicken with Abalone, Sea Cucumber and Asian Moon Scallops.

Ningko bun with red bean paste. 

Broth-like, the dish had a tad bit of herbal flavour which was quite good.

The Steamed Tiger Grouper in Supreme Soy Sauce that was next was a little bland for my liking.

However, Ng was quick to point out that he only condoned natural flavours and ingredients in his cooking.

Moving on, we savoured the Baked Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk followed by the Chinese-style roast chicken that was simple yet wholesome.

The Chinese New Year set menu starts from RM1,188 nett onwards (per table of 10 persons) inclusive of one bottle of red wine or chilled orange juice with 38% discount on a second table of 10 diners.

The five Prosperity Loh Sang menus are priced at RM68 nett (half portion) and RM108 nett (full portion), and are available until Feb 19.

MING PALACE CHINESE RESTAURANT, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2161 8888 ext 188). Business hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

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

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