The Horse takes the reins on Chinese New Year’s Day on January 31 2014. An animal that is usually associated with drive and vigour, it presents a wonderful opportunity to capture its energy in setting higher achievements, in prosperity, wealth and happiness.
Dining for prosperity at Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, has begun even before the Year of the Horse sets in. From January 6 to February 14, Chinese Executive Chef Tan Kim Weng has made available six varieties of Yee Sang and five Prosperity Set Menus.
Begin lunch or dinner on a lively note by stirring up prosperity with Yee Sang, uttering auspicious phrases as you do so. The varieties of Yee Sang at Shang Palace include Fresh Salmon Fish Yee Sang with Sesame Yuzu Dressing, Korean Snow Pear Yee Sang, Jellyfish Flower Yee Sang, Salmon Yee Sang, Japanese Octopus (Tako) Yee Sang and Sliced Abalone Yee Sang.
The Fresh Salad Salmon Fish Yee Sang with Sesame Yuzu Dressing is a special one that Chef Tan has introduced for Chinese New Year. This has fresh salmon slices, shredded romaine lettuce, red oak lettuce, cress, cherry tomatoes, pomelo, red chillies, sweet potato crackers and flour crisps tossed together with a fragrant dressing made with yuzu paste (a Japanese lime), sesame paste and olive oil.
All the six types of Yee Sang are also available for takeaway. Prices range from MYR78++ to MYR148++ for a small portion.
You can choose to dine on any of the five auspicious menus created by Chef Tan. These include: the Great Prosperity Set Menu, Rich Fortune Set Menu, Happy Reunion Set Menu, Wealth Treasures Set Menu and the Immense Wealth Set Menu. Each eight to nine-course menu begins with Yee Sang and ends with delectable Ninko.
For instance, the Great Prosperity Menu, at MYR178++ per person, offers Salmon Yee Sang, Double-boiled Fish Maw Soup with Cordycep Flower and Dried Scallop, Combination Platter of Roast Duck and Stuffed Scallop with Crab Roe Sauce, Steamed Garoupa with Garlic and Chopped Radish, Stewed Sun-dried Oysters with Sea Cucumber and Sea Moss in Oyster Sauce, Steamed Glutinous Rice with Waxed Sausage and Dried Shrimp, Sweetened Red Bean Cream with Sesame Dumpling and Panfried Ninko with Egg.
The Rich Fortune menu is priced at MYR368++ per person, Happy Reunion MYR1888++ per table of 10, Wealth Treasures at MYR2888++ per table of 10, and Immense Wealth menu at MYR4888++ per table of 10.
Special a la carte dishes for the Chinese New Year are also available. You may order Poon Choy or Braised Premium Assorted Hot Dish in a Claypot, Braised Spiked Sea Cucumber Stuffed with Minced Meat and Foie Gras Sauce and the Canada Lobster Duet (lobster baked with superior stock and Ee Fu noodles with supreme spicy sauce), among several others.
Ninko for abundant wealth
At Shang Palace, you may also want to take home Ninko in the shape of a carp, to symbolize abundant wealth and promotion in your career and status. It’s also an ideal gift of prosperity for family and friends.
The carp or Lei Yue, signifies “Lin lin yau yue” or wealth left over every year. Ninko also means “Po po ko sing” or rising progress.
The Ninko at Shang Palace is a Hong Kong style one, made with glutinous rice flour, tang meen fun (cooked wheat flour), tapioca flour, sugar and coconut milk. These are all combined together, poured into a fish mould and steamed for two hours.
It makes a delicious dessert when sliced, coated with beaten egg and panfried. Slices of it can also be steamed and coated with fresh grated coconut.
It can also be sandwiched between a slice of sweet potato and a slice of yam, dipped in a flour and egg batter and deepfried. It’s a popular way of eating Ninko here.
Ninko is available at MYR52 nett per box at the Shang Palace from January 6 to January 30.
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