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Huat ah! Make your Chinese New Year a ton of fun at Zuan Yuan Restaurant, One World Hotel

Here’s your chance to attract wealth, luck and good fortune with Zuan Yuan Restaurant’s Splendour of Spring Chinese New Year menu.

Priding themselves with a menu of  “an epicurean journey with specially curated meaningful dishes”, Chef Loh Weng Lam and his culinary brigade have diners lining up at the newly-renovated award-winning Zuan Yuan Restaurant located at One World Hotel, Bandar Utama.

I had the chance to start my Year of The Dog right by partaking in a 9-course set menu with key representatives of the food industry. The ‘Splendour of Spring’ themed menu that we were served was called Unity.

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Each set menu begins with a colorful platter of Fruit Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab, symbolizing abundance and prosperity. For those who aren’t familiar with this tradition, Yee Sang is a Chinese New Year custom, a sort of ‘Prosperity Toss’ – a rainbow-colored dish that is tossed high up in the air by chopsticks, accompanied by shouts of prosperity wishes in Mandarin or Cantonese.

Each member of the table will arm themselves with chopsticks for this joyous act before dinner begins. But first, you would need to prepare the platter. Each time the waitress added a key ingredient to the platter, she would mention a phrase such as  年年有余 (Nian Nian You Yu) meaning: “Abundance throughout the year” or 招财进宝 (Zhao Cai Jin Bao) meaning “Attract wealth and treasures”. There are at least 7 ingredients that make this festive dish possible.

Rumor has it, this specific ‘ritual’ originated in Malaysia, by a man who thought adding extra pizzazz to his catering banquet would attract more customers because of of its joyous feel. Who knew it would be a continuous tradition practiced in some parts of Southeast Asia until this day?

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After Yee Sang, we are served a succession of customary dishes such as Braised Golden Pumpkin Soup with Seafood Treasures, a delicious seafood soup that had generous amounts of prawn, scallops and crab meat in it. Truly my favourite seafood soup!

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Other auspicious offerings in the extensive menu include the must-try deluxe abalone ‘Poon Choi’ served Hong Kong-style, dried scallops and money bags with superior oyster sauce, wok-fried white sea prawn with king soy sauce and warm claypot rice cooked with fried yam, preserved duck meat and sausages.

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Finally, for dessert, we were served the Sweetened Dried Longan with Six Treasures that was genuinely refreshing and the perfect ending to a sweet 9-course meal.

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You may also have the option of Hot Red Bean with Lotus Seed, Lily Bulb and Dried Orange Peel, or the signature Nian Gao or glutinous rice cake, deeply fried to perfection.

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The flavourful Yee Sang is available from 1 January  until 2 March  2018 for dine-in or take away from RM118.00nett per half portion.

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The set menus are available for lunch and dinner and prices begin at RM1,738, RM1,988 and RM2,218 (all nett prices) for a table of ten with a complimentary bottle of wine or a box of Pu Er tea.

Zuan Yuan remains open on the eve of Lunar New Year and throughout the festive period. For more information or reservation enquiries, please call 603-76811159 or email [email protected] .

Full Yee Sang Price List

Yee Sang with Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Crystal Pear

RM 128.00 (Half Portion)

RM 198.00 (Full Portion)

Yee Sang with Salmon and Crystal Pear

RM 128.00 (Half Portion)

RM 198.00 (Full Portion)

Yee Sang with Abalone and Crystal Pear

RM 158.00 (Half Portion)

RM 268.00 (Full Portion)

Yee Sang with Abalone, Crystal Pear and Salmon Skin

RM 168.00 (Half Portion)

RM 288.00 (Full Portion)

Fruit Yee Sang with Chef’s Special Sauce

RM 118.00 (Half Portion)

RM 188.00 (Full Portion)

Food for fortune! Indulge in a meal fit for a king this Chinese New Year with Zuan Yuan Restaurant’s ‘Splendour of Spring’ Chinese New Year menu. Discover more tantalizing treats when you book your stay on Traveloka.

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