To usher in the Year of the Horse, The Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Dorsett Grand Subang is offering a variety of special set menus, traditional Yee Sang, dim sum feast and special a la carte items, available until 14 February 2014. The special Set Menus are available for lunch and dinner. Named “Fortune”, “Happiness”, “Longevity” and “Prosperity”, the menus for 10 pax are priced from RM988++ to RM1,588++.
I like how every item on the menu is given a meaningful name, mostly tied to auspicious greetings uttered during Chinese New Year. For example, the Steamed Red Snapper with Golden Garlic is referred to as “Abundance of Blessings”; Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg is “Laughter and Happiness” and Braised Black Mushrooms with Oysters and Sea moss is “Extravagant Fortune”.
For “Prosperity All Year Round”, the Yee Sang is a must. You can “lou sang” with a wide range of The Emperor’s traditional yee sang selection such as jellyfish, salmon,, soft shell crabs or sliced abalone. Prices start from RM48++ onwards.
Prosperity Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crabs and Korean Pear
We sampled several dishes selected from the various set menus and a la carte menu. It’s good to start off with some double-boiled nutritious soup and the Double-boiled Cordycep Flowers with Dried Scallops and Black Chicken soup is a prime example. Once the stomach is warmed up with this sweet nourishing soup, it’s time to feast on the rest of the dishes.
The Roasted Crispy Spring Chicken is served in halves. Tender meat beneath the crispy golden skin, the spring chicken is easy to polish off.
Fish dish is a must and the Steamed Sea Garoupa with Preserved Vegetables in King Soya Sauce is a good choice. The garoupa we had was very fresh, its flaky succulent texture was proof enough. The preserved vegetables and soya sauce can be a bit overwhelming though, so perhaps some may want to order some white rice to go with it.
As mentioned earlier, prawns are another must-have during Chinese New Year as prawns in Cantonese rhymes with the sound of laughter. We had their Wok-fried White Prawns with Creamy Butter Sauce and Chicken Floss. I felt the chicken floss wasn’t necessary as the rich butter sauce is sufficient to embellish the prawns in terms of taste.
Sea cucumber and fish maw are two of my favourite ingredients and not necessarily to be eaten at Chinese New Year either. And when both these are braised together with added flavours from dried Sarjien oysters, it’s simply too irresistible!
Braised Sea Cucumber with Sarjien Oysters & Fish Maw
Steamed rice with diced yam and assorted preserved meats is served wrapped in a lotus leaf which has imparted its distinct scent onto the rice. This is a bit different from most other restaurants which would usually serve the rice in a claypot.
The Emperor Chinese Restaurant’s CNY Sets come with 2 desserts, usually one hot and one cold. We had the Chilled Mango Puree with Mixed Fruits which is served prettily in tall glasses while the hot desserts are Deep-fried Nian Gao and Shanghai-style Glutinous Dumplings.
During the Chinese New Year period (31 January till 14 February 2014), there’s also a Dim Sum promotion in The Emperor where you can order their large variety of mouth-watering dim sum from the a la carte Lunch Menu.
For enquiries or reservations, please call 03-5031-6060 ext.1954.
The Emperor Chinese Restaurant
Dorsett Grand Subang
47500 Subang Jaya