With the Chinese New Year just round the corner, have you made your celebration plans? More specifically, your feasting plans. Let’s face it – Chinese New Year is all about eating – aren’t the gatherings and reunions all over food? If you have not made any meal bookings yet, do check out the Oriental Group of Restaurants. With 15 restaurants all over the Klang Valley, there’s bound to be one near and convenient to you.
As the premier Chinese restaurants group in Malaysia with 20 years under their belt, they are well-known for fine Cantonese cuisine and delighting diners with their brand of traditional Chinese dishes. Come Chinese New Year, the culinary teams in every restaurant are all set to fire up their special dishes to usher in the new lunar year.
To give you a heads-up on what’s brewing in their kitchens, we previewed some of the special dishes on the menus.
Yee Sang is a must-have in any Chinese New Year meal and every year, restaurants come out with various versions and the Alaska Spider Crab Yee Sang is one of the most deluxe and unique ones. The sweet crab meat blends well with the fresh vegetables and fruits, giving a refreshing umami-ness to the yee sang.
Alaskan Spider Crab Yee Sang (RM198 Medium/RM298 Large). Available in all Oriental Group restaurants except for Ruyi and Yu
More crabby goodness came in the next dish – Crabs Prepared in 2 Ways. Firstly, whole chunky meaty crab claws were served deep fried. Next to these were a mound of creamy crabmeat scrambled eggs and the best way to enjoy this was to wrap spoonfuls of omelette in crisp lettuce leaves. It’s so easy to love this dish!
Crab Prepared in 2 Ways: Deep-fried Crab Claw with Red Vinegar; Crabmeat with Scrambled Eggs in Lettuce Wraps
(RM238/portion for 4 pax). Available in Ming Room & Noble House
Braised Large Japanese Dried Scallops with Fatt Choy in Melon Ring (RM38/pax)
If you are a seafood lover, do check out this casserole of Neptune’s treasures – fresh abalones, bouncy prawns and slices of deep sea grouper all steamed together to perfection. It’s a huge portion, good for easily 8 people and it’s satisfaction guaranteed!
Steamed Deep Sea Grouper, Fresh Abalones & Prawn Medallions in Casserole (RM388/portion for 8 pax) Available in Oriental Star
Love roast duck? Especially just the crispy drumstick? See, the chefs in Oriental understand this well and you can order just the BBQ Baby Duck Drumstick to indulge! Golden crispy skin with tender juicy meat within, it’s worth the calories!
BBQ Baby Duck Drumstick (RM28 each)
Available in Han Room, Ming Room, Noble Mansion, Oriental Landmark, Oriental Pavillion
Prawns must surely be the most-ordered item during Chinese New Year simply because its name in Cantonese signifies laughter. For more laughter and happiness throughout the year, order the Crystal Prawns with Gold Caviar Sauce which are served in a big piece of crispy fried beancurd sheet and the bonus is you get to dip the fucuk in a special sauce which is really addictive!
Crystal Prawns with Gold Caviar Sauce in Giant Beancurd Bowl (RM128)
Available in all Oriental Group restaurants except for Ruyi, Yu and Seafood World
For some substantial carbs to round up a meal, have the Steamed Rice with Pork Belly, Chinese Sausages & Anchovies served with crunchy French beans. The combination of ingredients is well-balanced, very flavourful and not overwhelming with too much “lap mei” (waxed meats)!
Steamed Rice with Pork Belly, Chinese Sausages & Anchovies (RM78/128/S/L)
Available at Noble Mansion and Oriental Treasure
Deep-fried Sesame Ball with Nin Kuo (RM5/piece)
Available at all Oriental Restaurants
These are just some of the special dishes available at the Oriental Group of Restaurants for this festive period. There are plenty more, available in set menus as well as a la carte orders.
For more information and reservations, check out the list of restaurants on their website and make your bookings early!