This Monkey Year that’s coming soon – I heard it’s a happening and bouncy one as it’s been called a “Red Monkey” as well as a “Fire Monkey”. Whatever the description, as long as it brings prosperity, happiness and good health, I’m good.
So, we were off to some prosperous beginnings at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant at the Hilton Petaling Jaya recently. Their Chinese Executive Chef Ben Lim unveiled their array of specially crafted pork-free Cantonese specialities to welcome the fiery Monkey.
As we settled ourselves in the elegant and serene restaurant which was recently refurbished, we marvelled at the elaborate Prosperity Yee Sang complete with an image of the Fiery Monkey assembled with various food ingredients. It reminded me of the “kolam” decorations commonly done for Deepavali. It took Chef Ben several hours to work out the intricate lines and design of the monkey and this is one of the most creatively-presented Yee Sang I’ve ever seen this year.
Prosperity Yee Sang with Salmon. Other options are Jelly Fish, Abalones or Snow Pears
There are 3 celebratory Chinese New Year menus priced from RM1,688 nett (Everlasting Happiness Set) to RM2,188 nett (Sea of Prosperity Set) for 10 pax. Vegetarian options are also available upon request.
Recently, we had a preview of some of the special dishes curated by Chef Ben and his team. The dishes were selected from “Everlasting Happiness” and “Sea of Prosperity” sets.
Double-boiled Fish Maw Soup with Black Mushrooms & Dried Scallops
Steamed Imperial Chicken with Chinese Herbs & Sea Moss – super tender, tasty and that aroma is to die for!
Steamed Pomfret Teochew-style
Deep-fried Prawns with Lemon Mayonnaise Sauce – all peeled and easy to eat!
Stewed Whole Abalones with Australian Sea Cucumber & Sea Moss
Steamed Glutinous Rice with Dried Oysters wrapped in Lotus Leaves – lovely rice texture, well-balanced flavours and that phoenix carved from a carrot was pretty amazing!
Look at the details of this lovely phoenix carved from a carrot!
Osmanthus/Sweet Olives with Lemongrass Jelly
Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut – I wished they had used fresh shredded coconut!
The special festive set menus are available until 28 February 2016. Toh Yuen remains open on Chinese New Year Eve and throughout the 15-day celebration.
For reservations, please call 03-7955-9122 ext.4073 or visit www.zestpj.com
TOH YUEN CHINESE RESTAURANT
Hilton Petaling Jaya
2 Jalan Barat
46200 Petaling Jaya
Open daily for
Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm