Celebrate the Lunar New Year at ZUAN YUAN, ONE WORLD HOTEL

“Gathered Elegance” is the theme for this year’s lunar new year celebrations at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant in One World Hotel. Aptly chosen – as since the restaurant’s massive makeover in end 2017, “elegant” is but one word to describe the restaurant. So, to welcome the Year of the Swine, why not have a sumptuous meal or two within this restaurant oozing with contemporary elegance?

Gather your friends and relatives to usher in the new year with 3 decadent set menus listing dishes which signify everything auspicious from prosperity, good luck, good fortune, good health to longevity. With 2 decades of culinary experience and prowess under his belt, Executive Chef, Michael Chew Chee Peng proudly presents his time-honoured Cantonese cuisine dishes again this year.  Working closely with Head Chef, Tommy Choong, the repertoire is pretty extensive and delectable.

The 3 special menus are priced at RM1,798.00 nett, RM1,988.00 nett and RM2,288.00 for a table of 10 with a complimentary bottle of wine. This Gathered Elegance promotion is available daily for lunch (12.00 noon to 2.30pm) and dinner (6.30pm to 10.30pm) until 3 March 2019.

We had a preview of some of the special dishes recently. Among the featured dishes we tried were Yee Sang with Crispy Soft Shell Crabs & Crystal Pear, Braised Superior Abalone Soup with Dried Scallops & Dried Seafood, Barbecue Roast Duck and Chicken, Steamed Live Dragon Garoupa with Superior Soy Sauce, Stir Fried Lotus Root and Garden Greens with Crispy Scallop Rolls, Wok Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk and Braised Abalones with Money Bags & Mushrooms.

The meal ended on a delightful note with Steamed Coconut Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut and Six Treasures Sweet Soup.

Yee Sang with Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Crystal Pear

Braised Superior Abalone Soup with Dried Scallop and Dried Seafood

BBQ Roasted Duck and Chicken “Hong Kong” Style

Wok Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk

Steamed Live Dragon Garoupa with Superior Soy Sauce

Stir Fried Lotus Root and Garden Greens accompanied with Crispy Scallop Rolls

Braised Abalones with Money Bag and Flower Mushrooms


Zuan Yuan remains open on the eve of Lunar New Year and throughout the festive season. For more information or reservation enquiries, please call +603-7681-
1159 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my.

Business hours:
Monday to Friday:
Lunch 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm
Dinner 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday:
Lunch 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
Dinner 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya

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This Chinese New Year, have a BLAST FROM THE PAST at RED @ Pullman KLCC

It’s my first time stepping into RED, the Chinese restaurant in Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre and like many first-timers here, I’m taken aback (in a good way) by its stunning setup. Its striking black and red theme is like a breath of intense fresh air, quite unlike the traditional oriental deco favoured by many Chinese restaurants.

Backed against the stylish walls are giant-sized photos of gorgeous designer cheongsam by couture designer Carven Ong, adding on an air of mysterious elegance, so much so that I’m reluctant to peel my eyes off the entire chic scene. Every intricate detail of the cheongsam is captured brilliantly by renowned photographer Kenny Loh and these images, so resplendent in their form and colours, are a perfect backdrop for this modern classy restaurant.

The theme for this year’s lunar new year celebration in RED is “A Blast from the Past”. Setting the tone for this nostalgia, old-school lanterns and a pop-up grocery store with 1970’s snacks and paraphernalia are in full display at the restaurant. From now until 19 February 2019, Chef Mak Kar Leong and his team will be serving special 8-course meals to usher in the Year of the Pig. There are 3 set menus available, ranging from RM1,388 to RM1,888 per table of 10 pax. However, for smaller groups or even just couples, there is option to order a la carte items which Chef Mak has specially curated.

I like the innovative approach by Chef Mak and his team towards the contemporary style of dining in RED. There is a refreshing lightness in the food served here, at least from what I see in the special a là carte dishes listed under “Chef’s recommendations”.

We start with Yee Sang, a must-have in any lunar celebratory meal. Guests get to choose how their Yee Sang is served. Fresh fruits and garden greens are the base, guests choose 1 house-made sauce (strawberry, sesame plum or pineapple plum) and 2 toppings ranging from fresh salmon, tuna, jellyfish to tempura prawns or crispy whitebait. For a more deluxe experience, add in supplemental premium items like truffles, abalones or soft shell crabs. So, there you have it – your Yee Sang can be simple or elaborate, it’s all customized to your preference.

Full of sweet umami-ness, the Double-boiled Sea Whelk Soup in the vibrant red bowl is tantalizingly delicious to the last drop. With robust flavours from conpoy, winter melon and mushrooms, the piping-hot soup is both nutritious and satisfying.

Double-boiled Sea Whelk Soup with Matsutake Mushrooms, Winter Melon & Conpoy (RM68)

Table linen and crockery in black and red totally match the deco and the bold colours enhance the food presentation to the hilt. Cooking methods are kept simple, using less oil which all contribute to more natural and healthier eats. This is evident in the Scrambled Eggwhites dotted with tomatoes and bamboo fungus. I love the creamy cottony texture of the eggwhites, balanced nicely with the crunchy fungus.

Scrambled Eggwhites with Tomatoes & Bamboo Fungus (RM18)

In comparison, the Stir-fried Mantis Shrimp with fish roe comes with heavier flavours but the asparagus does a good balancing act here.

Stir-fried Mantis Shrimp with Fish Roe & Asparagus (RM68)

The Fujian-style Seafood Fried Rice is tasty and the whole abalone served with it gives it that extra posh experience.

Fujian-style Seafood Fried Rice with Whole Abalone (RM88)

To round off the meal on a sweet note, the Pan-fried Chinese Pudding with Purple Sweet Potato is an interesting change from the usual “nian gao”. I like it that it’s not overly sweet and the sweet potato filling is not cloying.

Panfried Chinese Pudding with Purple Sweet Potato (RM22)

RED remains open throughout Chinese New Year, so do check out this chic restaurant with the auspiciously red deco and savour light avant-garde Chinese cuisine with refreshing twists.

For more information and reservations, please call 03-2170-8888 ext 8200 or email restaurants@pullman-klcc.com


RED Chinese Cuisine
Level 2
Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2170-8888

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Lunar New Year Festivities take on an artistic scale at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Center

Who serves Yee Sang with 28K gold? Talk about attracting prosperity, Ruyi ups the game by serving edible gold in their Yee Sang. Labelled “28K Golden Koi YU Sang”, it takes Masterchef James Ho about 20 minutes to assemble this beautiful creative platter. After all, this is Ruyi – where food takes on the forms of art and Chef James’ creative touches is the name of the game.

Central on the plate are two lively colourful koi fishes made of shredded carrots and radish swimming on blue pea flower-tinted rice puffs. In between the kois is a gold ingot, shaped using ginger and green carrots and dusted with 28K edible gold. All around these are the other accompaniment of pickled leek, mandarin oranges, pomelo, dried persimmon, cashew nuts, pickled radish and papaya.

It’s not surprising that the chefs at Ruyi make their own pretty “kuih rose” or “beehives” for the crunchy element of the yee sang.  They also add in their wickedly-addictive house-made crispy salted eggyolk fish skin to the platter.  Atlantic salmon sashimi in the form of appealing florettes and delicate bunches of sea caviar are the “sang” elements to this elaborate yee sang. Truth be told, this Yee Sang is really too pretty – we can barely bring ourselves to “destroy” the intricate ensemble. But toss it we have to, otherwise good luck and prosperity may not come our way. The portion is huge, more than enough for 10 people, trust me.

28K Golden Koi “YU” Sang (RM168) exclusive Koi Fish design with edible gold, crispy salted eggyolk

Besides this golden yee sang, there are several other versions on the menu, ranging from RM88 to RM938 (comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne & abalones!) per big portion.

Seafood soup is always a hit – the Emperor’s Pot can be served with either real or faux sharksfins braised with dried scallops, crab claw and scented with saffron.

Emperor’s Pot (RM188) saffron braised superior sharksfin with conpoy and crab claw

More premium seafood in the form of “Boston Big Brother” will certainly impress guests. There’s lots of deep-fried garlic crisps clinging onto the lobster surrounded by succulent braised abalones and crunchy prawn crackers.

Boston Big Brother (RM428) deep-fried garlic Boston lobster, braised abalones with sweet chilli sauce and prawn crackers

We like the use of dried seafood used for the 8-Treasure Duck, instead of the usual Chinese herbs. Abalones, together with dried oysters, chestnuts and salted eggyolks give the dish a deep umami flavor.

8-Treasure Duck (RM228) stuffed with abalones, dried oysters, chestnuts, salted eggyolks, black moss

XXL Prawns – wok-fried with golden garlic and Chef’s special sauce

Harmonious Claypot Rice (RM48) with smoked duck, waxed meat, exotic mushrooms & taro

Kois seem to be the central theme at Ruyi this year. Besides the Golden Koi Yee Sang, the chefs here have also mastered the art of making “nian gau” in the shape of kois and filled with sweet red beans.

Koi Fish Nian Gau with Redbeans filling (RM68)


For reservations, please call 03-2083-0288 or email ruyi@orientalrestaurants.com.my


4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Center
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2083-0288

Restaurant hours
12.00pm to 3.00pm & 6.00pm to 12.00am

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Celebrate “Year of Blooming Abundance” at HILTON PETALING JAYA

It’s the Chinese New Year season again and before long, the Year of the Pig will be ushered in with bouts of celebration. What better way to celebrate than to gather family and friends for some good makan sessions? In anticipation of this, the culinary team at Hilton Petaling Jaya is all geared up to give guests a rousing delicious welcome for the “Year of Blooming Abundance”. The main happenings will be at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant where several special set menus have been curated for the lunar new year celebrations.

The set menus all come with meaningful names; starting with “Everlasting Happiness” @ RM1,988; “Luck & Joyfulness” @ RM2,288 and “Abundance & Prosperity” @ RM2,888. All prices are net and for table of 10 people.

We had a taste of various dishes from the special set menus recently – a plethora of traditional favourites, starting with Yee Sang, of course and followed by braised, steamed and fried dishes, all using premium ingredients with auspicious tidings.

Crispy salmon skin and fresh salmon slices gave the Yee Sang a rich crunchiness like no other. The double-boiled soup using minced chicken and eggwhite was a lovely combo of sweet umami-ness (thanks to the dried scallops) and silky smooth texture of the beaten eggwhite. The braised dish of gluten balls (sangkan), oysters, shell abalone, Hericium mushrooms and sea moss had a delightful mix of tasty earthy flavours, balanced nicely with some seasonal vegetables. The Orange Roughy Fish from New Zealand was something new – a rather fearsome-looking fish but with a delicate and tender texture. We felt the natural sweetness of this fish was rather overwhelmed by the thick bean sauce.

The braised oriental-style duck was a labour of meticulous patience. The chef explained that the duck was firstly marinated with 5-spice powder and Chinese herbs before being deep-fried, then braised for 4 hours before finally given a dusting of flour and quickly fried before serving. Hence the duck skin had a nice crisp bite even when eaten within the folds of a soft warm mantou.

Prawns are a “must” for the lunar new year and Toh Yuen’s deep-fried shelled tiger prawns with tangy dragonfruit sauce were crispy and so easy to eat.

Always end your dinner on a sweet note and for this, Toh Yuen’s nian gao, crystal jelly and hot chrysanthemum tea with red dates and ginseng was a perfect finish to a satisfying and abundant meal.

Prosperity Yee Sang with Crispy Salmon Skin & Salmon

Double-boiled Minced Chicken & Dried Scallops Soup with Wolfberries

Braised Sangkan, Oyster Balls, Shell Abalone, Hericium Mushrooms, Sea Moss & Seasonal Vegetables

Steamed NZ Orange Roughy Fish with Yellow Bean Sauce

Braised Oriental-style Duck

Deep-fried Tiger Prawns with Red Dragonfruit Mayonnaise

Braised Seafood & 5-Grain Rice and Yam Hockchew-style

Crispy Nian Gao & Crystal Jelly Red Pomegranate Fruits
Hot Ginseng Red Dates, Wolfberries & Chrysanthemum Tea

For reservations or more information, please call +603-7955-9122 or email PETHI_FB@hilton.com


TOH YUEN Chinese Restaurant
Hilton Petaling Jaya
2 Jalan Barat
46200 Petaling Jaya

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SEAFOOD WORLD @ Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya

Seafood lovers in Petaling Jaya – rejoice!  Seafood World, the latest restaurant from the Oriental Group is now open and holding court grandly at the Main Entrance of Plaza 33.  Its huge brightly-lit signboard beckons wickedly and once you step into its cool interior, you will be welcomed by rows of tanks housing live seafood for your picking.  At the moment, the selection may not be overly extensive but whatever is available, you can be sure the seafood is of top-notch quality.

When we browse through the menu, we just want to try everything as every dish looks so tempting!  The restaurant serves steamboat(hotpot) and besides live seafood, there are quite a lot of other items on the steamboat menu.  Sliced meats, house-made seafood paste, balls and dumplings all look so good, we decided to have a bit of everything!  There are several choices of broth for the hotpot – our choices are the Century Eggs & Coriander Soup with light clear flavours and Beef Bone Soup which is absolutely tasty with a very delicate bovine undertone.

As our table gets filled up with plates of Sakura Pork Belly, Australian Beef, Fresh Prawn Paste, Charcoal-skin Dumplings, beancurd rolls, mushrooms and vegetables, we take some time to move to the sauce table and proceed to mix-and-match our own concoctions.  There are several types of chilli sauces, mustard sauce, sesame sauce, bean sauce, soya sauce, chopped garlic, coriander leaves and a whole lot more.

Hotpots are great on chilly evenings!

Once our stomachs are nicely warmed up by the hearty soup and super-fresh items of the hotpot, we just have to try some of those live seafood from the tanks.  Live plump tiger prawns intoxicated with Chinese wine and cooked in a hot stone pot prove to be amazingly good.

Hot Stone Sauna Tiger Prawns

Being in the mood to crack some crabs, the Sweet Chilli Crab served in a French Bread Bowl really gets us swinging.  The bread is addictive – freshly baked and we can’t stop dipping pieces of it into the thick sweet chilli sauce!  As you can see, the chef has thoughtfully served the sauce on an outer plate so that the bread won’t get soggy.

Sweet Chilli Crab in French Bread Bowl

Another winning crab dish here – in fact, its our favourite – is the White Pepper Sauce Crab.  Using premium Sarawak white pepper, the crab is insanely aromatic and the chef has got all the flavours perfectly mixed.  This is truly finger-licking delicious and will certainly be a repeat order for us.

Fried Mud Crab with Sarawak White Pepper Sauce

There are so many other captivating dishes we want to try here and of course it’s impossible to do that in one seating.  We will be back, for sure!

For the coming Chinese New Year, Seafood World will also be serving festive dishes mapped out in several set menus.  Prices start at RM298++ for 4 pax right up to RM1,988++ for 10 pax.  For more details on these special festive menus, check out their website here.


Main Entrance, Plaza 33
Section 13
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7931-8633
Open Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 11.00pm

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In Malaysia, nothing defines a celebration more than sitting down to a good meal with loved ones. With the upcoming lunar new year just round the corner, the Chinese are looking forward to welcoming the Year of the Pig with even greater gusto. With this in mind, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is all set with auspicious dishes at Nook as well as specially created set menus for private dining from now until 20 February 2019.

Executive Chinese Chef Ng Kok Wai and team are busy preparing the buffet spread at Nook, the all-day dining eatery in the hotel, with special highlights of Chinese festive offerings. This is the time to savour oriental favourites like Jellyfish Yee Sang, Braised Crab Roe Broth, Tiger Prawns in Herbal Broth, Peking Duck, Roast Lamb Leg Szechuan-style, Fortune 8-Treasure Duck, Steamed Seabass Chongqing-style, Fish Fillet with HK “Sha-Cha” Sauce, Stir-fried Squids Monggolian-style and Stewed “Pak Lin” Mushrooms with Black Moss & Vegetables, just to name some. Besides these special festive dishes, there will also be a good variety of local dishes to complement the buffet.

DIY Jellyfish Yee Sang is available on the buffet line

Dishes for the Reunion Dinner on Lunar New Year Eve and for the First Day of the Lunar New Year will be quite different. We truly enjoyed the Chinese desserts served here, so be sure to leave plenty of stomach space for their Shanghainese Fried Nian Gao with Yam, Chilled Snow Lotus with Peach Resin, Leng Chee Kang with Fruity Beans and Osmanthus Cake with Wolfberries.


Nook’s Lunar New Year Buffet Dinner during this period is priced at RM118 nett per adult.

Traditional roundtable-dining is also available at Aloft Kuala Lumpur in their event and function spaces. Chef Ng has created 3 menus featuring a combination of traditional and modern dishes. The set menus cater to 10 pax per table with a choice of 6 or 8 courses, prices starting from RM1,688+ per table.

For reservations and enquiries, please call +603-2723-1188 or visit www.aloftkualalumpursentral.com


5 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2723-1188

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Feast of Treasures for Chinese New Year @ NEW WORLD PETALING JAYA HOTEL

The New World Petaling Jaya Hotel may not have a Chinese restaurant but Executive Chef Joshua Er, Banquet Sous Chef Chai Chun Keong together with their culinary team are all set to serve Chinese festive dishes to usher in the Year of the Pig. For group booking, the hotel’s functions rooms will be the venue for the celebrations – they will be transformed into opulent dining halls decked with oriental splendour. And within these Shanghai-themed walls, you get to toss your Yee Sang heartily and continue to feast on the various festive dishes prepared by the chefs.

We had a sampling of some of the dishes featured in the special set menus, which are available now until 28 February 2019 for both lunch and dinner. Prices start at RM1,388+ per table of 10 pax. For a hotel which does not have its own Chinese restaurant/kitchen, we were impressed by the quality, taste and presentation of the festive dishes.

The Steamed Garoupa stood out for its sweet freshness, as did the Braised Seafood Treasures Soup full of premium ingredients. The old-school style of the Crispy Roasted Chicken with Prawn Crackers was deliciously nostalgic – it tasted just like what I had eaten during childhood (and of course those prawn crackers disappeared first!). Dishes signifying good luck, fortune and prosperity are absolute musts – Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Braised Vegetables with Mushrooms & Black Moss are typical examples.

Prosperity Yee Sang with Jellyfish & Sliced Top Shell

Braised Seafood Treasures Soup

Crispy Roasted Chicken with Prawn Crackers

Steamed Garoupa in Superior Soy Sauce

Braised Seasonal Vegetables with Dried Oyster Mushrooms, Black Moss & Tau Kan

Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise & Almond Flakes

Cheng Tang with Dried Longans & Glutinous Rice Balls

Selected dishes will also be included in the sumptuous festive buffets exclusively at Pasar Baru, the all-day-dining restaurant. Priced at RM118 nett per person, the buffet lunch and dinner will be featuring the festive dishes (different selections on a daily basis) until 19 February.

For dining enquiries or reservations, please call (603) 7682-0000, e-mail diningreservations.petalingjaya@newworldhotels.com or visit petalingjaya.newworldhotels.com.

Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm


No.1 Jalan SS7/26A
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7682-0000

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