IF THERE was one thing that caught my attention when dining at Oriental Chinese Restaurant in Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, it was definitely the Braised Assorted Sea Treasures in Bamboo Basket.
The dish fondly known as Poon Choi, is one of the hot favourites for diners during Chinese New Year.
It comprises abalone, sea cucumber, scallops, fish maw, prawns, mushrooms, waxed and roasted duck, smoked oysters, broccoli and Chinese cabbage braised in a supreme sauce.
It comes in a large portion and is the highlight of the seven-course Prosperity New Year set menu.
Arranged neatly on a bamboo basket, the presentation was as good as it tasted, fit for Instagram and a treat to the taste buds.
The sweetness of the abalone and scallops complemented the meaty roast duck.
A Chinese New Year dinner is not complete without tossing the yee sang for good health and prosperity.
Chinese Cuisine chef Lee Yew Ken said the yee sang was the focus again this year.
“No colouring is used in the ingredients and the yee sang comes in the salmon, Japanese scallops, abalone and vegetarian versions.
“We want diners to have a healthy meal during Chinese New Year,” he said.
The yee sang is priced from RM48 for half a portion and RM78 for one portion.
The salmon yee sang has ginger, pomelo, cucumber, papaya, pickles, leek and jelly fish to go with the sweet plum sauce.
The Double-Boiled Soup with Dried Scallop and Fish Maw and Wild Red Mushroom was a delight, with a clear soup that had balance in flavour that was not too overpowering.
The Steamed Pearl Tiger Grouper with Superior Soy Sauce also did not disappoint.
Lee said the specially-bred fish was only fed organic food resulting in a finer texture of meat.
“This way, it preserves the original taste of the fish,” he added.
Its flaky flesh was sweeter and the fish was steamed perfectly.
It is hard to resist the Waxed Duck with Smoked Oyster Rice wrapped in lotus leaf.
For the dessert, the deep-fried homemade nian gao with sweet potato and yam paired with the double-boiled peach jelly with ginseng and red dates is a must-try.
The nian gao sandwiched between the sweet potato and yam oozes out making this dish a delicious one.
The Prosperity New Year set menu is available from now until Feb 19 for lunch and dinner.
It is priced from RM1,298 nett to RM1,998 nett per table for 10 people.
Smaller groups can opt for the Poon Choi set priced at RM598 nett for six people.
ORIENTAL CHINESE RESTAURANT, Pullman Kuala Lumpur, Bangsar, 1, Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel : 03 2298 1888 ext 5100) Business hours: noon to 2.30pm (lunch), 6pm to 10pm (dinner), daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by Star Metro.