Level 1, JW Marriot Hotel,
183, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2719 8288
Business Hours: Lunch (Mon-Sat) 12noon to 2.30pm
(Sun and Public Holidays) 10.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner (Daily) 6.30pm to 10.30pm

THE Yee Sang served at JW Marriot recently was different. It had a spicy aftertaste instead of the usual sweetness of the plum sauce.

“So what do you think of this yee sang dish? Anything different?,” asked its Chinese chef, Wong Wing Yeuk, before telling us that he had added his secret Wasabi-peanut sauce together with lime juice and oil.

Yes, you read it right. It is the green paste found in Japanese restaurants that Wong had used to spice up Shanghai Restaurant’s yee sang this year.

“In Shanghai, we love to mix the sweet, sour and spiciness together for our food. Since this is a Shanghainese restaurant, I wanted to let Malaysians try this authentic flavour and let it be part of this Chinese New Year favourite,” said Wong.

He said the peanuts were roasted to further enhance the aroma.

327712B80C5A478CBBFC770B33C52728Must-try: Fresh Scallop and Salmon Yee Sang topped with Wasabi-peanut sauce.

“It is like how the Westerners use mustard in their food. This can be considered my very own Asian mustard,” he said.

Wong who has been with the restaurant for the past 11 years said when the sauce was first introduced, patrons of the outlet were sceptical about the taste but after trying it out a few times, they had since grown fond of it.

“They now know where to look for this special yee sang,” Wong said, adding that even children liked it.

For the yee sang, guests can choose from the abalone to salmon, double-variety scallop, jellyfish, tuna, geoduck and lobster. It is available in two sizes, small and large with prices starting from RM88.

7929B66F69B24908868F5765138F93D5Speciality: The Braised Shanghainese Pork with Vegetables.

The restaurant has also come up with three set menus for Chinese New Year with prices starting from RM698++ (for a table of four persons), RM1,588++ and RM2,988++ ( both for a table of 10 persons each).

There is also a list of a-la carte dishes for patrons priced from RM38 to RM288.

During the review we managed to try a few dishes such as the Stir Fried Prawns with Fresh Scallop, Braised Shanghainese Pork with Vegetables and Steamed Shanghainese Meat Dumplings.

For dessert, all three sets offer the Pan Fried Glutinous Rice Cakes with Sesame Seeds while the RM1,588++ and the RM2,988++ sets have additional offerings of Glutinous Rice Dumplings in Osmanthus Flavoured Rice Wine and Sweet Glutinous Rice Cakes with Red Dates and Dried Longans respectively.

The set menus are available until Feb 17.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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