The Mandarin Palace,
The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur,
35, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Business Hours: Lunch (9.00am-2.30pm),
Dinner 6.30pm- 10.30pm).
USHER in the Chinese New Year at the Mandarin Palace, Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur that beckons with its carved wooden ceilings and dragon pillars.
The restaurant has a number of menus to choose from and a wide range of traditional Chinese food for diners celebrating the festival.
Group head chef, Law Weng Seng and his team are all set to thrill diners with a number of well-known dishes including yee sang.
This year to signify the Year of Water Dragon, Law has introduced the Yee Sang with Dragon Fruit. The dish both pleasing to the eyes and the palate is a must-try simply because of the new combination.
Although dragon fruit has little sweetness in it, Law’s special sauce made from mango puree, lime juice and orange marmalade were the ideal complement to the dish.
During a special media preview lunch recently, Law introduced a number of dishes including Roasted Duck Hong Kong Style.
“For this dish, we used charcoal to cook the duck meat. The charcoal adds flavour to the duck and makes it more aromatic,” he added.
For the second year in a row, Mandarin Palace offers the Braised Pigeon with Five Spicy Sauces.
A lot of preparation went into perfecting this dish, including boiling the five spicy sauces for three days. After that, the pigeon goes in and later the perfect brown pigeons are ready to be served.
Those who enjoy Dried Oysters, can opt for the Stewed Dried Oyster and Sea Moss with Sea Cucumber a perfect blend that adds to the spirit of Chinese New Year.
The Fried Prawns with Soy Sauce representing Laughter (Ha) is also another must-try. The tangy soya sauce is well complemented by the Chilly slices that gives the dish a little heat.
Finally pork rib lovers should try the Deep Fried Pork Ribs with Shrimp Paste. “The paste is brought in from China and is unlike our local shrimp paste, the belacan. We marinate the ribs for 24 hours and then deep fry it,” he said.
The Restaurant also has Prosperity Set Menus that are available till Feb 6 for both lunch and dinner (except Jan 23).
There is also a fun contest, “Enter the Dragon” for diners to take part in and earn cash prizes up to RM1,888.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.