Makan Kitchen offers festive treats from under the sea

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MAKAN KITCHEN,
Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur,
The Intermark,
348, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2172 7272
Business hours: 6am to 10.30pm.

Seafood is taking centre stage at Makan Kitchen with more than 80 different kinds of dishes to savour at its Chinese New Year buffet spread.

Makan Kitchen Chinese chef Chong Wai Yin, who crafted the delectable range at Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s signature restaurant, said he chose to present seafood as the main theme because it symbolises auspiciousness.

“For example, prawns symbolise laughter and happiness while hair moss symbolises wealth.

Makan Kitchen provides diners a comfortable and cozy ambiance.
Makan Kitchen provides diners a comfortable and cozy ambiance.

“Diners will be spoilt for choice this Chinese New Year when they dine here,” he said.

Guests are treated to a nine-course dinner with dishes featured on the buffet, with three menus working on a rotation basis for this festive period.

Toss to a year of good luck and prosperity with the “Yin Yang” Prosperity Yee Sang accompanied with Norwegian salmon and Japanesse yellow fin tuna.

The unique part of this yee sang, Chong said, is the plum sauce, which was made in-house.

“The mixture has ginger, coriander and a little bit of bird’s-eye chilli that are finely chopped. This entire process takes an hour.

“It gives a smooth texture to the yee sang.

“Yin Yang” prosperity Yee Sang is served with Norwegian salmon and Japan's yellow fin tuna slices.
“Yin Yang” prosperity Yee Sang is served with Norwegian salmon and Japan’s yellow fin tuna slices.

“The herbal mix is then added to the plum sauce,” Chong said, adding that he had toned down the spiciness of the sauce to cater to children.

This appetising dish offered a balanced combination of sweet, sour and mild spicy taste.

Yee sang is available for take-away until Feb 22 with three choices to choose from – The Rainbow Salmon Yee Sang at RM195 nett for a whole portion (half portion for RM115 nett), Happiness Tuna Yee Sang for RM255 nett (half portion for RM150 nett) and the Abalone Yee Sang at RM325 nett (half portion for RM173 nett).

One of the Chinese New Year dishes that is not to be missed is the poon choy(treasure pot). With Makan Kitchen’s Prosperity Abalone and Assorted Seafood Treasure Pot, the search is over for the most awesome tasting dish of its kind.

It consists of abalone, tiger prawns, mushroom, oyster, dried scallop, roasted duck as well as broccoli braised in a claypot with oyster sauce and chicken stock.

The locally sourced tiger prawn with American ginseng has a distinctive ginseng taste.
The locally sourced tiger prawn with American ginseng has a distinctive ginseng taste.

Each item in the claypot was seasoned perfectly but I particularly enjoyed the juicy and tender roasted duck which was bursting with flavours with each bite I took.

The Steamed Live Tiger Prawn with American Ginseng is cooked to highlight the subtleness of the root and freshness of the prawn.

The locally-sourced prawns, offered a distinct ginseng taste that was not overpowering, making the herbal soup a pleasant dish to have.

We were also served the Braised Seafood Soup with Dried Scallops and Winter Melon, Hong Kong-style Steamed Dragon Garoupa (top pic), Stir-fried Sea Scallops with Spicy Scallop Sauce and Eight Treasures Lotus Leaf Fried Rice with Seafood.

Dig into the double boiled snow pear served with white fungus and red dates at the end of your meal.
Dig into the double boiled snow pear served with white fungus and red dates at the end of your meal.

To end our experience, we had Double Boiled Snow Pear as well as Deep-fried Rice Cake with Pumpkin and Cheese.

Double boiled for two hours, the heart of the soft snow pear is filled with white fungus and red dates.

It tasted sweet and went along well with the deep-fried rice cake.

Diners opting for the Joyous Reunion dinner from Feb 7 to 9, priced at RM145 nett per person, can enjoy a complimentary Prosperity Abalone and Assorted Seafood Treasure Pot with every sixth person dining at the restaurant.

The Longevity dinners are priced at RM125 nett per person starting from Feb 10 to 22, except on Feb 14.

There will also be a Weekend Prosperity High Tea on selective dates for RM98 per person and diners will get to enjoy Braised Seafood and Alaskan King Crab Soup with Baby Abalone served in individual portion with no additional charges.

The restaurant’s Chinese New Year business dinner packages start from RM1,618 onwards per table of 10, and is available until Feb 22.

Guests can stand a chance to win a three-day, two-night stay in China at Doubletree by Hilton Chongqing North by sending a picture of their dining experience this Chinese New Year.

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


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