Xinjiang Court Chinese Restaurant,
Klana Resort PT 4388,
Jalan Penghulu Cantik,
Taman Tasik Seremban, 70100 Seremban.
Tel: 06-766 7888 ext 333
Operating hours: Daily – Lunch (noon to 2.30pm), Dinner 6.30 to 10.00pm
WHY SLAVE over the stove for hours preparing a traditional reunion meal when you can have a great tasting sumptuous dinner minus the hassle?
This Lunar New Year, put your apron away and let professional chefs do the work for you.
Xinjiang Court Chinese Restaurant at Klana Resort Seremban is offering diners four set menus to choose from with premium ingredients like lobster, sea cucumber and abalone.
Priced between RM680++ and RM980++ (per table of 10), the set meals are affordable despite the use of fresh and good quality ingredients.
Yu, who has over two decades of culinary experience, said he never compromised on the quality of ingredients as they were essential for a great tasting meal.
The chef is willing to go to great lengths to ensure diners get the best, even to the extent of enlisting help from a friend to obtain lobsters from Sabah.
“Lobsters are in great demand this time of year and it wasn’t easy to get them. Luckily, my friend was able to get the crustaceans from Sabah for me,” he said.
Ingredients like salmon is flown in from Norway, and abalone is imported from Australia.
Besides using quality ingredients, Yu said he tries to create dishes that are wholesome and reminiscent of mum’s cooking.
“Fresh flavours are complemented with traditional cooking methods for a great-tasting meal that is healthier for the entire family.
“Some of the items on the menu like yee sang are delicacies you only have once a year, during Chinese New Year,” he said.
He said yee sang is the highlight of the Chinese New Year meal here in Malaysia, and diners always looked forward to tossing the salad for good luck.
At Xinjiang, diners can choose from three varieties — Good Luck Yee Sang with Jellyfish, Fatt Choy Yee Sang with Salmon and Fatt Choy Yee Sang with Abalone and Snow Pear.
The yee sang which comes in three portions – small, medium and large – is included in the Chinese New Year set menus and available for take away.
Each of the set menus have eight items, including poultry, seafood and rice dishes.
Yu said among the dishes popular with diners are crispy roast chicken, black pepper lobster and braised shark’s fin soup.
“We’ve got to have fish as it is synonomous with abundance and prawns are a New Year staple as well because the Cantonese word for it sounds like laughter.
“Food not only has to taste good, but dishes served during reunion dinners should symbolise prosperity and happiness for the year ahead,” he said.
Diners can also opt for a la carte dishes for their reunion dinner at Xinjiang Court.
We sampled the lobster and prawns cooked with salted egg which was a simple yet finger-licking good dish.
Roasted duck with Chinese herbs is another dish that you can order off the a la carte menu.
The duck is marinated in a blend of Chinese herbs before being slow roasted to perfection.
Other items on the menu are Braised Loh Hon Chai with Dried Oysters in Beancurd Skin, Baked Fresh River Prawn with Golden Garlic and Braised Dried Oysters with Fatt Choy and Beancurd.
For a sweet finish to your meal, try the desserts on offer including Deep Fried Nien Gao with Red Date Paste and Yam.
Xinjiang Court’s Chinese New Year menus are available until Feb 6. The restaurant has five private rooms and can seat up to 180 people comfortably.
This is the writer’s observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.