Putrajaya Marriott Hotel,
IOI Resort City,
Tel: 03-8949 8888 ext 1333
Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm
CHEF Low Lam Chong insists on bringing out the natural flavours of ingredients when he plans the Chinese New Year set menus at Summer Palace Restaurant in Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
The executive Chinese chef feels it is essential to retain the original taste of fresh and good quality ingredients, instead of covering them with too much seasoning.
For instance, the Baked Tiger Garoupa in Claypot Homemade Style is prepared with a simple method, and cooked for just eight to nine minutes.
“You get to taste the original sweetness of the fish,” chef Low said.
“For this year’s celebration, Summer Palace has prepared four Prosperity Chinese New Year Divide set menus ” Good Returns Menu (at RM988++ for a table of 10), Year of Prosperity Menu (RM1,288++) and Good Fortune Menu (RM1,688++) and the Individual Fusion Set Menu (RM188++ per person).
During a preview recently, chef Low introduced several items from the sets to showcase his culinary prowess.
The Braised Bird’s Nest Soup with Seafood and Egg White was approved as an alternative to shark’s fin.
Although bird’s nest is usually served in a sweet clear soup, this savoury version was an interesting with plenty of flavour.
Next up was Barbecued Roasted Chicken with Chinese Herbs.
Instead of just plain roasted chicken, the bird was flavoured with a soup of red dates, wolfberries, dong guai and other herbs that lent a pleasant aroma to the dish.
Steamed Fresh Water Prawns with Radish Cake, from the Good Fortune set, saw an unusual pairing of seafood and dim sum.
Chef Low said the steamed raddish cake was made in the restaurant’s kitchen.
For dessert, Chilled Chrysanthemum Jelly with Mixed Fruits was served. The jelly, with the unique fragrance and slight bitterness of chrysanthemum, was refreshing.
No Chinese New Year feast is complete without tossing the yee sang, and at Summer Palace, a selection of yee sang is offered, such as Vegetarian with Korean Pear Yee Sang, Salmon with Mesclun Mix Yee Sang, Salmon and Silver Fish Yee Sang, Three Varieties of Fish Yee Sang, Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang and African Abalone Yee Sang.
They are priced from RM48++ per portion onwards.
We sampled the Prosperity Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab, Salmon and Crispy Fish.
Made with 22 ingredients, the yee sang was served with a concoction of sour plum paste, apricot, apple and orange jams.
The Prosperity Chinese New Year Divide sets are available from Feb 9 to 24 while the yee sang is available until Feb 24 for both dine-in and takeway.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.