|Mini - dumplings to alleviate rumbling tummies|
Chinese New Year Menu, Five Sen5es, The Westin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
As the Chinese New Year approaches, restaurants busily try to outcompete each other with the most luxurious offerings of indulgence. Yee Sang and seafood are musts on every menu, but Five Sen5es has also considered those who’d like to bring in the New Year with some liquid divinity too. Three specially formulated mocktails and some heart warming Chinese Rice Wine are sure to keep those who prefer sipping over chewing cheerfully satisfied.
|Mocktails and Rice Wine|
The Palatial Bloom is an eye opening bomb with Redbull providing enough caffeine to alertly see the end to the year of the Dragon. Topped up with manggis charge, madu tualang and blackcurrant juice, the fruits soften the hit of the Redbull. The Prismatic Surprise is a bubbly concoction presented in a champagne glass consisting of hibiscus and blackcurrant tea, lime juice, soda and garnished with mint. The second orders at our table though were of the Euphoric Freeze, a green appley mix of ginger, mint and hazelnut syrup.
While the mocktails started the meal with a sweet fruity awakening, a Chinese Rice Wine ensured each dish was digested with our bodies a' burning on the inside. Dramatically poured through a fabulous Riedel snake shaped decanter, the waiter demonstrated skill and care when siphoning the liquid into each glass. While some guests stopped at the first sip, others bravely charged on declaring the brew as improving with each swig.
|Chinese Rice Wine Poured from a Snake Shaped Riedel Decanter|
Tossing of the Yee Sang is always an acrobatic start. With giant sized chopsticks giving a head start to the hurling, a well pitched salad not only gives hopes of a prosperous year ahead but too of an awesome meal to come. Here are the dishes found on the Abundance Silver Dragon set menu:
|Jade Abalone and Norway Salmon Fish 'Lou' Yee Sang|
|Master Poached Sea Pearl Prawn Clam in Superior Broth|
|Charcoal Roasted 'Sar Tian' Five Sen5es Pigeon|
|Cantonese Steamed Longevity Goby Fish in Soy Sauce|
|Signature Golden Sand Prawns with Crispy Rice Cereal|
|Near Year Teeth Mushrooms Fried with Garden Vegetables and Roasted Pine Nuts|
|Secret Slow Boiled 'Hong Kong' Style Wax Meat Casserole Rice|
|Japanese Sweetened Yam Gold Coin Chinese New Year 'Nian Gou'|
Our favourites of the evening were, without question, the luscious Master Poached Sea Pearl Prawn Clams in Superior Broth and the Japanese Sweetened Yam Gold Coin Chinese New Year ‘Nian Gou’ Presentation. Prawns and clams were mushed together, returned to the shell then immersed in a bubbly broth. A sharp edge from the ginger root gave the soup a lip sucking edge. The sticky yam centred glutinous rice coins and shredded coconut finished the meal with a mild sweetness and gooey morishness.
Five Sen5es offers four Chinese New Year Set Menus ranging in price from RM880++ to RM1388++ for a table of ten. The dishes pictured above are from the most luxurious of the offerings, the Abundance Silver Dragon line up. Special a la carte items are available alongside the set menus from January 9 until February 24, 2013.
Reason to visit: Master Poached Sea Pearl Prawn Clams in Superior Broth, Japanese Sweetened Yam Gold Coin Chinese New Year ‘Nian Gou’ Presentation, rice wine poured from a snake decanter
THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2731 833
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