Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Chinese New Year Menu, Five Sen5es, Westin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
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.

Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
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.

Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
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:

Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Jade Abalone and Norway Salmon Fish 'Lou' Yee Sang
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Master Poached Sea Pearl Prawn Clam in Superior Broth
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Charcoal Roasted 'Sar Tian' Five Sen5es Pigeon
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Cantonese Steamed Longevity Goby Fish in Soy Sauce
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Signature Golden Sand Prawns with Crispy Rice Cereal
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Near Year Teeth Mushrooms Fried with Garden Vegetables and Roasted Pine Nuts 
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
Secret Slow Boiled 'Hong Kong' Style Wax Meat Casserole Rice
Five Sen5es, five senses, westin hotel, Chinese New Year, CNY, Kuala Lumpur
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

Five Sen5es
THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 2731 833

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20 comments:

  1. i'm not sure i've ever seen a snake decanter, but the next time i'm here, i'm gonna ask them to bring it out! heheh :D

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    1. The snake one is something special but they also have a nice collection of other decanters from Riedel in Prego too.

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  2. Nice. Prawns with rice cereal? Interesting!

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    1. A little crispy texture on the outside...

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  3. my fave would be the nian gao with sweet potato !!! Yummmmmm~~~

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    1. Sweet potato - yummy - can't go wrong. :-)

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  4. I haven't had any yee sang yet, so sad.... Hmmm must do it next week! Hehehe

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    1. Oh poor you... I'm not Chinese but I sure do love that salad! Hope you get some soon.

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  5. gorgeous menu! everyone has something very different this year.. loving the poached clams in broth!!

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  6. Nian Gou and Yee Sang, really something to yearn for !

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    1. Yes! Yummy start and delicious finish :-)

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  7. Alamak! Did I see my fave Abalone!! Next time bring me along lah! Hahaha!

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    1. When you're in town, give me a call ;-)

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  8. It was a delicious evening :) Nothing beats the look on the poor waiter's face as the Hubbie held the snake decanter - "it costs RM5,000.." he muttered nervously...

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    1. That was a highlight! I was just as nervous as the waiter... :-)

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  9. Now, this is what I call more authentic Chinese food, not what you get at tao, ha ha. The abalone looks heavenly and I will go for the Cantonese steamed fish and the broth and the vege lotus dish. I will give the tao a miss, if I want Chinese food, concept or not.

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    1. I see, you like the healthy options - steamed fish, veges - I love them too - there's something about the texture of lotus root that is very attractive.

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  10. the lou sang is nice..
    HUAT ahhh...

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    1. I think yee sang just might be my favourite Chinese dish.:-)

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