Toast Your Way to Good Fortune at Zuan Yuan

I ended 2011 on a sweet note with Kee's Creampuffs. Today I start 2012 on a good start by toasting our yee sang to good fortune, health and abundance of blessings with the Yee Sang at pork free Zuan Yuan Chinese restaurant at One World Hotel.

While waiting for everyone to arrive, I take pics of the peanuts. May was surprised as we always have this as appetizers when we arrive. Well, its a CNY menu review and we have peanuts. Lets get symbolic! Peanuts symbolise health, long life, birth of prosperity, continuous growth, multiplication in wealth and good fortune (learnt this from my mum in law)
Yee Sang or known as Raw Fish Salad is definitely a highlight every CNY. Its healthy and yummy in one big colourful dish. Every ingredient is chosen for a symbolic reason. The following all goes into Zuan Yuan's Yee Sang with Polo Clam and Shredded Sweet Turnip in Truffle Oil. 
pouring in the spices and sauces and it looks pretty...
And the best of all we get to play. A whole table of adults (and kids) with our chopsticks lifting the salad mix as high as possible while uttering wishing for a better year. Let's see...
• More good food (haha...what can you say when you have a table of foodies?)
• More good health (this I find it most important)
• More money
• Better cameras
• Bigger house
• Cheaper fuel
• Faster cars (OK... I said this. hehehe)
• More good friends
• And everything awesome and good!
toss it well
toss it higher
And the results of tossing! Pretty delightful fresh yee sang bursting with the sweetness of the tender polo clam. Every bite bore the luxurious earthy flavours of truffle oil. 
CNY meals always come with fish. And fish must have its head and tail as it symbolises having leftovers of money and an increment in prosperity. I love the lightly spicy Steamed Red Grouper with ‘Medan’ Sauce. Nothing overly spicy but it was a unique flavour for CNY.
Wok-Fried Butter Tiger Prawn with Papaya and Milk was a hit that night with its vibrant colour. Prawns in chinese sounds like laughter "haha". Indeed we were all laughing and enjoying this prawn dish that symbolised happiness and laughter. 
I remember asking my mum in law why did she serve the chicken with its head, ass and feet? She said it was to symbolise togetherness. The Poached Village Chicken with Pickled Radish and Chilli didn't exactly come with the head, ass and feet but it was decorated aptly to represent those parts. A clever play indeed. Chicken was tender and I adored the crisp flavourful pickled radish. Addictively good, I spooned extra pickled radish and ate it on its own.
It never fails to amaze me how CNY dinners feature vegetables in delightful flavours that makes eating vegetables easier for many people. Stewed Mixed Vegetable in Bean Curd Parcel with Dried Oyster and Sea Moss was a flavourful dish bursting in flavours. Every mouthful symbolised good news (oysters - hou si), prosperity (sea moss - fatt choy), opportunities (mushroom - donggu), good luck (carrots - apparently its considered red and auspicious) and lots more that I couldn't quite remember what they symbolise for. But most of all, a mixed vegetable dish was to symbolise family harmony.
perfect parcel
inside the parcel
Choose from the different yee sang offering (begins 9th January till 12th February 2012)
• Yee Sang with Seaweed & Assorted Fresh Fruits
RM55++ (half portion) RM110++ (full portion)
• Yee Sang with Salmon & Shredded Sweet Turnip
RM70++ (half portion) RM140++ (full portion)
• Yee Sang with Salmon & Shredded Sweet Turnip In Truffle Oil
RM85++ (half portion) RM170++ (full portion)
• Yee Sang with Sliced Abalone & Snow Pear
RM90++ (half portion) RM180++ (full portion)

The menus you can choose from:
• Appreciation Set Menus priced from RM988++ per table of 8 – 10 persons from now till 13th January 2012.

• Reunion Joy Set Menus starts at RM1288++ per table of 8-10 person and is between 14 – 22 January 2012. 
• Zuan Yuan Prosperity Chinese New Year Menu starts at RM988++ for a table of 8 to 10 and is available for lunch and dinner from 23 January – 12 February 2012

Check out their website for detailed information

For a pork free CNY reunion meal:
Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant
One World Hotel
+603 7681 1159

I just add that we had my fave dish from Zuan Yuan which I first tasted when I did a review of "I Love Hong Kong"! Honey Chicken with Deep Fried Ginger with a beautiful aroma of fried ginger.