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CNY2014: Tai Zi Heen, Prince Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Its the time of the year when we usher in the lunar new year. The snake slithers out while the horse gallops in. This also means its time to savour one of my fave Chinese dishes - yee sang. No complains having yee sang for lunch and dinner. Some say the more one eats yee sang, the more prosperous one begins. Not sure how true it is but all I can say is bring on the new year of the horse and more yee sang too!

Tai Zi Heen @ Prince Hotel rolls out a colourful and auspicious set menus priced between RM1,288++ to RM1,988++ per table of 10 persons. There is also the festive a la carte selections if you fancy some mix and match of your own or for a smaller table of people. Prices for a la carte dishes start at RM30 per dish.

Four Seasons Prosperity Yee Sang I assume is intended to usher in properity throughout the 4 seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. A choice of 4 fresh cuts of fishes - Butterfish, Jellyfish, Salmon and Tuna.  A very delish combination of seafood and usual yee sang condiments with Chef Michael's special blueberry plum sauce. There is also options of other yee sang including Abalone Yee Sang, Canadian Surf Clam Yee Sang, Hamachi Yee Sang, Salmon Yee Sang  and a vegetarian option of Snow Pear Yee Sang. 
 Toss it well, toss it high. The messier the better! Remember to say out all the good wishes and thoughts!

I always say that nothing beats a good bowl of soup. Its probably because I am half Cantonese but seriously a good bowl of soup is good for the tummy and the soul. Double Boiled Fish Maw with Chicken and Dried Scallops in Superior Broth is a comforting bowl of goodness to balance the yin and yang in the body. Definitely important with all the CNY feasting!

The word fish 鱼 sounds similar to the word for abundance 余. The saying nian nian you yu 年年有余 means having riches and abundance every year. Thus fish is an auspicious dish to have for CNY. Salmon in Teriyaki sauce is an appetizing dish that will appeal to both old and young especially picky eaters. 

The word for prawn sounds like ha哈 in Cantonese and is similar to the sound of someone laughing hahaha. Thus prawns are a must for CNY meals. One of our faves for the night at Tai Zi Heen is the Crispy Prawns Coated with Lemon Dressing Garnished with Tropical Fruit Salsa and Tobiko. 

The vegetable dish is also an auspicious dish to have for CNY. Tai Zi Heen whips up Braised Japanese Sun Dried Scallops, Dried Oysters and Fatt Choy. Fatt Choy or black sea moss sounds like fatt choy 发财 meaning to prosper. Oysters in Cantonese sounds like hoe see 好事 i.e. prosperity or fortune and this is particularly important for those running their own business. 

Come CNY, its waxed meat galore. Tai Zi Heen is pork free so its rendition of the Loh Mai Fun - glutinous rice is served with salted duck. The golden sliced eggs certainly make this dish an auspicious looking rice dish. The old folks believe that having a double helping of rice means double the wealth or luck, so have a second helping of this Loh Mai Fun because it taste so good and it may well mean more wealth coming your way! 

Dessert at Tai Zi Heen is extremely interesting and auspicious. Chilled Pumpkin Puree with Sago Cream topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Pistachio Nuts looks and taste as good as it looks. Pumpkin in Cantonese kam kua 南瓜 is the golden fruit that will bring one prosperity while pistachios in Mandarin kai xin guo 开心果 sounds like happy fruit. Have more pistachios to stay healthy? Whatever it is, this is one creamy dessert that is not too sweet and will probably have you clamouring for more!

No CNY meal is complete without nian gao. Crispy Deep Fried Chinese Brown Sugar with Yam and Sweet Potato Balls is one interesting approach to the usual nian gao which are fried in square pieces. This are round balls prove to be addictive with a light crispy skin, creamy yam and sweet potato filling that hides the sticky goodness of sweet nian gao (sticky rice). Do not skip this because nian gao 年糕 means increasing your prosperity every year.
 

Due credit needs to be given to Tai Zi Heen for their very auspicious CNY menu. And even if you are not eating the dishes for an auspicious reason, the yumminess will be a good reason to head on to Tai Zi Heen for a pork free CNY meal. These festive dishes are available from 9th January 2014 to 14th February 2014.

Tai Zi Heen
Prince Hotel and Residence Kuala Lumpur
4 Jalan Conlay,
Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2170 8888

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