With the Lunar New Year dawning in four weeks, it's time for folks to figure out where to hold their 'yee sang' dinners; customers willing to splurge can consider two ever-reliable YTL hotel outlets _ The Ritz-Carlton's Li Yen & JW Marriott's Shanghai.
Thanks to both hotels for hosting this sampling of selections from their New Year menus, starting with Li Yen, whose stately elegance is irrefutable.
Proving that 'yee sang' can be savored without even a sliver of salmon, Li Yen serves a vegetarian rendition that's made refreshing with papaya, pomelo & more.
Our first for 2013 & hopefully not our last! Clean, exuberant flavors for this one.
Another relatively healthy-tasting treat: Bouillon-simmered chicken, smooth & fleshy.
Want crab roe without having to scrape through crustacean shells? Li Yen aims to please, providing this remarkably rich platter of braised broccoli topped with so much sumptuous roe.
Next up, Shanghai, one of Bukit Bintang's most popular Chinese establishments.
Earlier entry on Shanghai: Sept. 18, 2009.
Steamed soup dumplings, perpetually a treat here.
How would you like your 'nian gao' rice cakes? Savory with minced pork & preserved veggies ...
... or the more familiar version, sticky-sweet with sesame seeds? Glutinous glee, both ways.
Li Yen & Shanghai serve an A to Z of Chinese tea, perfect to pair with the food.
Li Yen @ The Ritz-Carlton, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.
Shanghai @ JW Marriott, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.