This year's yee sang, settled: Two KL-based eateries, The Bowls & Pretty On Plate, have combined forces to offer savoury & sweet yee sang platters that prove distinctive & delicious, one powered by pork & another by chocolate - a refreshing change from run-of-the-mill yee sang, skilfully prepared with thoughtfully chosen components of irreproachable virtue.
The Japanese Fusion Chashu Yee Sang is a thing of beauty, intricately detailed with a bumper crop of free-range tender pork slices, four types of Japanese seaweed, six types of fresh vegetables & fruits (purple cabbage, radish, carrots, sweet corn, Japanese cucumber & lemon), seasoned jellyfish, ebiko, walnuts & sesame seeds, rounded out with house-made wasabi wafu dressing & sesame oil. The harmoniously mellow flavours feel natural & nuanced, the textures are crisp & juicy, like a fulfilling cross between a rich salad & regular yee sang; this normal-sized portion costs RM88, sufficient for four to six persons.
We were equally impressed with the beautifully balanced Designer Dessert Yee Sang, lusciously enlivening with 10 types of fruits & vegetables & fruits (mandarin oranges, pomegranates, pomelo, lychees, strawberries, pineapple cubes, dried cranberries, turnips, carrots & watercress), given deeper dimensions by four types of designer desserts (Callebaut dark chocolate pearls, 54-percent dark chocolate cake, passion-fruit-infused glass noodles, & salted caramel truffle balls), almond 'prosperity coins' & roasted peanuts, complemented by a honey yuzu sauce. Again, the attention to detail is admirable, the proportions prove precise, & the overarching result is not too sweet but capably crowd-pleasing, sumptuous & satisfying.
These playful yee sang platters will memorably brighten up this season's Chinese New Year celebrations; many thanks to The Bowls & Pretty On Plate for these. Ordering instructions are available at thebowls.asia - in-store pick-ups can be arranged at the two outlets.
The Bowls - facebook.com/thebowlsasia
46G, Plaza Usahawan Genting Klang, Jalan Danau Niaga 1, Taman Danau Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 016-518-8308
Pretty On Plate - facebook.com/PrettyOnPlate
Amaya Residence, G3, Jalan Jejaka 2, Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-9201-6661
Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits. Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: https://confirmsubscription.
The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community. Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers. For every transaction, at least RM0.10 will be channelled to a charity of the month.
Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor! If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).