Give traditions a refresher this year at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur’s well-known Chinese eatery, Lai Po Heen. Dim sum at in a gorgeous space inspired by great ancestral homes of the 19th Century? Yes, please! Menus curated by Chef Ricky Thein and his dim sum masters symbolise prosperity and good fortune.
The first, is the Longevity Dim Sum set, which includes favourites like steamed fluffy buns filled with barbecue chicken, deep fried yam dumplings and steamed baby abalone and chicken Siew Mai. Then, there’s the Happiness Dim Sum set, where diners can savour steamed prawn and water chestnut dumplings with gold leaf, deep fried roasted duck dumplings, and braised money bag filled with sea treasures and wok fried garden greens.
For a taste of something classic, Lai Po Heen has prepared three menus to choose from: Fortune; Prosperity; and Wealth. When we think of reunion dinners and Chinese New Year lunches, we think of big groups seated at round tables. At Lai Po Heen, it’s the company that counts, and as little as a party of two can enjoy the individually-plated Wealth menu. The Fortune and Prosperity menus are both made up of eight courses for a minimum of four diners.
The time-honoured tradition of tossing yee sang comes in five varieties — abalone with assorted vegetables, pan seared scallops and snow pear, soft shell crab and snow pear, salmon with assorted vegetable, and assorted vegetables with shredded fruits. All Yee Sang are available in half and full portions, with the option for takeaway.
The festive menus are available at Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur from from 9 January to 28 February 2019.