Looking for a taste of contemporary Chinese cuisine that doesn’t require braving the rowdy crowds in Kuala Lumpur? A jaunt to sample the latest Chinese New Year fare from Chef James Ho of Ruyi & Lyn will definitely curb those cravings. Here are some of standout dishes that you shouldn’t miss if you can’t decide what to order.
As with every Chinese New Year gathering, the feast begins with the beloved Malaysian concoction known as yee sang dish which symbolises both abundance and longevity. In conjunction with the Year of the Rat celebrations, the restaurant has created a limited Mighty Mouse “YU” Sang that depicts two mice snuggling in a nest. Worth every morsel, this tasty appetiser presents edible gold, salty egg yolk crispy fish skin, Atlantic salmon and sea caviar, drizzled with lovely piquant mix of olive oil and plum sauce.
For a unique appetiser unlike any other, the Bird’s Nest Chicken Wings will be the talk of the table. Crunchy and savoury all at once, these roasted wings are deboned before being stuffed with a melt-in-your-mouth mixture of birds nest gelatine and airy egg white that explodes with flavour and texture with every bite.
The next must-have dish in any Chinese New Year reunion feast is fish, a symbol of prosperity and surplus. At Ruyi & Lyn, diners can look forward to sinking their teeth into the wok-fried Ruyi Star Grouper which comes served with wonderfully crisp lotus root and arrowhead bulbs
For discerning diners with voracious appetites, the 8 Treasures Prosperity Chicken is a feast for the senses. Served whole, this symbol of prosperity and togetherness comes packed with a plethora of auspicious ingredients including abalone, sea cucumber, dried oyster, chestnut, salted egg yolk and black moss.
Also worth noting is the modern take on the ho see fat choy, a traditional dish that is eaten almost exclusively during Chinese New Year. Brimming with juicy braised meat ball and salty-sweet dried oysters, the Claypot “Fatt Choy” Lion’s Head certainly shines with its delicious umami flavour.
If the delicate flavour and texture of chawanmushi is what makes your heart sing, the Phoenix’s Cloud is an absolute must. Enhancing the flavours of this double boiled egg dish are hits of sweet crab topped with a rich, buttery slab of delicate foie gras.
Of course, no Chinese New Year feast could possibly be complete without sinking one’s teeth into the glutinous rice flour cake known as Nian Gao. Over at Ruyi’s, diners who can’t get enough of this addictive dessert will be delighted by the unique Koi Fish prevention. Packed with a sweet, smooth paste made of red bean, the dessert shines best when eaten with a dab of smooth coconut cream and coconut flakes.
Ruyi & Lyn is serving five set menus and nine Gourmet Celebration Menus this Chinese New Year, alongside à la carte specialties. For more information or to make a reservation, view the details below.