Food is an inseparable part of every Chinese New Year celebration, but whipping up these traditional dishes just to make a big impression during that annual family reunion gathering isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of pu-erh tea. So, if you find yourself stuck on picking the perfect place for this year’s festive reunion, the offerings available at YEN Restaurant could be just the thing to make that next big family gathering a little extra special.
Helmed by Chef Weng, this flagship restaurant located at the trendy W Kuala Lumpur hotel has become a favourite go-to place for urban diners in search for tasty new takes on their favourite classic Cantonese recipes. To usher in this festive season of luck and prosperity, the passionate team at YEN have whipped up an assortment of tantalising dishes that strives to redefine what Chinese cuisine is really all about.
A blend of traditional cooking techniques and unconventional ingredients, Chef Weng’s refreshing take on traditional Chinese recipes is truly a feast of the senses. Colourful and creative, the tasty offerings to be savoured during one’s visit to YEN include delicate double-boiled fish maw soup paired with cordyceps flower radish and sautéed Hokkaido scallop; succulent fresh-water king prawn served with fragrant black truffle sauce; stewed “Money Bag” wraps stuffed with sea cucumber, sun-dried oyster, sea moss and abalone sauce; and Chef Weng’s unique interpretation of the celebratory Ninko glutinous rice cake which comes paired with shredded coconut and topped with a chewy layer shaped like a golden Chinese ingot.
Available until February 24, diners who wish to feast with their nearest and dearest loved ones will also be able to select from up to four set menus featuring the very best that YEN has to offer. There’s the Great Prosperity Set Menu (MYR188+ per person) which is only available during lunch hours; the glorious Happy Reunion Set Menu (MYR288+ per person); and the splurge-worthy Rich Fortune Set Menu and Wealth Treasures Set Menu which is priced at MYR388+ per person. Those wishing to sample these tasty offerings during the reunion dinner on February 4 can do so by selecting any of the available dinner seatings which start at 5.30pm and 8.30pm, respectively.
Of course, no traditional Chinese New Year feast would be complete without the annual tossing of yee sang. Fans of this prosperity salad will have a field day selecting from the four eclectic varieties available at YEN which are freshly prepared at the restaurant to ensure every single mouthful is a memorable experience worth savouring. Available in half- and full-portions, popular picks include the Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang with delightful bites of air-dried Szechuan fish chips and crispy fish skin; while those looking to indulge in an unforgettable experience can opt for the decadent abalone version (MYR228 – MYR488) which comes topped with smatterings of caviar and gold leaf, finished off with a heaping drizzle of fragrant truffle oil.