Chinese New Year Menu at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL

I have always been quite fond of Celestial Court, having visited a couple of times in the past couple of years. If you haven’t been, make sure you check out their weekend dim sum buffet (now priced at RM98++ per pax). And having sampled their CNY menu last year, I know that Chef Vincent Loo will not disappoint this year. So I invited my daughter/band mate Vicky with me to toss our first Yee Sang of the year.

The signature Yee Sang With New Zealand Swordfish and Netherland Arctic Char Fish

It’s now customary to have Yee Sang for CNY and I always love to see creativity with Yee Sang ingredients because you know, after a while every Yee Sang starts to taste the same. Here, we see a couple of unusual ingredients: Swordfish (pronounced without the W by the way), and Arctic Char Fish.

Hello! My name is Arctic Char and I come from the Netherlands.

Netherland Arctic Char Fish? Sounds fancy! Mr Google tells me it is closely related to Salmon and Ocean Trout, hence the similarity in facial features and the colour of its flesh. Tastes rather similar too.

After pouring everything into the plate along with auspicious wishes, we were ready to toss. The higher you go, the better! Needless to say, our table was the noisiest, thanks to yours truly, Mr Fatboybakes and Miss Rebecca Saw.

Despite having been to quite a few CNY review, I have managed to miss out on Poon Choi and that was finally rectified this year. Celestial Court offers a Premium Treasure Pot featuring a total of 18 ingredients.

Celestial Court’s Premium Treasure Pot (RM888++)

Each ingredient here is cooked separately and then meticulously arranged in layers, and this signifies abundance in the coming year. It’s fun fishing out different ingredients and make sure you taste the superior stock which has been infused with all that surf and turf components.

My treasure plate.

There are abalones, scallops, dried scallops, sea cucumbers, prawns, sea asparagus, roast duck, roast chicken and various vegetables. Each component is cooked perfectly too, I think my favourite would have to be the juicy prawns and the super tender sea cucumber.

Wok-heated Prawns with Nutmeg, Asparagus and Smoked Chicken

This is such a pretty dish with all that vibrant colours. I am a lover of Asparagus so this instantly grabbed my attention. Interestingly the prawn is cooked with nutmeg, which imparts some sweetness and its distinct pungent aroma to the prawns. The prawns were crispy and I didn’t mind the slight dousing of mayo (my inner kid approves). The smoked chicken induced a round of discussion as KJ insisted it tastes like duck, but I have to agree it’s very well smoked with a nice bite. I’ll say this is my favourite dish of the night, and Vicky agrees too.

Stir fried scallops with pumpkin, asparagus and celery served with Macadamia Nuts

More Asparagus and I certainly won’t complain. I like how clean this dish look, and each component tastes of their natural sweetness. My favourite would probably be the pumpkin, and I thought that adding Macadamia nuts is a decadent touch.

Chilled Earl Grey Syrup with Hasma, Snow Fungus and Black Dates

Never one to pass up an opportunity for controversy, I very quickly pointed out that Hasma has something to do with Frog’s reproductive organ, and google further confirmed that it is indeed Frog’s fallopian tube. Who discovered this?! Anyway, hasma is considered a delicacy and claims to replenish vital essence in the lungs, kidneys, and improving skin complexion. I guess it doesn’t hurt to try. By the way, I had half the refreshing syrup before reading the menu and when Cheng Yi heard “Earl Grey” he literally jumped. Heard that he had a sleeplessness because of this. Hah!

Thank you Shirley and Youhe for another fabulous meal!

Plan your Chinese New Year gathering with your loved ones today at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

For reservations, call 03 2717 9900 or email to restaurants.imperial@sheraton.com or log on to www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com for more information.

Check out their different set menus and ala carte menu below:

Yee Sang Selections 2015

Celestial Court’s All-time Favourites

Yee Sang with Jelly Fish – RM188++

Yee Sang with Norwegian salmon– RM 228++

Yee Sang with Norwegian salmon and sunflower sauce – RM 238++

Yee Sang with Abalone and Salmon – RM 318++

Wild Catch (signature yee sang)

Yee Sang with New Zealand Tarakihi Fish – RM 258++

Yee Sang with New Zealand Swordfish– RM 428++

Yee sang with Netherland Arctic Char Fish– RM 388++

Vegetarian

Vegetarian yee sang with vegetarian abalone and vegetarian goose – RM 98++

Premium Chinese New Year Set Menu

1. Yee Sang with New Zealand Tarakihi Fish served with Traditional Plum Sauce

2. Double-boiled Mini Abalone Soup with Bamboo Pith and Dried Scallops

3. Oven-baked Crispy Truffle Essence Chicken paired with Peking Duck Rolls with Foie Gras Pâté

4. Steamed Cod Fish with concentrated Chicken Soya Sauce

5. Braised Sea Cucumber with Chinese Mushrooms, Fish Maw served with Stir-fried Scallops with fresh Lily Bulbs in Spicy Sauce

6. Sesame Prawns with Nutmeg and Smoked Chicken and Asparagus

7. Signature Crispy Noodles with fresh Water Prawns

8. Double-boiled Bird Nest’s with Sugar Cane Syrup in Whole Chinese Pear and paired with Tiramisu in Mini Chocolate Cup

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Chinese Tea

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A complimentary bottle of Hennessy Cognac

RM 3388 nett for a table of 10 persons
* Price quoted is inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Government Tax

Chinese New Year Wealth Set Menu

1. Yee Sang with Norwegian Salmon, Fish Roe and Snow Pear

2. Boiled Tom Yam Soup with Assorted Seafood, Mushrooms and Chinese Parsley

3. Oven-baked Crispy Chicken with Truffle Essence and Spicy Garlic Topping

4. Smoked Pomfret with Spicy Thai Mango Salad

5. Deep-fried Squid with Lemon Sauce, Salt and Pepper

6. Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Oysters and Chinese Mushrooms

7. Fried Rice with Shredded Dried Scallops, Diced Chicken, Roast Duck and Mushroom

8. Double-boiled Hasma with Snow Fungus, Red Date, Chinese Pear and Ginseng

9. Chilled Coconut Layer Cake

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Chinese Tea

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A complimentary bottle of selected wine

RM2288 nett for a table of 10 persons
* Price quoted is inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Government Tax

Chinese New Year Fortune Set Menu

1. Yee Sang with a combination of Smoked Sliced Lamb and Salmon

2. Premium Eight Treasure Soup

3. Steamed Cod Fish with Chilli and Lime Sauce

4. Poached Sliced Lamb with Spinash, Century Eggs and Salted Egg Yolk Broth

5. Traditional Roasted Duck with Pickled Papaya

6. Pan-fried Prawns with Red Curry Paste

7. Thai Fried Rice with Pineapples and Crispy Rice Grains

8. Chilled Earl Grey Syrup with Hasma, Snow Fungus and Black Dates

9. Deep-fried Golden Banana Fritters with Chocolate Dripping

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Chinese Tea

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A complimentary bottle of selected wine

RM2488 nett for a table of 10 persons
* Price quoted is inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Government Tax

Chinese New Year Happiness Set Menu

1. Signature Yee Sang with Norwegian Salmon and Sliced Abalone served with Chrysanthemum Sauce

2. Double-boiled Mini Monk Jump over the Wall

3. Crispy Roasted Truffle Chicken served with Thai Hoi Sin Sauce

4. Steamed Cod Fish with Golden Garlic paired with Fish Belly

5. Deep-fried Prawns with Fresh Fruits and Wasabi Mayo Dressing

6. Braised Sea Cucumber with Dried Scallops, Mushrooms, Sea Moss and Vegetables

7. Braised Rice with Diced Roasted Duck topped with Dried Scallops and Abalone Sauce

8. Double-boiled Bird’s Nest with Young Coconut and Ginseng

9. Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls with Coated Minced Peanut Crush

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Chinese Tea

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A complimentary bottle of selected wine

RM2688 nett for a table of 10 persons
* Price quoted is inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% Government Tax

Chinese New Year Ala Carte Menu 2015

Soup

1. Braised Sze Chuan Soup with Baby Lobster Meat
RM 50++ per person

2. Monk Jump over the Wall
RM128++ per person

3. Braised Assorted Seafood Broth with Trio Mushroom
RM 38++ per person

4. Double-boiled Maitake Mushroom with Fleece Flower Root and Garden Chicken
RM 50++ per person

Dried Seafood

1. Braised Supreme Dried Seafood with Sliced Abalone in Broth
Small – RM 320++ Medium – RM 480++ Large – RM 640++

2. Braised Baby Abalone with Imported Asparagus, Sea Cucumber and Sea Moss
Small – RM 118++ Medium – RM 172++ Large – RM 228++

3. Braised Giant Fish Belly with Sea Cucumber, Chinese Mushrooms, Dried Oysters and Sea Moss
Small – RM 108++ Medium – RM162++ Large – RM 216++

4. Stewed Oysters with Sun-dried Scallops and Sea Moss and Lettuce
Small – RM 108++ Medium – RM162++ Large – RM 216++

Seafood

1. Simmered Cod with Chili and Lime
Small – RM128++ Medium – RM192++ Large – RM 256++

2. Pan-fried Prawns with Red Curry Paste
Small – RM 100++ Medium – RM 150++ Large – RM 200++

3. Combination of Crispy Fresh Scallops topped with Caviar and Stir-fried Prawns in Spicy Sauce
Small – RM 138++ Medium – RM207++ Large RM 276++

4. Steamed Cod Fish Fillet with Egg White and Julienne Ginger
Small – RM128++ Medium – RM192++ Large RM 256++

5. Braised Australian Red Grouper with Flower Fungi and Vegetable Curry
Small – RM 60++ Medium – RM90++ Large – RM 120 ++

6. Steamed Fresh Water Prawns with Two variety of Garlic and Glass Noodle
RM 50++ per portion (minimum order of 2 portions)

Poultry

1. Oven-baked Crispy Black Truffle Chicken with Spicy Garlic Topping
Half – RM 88++ Whole – RM 176 ++

2. Signature Hong Kong-styled Crispy Roasted Duck
Half – RM 90++ Whole – RM 180 ++

3. Braised Garden Chicken with Lettuce in Dried Scallop Sauce
Half – RM 60++ Whole – RM120++

4. Combination of Barbeque Premium
Small – RM 68++ Medium – RM 102++ Large – RM136++

5. Signature Braised Duck with Ginger, Water Chestnut and Bean Curd Stick
Small – RM 68++ Medium – RM 102++ Large – RM136++

Vegetables & Bean Curd

1. Stir-fried Scallops with Pumpkin, Asparagus, Celery and Macadamia Nut
Small – RM 88++ Medium – RM 132++ Large – RM 176++

2. Home-styled Special Assorted Vegetarian Curry in Claypot
Small – RM 38++ Medium – RM 57++ Large – RM 76++

3. Braised Vegetarian with Glass Noodle in Claypot
Small – RM 38++ Medium – RM 57++ Large – RM 76++

4. Braised Bean Curd with Marrow Gourd and Assorted Seafood
Small – RM 68++ Medium – RM 108++ Large – RM 138++

5. Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables with Dried Prawn Topping
Small – RM 58++ Medium – RM 88++ Large – RM 116++

Noodle & Rice

1. Braised Rice with Roasted Duck and Dried Scallops in Abalone Sauce
Small – RM 80++ Medium – RM 120++ Large – RM 160++

2. Thai Fried Rice with Tomato, Seafood and Walnut
Small – RM 60 ++ Medium – RM 90 ++ Large – RM 120++

3. Fried Rice with Pickled Cabbage, Minced Chicken and Mushroom
Small – RM 38++ Medium – RM 58++ Large – RM 76++

4. Fried Rice with Minced Duck and French Bean in Peanut Sauce
Small – RM 38++ Medium – RM 58++ Large – RM 76++

5. Wok Fried Glass Noodle pairs with Rice Noodle with Crispy Cod Fish
Small – RM 80++ Medium – RM 120++ Large RM160++

6. Signature Prawn Consommé with Egg Noodles, Seafood and Enoki Mushroom
Small – RM 60 ++ Medium – RM 90 ++ Large – RM 120++

7. Wok-fried Flat Noodle with Beef, Spring Onions, Ginger in Black Bean Sauce
Small – RM 38++ Medium – RM 58++ Large RM 76++

Celestial Court,
Level 3, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2717 9900 ext 6988
or email: restaurants.imperial@sheraton.com
Business hours: Lunch, Mon to Sat, noon to 2.30pm;
Sun and public holidays, 10.00am to 2.30pm.
Dinner, daily, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Pork-free.

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Reunite and Celebrate Chinese New Year at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL

With the Year of the Horse looming close, restaurants and hotels have already prepared their prosperity dishes for the celebration. If you haven’t decided where to go for your reunion dinner, and want to treat your family to a decadent feast, you might want to consider Celestial Court at Sheraton Imperial KL, Chef Vincent Loo of Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL along with his talented team created a special ala carte menu for the auspicious occasion.

Having tried their delightful dim-sum spread, I had high expectations for Celestial Court’s Chinese New Year menu. Sure enough, I was impressed from the beginning with one of the prettiest Yee Sang in town. It’s a colourful platter featuring Norwegian Salmon and Japanese Maguro (Tuna) with various vegetables and pickles.

Celestial Court's Appaloosa Horse 马年丰收庆团圆(双宝捞生).
Appaloosa Horse 马年丰收庆团圆(双宝捞生) Yee Sang with a Combination of Sliced Japanese Maguro and Norwegian Salmon served with Traditional Plum Sauce

Look, it even has the Chinese character “Horse” printed on top! Consisting of mostly fresh vegetables, this is refreshing with plenty of fun textures. The plum sauce has enough piquancy, balanced by sweetness though not overly so. Toss the salad as high as possible shouting out auspicious phrases and good wishes is a fun way to start the dinner.

锦绣前程(天宝特色双拼)Celestial Court Duo Combination of 特色双味虾 Two Preparations of Fresh Water Prawns and 鲑鱼籽芋茸带子 Scallop Yam Puff topped with Salmon Roe
锦绣前程(天宝特色双拼)Celestial Court Duo Combination of 特色双味虾 Two Preparations of Fresh Water Prawns and 鲑鱼籽芋茸带子 Scallop Yam Puff topped with Salmon Roe

If you love prawns, you absolutely must order this dish. Massive prawn with tender, sweet flesh blessed with crunchy shells. Be sure to snatch a prawn head for all the luscious prawn roe. The crunchy bits of ginger and garlic lend extra aroma to the prawns.

Closer look at the Scallop Yam Puff
Closer look at the Scallop Yam Puff

The Scallop Yam Puff is pretty good too, with just-cooked scallop, briny Ikura (Salmon Roe) and crispy puff contrasting with creamy yam.

兴隆进宝(四宝海味羹)Braised Premium Treasures Soup with Dried Seafood. Rejoice! There is no sharks fin in this bowl of nourishing goodness with lots of crab meat, scallops and sea cucumber.
兴隆进宝(四宝海味羹)Braised Premium Treasures Soup with Dried Seafood.

I’m always glad to see restaurants opting out shark fin. This comforting soup is tasty enough with crab, dried scallops and bits of sea cucumber. Perfect with a touch of black vinegar.

年年有余(上汤金菇浸鳕鱼)Simmered Cod Fish with Enoki Mushroom and Wolf Berries in Superior Broth.
年年有余(上汤金菇浸鳕鱼)Simmered Cod Fish with Enoki Mushroom and Wolf Berries in Superior Broth.

Celestial Court is quite well-known for their Cod Fish dish and this is quite a healthy take with light broth, enoki mushrooms and antioxidant-rich wolf berries. I loved the creamy soft fish though I had to add a little soy sauce to the gravy. Nevertheless this is still my favourite dish for the night.

代代平安(干贝鲍鱼酿豆袋 Braised Abalone Treasures Pockets with Dried Scallop and Vegetables
代代平安(干贝鲍鱼酿豆袋 Braised Abalone Treasures Pockets with Dried Scallop and Vegetables

An auspicious dish with premium seafood is often one of the most popular dish during CNY. Here, the Aburaage tofu pockets are stuffed with diced abalone, scallop, mushroom and carrots, signifying a full money bag.

五福呈祥(鲍鱼仔海参魚鰾发菜)Braised Baby Abalone with Baked Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber and Sea Moss.
五福呈祥(鲍鱼仔海参魚鰾发菜)Braised Baby Abalone with Baked Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber and Sea Moss.

And here comes the abalone and CNY must have: Sea Moss (Fatt Choi). A dish full of collagen from the sea cucumber and fish maw, this is not only auspicious, but good for our skin too.

Individual portion
Individual portion

My favourite item from here would be the fish maw and sea moss. Delicious.

满屋生辉(鲍汁烧鸭干贝焖饭)Braised Rice with Roast Duck and Dried Scallop in Abalone Sauce.
满屋生辉(鲍汁烧鸭干贝焖饭)Braised Rice with Roast Duck and Dried Scallop in Abalone Sauce.

When this plate of rice reached the table, the aroma of benito flakes was the first to hit our noses. It is slightly pungent and almost a little off-putting, but this turned out to be super addictive! The rice has a great depth of flavour as it is braised with roast duck and dried scallop in abalone sauce. I had to finish my portion to savour every bit of it. Yum.

If you prefer Chef Vincent to do the ordering for you, indulge in the Wealth set menu, priced at RM2,188 nett or the Fortune set menu, priced at RM2,388++ or the Happiness set menu, priced at RM2,588++. Each 9-course menu is quoted for a table of 10 persons and inclusive of a complimentary bottle of wine.

The Chinese New Year ala carte and set menus are available from 6th January to 14th February 2014. The a la carte dishes are priced from RM38++ onwards each. What’s more, each SPG member can enjoy 20% discount off total food bill for Chinese New Year promotions. For reservations, call 03-2717 9900, or visit www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com to find out more.

Celestial Court,
Level 3, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2717 9900 ext 6988
or email: restaurants.imperial@sheraton.com
Business hours: Lunch, Mon to Sat, noon to 2.30pm;
Sun and public holidays, 10.00am to 2.30pm.
Dinner, daily, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Pork-free.

Chinese New Year Yee Sang

Since Chinese New Year is just one week away, I’ll take the opportunity to feature some festive recipes. I don’t follow most of the traditions of Chinese New Year as for the past few years I’ve been living in a country that does not list Chinese New Year as public holiday. Go Figure. In fact I’d usually be working, and grumbling away while Chinese all over the world eat drink and celebrate. However, one special meal with friends are usually indicated. It gives me a reason to make festive dishes such as Yee Sang, as featured today.

Yee Sang (Yu Sheng in Mandarin – 鱼生), or Lou Sang (捞生) is a Teochew style fish salad made popular in Singapore. The original versions were much simpler. Today, each ingredients used has its own special meaning, hence there’s no surprise that this dish is widely featured in every Chinese restaurants. There are even the Japanese variations too! Yee Sang is usually comsumed on the 7th day of Chinese New Year (人日)but most people now do it anytime during the 15 days or even before. Doesn’t hurt though since it’s highly auspicious anyway.

Although slightly time consuming, it’s so easy to make at home and does not cost much, depending on the amount and the type of fish you use. In the past raw mackerel was used but the Salmon version dominates now. Of course, there are also Abalone, Prawn and even Lobster versions, whichever tickles your fancy.

The last time I’ve made this I painstakingly julienned all the vegetables with a knife. That took me hours, my hands were screaming for a massage after. I have however invested in a Zigzag peeler (also called Thai Peeler) which made my job so much easier this year, reducing the prep time to just under 1 hour. Worth the effort, definitely. The colourful presentation never fails to impress the guests. Piece of art, I have to say.

And have I mentioned how good this tastes? Considering most of us will be feasting on CNY cookies, Ba Gwa (Dried Meat), various meat dishes, curries etc, this is almost guilt free.

Yee Sang

Ingredients:

200g Sashimi Grade Salmon, Sliced
1 radish, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
1 cucumber, shredded
Half a pomelo
About 10 sheets of Wanton skins, cut into smaller pieces and deep fried.
1 packet of Japanese pickle ginger
handful of Coriander to match amount of other veges.
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, toasted
50g peanuts, toasted and crushed

Sauce: 

200g plum sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tsp pepper
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder Pineapple and mango jam (because that’s the only jam I have, usually apricot jam is used)
Juice of half lemon
one teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Arrange everything on the plate carefully, I like to arrange the Salmon like a Rose. Reserving the sauce, fried wanton skin and crushed peanuts until ready to toss. When the guests are ready, stand up and toss the ingredients together with chopsticks. Don’t forget to yell out various auspicious wishes in any language you like, the higher you toss the ingredients the higher your wealth grows!

I was also told that it’s better to leave a little bit on the plate as it symbolizes leftover fortune.

This particular Yee Sang was served as part of a Pre-Chinese New Year pot luck dinner at my place. On the same night I also made Chap Chae, and Roast Pork. The long noodles symbolise longevity and the pork for strength and wealth.

Chap Chae

I’ve posted a recipe for Chap Chae previously, but this version is slightly more authentic, with added Spring onions, baby spinach, finished with sesame seeds. I’ve also used just light soy sauce instead of dark (made that mistake last time).

Roast Pork Loin with amazing crackling!

The rolled pork loin was simply marinated with hoisin sauce, 5 spice powder, salt and pepper. The crackling made perfect by drying the skin thoroughly and salting it. We fought for the crackling and Frank nearly finished all the meat. It was a good party indeed.

So what dishes will you be cooking or eating this reunion dinner?