Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 @ Elegant Inn, Menara Hap Seng, Kuala Lumpur

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Toss your way to prosperity.....the Year of Dragon is just round the corner.


It feels like just yesterday that New Year zipped past us and now another big celebration is due on the horizon. I must admit I'm not ready for the celebrations. Nevertheless, there's no way to stop time from ticking away so the best thing is to make it a great celebration.


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Elegant Inn is often our de facto choice for family dinners hence it was cool to get a preview of their Chinese New Year offerings. Makes planning for that all important reunion meal so much easier.


At the Hong Kong centric restaurant, even their yee sang is different - a combination of three items to make it even more bountiful - salmon, clams and crunchy jellyfish. Keeping health in mind and taste, their prosperity dish does not contain a single strand of pickled vegetable or deep fried shredded yam. Instead it is all vegetables - a medley of turnip, pear, radish, carrots, maybe just one pickled leek, pomelo, cucumber and ginger. There is also the must-haves aka the pok pok chui or crackers with a sprinkle of pepper, salt, oil, plum sauce and a generous sprinkle of coarsely ground peanuts.


The wait staff in Elegant Inn add a touch of specialty to the yearly affair by adding auspicious sayings. All the better I reckon to toss and lo sang away to good health, prosperity and whatever our heart wishes.




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Once the salad is finished down to its last crunchy cracker, we enjoy a "simple" starter - crunchy salt and pepper coated oyster mushrooms paired with decadent smoked egg topped with a piece of pan fried foie gras.


Prawns are a must for the occasion since they signify happiness. You will be happy to get these sea based crustaceans lovingly coated in a light wine sauce. Believe me, the sauce is finger licking good that I ended up even chewing on the shells for every drop of its delicious sauce.


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Next comes an interesting dish, a play of textures in the mouth and of course, the flavours. Nicknamed the crunchy Chinese sandwich, this was a layered beauty. First layer enclosing it was a pillow soft bun, followed by a crispy chicken skin lightly touched with prawn paste that sandwiches a crunchy soybean skin nacho. Lastly a piece of Chinese ham completes this delectable sandwich that you has you clamoring for more.




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The piece de resistance was the old fashioned braised pork cartilage rib slow cooked for four hours to fork tender meat and soft bone. The green radish and carrot balances out the rich taste of the dish that you wish you had a bowl of rice to soak up every drop of that delectable liquid.




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One must not forget Elegant Inn's infamous lap mei fan. The waxed meats are all handpicked from Hong Kong with a rice that is cooked to fluffy perfection with just a teeny weeny crust at the bottom.




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My personal favourite was the simmered Chinese cabbage with Japanese dried scallops and HK dried prawns. The vegetable is cooked till tender and infused with the lovely aroma from the dried seafood that I had to have seconds of this dish.


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Like a person once told me before, dessert is reserved for a second stomach. Not sure if this is a true since I don't think we have the anatomy of a cow that boasts of multiple stomachs.


However, when it comes to sweets, we seem to always find a way to consume it including such seasonal items like the New Year cake or ning ko. Elegant Inn's version is just pan fried till it becomes a soft delectable gooey cake with crispy sides. They also make their own hazelnut cookies that have a simple yet alluring taste. Pair this with a lovely red bean paste with black glutinous rice.




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Last but not least, a meal is never complete at Elegant Inn without my favourite dessert, their fluffy Ma Lai Koh or steamed cake. The pillow soft steamed cakes are gorgeous and always a must order for the family.


I reckon this meal at Elegant Inn has sealed the deal on where we'll be eating reunion dinner soon. How about you? Where will dinner be? Homeward bound or out at the restaurant for the celebrations.


Elegant Inn
Second Floor
Podium Block
Menara Hap Seng
Jalan P Ramlee
Kuala Lumpur


Tel: 03-2070 9399


(Non Halal. For the festive season, there are also a variety of Chinese New Year menus starting from RM1, 088 for 10 persons. Enquire within for the full set meal details.)


*This meal was an invited one. For more pictures and the set menus, see the Flickr set.

11 comments:

ICook4Fun said...

This is my family favorite rastaurant to dine. Went there numerous time especially for their dimsum, I am going to miss their yee sang this year.

missyblurkit said...

love the niangao when its crispy outside and all gluely and sticky inside. this looks awesome!

Simple Person said...

The lap mei fan is good .. many ingredients .... it will be perfect if they put some "Nga Ku" on top..
I tried @ Klang before and it was very good...

Michelle Chin said...

My reunion dinner will be japanese. haha. i got kinda scared of having chinese food for cny cos when i balik kampung, gosh... the chinese delights will roll in to the point i roll out!

Kenny Mah said...

Thanks for the reminder - to eat more prawns for more happiness in the new year! Hehe. :D

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jasmine said...

as I always balik kampung, never get to have reunion dinner in such places but this year my parents are coming so maybe can convince the entire family to go! the lap mei fun looks SO good.

boo_licious said...

ICook4Fun - Snap! This place is also a big family favourite. In fact, I think we're having our family reunion dinner here. Hope you get to try their yee sang.

missyblurkit - ah, then you will love this version as it has coconut milk hence it turns into a gooey texture when pan-fried. Super yum indeed. Was full but I felt like eating more.

Simple Person - yeah, no nga ku in the restaurant versions or else it'll be perfect.

Michelle - good idea to have Japanese instead. So which place are you going to indulge in?

Kenny - must ha, ha and ha your way to good prosperity of course.

Jasmine - hope you convince them. Food is good but usually CNY eve is a bit hectic so not sure if it is up to standard though.

Baby Sumo said...

Hm I considered going to their Taman Connaught branch for our CNY meal but dont think they have set menus for 4 pax right?

Gorgeous pics as always!

Julian Si said...

Gong xi gong xi in advance :-)

Mmmmh, I love LAP MEI FAN, hope to get some of the home-cooked variety when I visit Ipoh.

Can't wait to be home ... 8 days ... tick tock ...

boo_licious said...

Baby Sumo - they do smaller sets for min 2 pax so maybe you want to check the scanned menus in the Flickr set.

Welcome home (in advance) Julian - am sure you will be indulging in all these goodies very very soon.

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