Both my hubby and I were born and raised in KL. Hence, we got no ‘kampung’ to ‘balik’ and we always stay in the KL City Centre during Chinese New Year. However, we enjoy this as it is the best moment for our family and friends gathering as most of our family members and friends are also locate in KL. We could have gathering every day in the jam free city, yay!
We love to gather in restaurant because we Chinese love to eat. Hence, many restaurants have come out CNY menu with auspicious dishes including Yee Sang.
Now, if you are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine in a contemporary restaurant, I’d recommend the Tai Zi Heen at Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences. Themed as “Spring in the city", Tai Zi Heen is offering mouthwatering Chinese cuisine especially made available in this Lunar New Year.
Prepared by Chef Michael Wong, I find his creations features diversified color, aromatic flavor, and excellent taste. Let’s see some of the CNY dishes we have tried recently.
Crispy whitebait Yee Sang (Regular: RM 50, Medium: RM 75, Large: RM 125)
Crispy whitebait Yee Sang is more crunchy and crispy than traditional Yee Sang. Pair with chef’s signature plum sauce, Crispy whitebait Yee Sang is a great Yee Sang for the whole family because most of the older people (Well, like my in laws and my parents) don’t eat raw fish.
Tai Zi Heen Yee Sang is also available from Vegetarian snow pear yee sang, salmon yee sang, crispy whitebait yee sang, Hamachi yee sang, abalone yee sang, and four seasons prosperity yee sang (butterfish, salmon, tuna, jellyfish) available in regular, medium and large sizes.
Supplemental orders of abalone, salmon, Hamachi, butterfish, Canadian surf clam, tuna, shell fish, snow pear, crackers and crispy whitebait are available too.
Double-boiled chicken and vegetable soup with fish maw and sun-dried scallops (RM 78 per person)
We love this soup as the bowl was filled with fish maw, sun-dried scallops and chicken. Fish maw is known for its various nutritions and it is especially great for women in beauty purpose. However, it is not easy to prepare because it has a strong fishy smell. Chef Michael Wong had prepared it so well, the soup was clear and tasty, and we did not taste any fishy taste in this soup.
Now, can we have more please?
Braised sea cucumbers with morels mushroom, sun-dried oysters and baby pak choy
Braised sea cucumbers with baby pak choy is a traditional Chinese vegetable dish. Well, at least my mum will cook this dish in every CNY. What’s so special at Tai Zi Heen is that Chef Michael Wong has added the morels mushroom and sun-dried oysters into this dish. It made the dish more flavorful than the traditional ones.
Roasted five spice chicken sprinkled with crispy garlic and spring onions
Sounds like a normal dish but trust me, you should not missed the roasted five spice chicken sprinkled with crispy garlic and spring onions whenever you dine at Tai Zi Heen. Chef Michael Wong has marinated the chicken so well, and roasted it until it is crunchy outside and juicy inside. We like the crispy garlic and spring onions which brings out the chicken fragrant, yummy!
Crispy prawns coated with lemon dressing, tropical fruit salsa and tobiko caviar (RM 56 per portion)
First of all, the dish is tantalizing as it was presented in ‘smoky icy’ way. Chef has added dried ice for the tantalizing effect, which made me curious if the dish is served cold or not. End up the prawns were served hot just like all the Chinese cuisine lol.
Secondly, prawns is a must have in CNY as it is pronounced “Ha”, which means laughter in Chinese. And most importantly, I love to eat prawns. However, I hate peeling the prawn shells. It is not only inconvenient but it could be ugly when peeling it. Sometimes, I even give up eating them when it is a formal meeting.
Crispy prawns coated with lemon dressing, tropical fruit salsa and tobiko caviar is best for ladies like me as Chef has peeled off the prawns’ shell prior serving, yay! Served with tropical fruit salsa and tobiko caviar, the prawns taste crunchy, sweet and sour outside but juicy and sweet inside. I can have the whole portion myself.
Steamed dragon-tiger grouper with mushrooms in soy sauce, spring onions and fresh coriander
The dragon-tiger grouper was fresh from the aquarium. It taste fresh and sweet with the simple steaming style.
Stir-fried glutinous rice with Chinese-style preserved duck
Lap mei fan is a special item on the menu during the Chinese New Year period, and it is another must have during the festive season. Stir-fried glutinous rice and Chinese-style preserved duck smells great and taste flavourful.
Deep-fried sesame balls with salted egg yolk custard and sweet potato
I love this special desserts prepared by the Chef, as it is not only beautiful but tasty too. Talking about innovative, It was my first time having deep-fried sesame balls stuffed with salted egg yolk. We couldn’t stop eating it and we ended up ordered more of the sesame balls that day. On the other hand, the sweet potato coated with Ping Pei Snow Skin is not too sweet, perfect for the health conscious ones.
By the way, besides their regular dishes, Tai Zi Heen also has some special CNY Set Menu just for the Chinese New Year season!
Spring & Happiness Set RM 1788 nett per table of 10 persons
Everlasting Prosperity Set RM 2288 nett per table of 10 persons
Wealth and Fortune Set RM 2788 nett per table of 10 persons
Tai Zi Heen is a Pork-free restaurant, it is open during Chinese New Year’s Eve and throughout the 15 days of the festival.
Tai Zi Heen Address:
Tai Zi Heen, Level 2, Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel & Residences,
4 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tai Zi Heen Business Hour:
Mon- Fri 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Sat- Sun 11.30am – 2.30pm
For reservations, call 03-2170 8888 ext 8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website - http://www.pullmanhotels.com/A0C5