Food has always been an important part in our life and during a big festival like Chinese New Year, certain dishes can even bring you luck and auspiciousness for a whole year ahead. What to eat to start your lunar new year right? We have selected 5 dishes for you to usher in Chinese New Year 2019 with happiness and wealth.
1/ Yú (Fish)
Have you ever wondered why Yú (yoo) is one of the indispensable dishes during Chinese New Year? In Chinese, the pronunciation of fish is similar to “surplus” and who wouldn’t want to have a “surplus” in the year ahead?
If you want to elevate your prosperity, keep an eye on these top fish dishes – Crucian Carp which means “good luck”, Chinese Mud Carp which means “good fortune” and Catfish for “a year of surplus”.
2/ Yú Sheng or Yee Sang (Raw Fish Salad or Prosperity Toss Salad)
The Cantonese dish, listed as Malaysia’s national heritage dish, is a perfect epitome of luck and wealth as diners whip out their chopsticks to toss the ingredients (which traditionally includes fresh vegetables, raw fish and plum sauce) as high as possible.
Nowadays, you can expect to see more than just classic Yee Sang as there are plenties of Unique Yee Sang You Must Try This Chinese New Year 2019 for a special toss!
3/ Nian Gao (“Year Cake”)
Nian Gao – a glutinous rice-based cake, is an all-time-favorite treat that you might find year around. However, your year will be even more fulfilled if you can savor this sweet delight during the lunar new year! As a homonym for “higher year”, relishing a Nian Gao means you will raise yourself in status (higher income or position) for the next year to come!
4/ Chang Shou Mian (Long-life noodles)
As the name suggested, the longer the noodle is, the longer (and healthier) your life is. This longevity noodles are not only commonly-presented during Chinese New Year but also in birthday as a wish for a long, happy and healthy life. How to enjoy this Chang Shou Mian to its best? Simply fried the noodles with oyster sauce, mushrooms and bok choy or eat with a delicate broth slightly seasoned with soy and ginger.
5/ Jiao Zi (Dumplings)
Although dumplings have become popular in daily life, this delicacy is still one of the dishes that is much-loved during lunar new year. Dumplings (usually made with soy-ginger cabbage and pork filling) resemble money, hence it’s a perfect delight for a good wealth in the year to come. In Malaysia, along with jiao zi, “tang yuan” or sweet glutinous rice balls is also a popular specialty that is eaten during this time as it sounds like “reunion”.
If you are looking for a place to celebrate Chinese New Year or want to search for more dishes, don’t forget to check out our list of Chinese New Year menus featuring Yee Sang, Set Menus and Buffets at top restaurants in Malaysia!
Here comes the time of the year when we are all ready for a gathering or family reunion! Of course, it’s also time for a prosperity toss to good wealth and health! Searching for a unique Yee Sang to celebrate the Year of The Pig with a remarkable and unforgettable “Lo Hei” moment? We have got your back! Here are our hand-picked list of top one-of-a-kind Yee Sang that you would not want to forgo!
1/ Special Jámon Ibérico at ANTE
Well-known as one of the best premier pork steak restaurants in town, ANTE continues to wow diners with an exquisite Loh Sang made of the high-quality Spanish cured ham – Jamón Ibérico, for this lunar new year 2019. Fine ingredients are added to accentuate the Loh Sang such as Fried Fermented Tofu Crisp, Dried Lime Slice, Fresh Cut Fruits and more. Sumptuous and rich in flavors, this Loh Sang will promise a tasty and prosperous toss!
Location: 2-G1-09, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
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ANTE 1 Utama:
Location: Lot F346, First Floor, Rainforest, New Wing, One Utama Shopping centre. 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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2/ Delectable Classic Yee Sang with a Fruity Twist at Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
What’s better than celebrating Chinese New Year in an ancient regal Chinese dining environment? As a replica of Tang Dynasty Encestral Hall, Chynna is definitely a perfect spot for those who expect theatrics to compliment the highly-raved food. This lunar new year, Chef Lam has added a fruity twist to the classic yee sang for a refreshment to usher in the new year with an abundance of prosperity, success and luck!
Location: Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
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3/ Japanese-Styled Golden Prosperity Yee Sang with Premium Seasonal Items at Kampachi
How about celebrating the new year with a Japanese-styled Yee Sang while relishing a vast array of the freshest and most authentic Japanese specialties featuring premium seasonal items? If you are looking for one, you may not want to forgo Kampachi! Revel in the Golden Prosperity Yee Sang with a choice of Salmon, Kanpachi and Toro.
Location: Lot 6.09.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
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Kampachi Plaza 33
Location: P1-02, Level 1, Podium, Plaza 33, No. 1, Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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4/ Choices of 6 Types of Special Japanese-Styled Yee Sang at Ishin Japanese Dining
Prepared to be overwhelmed by choices as there are 6 types of Japanese-styled Yee Sang to pamper your taste buds at Ishin Japanese Dining! A unique chance to relish one-of-a-kind no-color-added Yee Sang featuring Soft Shell Crab, Idako Tempura, Raw Fish, Jelly Fish, Fresh Salmon, Tatami Iwashi and more! Vegetarian Yee Sang is also available with a delectable mix of avocado and different types of vegetables.
Ishin Japanese Dining
Location: No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.
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5/ Classic Yee Sang with Air-Flown Sashimi from Japan at Kimiya
Celebrate the Year of the Pig to the next level with a classic Yee Sang topped with a selection of air-flown sashimi from Japan! Savor a bed of crunchy and crispy Yee Sang while delighting your taste buds with a choice of Shiro Maguro (White Tuna), Salmon, Maguro and Kanpachi Sashimi. Bind all ingredients together by putting the restaurant’s plum sauce for a memorable indulgence!
Kimiya Old Klang Road
Location: G-2, Avantas Residences, 162, Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.
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Kimiya Seventeen Mall
Location: Lot L2-22, Seventeen Mall, Seksyen 17, 40150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
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6/ ‘Lou Hei’ Yee Sang Featuring Sake Marinated Salmon at Opium
One who loves Asian Oriental delights and fantastic cocktails would not resist a chance to usher in the new year at Opium. Don’t miss out their ‘Lou Hei’ Yee Sang which features Sake Marinated Salmon, Assorted Tropical Fruits, Vegetables, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds and Special Plum Sauce. An auspicious dish packed with flavors!
You might not want to miss out their Zhu Bajie (猪八戒) cocktail which named after one of Sanzang’s famous disciples from the novel Journey to the West only served during this Chinese New Year 2019!
Location: 50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
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7/ Custom-Made Yee Sang Infused With Thai Flavors at FOOK
Not only a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, FOOK is also loved by avid foodies for dishes that excite the palate. Of course, this lunar new year, the restaurant will gratify you and your loved ones with an exquisite Yee Sang custom-made by the head chefs here! Infused with unique Thai flavors and premium ingredients, this Prosperity Yee Sang will ensure a year filled with great wealth!
Location: 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
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