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[Jan 21 – 27] Weekly Reads: 5 Lucky Dishes For An Auspicious Chinese New Year 2019!

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) 

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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”)

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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)

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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!

 

 
 
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[Jan 07 – 13] Weekly Reads: Expert Guide on Eating Sushi Properly

Have You Done It Right? Expert Guide on Eating Sushi!

 

Ever mixed wasabi into soy sauce? It’s actually not the traditional way to enjoy sushi! That being said, there is no right or wrong in savoring sushi; however there are proper ways to revel in these tasty bites! Check out the following tips to eat sushi shared by the world-renowned chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa – the owner of 47 highly-regarded Nobu restaurants worldwide! 

TIP #1: DON’T USE CHOPSTICKS TO CUT THE SUSHI 

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Using chopsticks to eat sushi is not a must. Don’t use the chopsticks to cut the sushi, finish all one bite as you might mess up the plate.

” If you don’t like the smell of fish, people can use the chopsticks. But I like it when people eat sushi with their fingers because sushi chefs make the sushi with their fingers, and with their heart.– Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa

TIP #2: DON’T PUT TOO MUCH WASABI 

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You don’t need extra wasabi as it might overpower the fish taste. Putting wasabi in the soy sauce is also not the proper way. 

 

TIP #3: USE GINGER AFTER EACH BITE

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Make use of the ginger after each bite! It is the natural palate cleaner that perfectly clean out the fish taste.

TIP #4: EAT NIGIRI IN 3 STEPS

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How to eat Nigiri? Remember 3 steps – half-turn, grab the sushi and dip in the soy sauce on the fish side. The rice shouldn’t touch the soy sauce.

 

TIP #5: EAT SASHIMI FROM WHITE FISH TO ONES WITH HEAVIER FLAVORS

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Starting from white fish and moving forwards to those with heavier flavors or more fatty at the end. This keeps fish with heavier flavors from overpowering lighter ones.

 

TIP #6: DIP SUSHI ROLLS DELICATELY IN SOY SAUCE

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Eat sushi rolls properly? Dip the rolls very delicately on the soy sauce and enjoy it in one bite.

 

Did you know? You can have a taste of Nobu’s world-class cuisine right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. 

Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Location: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
>> View menu and make a booking at Nobu Kuala Lumpur here

 

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