Spring Reunion @ Tai Thong
Springtime is a season of renewal, when new life springs forth after the cold and passiveness of winter. Similarly, Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time of fresh beginnings, a time to celebrate family reunion with traditional delights, auspicious dishes and sumptuous feasts.
This year let’s usher in the Year of Wooden Sheep at Tai Thong Group restaurants and indulge in authentic Cantonese cuisine. There are Chinese New Year and Spring Dinner menus specially crafted by Executive Chef Lee Wee Hong and his team on this Chinese New Year.
Golden Fortune Yee Sang (RM68++ for half portion & RM98++ for full portion)
The dinner started off with this beautifully presented Yee Sang featuring assorted fruits and nuts such as jackfruit, grapes, apple, mandarin orange, pomegranate, water apple, dragon fruit, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, black and white sesame.
A very healthy rendition, not only attractive to the eyes but also so refreshing on the taste bud. Each bite was juicy and utterly refreshing, the various of flavors and textures from fruits, nuts and sauces was nothing less than spectacular.
Let’s toss for abundance of prosperity, health and wealth!
There are 3 Yee Sang available at Tai Thong this year:-
Double Happiness Yee Sang (Chicken Floss & Crispy Enoki Mushroom)
Golden Fortune Yee Sang (Assorted Fruits & Nuts)
Prosperity Yee Sang (Salmon & Snow Pear).
The Yee Sangs are priced at RM68++ for half portion and RM98++ for full portion. There are additional add-on available at additional charge like abalone, scallop, jelly fish, tiger prawn and crispy cracker.
Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Chinese Cordyceps
I’m a soup person and I especially love Chinese boiled soup. Our soup course was this hearty and comforting chicken soup paired with Chinese Cordyceps and arrowhead (粉葛). I polished off effortlessly and it definitely brought warmness to the tummy and soul.
Golden Treasure Poon Choy
Our star of the feast was this gorgeous and luxury Golden Treasure Poon Choy. Poon Choy has been gaining popularity stakes these days in many celebrations especially Chinese New Year because of its association with prosperity and abundance. Layers of flavors and precious ingredients are carefully arranged and packed in a huge pot. Tai Thong’s version is filled with a ton of ingredients nearly too numerous to count such as dried scallops, fish maw, dried oyster, roasted duck, poached chicken, prawns, fish balls, mushroom, broccoli, lotus root, beancurd stick, white radish, celery and more. It looks like the common traditional Poon Choy but I’ll tell you it’s not! Infusing with a contemporary Szechuan-inspired twist, this Poon Choy uses a fragrant Sour and Spicy sauce resembled “Choy Geok” or mustard leaves leftover soup as its base! It was indeed an unusually different, different in a good way that is.
All the ingredients were nicely braised with some lending a nice firm texture while others were soft and silky smooth. The ingredients managed to absorb the tangy flavors from the lemongrass and dried chili infused soup. The souphas a refine flavor and is not too overwhelming, that tempted me go for one sip after another.
Sauteed Scallops and Prawns with Asparagus and Fresh Lily Bulbs
We also served with this beautifully presented dish from their set menu that evening featuring sauteed scallop and prawns with mixed vegetables. Flavors was light and showcased the sweetness of the fresh seafood and crunchiness of the vegetables. Tossed in with macadamia nuts also gave it a pleasant nutty flavor.
Claypot Rice with Waxed Meat
Crowned with waxed sausages, waxed liver sausage, waxed duck an chopped spring onion, the fluffy rice with drizzled of supreme soy sauce were aromatic and the enticing smell that wafted when mixing the rice and waxed meat was heavenly.
Mini Eight Treasure Rice Dessert
Served with chrysanthemum syrup, our dessert was something very traditional and quite rare to be seen nowadays. Topped with sweeten dried fruits, the glutinous rice was luckily not too sickening sweet and easy to the palate.
Sesame Balls with Nian Gao & Red Bean Paste
Served pipping hot was our second dessert of that evening. The sesame balls were crispy on the outer with chewy inner and stuffed with gooey Nian Gao (Chinese rice cake) and red bean paste. Very divine and a sweet ending for our splendid Poon Choy feast.
Check out the prices of Tai Thong’s Poon Choy and Chinese New Year set menus as below, click to enlarge.
If you’re looking for a feast that can impress anyone, the Poon Choy is it. Hearty, lavish, luscious and pampering!
For any 10 pax set menu chosen, Tai Thong is also giving out complimentary bottles of 640ml Asahi Beer. All Tai Thong Chinese New Year promotions end 5th March 2015.
Tai Thong Group