In ushering the Year of the Rooster, Executive Chinese Chef Wong Wing Yeuk of Shanghai at JW Marriott KL has curated three Chinese New Year menus featuring his famed classic Shanghainese cuisine. The sets start from RM238nett per person and are perfect for reunions or gatherings of more than 6 pax.
Shanghai is the only hotel Chinese restaurant in KL that specializes in exquisite Shanghainese cuisine. Chef Wong has a penchant for wholesome eating and he is known for swapping out some of the ingredients for healthier alternatives without sacrificing the flavor.
As usual, the meal starts with a Yee Sang for good luck and prosperity. And when it comes to Yee Sang, Shanghai offers up to 10 different types of them, each with a unique combination of ingredients. The Chinese New Year Prosperity Menu we had comes with the Fresh Fruits Yee Sang.
It’s a unique take on the traditional dish and is served with Shanghai’s home-made lime, plum, peanut sauce and olive oil. As a surprise, there’s also a hint of wasabi in the dressing that perks up the overall flavor.
The second dish is Double-boiled superior fish maw soup with fermented black garlic, black chicken and cordyceps flower. Just by looking at the list of ingredients you would know that this is a nutrient-packed soup that will reinvigorate your wellness.
The third dish: Pan-fried cod with a touch of Brandy is a proud creation of Chef Wong. While the golden sauce is already a winner on its own, it’s the spot of Brandy that elevates it to another level. This was my easily favorite dish of the night.
The Shanghainese seafood noodles with black truffle paste is the perfect example of a dish that might appear simple, but with a remarkable taste that will linger in your memory. The noodles are in fact hand-made by Chef Wong, then stir-fried in a mix of superior stock and black truffle oil. The resulting flavor is mild yet weirdly intriguing. Once you start eating it, you just can’t stop.
And what’s a Shanghainese meal without Xiao Long Bao? Undboutedly delicious and impressive in size, it’s also served with their home-made vinegar that has a uniquely sweet undertone. The vinegar is so good that I can even drink it directly, no joke.
For desserts, the set includes Pan-fried ‘Nian Gao’ with sesame seed and light chilled cream of sago with mango and pomelo. Both are equally enjoyable.
Located on Level 1 at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai is open from Monday to Saturday for lunch from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and for dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. On Sundays and Public Holidays, it is open for lunch from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
The Chinese New Year set menus will be available through February 11, 2017. For reservations and enquiries, kindly contact Shanghai at +60 3 2719 8288.