The blossom of flowers with golden red decorations signifies that Lunar New Year is approaching, which also marks that Chinese New Year is around the corner. During this time every year, Vistana Hotel will come out with a series of exquisite dishes to welcome the arrival of the Lunar New Year.
There are several dinner sets available. The one featured below is the Set Menu 3 for RM988.00++
Salmon Yee Sang, this dish comes with raw salmon slices, crushed peanuts, shredded vegetables, condiments and deep fried yam slices. The taste of the yee sang was actually quite standard as most of the ingredients are standard. The salmon slices were very fresh.
The first dish of every Chinese New Year meal begins with “Lou Sang” where everyone on the table will toss the ingredients on the Yee Sang together.
Imagine the messiness of this dish once the tossing is completed. However as a tradition, the messier it gets the better it is for everyone as it symbolises abundance, prosperity and health for this coming year.
Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng and Chicken Herbs. This soup has been double-boiled with chicken pieces, ginseng, wolfberries and also some other Chinese herbs for long hours. The aroma of the herbs blended very well with fragrance from the chicken.
Fried Boneless Chicken with Spicy Mayo. The chicken thigh was deboned and then battered. Serving together with this dish was some homemade spicy mayo sauce. This dish can really spice up your life.
Steamed Red Lion Fish with Superior Soy Sauce, the whole red lion fish was steam with superior grade soy sauce and topped with ginger slices, red chili shreds, spring onions and coriander. I personally feel the taste of the soy sauce was somewhat similar to Maggie seasoning sauce with some mixture of other types of soy sauce. However, the overall taste of this steamed fish was still marvelous.
Braised Broccoli with Black Mushroom Pacific Clams and Fatt Choy. This dish was braised with broccolli, black mushrooms, Pacific clams and fatt choy. These days it is not easy to get fatt choy due to sea pollution. Hence, this dish is very exclusive.
Chef’s Special Deep Fried Prawns tasted crispy and prawns were fresh.
Gemini Fried Rice with Assorted Meat and Vegetables. The fried rice was cooked with anchovies, ebiko, mixed peas and Chinese sausages. The fried rice had a nice wok aroma.
Double Boiled Dried Longan and Red Dates with Glutinous Rice Balls. The taste of the soup was not too sweet and packed with red dates and longan taste. The glutinous rice balls were stuffed with black sesame paste which created a “bursting” bite-feel.
Serving together was the Sweet Rice Cake which made a great combination.
Overall, the taste of the Chinese New Year Dishes was considered quite localized but of better standard than some of the hotels in Penang. Parking is available at the basement of the hotel.
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