Eat your way to prosperity and good fortune at Dynasty restaurant. Prepared by Chef Kok Chee Kin and his team, here’s the Top 10 Must Eat Dishes to usher in the Year of the Monkey:
Fruity Yee Sang
Yue as in the raw fish in this colourful salad denotes abundance. This year, Dynasty has added fresh dices of dragonfruit, strawberries, papaya and honeydew to the ubiquitous array of shredded veges, pickles and crisps. It’s to signal sweet beginnings to the new spring season and fortuitous year-long endeavours. Five other variants available from RM108 for 1/2 portion and from RM198 for full portion.
Braised Sun-dried Oysters, Seamoss,
Flower Mushrooms & Roast Pork
The customary pairing of hou si or in this case sun-dried oysters with fatt choi (wispy black hair moss) means good tidings and prosperity. Flower mushrooms are prized for their woody aroma and plump texture once cooked while flabby pork is associated with rising wealth. Truly, a classic celebratory dish that needs no reinvention.
Braised Pork Knuckle, Sea Cucumber & Fresh Mushroom
A timeless fave with the dish touts wang choi jau sau or lucky gains in hand. We were indeed fortunate the knuckle had soft, fall-off-the-bone tenderness and succulent gelatinous texture. Toothsome sea cucumber and spongy mushroom piled on the layers of delightful textures.
Ocean Treasure Soup with Crabmeat
Light and mildly unctuous, the rich broth with hoi sum (sea cucumber), prawns, strips of topshell and enoki aims to soup up on happiness and conpoy resembling ancient Chinese coins for riches. After the first sip, all of us were smiling from ear to ear and thoroughly relished digging into the treasure trove of sumptuous delicacies.
Fortune Combination Platter
This tempting quartet of ‘dragon beard’ rolls, scallops sautéed with asparagus, ‘money bags’ and deep-fried banana seafood rolls in batter signifies financial windfall and bright monetary prospects.
Prawns enrobed in kaitaifi pasty are meant to be dragon’s beard while delicate beancurd pouches stuffed with prawns, minced pork and fish paste are supposed to be money bags. Never mind if these items were eclipsed by the scrumptious battered rolls of banana and seafood.
Grilled Prawns with Spicy Sauce and Green Chilli
Laughter’s the best remedy in life and most festive feasts would include prawns as the Cantonese word har is liken to the sound of hearty ‘ha ha’. The chefs at Dynasty jazzed the prawn dish up with a piquant tomato and hot green chilli sauce to ensure diners laugh till they cry.
Stir-fried Hong Kong Kai Lan & Wild Mushroom
Green vegetable or choy is synonymous with wealth or monetary gains. A great excuse to load up on greens and in this case the no-frills approach is best with mini white capped mushroom for extra textural interest.
Hong Kong Style Waxed Meat Rice in Claypot
Rice bins in the house are filled to the brim during CNY to ensure one’s back account and purse remain chiong moon or always full. Likewise, lap mei (waxed meat) are prized for expanding wealth. When you eat this comforting lap mei farn dish (RM39 per portion), not only would your tummy be full but your financial status too.
Sweetened Fungus, Mixed Jelly & Soya Bean
Sweet dessert broth signals sweetness for the joyous celebration and in life as in the Chinese adage teem teem mutt mutt while the coin-shaped jelly represents lucky gains.
No CNY celebration is complete without nin koh which is a promising wish for yearly growth or heightened prospects. At Dynasty the sweet glutinous cake is sliced and steamed into malleable softness then served with freshly grated coconut. Traditional myth has it this sweetcake was to seal the lips of the Kitchen God on his annual pilgrimage, to prevent him from highlighting mortal foibles to the Jade Emperor.
Diners can go for the Double Happiness Set (RM428nett for 2 persons), Prosperity Treasure Sets at RM838nett and RM1,088nett for a table of 5) while the 8-course Chinese New Year Set for 6 persons is RM988nett. For group of 10 persons, select from lavish 9-course Happiness Set, Fortune Set or Longevity Set priced at RM1,598nett, RM1,988nett and RM2,888nett respectively. Treasure Pot or Poon Choi is priced at RM398nett (ample for 5 persons) and RM888nett (for 10 persons).
For reservations, please call Dynasty Restaurant, tel: 03 2716 9388. Address: Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.