What’s Chinese New Year without the all-important tradition of lou hei— other than dressing up, ang paus, house visits and fireworks of course? It’s arguably one of the main highlights of the celebration, where everyone gathers crowding around the table with their chopsticks at the ready to toss yee sang. The trick is to toss it as high as possible—the higher it’s tossed, the more abundant the prosperity that awaits us throughout the year.
Although the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations might not be as lively as it used to be (pre-COVID times), there’s no doubt the tradition will continue at home, whether you’re tossing yee sang with your family or friends. Below, the go-to places in Kuala Lumpur to get your delectable CNY must-have:
1. The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
Nothing beats a delicious hand-me-down recipe that has been passed down through generations, which is precisely what The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur’s yee sang is made from. You’ll find a base of finely chopped vegetables and sliced fresh fruits accompanied by assorted nuts, seeds and sauce—a concoction that follows the recipe from the ancestral kitchen of Puan Sri Sharon Chua, the wife of the hotel’s owner, Tan Sri Chua Ma Yu. Tip: You can opt to elevate the dish by adding slices of abalone and soft shell crab.
Availability: 11 January – 26 February 2021
Vegetarian Yee Sang: RM198+ (large) | RM108+ (medium)
Salmon & Jelly Fish Yee Sang: RM268+ (large) | RM138+ (medium)
Hokkigai & Jelly Fish Yee Sang: RM268+ (large) | RM138+ (medium)
Abalone & Crispy Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang: RM468+ (large) | RM238+ (medium)
Contact: +6012 280 1303
Email: [email protected]
2. Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Chynna at Hilton Kuala Lumpur is celebrating the year of the Ox with two auspicious yee sang options: Smoky Grilled Wagyu Slices and Crispy Rice and Tossed Peach Gum, Almond and Snow Crab. Whichever your choice may be, you and your loved ones are sure to have a prosperous Chinese New Year with the annual tossing tradition.
Availability: 15 January – 26 February 2021
Yee Sang with Smoky Grilled Wagyu Slices and Crispy Rice: RM128 nett (half) | RM316 nett (whole)
Yee Sang with Tossed Peach Gum, Almond and Snow Crab: RM128 nett (half) | RM316 nett (whole)
Contact: +603 2264 2264 or email KULHI_CustomerServi[email protected]
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3. Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
If you’re looking for variety, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s unique selection of yee sang will have you spoilt for choice! Unlike some traditional versions, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara uses fresh fruits and vegetables as well as authentic ingredients that make for a refreshing yet indulgent alternative.
Vegetarian Yee Sang: RM88 nett (half portion) | RM176 nett (whole portion)
Jellyfish Yee Sang: RM88 nett (half portion) | RM176 nett (whole portion)
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang: RM98 nett (half portion) | RM196 nett (whole portion)
Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang: RM108 nett (half portion) | RM216 nett (whole portion)
Crispy Fish Skin Yee Sang: RM108 nett (half portion) | RM216 nett (whole portion)
Scallop with Snow Pear Yee Sang*: RM108 nett (half portion) | RM216 nett (whole portion)
*Advance reservation required
2Head Abalone Yee Sang: RM148 nett (half portion) | RM288 nett (whole portion)
Contact: WhatsApp +6018 873 2028
Email: [email protected]
4. Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
From sea urchin to Australian abalone as yee sang toppings, Lai Po Heen at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is most definitely flexing their yee sang game this year. While there is an enticing array of options for your tossing ritual this Lunar New Year, the newly-introduced Wagyu beef striploin marble eight yee sang is definitely the star of this year’s menu.
Availability: 11 January – 28 February 2021
Vegetarian snow pear: RM108 (half portion) | RM216 (whole portion)
Salmon: RM168 (half portion) | RM336 (whole portion)
Australian two head abalone: RM240 (half portion) | RM480 (whole portion)
Sea urchin and fish roe: RM260 (half portion) | RM520 (whole portion)
Wagyu beef striploin marble eight: RM280 (half portion) | RM560 (whole portion)
Order online for delivery via the hotel’s online shop.
5. Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
Inspired by nostalgic snacks of yesteryear, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown is offering two unique yee sang ‘flavours’ for you to pick from. Specially curated by Executive Chef Gerald Chong and his culinary team, Quan’s Kitchen’s Triple Prosperity Yee Sang is an ode to Malaysian favourites with its combination of ingredients, which includes crispy fish satay, chicken floss rice crackers and chilli soft shell crab. Feeling adventurous? Try their Opulence Yee Sang topped with Tanjung Malim T’Lur caviar.
Triple Prosperity Yee Sang: RM88 (half portion) | RM138 (full portion)
Opulence Yee Sang: RM168 (half portion) | RM298 (full portion)
Email: [email protected]
6. Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
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