Yusheng, yee sang or yuu sahng or simply known by the non-Chinese as Prosperity Toss is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. This dish is usually a mixture of strips of raw fish which is combined perfectly with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other interesting and delicious ingredients. Why is yee sang vital in celebrating the coming of the New Year for the Chinese community? It is simply because yee sang is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigour.
Since the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Monday, 8th of February, we will take a quick look on some of the best places in Kuala Lumpur, Johore Bahru, and Penang where you can seek for Halal restaurants that serve halal dim sum or yee sang. Get that perfect meal to kick start the beginning of the New Year in a healthy, wealthy and, of course, prosperous way!
#1 MinMax Restaurant
Address: MinMax Restaurant, Lot 2.1 Level 2, PNB Darby Park, Jalan Binjai, 50450 KL.
Phone no: 03-2166 8669
Affordable yet scrumptious is the best way to describe the MinMax Restaurant which is located in Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur. They serve a variety of options diners can choose from. Alongside a selection of halal dim sum, MinMax is also offering a variety of yee sang with abalone (RM138.80), salmon fish and fruit (RM 84.8), salmon (RM 74.8) and jellyfish (RM 53.8). They are pretty famous for their signature dishes such as glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom and the deep-fried Chee Cheong Fan.
#2 Dolly Dim Sum
Address: G-9 & G-9A Ground Floor, Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 KL.
Phone no: 03-2181 3830
This place is authentic and possesses delicious food with a really cosy ambience. The inviting and pleasant atmosphere, great location and most importantly halal dim sum are a definite winning combo. Their menu incorporates all of the traditional dim sum dishes you know and love, such as classic “Har Gao” prawn dumpling, tender chicken and prawn “Siew Mai” and freshly baked flaky egg tarts. On top of that, they also have specially designed a drinks menu that can perfectly complement your dim sum taste discovery with oriental-inspired drinks, such as Lemongrass-infused Jasmine Iced Tea, Pu Er Old-Fashioned and Prohibition Ice Tea.
Other than Dim Sum, please do not forget to give their Thai Style Fried Rice a try, and ‘Nian Gao’ Chinese New Year cakes coated in freshly shaved coconut. This restaurant also serves Yee sang and a standard serve for 6 guests only cost RM55, yes, a value for money!
#3 Oriental Pearl Restaurant (Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort)
Address: Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Jalan Bukit Kiara, Off Jalan Damansara, 60000 KL.
Phone no: +603-2092 3118
Guests are always in for a treat while dining in at the Oriental Pearl Restaurant (Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort). Be sure to Indulge in a unique and unforgettable Chinese culinary dining experience that will surely make you come back for more. Situated in the charming Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Oriental Pearl is the perfect recovery spot after a round of golf, or for a delightful Chinese feast. Their signature dishes include the baked freshwater prawns with cheese and minced garlic. This restaurant also provides Yee Sang especially to welcome the year of the Monkey 2016 with an affordable price of RM98++.
#4 Shang Palace, Shangrila
Address: Level 1, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 KL.
Phone no: 03-2074 3904
Cantonese cuisine is served in a stylish setting reminiscent of ancient Chinese grandeur at Shang Palace. Signature dishes include the braised shredded abalone with crab meat and the pan-fried foie gras with vinegar sauce. During this Chinese New Year festivity, seven unique varieties of Yee Sang are available for dine-in or takeaway at Shang Palace. Be indecisive over Korean snow pear Yee Sang, Crispy fish skin and jellyfish flower Yee Sang, Salmon Yee Sang, Japanese Tuna Yee Sang, Abalone Yee Sang, Canadian lobster Yee Sang or Geoduck Clam Yee Sang.
You can also prepare your own Yee Sang at the buffet to toss for good wealth and fortune with your loved ones; salmon Yee Sang is available a la carte at only RM220 nett (for 10 people) and RM126 nett (for 5 people)
#5 Kai Xuan Chinese Restaurant at Puteri Pacific Hotel in Johor Bahru
Address: The Puteri Pacific Hotel Johor Bahru, Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Phone no: +60 7-219 9999
Kai Xuan is without no doubt a great Chinese restaurant to bring and to recommend to fellow Muslim friends or travellers. Puteri Pacific hotel is situated approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the City Square shopping centre. They are really famous for the variety of mouth-watering halal dim sum; from crab roe siew mai to deep-fried prawn bean curd rolls, or even chee cheong fun with prawn fillings, you name it they have it.
And of course, in conjunction with Chinese New Year that will be celebrated on the 8th of February this year, Kai Xuan Halal Chinese Restaurant offers Festivity Set Menu for you to kick start your New Year with wealth, luck and love! Most importantly, it’s a place for everyone, they are a certified Halal restaurant!
#6 Meisan Szechuan Restaurant, Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru
Address: Mutiara Johor Bahru, 66 Jalan Harimau, Taman Abad, 80250 Taman Century Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone no: +60 7-332 3800
Expect to dine in with the finest Szechuan cuisine and seafood as it is the speciality here. The restaurant is luxuriously designed with dark wood-panelled wall that is subtly detailed in gold to project the charm of old-world China. Diners will be spoilt for choice with the set menus and a large selection of a la carte dishes available. They serve a variety of Halal Chinese cuisine such as shredded dried scallop soup with crabmeat, beefsteak, homemade beancurd and minced chicken with Szechuan vegetables, and also the bold flavour of the pickled Szechuan vegetables promise a winning dining experience.
Not to mention, for their dim sum set, it is surely delicious and won’t dent your wallet. A highly good bet if you are new in the dim-sum world. Even though it won’t have hundreds of dim sum like its non-halal counterparts, the ones that it serves are more than enough to stimulate your appetite!
#7 Qing Palace Chinese Restaurant
Address: Pulai Springs Resort, 20km Jalan Pontian Lama, 81110 Pulai, Johor, Johor, Malaysia
Phone no: +607 555 4715
The restaurant setting features a uniquely rustic and traditional oriental décor amidst a sophisticated fine dining setting. The lighting is slightly dim and muted which conveys a convenient dining atmosphere. During this Chinese New Year festive celebration, Qing Palace Chinese Restaurant offers four special 8-course set menus. The Auspicious Set Menu is priced at RM468 ++ and is suitable for six persons. The Happiness Set Menu, Longevity Set Menu and Prosperity Set Menu are priced at RM698 ++, RM 838 ++ and RM 1,188 ++ respectively and are suitable for 10 persons per table.
Qing Palace has also prepared six types of Yee Sang for guests to “Lo Hei” (toss) for prosperity and wealth to welcome the New Year. They are Abalone, Roasted Duck, Soft Shell Crab, Pacific Clam, Salmon and Jelly Fish yee sang and are priced from RM40 ++ per set. Yee Sang here is available from Feb 1st – March 8th. Good news, all dishes at Qing Palace are pork and alcohol-free.
#9 Evergarden Chinese Restaurant, Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
Address: Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang, 53 Persiaran Gurne, 10250 Penan, Malaysia
Phone no: 04-2269988
Granting that Penang brags quite a large number of hotels, astonishingly there are only a few that have their own Chinese restaurant outlet. One of the few hotels with existing Chinese restaurant is Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang which is located along the popular tourist attention of Gurney Drive, the five-star hotel under the Taiwan-based Evergreen Group is home to the Evergarden Chinese Restaurant. With the Chinese New Year is about to be celebrated, Evergarden Chinese Restaurant is offering the Chinese New Year Set Menu with a selection of traditional-style dishes. The menu is priced at RM1515.00 (net per table for 10 people).
This promotion will be available from 7th of February to 15th of February 2016. You can savour the best traditional Auspicious Reunion Dinner with your family and loved ones in welcoming a prosperous Chinese New Year as their menus feature scrumptious dishes like Heavenly Fortuna Yee Sang with Salmon Fish, Braised Slice Abalone with Sea moss, Sea Cucumber & Broccoli, Wok Fried King Prawn with Vegetable & Casher Nut and etc.
#9 Eastin Hotel Penang
Address: Eastin Hotel Penang, 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Phone no: 04-612 1128
This year, welcome the brand new year of 2016 in the Chinese calendar with a toss for greater health and wealth with Eastin Hotel, Penang unique and best selection of fresh items in three delectable menus.
- Yee Sang Menu: (Date: 11th of January – 17th of February 2016)
Yee Sang & Price: Abalone Yee Sang, RM 188 nett
Salmon Yee Sang, RM 158 nett
Jelly Fish Yee Sang, RM 128 nett
Fresh Fruit Yee Sang, RM 118 nett
Vegetables Yee Sang, RM 118 nett
- Chinese New Year Reunion Menu: (Date: 7th of February 2016, Sunday)
Price: Starts from RM128 nett
- Chinese New Year Hi-Tea & Buffet Menu (Date: 8th & 9th of February 2016, Monday & Tuesday)
Hi-Tea: RM 88 nett adult/RM 48 nett child
Buffet Dinner: RM 118 nett adult/RM 68 nett child
And with this, we would like to wish all Chinese to have a prosperous Chinese New Year 2016, and to those who aren’t celebrating, have a blessed holiday. Don’t forget to check out the places we have listed above as they all are HALAL spots and not to mention, have good reviews too!