The essence of the Chinese New Year season is family, and nothing celebrates family better in Kuala Lumpur than the reunion dinner that takes place on the eve of CNY. This significant dinner is more than just a meal and is often a rare occasion when the entire family can be together at the same table. Reunion dinners bring together relatives from across continents and age groups in a show of love and unity.
Many families have this reunion dinner at home, while others choose to have it at a restaurant. For families in and around Kuala Lumpur, you have the option of choosing Hotel Maya’s Still Waters restaurant.
Tradition Meets Exquisite Class
Still Waters is one of the eateries at Hotel Maya and it serves a combination of Japanese and Chinese cuisine. The City List joined Still Waters for the launch of their Chinese New Year set meal menu. There are several set menus you can choose from, and each set consists of eight courses.
These sets from Still Waters feature the freshest ingredients crafted by a truly experienced Chinese cuisine chef and his dedicated team. When we were there, the Yee Sang was the first thing served. The Yee Sang is not usually a part of the set, but you can order it as an added feature to your meal.
After Yee Sang, there was Golden Pumpkin Soup, Golden Spring Chicken, Steamed Sea Bass, Wok Fried Tiger Prawn, Braised Tou Kan (tofu skin) and Aromatic Garlic Fried Rice. There were two dessert dishes, namely Double Boiled Sea Bird Nest, Red Dates and Longan with Brown Sugar Syrup and Sesame Balls with steamed Nian Gao.
Sets are prepared for a table of 10 people and cost RM888 each. If you would like a set for less than 10 people, Still Waters can prepare the meal according to the number of people you have at a price of RM68-RM88 per head.
A Familiar Taste That’s Close to Home
My favourite dish among these was probably the Braised Tou Kan or braised dried tofu skin with Shiitake Mushrooms, Sea Moss and Broccoli. These three ingredients went so well together and it was topped with a rich Abalone sauce. It was a hit and one of the first dishes to be polished off.
Another must have at any CNY meal is seafood, and is this set has quite a bit of that. There’s the steamed Sea Bass with its firm flesh. We could really taste the natural freshness of the fish, and really enjoy it steamed with some soy sauce.
Apart from that, there were prawns too, which is, of course, best enjoyed with the shell on. In this wok fried style dish, the skin of the prawns were the parts that picked up the best flavour. Another dish to savour is the fried rice laced with dried duck, mushroom and barbecued chicken.
I found the final touches of longan based sweet soup and sesame balls with Nian Gao a mild but lovely wrap up. You can book the sets for lunch or dinner. Just contact Hotel Maya with your preferred date and time. This CNY set meal will run at Still Waters from 21st January to 19th February 2019.
- Still Water at Hotel Maya
- 138, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- +603 2333 1360 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: Monday - Friday Lunch: 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm. Saturday Lunch & Hi-tea : 12 noon to 3PM, Dinner : 6:00PM to 10:30PM. Closed on Sundays & Public holidays