A few colleagues and myself recently decided to have a small early Chinese New Year celebration. This year, we decided to splurge and celebrate in style with a big Chinese New Year dinner at Restoran Oversea’s branch in Jaya One.
This is the setting inside the restaurant. This branch of Restoran Oversea is located in the basement of Jaya One and can be accessed through the parking lot. The large area is well suited to host events, weddings and parties of different sizes.
This was our menu, and together with it came a complimentary bottle of red wine, two cans of beer, a bottle of mineral water and some tidbits.
The night started of with Yee Sang which is a Malaysian Chinese New Year tradition that used to be served on the 7th day of Chinese New Year, but is now available throughout and even before Chinese New Year starts. Yee Sang is a dish of raw fish slices (sometimes replaced with other ingredients such as jelly fish), pickled strips of vegetables (carrots, ginger, onions), fried crackers, pomelo, sesame seeds and others. Then, some lime juice is squeezed on top of the sliced raw fish (in our case salmon) and some oil and sweet plum sauce is poured along with some flavoured salt and pepper.
This is the fun part. Tossing the salad (lou hei). Everyone gets their chopsticks ready and begins tossing! The higher you toss, the more prosperous you will become for that year (looks like the table is going to get quite messy). Whilst tossing up the salad, everyone will say out loud good things for the year that they wish to come true.
Next dish on the menu is shark fin soup with crab meat. Typically, this would be served in a large bowl, which would then be scooped equally for all.
The soup goes well with a hint of vinegar and was full of fresh crab meat and shark fin.
The steamed canada cod fish was very tender and here it was not overcooked. A very nice and simple dish. After which, came another dish of braised sea cucumber with mushrooms and broccoli. This was then followed by baked tiger prawns with butter.
The mixed vegetables with cashew nuts was topped off with some fat choy (a black moss that resembles black hair).
The steamed rice with cured meat was cooked very well and it is typically served with lap cheong (chinese sausage), and waxed meats. This was one of my favourite dishes of the night.
This is the last part of the meal, desserts! The fried new year cake consists of nin ko (a sweet sticky brown cake made from glutinous rice flour which is typically consumed during Chinese New Year), sweet potato and yam layered on top of each other and deep fried in a batter. Also, we had double boiled longan and sea coconut served as a dessert soup which was very cooling and a pleasant way to end the meal.
To our readers, Feedmelah.com wishes you a healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year and a safe trip back to your hometowns!
Restoran Oversea (Jaya One)
Section 13, Petaling Jaya
Blk J, Unit 35-LG-1
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +603 7956 9911
Fax: +603 7957 2646
Opening Hours: 1130am-230pm; 530pm-1030pm