Ready for Chinese New Year or not, the horse is galloping our way in 2014. 😀 Christmas is finally over and I can start counting down to Chinese New Year and Valentine’s day. 😀
I’m pretty excited to celebrate Chinese New Year this year, and so when I was invited by Armada Hotel, PJ to sample their Chinese New Year’s offerings, I was very delighted.
Spotted at their buffet, The Armada Prosperity Yee Sang with Maguro
Unusual choice of accompaniments; chilled octopus
Chinese New Year Cold Cuts
Sushi and Sashimi& Condiments
Fresh Prawns with Mandarin Orange Cocktail
Steamed Chinese Chicken
Chinese Longevity Noodles
Steamed Seabass with Ginger Sauce
Chinese New Year Steamed Lotus Rice
Exotic Pun Choy. A pork-free one, though, as Armada Hotel serves only Halal food. 😀 This one’s a mixture of mixed seafood, chicken and vegetables.
Assorted Chinese New Year’s goodies. I won’t be saying much about the food that’s found in their buffet section, as we did not exactly sampled that. Instead of letting us loose in the buffet area, us media and bloggers were lavished with Loh Sang Menu instead. We were treated to Bliss Abundance which costs RM988++ per table of 10 person. 😀
So below is what we had;
Prosperity Yee Sang with Crustacean. Served with white radish, carrots, red pepper, turnips, red pickled ginger, sun-dried oranges, crustaceans, chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, Chinese shrimp crackers laced with special sauce using plum sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. The Yee Sang tasted like any other regular Yee Sang. I have no complains about it, but definitely prefer the traditional version with raw fish slices in it.
Braised Seafood Mentaiko Soup. Soup is always my favourite dish when it comes to Chinese course meal dining. This braised seafood mentaiko soup does not disappoint. It was generous with mentaiko slices and bursting with flavours. I definitely wouldn’t mind a second or third bowl of this.
Pei Pah Chicken In Orange Salsa Sauce. The sauce was marvelous, very appetizing, but the chicken was a tad too gamey for me. The saving grace for this dish in my opinion was the side of diced orange salad. But there was no complaints from the rest at the table, so I suppose it was just me.
Deep Fried Sea Garoupa in Spicy Sesame Sauce. I’m not a huge fan of fish. The bones always puts me off, but this dish is somewhat tolerable and I find the sauce was absolutely divine. It was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The re-plated fish slices was all right, though I wish it was fried to a much crispier texture.
Steamed Tiger Prawn with Ginger Sauce. Bedded underneath thick and flavourful ginger sauce, the steamed tiger prawn is to die for. The savoury sauce complement the sweetness of the prawn perfectly. Everyone’s favourite that night.
Braised Taukan with Mushroom in Black Moss Soup. Surprisingly, this dish was one of my favourite that night apart from the superbly done steamed tiger prawns with ginger sauce. The taukan was perfectly braised. i had more than 3 pieces of the taukan while my boy absolutely adored the mushrooms and the kailan veggie.
Fried Rice with Pineapple. This one’s all right. Nothing to praise, nothing to complain about. Generous with chunky pineapples, so if you’re a huge fan of pineapples, you will definitely like this fried rice.
Sweet Red Bean Cream with Snow Sago. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but this sweet red bean cream was delicious! 😀 Wish I had more space in my tummy for second and third servings of this.
Shanghai Pancake was lovely. The filling was not cloyingly sweet, so it kinda won my heart too that night.
Overall, the Chinese New Year dining experience in Armada Hotel is wonderful. Armada Hotel is offering a feast fit for an emperor and it’s court with a fraction of a price. Apart from that what they are offering is great for reunions and gathering for non-Muslims and Muslims alike as they are not only offering feasts that’s non-pork, but certified Halal by JAKIM too.
The Oriental Feast is available from 2 Jan 2014-14 Feb 2014
Here’s the price for your reference should you be interested in booking a table of two for this upcoming festive season;
Chinese New Year Reunion Buffet Dinner
RM49++ Senior Citizen
Reunion Set Dinner
Price quoted are for per table of 10 pax
*minimum of 2 tables are required for private dining
Prosperity Yee Sang. Choose from a variety of fruity veggies, salmon, butter-fish or Hokkaido Yee Sang. Priced from RM40++ per potion.
Note: Prices are subjected to 10%service charge and prevailing government tax.
For inquiries and reservations, contact: 03-79546888 ext 4557-Utara Coffee House
More info and current offer, hop over to Armada Hotelâ€™s website