Makan Kitchen at Double Tree by Hilton, Johor Bahru is presenting quite a unique mix of dishes for this year’s Chinese New Year celebration in the form of buffets and high-tea.
After tossing the Yee Sang with everyone to welcome the Lunar New Year, the first two items that caught my eye at this year’s Chinese New Year’s buffet preview were the ‘Roasted Chicken and Tangerine Chinese Salad’ and the ‘Salmon Coulibiac’ – some Western twist for these auspicious dishes. The sweet and sour tangerine salad with crispy roasted chicken is a nice swap from your traditional chicken dish, and for the fish that symbolises abundance, wealth and luck was transformed into English-style Wellington made of pastry! A definite winner indeed.
I was then excited to pick up some crunchy ‘Pai Tee’ as my appetiser followed by a bowl of clear ‘Fish Maw broth’ which had a wonderful surprise of baby ginseng in the first spoonful! For prawn lovers, do scoop up some Wok Fried “Salted Egg” Prawns.
Any Chinese New Year would not be complete without the ‘Golden Abalaone Treasure Pot’, and Makan Kitchen presented layers of scallops, prawns, chicken and vegetables in a huge traditional-looking bowl.
My favourite had to be the ‘Chicken Bak Kwa’ that is so popular, and the plate presenting the square slices of dried chicken meat were cleared in no time. The incomparable smoky smell and texture is so dreamy, I’m thinking about it as I wrote this down!
End this buffet journey at the desert station and make sure to get a slice of the Durian cake.
Choices aplenty, you can discover more of Makan Kitchen’s CNY themed buffet for the Weekday Prosperity Dinner from 15th January to 3rd February, Sunday – Thursday priced at RM138 nett, while the Chinese New Year’s Eve and CNY Day Dinner, is available for booking on 21st and 22nd January, priced at RM198 nett.
Want to toss Yee Sang with your groups of friends or families? Their Signature Yee Sang Selections is available from 15th January to 3rd February, starting at RM138 nett per set.
Ready to book you buffet experience? Head to bit.ly/CNYatDTJB for more information.