Wednesday, February 4, 2009

CNY Set Meals

Chinese New Year is a festival celebrated with much fanfare for any Chinese family, regardless of poor or rich. The rich will have 10-course meals with dishes fit for a king, while the poor make do with lap ngap and lap cheong and abit of soy sauce over white rice (a rare luxury). How does the middle-class feast? The middle-class indulge in a little bit of the rich but will still behave like the poor- choosing dishes that are worth the money.

For most of us falling into the middle-class category, CNY Set Meals is the way to go for that CNY feasting experience without burning a big hole in the pocket. After all, there are many restaurants that offer set meals ranging from RM199-RM999, enough to feed a table of 10.

Ours is the RM398 package from Mun Cheong Restaurant, a relatively established and well-known restaurant famed for hosting wedding dinners in the quaint little town of Ipoh.

The obligatory CNY appetizer- Yee Sang. Ingredients that I love most? The crackers and salmon!

What irritates me most of the time during lou sang is how brash some people are. They just don't give a damn about 'lou-ing' it properly. Most of the time you'll find the aftermath of a lou sang is a very messy table! Honestly? I don't really care about saying all the wishes when 'lou-ing'.

Some abalone slices, brocollies, mushrooms and fatt choi (black moss?) dish. I wish to think it's authentic abalone though... most of the time when they're sliced like this, it gives me an impression that they're just another artificial abalone made to look and taste like real abalone.

So, authenticity of abalone here is questionable.

I think this what the Malays will call "Ikan Tiga Rasa" or in English "Three-Flavour Fish"- onion, red and green capsicum.

Some veges with bonuses that come in the form of cashew nuts!

Prawns for New Year is always auspicious.

Just like my wish to my Dad on CNY- To have big prawns and big fish!

Thai Style Fried Chicken with Shredded Mango. Tasted nothing out of the ordinary.

Lotus leaf rice. Geez, it's my least favourite dish in any chinese restaurant dinners.

And the el cheapo dessert. Whatever happened to pan fried Shanghainese pan cake or slow boiled red bean with dried mandarin skin kinda desserts?

Oh I forgot. It's a CNY Set Meal after all where everything has to be cheap and fast and worth the money.

Mun Cheong Restaurant
511, Jalan Pasir Puteh,
31650 Ipoh,

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]


Huai Bin said...

Why your photos so nice one????

I need more lessons Yiling! :p

I like the one with you holding the abalone slice with the background blurred out.

cindy khor said...

love all your photos...brings out the freshness in food... wish that i get to eat yee sang here in northern ireland

Anonymous said...

You don't get the famous big big fresh water prawn cooked with soya sauce!!! This dish is the real real signature dish of Mun Chung, Pasir Pinji....


Calvin Goh Seow Chung said...

Your photos are really well composed. You're improving alright!

YilingL said...

Cos I used the canggih lens :p If you wanna use my pics go ahead k?

cindy khor,
Thanks! Make your own Irish-style Yee Sang!

LY Tai,
Well it was a set meal after all, so nope no "famous big big fresh water prawn cooked with soya sauce"! Sounds tempting though :p


kampungboycitygal said...

my family's favourite too..the gon jin har (pan fried fresh water prawns) is awesome!

YilingL said...

Yeah normally I'd be too lazy to peel the prawn shells but I'll do anything for big fresh prawns! Served in whatever style!

KY said...

everything's so red and looking very auspicious!

YilingL said...

Of course! It's CNY mah!!

Huai Bin said...

I love your canggih lens la...

But priority is to get a flash first.

YilingL said...

Tell me when you get one. I want to see how canggih yr gears are :D

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