It is only once a year. When it comes to Chinese New Year, company, family and friends gathering is hard to avoid. It really depends how deep you would like to dig into your pocket for once a year for this. For a pork free restaurant, Lai Po Heen is top in my list where one of my favourite Chef, Chef Ricky do cook awesome Chinese food.

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Yee Sang on the table had become a tradition for many of us that all of us believe tossing yee sang brings you luck, prosperity, good fortune and health. As for this year, there will be 5 yee sangs available, Sliced Abalone in Thai dressing, Yellow Fin Tuna and Salmon, Soft Shell Crab and Snow Pear, Salmon and Assorted Vegetables as well as Assorted Vegetables and Shredded Fruits in Sesame Dressing. Available for lunch and dinner, from RM138 nett to RM488 nett.

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I have tried a few and I could say, by far this is one of the best Yee sang that have yellow fin tuna and salmon. The gravy that they made themselves is unique and blends well.

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Love their Double-boiled abalone soup and sea cucumber with morel mushrooms and maca. They have different ingredient in it that makes the soup aromatic, yet clear that gives a boost to body where it is nourishing and good for fertility.

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This is a clever mix for a simple slice of fish that opted with yin yeong. Steamed Omega rich grouper with chopped chilli paste and ginger parsley paste. One is mild spicy and one which is more spicy. Fish are fresh and a well balance of taste.

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Classic dish would be this corn fed chicken that is marinated and poached, topped with finely grated ginger and spring onion.

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This is a nice presented crafted dish wok fried Ming prawn with fragrant chilli paste was beautifully presented in a lantern as well as dainty butterflies carved out from carrots.

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Lai Po Heen’s CNY “Fatt Choy” sun dried seafood pot features indeed a “fatt” dish where they serve with large fresh scallops, abalone, fish maw, mushroom and pak choy. I love the broth, as it is slightly thick and fragrant.

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healthy grain rice which is fried with golden pumpkin and sea treasure consisting of prawn, dried oyster and dried scallop.

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To end the meal, chilled osmanthus jelly with crunchy water chestnut cake indeed is wobbly as you shake onto the plate, light in taste and definitely refreshing for palate.

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Me & Chef Ricky

For other courses available – , Fortune (RM278 per person), Prosperity (RM388 per person), and Wealth (RM628 per person) with a minimum of four diners, available for lunch and dinner. You can view the full menu here.


Location: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening times:
Mon-Fri – 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch
Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays 10.30am-2.30pm
Mon-Sun – 7pm to 10.30 for dinner

Tel: 03-2179 8885



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