Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CNY 2018: Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya

Welcome the Year of the Dog at Le Meridien Putrajaya with specially created Chinese cuisine at Le Mei. Le Mei invites you to take a step into a setting that celebrates traditional Chinese art and culture, while you savour Chinese cuisine specially curated for the occasion. Le Mei is led by award-winning Chef Michael Wong, who will dazzle diners with signature creations that are symbolic to the celebration, available from 27 January until 7 March 2018.

There will be four Festive Menus available, with prices starting from RM1688 nett for the Spring and Happiness Set, RM2288 nett for the Everlasting Prosperity Set, RM3388 nett for the Wealth and Fortune Set and RM8888 nett for the Emperor Set Menu. Each menu comes with a bottle of celebratory wine, champagne or brandy, depending on the menu chosen. There is also an a la carte menu, suitable for single diners or smaller groups. Please scroll down to the bottom for the full menus.

A Chinese New Year meal always begins with the "lo hei" aka the tossing of the yee sang, as it is considered lucky and auspicious, ensuring prosperity, good fortune and happiness for the new year. Plated sets are available from RM50 nett onwards, whereby diners can choose from snow pear (vegetarian), salmon, Canadian surf clam, hamachi or abalone.

We kickstarted our meal with this exquisite, showstopping Lobster Yee Sang with Crispy Shredded Treasures and blackcurrant plum dressing. This is by far the most luxurious yee sang we've had this year. Made with 26 ingredients, each yee sang comes with the flesh of a whole Australian lobster, usually weighing in at 1.2kg. This is available a la carte (based on market price) or as part of the Emperor set menu. Did I mention how amazing it looks and tastes?

Super photogenic yee sang... sorry for the photo spam! ;P

Chef Michael Wong with his creation

Next, we had the Double boiled wild matsutake with morels and fish maw soup (from Emperor Set Menu or RM130 on a la carte menu). The soup, which is made by boiling old chicken, carrots and longan for at least 6 hours, was flavourful, sweet and nourishing.

Prawns are often eaten during Chinese New Year as the word "ha" symbolises happiness and laughter. I was impressed with the huge size of the prawns served to us, and the texture was extremely bouncy and not to mention fresh too. These prawns are lightly cooked by pouring over hot water and then stir fried to retain its crunchiness.

Steamed jumbo tiger prawn with pumpkin sauce and black glutinous rice (RM80)

Chef Michael's smoked duck often makes an appearance during wedding banquets at the hotel and now on the CNY menu too. The duck is first marinated with spices, and then steam cooked before being smoked with Chinese tea leaves before serving. The smoked duck is paired with a sweet mango chutney sauce, made by reducing mango and orange juice.

Twice cooked tea smoked duck with mango chutney (RM50)

The salmon fillet is coated in a mix of maltose, honey and soy sauce marinade, (which tastes similar to a teriyaki sauce) and then baked in the oven.

Baked salmon fillet with honey and crispy onion rings (RM70)

Sea cucumber is another ingredient which commonly makes an appearance during the festive period as it symbolises happiness. Chef Michael tells us that he uses premium 猪婆参 sea cucumber for this dish.

Braised sea cucumber with sun dried mushrooms and baby pak choy

Red is the colour of prosperity, and Chef Michael has created a special fried rice using beetroot for a vibrant red hue. The seafood fried rice is topped with crispy cherry shrimp, for texture and extra flavour.

Cherry shrimp with beetroot and seafood fried rice

For dessert, we had the Snow skin pistachio and walnut roll with Double-boiled snow lotus seed with peach gum, dried longan, red dates and ginseng pao shen. Plus a bonus dish of Crispy deep fried golden New Year Cake, after Chef Michael found out my favorite new year dessert is nian gao. These were excellent, crisp with a fluffy filling of sweet potato, yam paste and nian gao.

CNY Menus at Le Mei

Le Mei Yee Sang and A la Carte Menu

For more information or reservations, please call 03-8689 6888 / 6847 / 6868.


Location: Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia (located next to IOI City Mall).

Tel: 03-8689 6888

Website: http://www.lemeridienputrajaya.com

GPS Coordinates: 2.969213, 101.712596

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Upcoming Event: Sharul Weds Sharul (24 Feb 2018)


Sharul Channa has been called many things, from ‘Pottymouth’ to ‘Singapore’s Only Full-Time Female Stand-Up Comic”, however, one label that is befitting, is that she is arguably one of the funniest comedians to come out of Singapore in recent years. Since her first performance at an open mic event at a Singaporean comedy club years ago, Sharul has gone on to perform in Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, and India, even making history in the process when she became the first Singaporean comedian to be selected for The Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2016.

Now, she returns to Malaysia, with her second stand-up comedy special, Sharul Weds Sharul. This one-woman, hour long show, is a rib-tickling take on Indian weddings, from couple hashtags, to the extensive wedding buffet, from Aunt Sunita to walking around the fire seven times for a promise of seven lifetimes. It is observational comedy at its best, as Sharul finds answers to some of the burning questions that we have about Indian weddings.

Sharul’s rise to fame did not come easy, in her early years, she had to struggle in a comedic scene, that was dominated by household names and while she did consider giving up, she turned her challenges into success, going on to become the first female Singaporean stand-up comic to do her own solo stand-up show, ‘Pottymouth’.

“On stage, I’m 150% of who I am in real life, and it’s actually a good thing because it keeps me extremely honest when I blare out truths about myself out loud.”

Her razor-sharp, self-deprecating comedic style, has lent Sharul a universality that allow for her shows to transcend nationalities, race, and gender.

Catch her latest show, happening at the Temple Of Fine Arts on the 24th of February. 

Get your early bird tickets now at https://airasiaredtix.com/sharul_weds_sharul. Until 31st of January 2018, purchase 2 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 1. See you at the show!

Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm.
Location: Temple of Fine Arts, 114 - 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

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