Time flies and we’re hitting the Chinese New Year for 2021. While we expect the festive vibes to be less exuberant than before due to the rise of the pandemic, people are still busy preparing for this annual celebration as a symbolism of a good beginning to kickstart a brand new year. Before we enter the exact day, there’s always a reunion dinner on the CNY eve.
Reunion dinner, in which family members coming back from different locations in the world to reunite and celebrate Chinese New Year together under the same roof, consists of different styles such as steamboat or house-cooked dishes and drinks as a complete set of meals. Typically, diners savour all the food as much as they could as a way to pamper their stomach, they also take yee sang right after.
Yee sang or yusheng refers to a reunion set for people to circle themselves up in a row to toss the Cantonese-style raw fish salad that consists of strips of raw fish, shredded vegetables, and sauces and condiments. Originated from Malaysia, this prosperity toss is a custom symbolising abundance, prosperity, and vigor.
In this article, we’re disclosing five hotels and restaurants for reunion dinner takeaways and delivery this CNY.
Zhonghua Gourmet, Cititel Penang
(Image credit: Zonghua Gourmet)
This Dim Sum Restaurant in Cititel Penang is offering three Reunion Dinner Menus that are sufficient for 5-10 people on the same table. With eight dishes served within each set as tradition, they offer different ranges of meats and vegetables to fulfill your craving satisfaction such as Shark-fin soup, pork, fish, prawns, scallops, and more. On top of that, they included food for takeaways under the Chinese New Year menu as well. Not only do they deliver yee sang and steamboat sets, but they also offer Pun Choy Set, a traditional meal composed of many different Chinese food ingredients. This is definitely one of the best options for Penangites to escalate the new year vibes this year.
Menu A: RM498 nett (5-pax), RM888 nett (10-pax) (Add RM88 nett/ pax)
Menu B: RM768 nett (5-pax), RM1388 nett (10-pax) (Add RM138 nett/ pax)
Menu C: RM1188 nett (5-pax), RM1988 nett (10-pax) (Add RM198 nett/ pax)
Tel: Ms Dorriehz Ng- +6018-9674983; Ms.Jenny- +6016-4665883
Address: Ground Floor, Cititel Hotel Penang, 66, Jln Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara
(Image source: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara)
The Chinese restaurant in Sofitel, a 5-star chic decor hotel in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur is offering an array of Chinese New Year food from different courses, dim sum to yee sang as well. Although the current SOP is making dine-in difficult for a group of family members, the selected dishes exclusively curated for this Lunar New Year is available for takeaway and delivery. You may browse through their menu here. Once you’ve decided to get something, remember to follow their process (place your order, make an online payment, 1 hour preparation time, and delivery/ self pick-up).
Yee Sang: from RM88 to RM288 with add-ons available (11th January- 28th February)
Tel: +603 2720 6688
Email: [email protected]
Address: No. 6 Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara , 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
(Image credit: Lai Po Heen at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur)
Another restaurant that is worth considering for reunion meals is Lai Po Heen. This Cantonese restaurant in Mandarin Oriental Hotel serves mouth-showering Chinese food that would fulfill your food craving satisfaction such as Double Boiled Buddha Jump Over The Wall, Wok-Fried Marinated Lamb Chops, Wok-Fried Prawn With Termite Mushroom, and more. Apart from that, they also serve yee sang and one of the best recommendations goes to their signature- Wagyu Beef Striploin Marble Eight Yee Sang.
Yee Sang: RM280 for half-portion, RM560 for full-portion. You may directly make your order here.
Address: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Quan’s Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
(Image credit: Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown)
If you are a fan of traditional culinary, Quan’s Kitchen with its street food specialty would be a great choice for you and your family. While the current pandemic restrictions may affect physical dining access, that still doesn’t stop the diners from ordering food online for takeaway or delivery. Certainly, this place offers yee sang on top of their main food too. Treat your family with their Opulence Yee Sang or go to Triple Prosperity Yee Sang for a cheaper deal. Not only that they provide yee sang’s usual ingredients, but with the mixture of some local delights as well.
Triple Prosperity Yee Sang: RM88 for half-portion, RM138 for full-portion.
Opulence Yee Sang: RM168 for half-portion, RM298 for full-portion.
Tel: +603-20357333/ +6012-5073327
Email: [email protected]
Address: 2, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Sushi YA Malaysia
(Image credit: Sushi YA Malaysia)
Japanese restaurant with Chinese New Year perks? Yes, you didn’t see it wrongly, and it’s happening in all outlets of Sushi YA in Malaysia. Other than their usual Japanese cuisine, this CNY will see them serving Yee Sang with the mixture and Japanese and Chinese ingredients in it. Customers can choose between Huat-Ya Package and Ong-Ya Package, both with special Ang Pau available. If getting a cost-conscious choice is your goal this time, consider putting Sushi YA on your list.
Huat-Ya Package: RM38 for 3-4 pax.
Ong-Ya Package: RM68 for 6-8 pax.
Raja Uda | Butterworth– 011-1083 3201
Straits Garden | Jelutong– 011-1062 3201
Song Ban Keng | Bukit Mertajam– 011-1069 6201
Solaria Resident | Bayan Lepas– 011-1068 2201
Alma | Bukit Mertajam– 011-1066 5201
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, this year is a year of reflection for all Chinese citizens to relearn the importance of having togetherness and family-affection as the pillar of life. The applied SOP from the government is forbidding inter-state travel and cross-district celebrations at the moment. Distinct from that, citizens of the same household or relatives and friends within the radius of 10km are still allowed to enjoy their reunion meals together as long as they don’t exceed the limit of 15 people.
With that, we want to wish everyone a prosperous Chinese New Year. Enjoy your reunion meals to the fullest! If you are staying with family, take this chance to give thanks and be grateful; if you are staying outside and can’t go back, perhaps celebrate this significant custom with any friends who stay nearby. We believe this year’s CNY is still going to be a meaningful one even with the limitations.