The Lunar New Year is just days away. Why, the food feast begins this Saturday with the reunion dinner. I bet some of us dread that dinner. Family reunion ought to be a fun celebration but in every family, there must be one or two kill joy of a relative. Fear not, why care when it is your life? So long as you are doing the right thing and it does not affect anyone else, why bother? So, my advice? Just smile and say thank you. That will shut them up.
Okay, back to the topic. One thing that we all dread about reunion dinner is to find somewhere to dine. Especially at the last minute, where on earth can you go? Well, I have a solution for you.
Without a doubt, restaurants in the city would be packed and traffic would be hell on Saturday. I wouldn’t want to be in Kuching when that happens but I wouldn’t want to miss the festivity of the first day of the Chinese New Year. 2013 is my final year to collect red packets. Hahaha. I don’t get any red packets once I am married. I am merely seizing the opportunity while it is still in reach.
If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a super congested Kuching city on the eve of new year, why not go to the Raintree Restaurant at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) for the reunion dinner? It is slightly further but it is definitely quiet and you don’t have to worry about traffic jams and where to park your car.
Starting from February 8 to 11 and 23 to the 24, Raintree Restaurant will have its Chinese New Year Buffet for just RM 68+ per person!
Nothing is more prosperous than the color red.
Among the highlights of the buffet are:
Stir Fried Beef Slices with Ginger, Celery and Black Pepper
Since I do not take meat, I wouldn’t know how this tastes like. But from what I can gather, the beef slices are cooked tenderly and the black pepper made the whole dish more Sarawakian-esque. Hehehe.
Deep Fried Chicken with Lemon Sauce
A childhood favorite of almost everyone. This dish is a must have whenever my family and I went to Meisan for dinner eons ago. And this BCCK version does not disappoint. I mean, how can one can fail to cook this dish? Still, the secret to a good finger licking lemon chicken is the batter and the sauce. This is passable.
Floret of Broccoli with Braised Black Mushrooms
My favorite dish so far. Being a vegetarian, I love vegetables. I love how the broccoli was nicely cooked and oh, the mushroom, splendid. Somehow I think the broccoli would taste a lot better if it was sautéed in butter first. Mmm… But hey, that is only a matter of preference.
Steamed Tilapia ‘Teo Chew’ Style
I am completely hopeless when it comes to the endless variety of steamed fish. This is a nice dish but perhaps since I am not such a fan of tilapia, I can’t really say much about it. In my point of view, Sea Bass is nicer when steamed. Tilapia, on the other hand, is more of a deep fried kind of fish. Again, a matter of preference, my dears.
Braised Beancurd With Seafood in Crab Meat Sauce
I love the beancurd and the crab meat sauce is divine. However, not a big fan of the green.
Wok-Fried Rice with Silver Achovies
Honestly, what can go wrong with fried rice? This is a simple but flavorful dish.Can’t say healthier but hey, once in a while it is okay.
Peking duck in the making
I can’t comment much on this particular dish because I do not take duck. Trust me, my mum been trying to teach me to eat duck since I was a kid. Still insist not taking it. Usually whenever Peking duck is ordered, I eat the pancake minus the duck. Hahaha. Honestly, this style of Peking duck is quite new to me. Normally, the pancake is steamed but this one, it is grilled and it is thicker. Taste wise, with the kind of vegetable they use, it is not that bad but one would need to get used to it.
Apart from these dishes, here are the rest of food available:
Cold cuts, prawn salad, tossed top shell with dressing, spicy jelly fish marinated seaweed, boneless chicken with feet and preserved peanut with chinese herbs, prosperity yee sang with traditional condiments, smoked fish fillet, boiled prawns on iced and a variety of salad and condiments. Soup of the day Schezuan Hot & Sour Seafood Soup
Hot and Main Buffet:
Wok-Fried Rice with Seafood and Long Bean in Curry Spices
Sreamed Whole Seabass with Assam Nyonya Sauce
Noodle Station: Hand made noodle with two types of finishing served with soup or dry with chicken char siew slices, minced chicken and sie pak choy
Char Siew marinated chicken wings
Sambal Fish Fillet with Wrapped Banana Leaves
Deep Fried Niang Dau Glutinous Rice Cake
Yong Tau Foo With Traditional Condiments
Assorted fresh fruits
Sweet almond banana tart, yam dumpling with vanilla sauce
Assorted french pastries, bread and butter pudding with apples
Red bean mousse cake, chilled lychee and longan with almond bean curd
Agar-agar in glasses, eclair, warm sweet potato broth with ginger in syrup
5 types of ice creams with traditional condiments
DIY Ice Kacang with condiments
On top of that, new year celebration would not be complete without a good yee sang toasting, so, it is possible to add on a more special variety of yee sang to your buffet (Although you need to order two days in advance)
Toasting the yee sang for all the good things in the year of the Snake!
Mmm… Yee Sang. You only get to eat this dish once a year, so do not miss out on it!
Chinese New Year Yee Sang (Scallop)
Chinese New Year Yee Sang (Lobster)
Other add on items available are as follows:
Peking Duck with condiments RM 88+
Steamed Pomfret whole per 100g RM18++
At the same time, Raintree also does a dinner package starting from RM 488+ per table. For enquiries and reservations, please call BCCK at +6082 392 888 or +6082 392 988
What are you waiting for, make a reservation now!