To a great year of health, wealth and happiness!
Taste-wise, I'd never been truly won over by the sickly sweet concoction that has come to define this seasonal offering. But this had fresh pieces of salmon, so...ummm.. this was OK I guess?
Vegie medley of brocolli, fat juicy mushrooms, bean curd skin, carrots and water chestnuts.
The uncle who took our orders (sneaky, sneaky fellow who suckered us into ordering way too much food) recommended this fish, promising a delicious "new" way of preparing garoupa. Well the fish turned up in some half-arsed curry concoction which was neither spicy or sour. And to top it all off, the fish wasn't the freshest, its texture rubbery and unpleasant. Next!
Deep-fried salted chicken. This was actually rather good on its own, but somehow got edged out by the other winners on the table.
They waited until the very end, when we'd started struggling to present the Sweet and Sour Crabs. At this point, we were stumped by the excess. The crabs were sweet and as always, a lot of messy fun. However, they used Indonesian crab which somehow seemed rougher in texture and less flavourful to me than Sri Lankan crabs I'd tried at other seafood joints. Still crustacean love knows no boundaries! We persevered.
Deep-fried man tou to soak up the gravy. I would've prefered the unfried ones but at this point, we were just blindly shoving it in so it didn't matter no more.
The bill arrived at nearly RM600 for 7 of us, to a choir of whoops and jaw drops around the table! We really outdid ourselves and I felt a private sense of pride. We stayed on chatting and generally enjoying ourselves until way past 11, when one steely glare after another from staff members shutting up the place finally got to us and we scurried out into the night.
Gong Xi Fa Cai, everyone! May this year for each and every one of you be filled with lots of love and good living!