Friday, February 26, 2010

Best Chinese New Year Meal @ Full Wealth Seafood Restaurant

My beloved Yee Sang is coming to a close as Chinese New Year draws to an end. With only three days remaining my mum suggested we had dinner at Full Wealth Restaurant in Kepong. Recalling they served the best Yee Sang I had in 2009 I agreed without any hesitation.

The restaurant was fully booked that night but we were lucky enough to be given a table because my parents are frequent patrons of this place. With eight hungry people we ordered a number of dishes beginning with Salmon Yee Sang which in my opinion is again the best Yee Sang I've had so far. There's no olive oil, kiwis or any other creative touches in this Yee Sang. It looks rather ordinary but the flavors of every ingredient meld so well together. It was a perfect balance between sweet and sour and an interplay between textures from the soft pickled vegetables to the crispy crackers and thick slices of pear. Phin who had three servings of the Yee Sang also agreed this was the best he's had so far.

Salmon Yee Sang

Another stellar dish came next. This time it was the usual Sharks Fin and Crab Meat Soup. Unlike many restaurants which tend to put very little Sharks Fin and Crab Meat, Full Wealth goes all out here. The Sharks Fin is piled high on a separate plate and is then poured into the soup before serving. This not only shows us how much Sharks Fin they're giving but it also prevents it from being overcooked allowing it to retain it's rubbery texture that we like. The soup itself was full of flavor and contained chunks of crab meat!

Sharks Fin and Crab Meat Soup

Their Signature Pork Ribs with Chef Special Wine Sauce was also really good. Deep fried and tossed in the chef's special sauce the pork ribs were very tender and had a mild crisp texture. The sauce which included vinegar and sugar was savory and complemented the pork really well.

Pork Ribs with Chef's Special Red Wine Sauce

Roast Chicken another popular dish of the restaurant arrived soon after. The skin was crispy and the chicken was moist. Furthermore, the spices used drew out the flavor of the chicken without over salting it.

Chinese Style Roast Chicken

For seafood we ordered Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk. This dish is a calorie bomb because the prawns were deep fried and then tossed in an artery clogging salted-egg yolk sauce. The prawns were plump and juicy and the sauce was rich and thick which help it cling on to the prawns.

Stir-Fry Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk

Fish is a must during Chinese New Year and we ordered Steam Pak So Kung (a type of Cat Fish). This is one of my favorite fishes because of it's high fat content giving this meaty fish a really smooth texture. Relative to other fishes it also has very little bones.

Steam Pak So Kung (A breed of catfish)

We also ordered the Braised Japanese Tofu with Minced Pork. Unlike Chinese Tofu, Japanese Tofu tend to be smoother in texture because it contains eggs. It is my favorite choice for a dish like this because it goes so well with the minced pork and gravy when eaten with rice.

Braised Japanese Tofu with Minced Pork

Surprisingly our Stir-Fried Choi Sum (Mustard Greens) with garlic came last. Despite being a simple dish it was well executed. The garlic was very pungent and the greens had a nice crunch.

Stir-Fry Choi Sum with Garlic

Overall this was the best Chinese New Year meal I've had so far. There was nothing to complaint about and despite ordering sharks fin and fish our bill only came up to an unbelievable RM350 for a table of eight.

As of now there's only one restaurant that stands in the way of Full Wealth from taking the number one spot for the best Chinese New Year Meal I had in 2010... That will be Shangri-la Hotel's Shang Palace which is where I will be having my last Yee Sang this coming 28th of February.

Food: 4.7/5
Service: 4/5 (Service was attentive because my family are regular patrons)
Ambiance: 2.5/5
Price: $$ (Under USD $15 per person)

Contact Information
No. 38/40, Jalan Ambong Kanan 2, Kepong Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
52100 Malaysia
Tel : 03-6252-4977
Fax : 03-6252-4977

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