Tuesday 8 January 2013



“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”

The Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important festival on the Chinese calendar. The festivities traditionally begin on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and end with the Lantern Festival celebrated on the 15th day of the New Year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year cycle and each year relates to an animal in the Chinese Zodiac. Year 4711, the year beginning February 10, 2013, is the Year of the Black Water Snake.

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year's Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast is called "surrounding the stove". Hence, certain dishes served during this season bears momentous meaning to the family members such as Abalone defines good fortune, Bamboo shoots is for wishing that everything would be well, Fa Gao means prosperity cake, Gingko nuts brings of hope and silver, Jujube means prosperity and fertility, Mushroom strives for opportunities and longevity, Glass Noodles represents silver chains of luck, Oysters brings good fortune and Nian Gao is a homonym for a higher and better year. Taking all these key ingredients into considerations, Master Chef Heng once again conjured up a selection of spectacular affluence dishes for everyone to savour and commune this opulence time of the year together.
 This year Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur offers some of the city’s best dishes for the spectacular Lunar New Year on the 10th February 2013.  “There could be no better place to celebrate the Year of the Snake than at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur,” says Mr Peter D. Gibbons, General Manager of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. “The chefs at Lai Ching Yuen have outdone themselves with a superb eight-course dinner menu which includes all the traditional favourite Cantonese dishes. At Lai Ching Yuen restaurant, we are proud to present a choice of either an à la carte or an eight-course tasting menu, while The Mill Cafe is another ideal venue for a family get together.”

Lai Ching Yuen: the stunning Cantonese restaurant on the first floor of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, offers diners an eight or nine-course celebratory menu. Chinese New Year Set menu at Lai Ching Yuen starts from RM 1,388.00++ for a table of ten persons.

Celebratory dishes includes
·        Braised sea cucumber with “Ling Zhi” mushroom and Garden greens
·        Chinese wax meat rice with yam wrap in lotus leaf
·        Braised dried oyster with sea cucumber, mushroom and garden greens
·        Poached marinated farm chicken with Chinese wine

Alternatively, guests may order their own favourites from the new à la carte menu with a minimum spend of dishes starting from RM12.00 ++. For the Year of the Snake specials includes
·        Deep fried pork knuckle
·        Roasted mini duck
·        Steamed Squash stuffed with dried scallop
·        Pan fried homemade nian gao
·        Deep fried prawns with fresh grapes and mayonnaise sauce
·        Roasted crispy duck topped with deep fried shredded eggs 

Chinese New Year is never complete without yee sang! For the year 2013, Lai Ching Yuen offers you, Yee Sang with Soft Shell crab, Yee Sang with Scallop, Pearl and Mango --- we brought back this from last year’s menu as this dish was the favourite item last year. Prices of yee sang starts from RM58.00++ for half portion and RM98.00++ for full portion. There are also choices of yee sang with premium items such as premium abalone, geo duck clam and lobster to add on.

All diners at Lai Ching Yuen from the 10th February to 24th February 2013 will get fortune cookies which is subject to availability, therefore, make your reservations quickly at Lai Ching Yuen and let your fortune be told!

For those who fancy a fusion affluent dining, The Mill Cafe, always a popular choice for families, offers a sumptuous international Chinese New Year buffet at RM88.00++ per adult and RM44.00++ per child.

Last but not least, come join us at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur while we celebrate this thriving year with celebratory activities such as the glorious traditional Lion Dance and meet the God of Prosperity in person, on the 1st Day of Chinese New Year (10th February) and 8th Day of Chinese New Year (18th February).

Reservations for dining can be made by telephone or by e-mail:
Lai Ching Yuen
+60 3 2117 4180
The Mill Cafe
+60 3 2117 4163

They have been awarded the “Exellence Award for the Best City Hotel” by “The Best of Malaysia Awards 2012 – Travel Awards” by Expatriate Lifestyle.  Thank you for all your support. 


  1. snake in the house means good ah? Heard the opposite.

    wow...Lai Ching Yuen food certainly looks very attractive.