Chinese New Year, a time for cheer and amassing greater wealth(if you got a rich uncle or a million doting relatives), is widely celebrated for channeling longevity, prosperity, and luck – but if your below 100 years of age, the central focus of all that funnels down to padding your wallet – trading mere words(gong xi fa cai) for monetary gains is such a bargain. If you’re bogged down by the dregs of the past year, it’s high time you shed the layers and rise anew.
Break through the noise and make some yourself with yee’s and yaw’s of Yee Sang brought to you by yours truly, Anonymous.
Mission: Be cool as a cucumber; everything will be gravy; chew the fat with some friends and go bananas. Where?
1. W1 Bangsar
What better way to keep your spirits high and your tolerance of “bad juju”(alcohol) higher than by rising up to higher heights. W1, faithful servants of all things that are fun, serves up prosperity thoroughly tossed with vodka and a little peanut butter. If only W1 was my babysitter.
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 2pm – 1am
Location: 22, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Now that “traditional” has become a punchline for the dull, the unimaginative, the all-around pre-present day vibe, Powerplant has preempted to take matters into their own hands by introducing whole new beasts of its own making: Pork Belly Kimchi Yee Sang and Smoked Salmon Kimchi Yee Sang. It’s not quite on the same level playing field as cryptocurrency or virtual reality but that’ll do for now.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 1: 30am
Location: G.03 & G.04, Ground Level, Pearl Shopping Gallery, Menara Pearl Point 2, Jalan Sepadu, 2A, Off Jalan Klang Lama, Taman United, Kuala Lumpur 58200
3. Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf
So the smoked bacon walks into a bar and greets the crispy wanton wrapper: meat the new guy, Imported Italian Parma Ham, he’s not from around these parts. If only humor can shed light on the meatiness of Three Little Pig’s Yee Sang.
Opening Hours: Mon – Thur: 9: 30am – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 11:30pm
Sun: 9am – 11pm
Location: 1, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2283 2270/ Facebook
4. Palsaik Korean BBQ
Korean BBQ has taken the world by storm and now it’s earmarked to insinuate itself into every aspect of every cuisine available. Palsaik, working as a Korean BBQ in his day job, has taken on a new identity – a temporary gig fusing Kimchi with Yee Sang. All in a day’s work, my friend.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 11 30pm
Location: J-01-09, SohoKL, Solaris Mont Kiara, No. 2 Jalan Solaris, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
5. Alison Soup House
All the buzz around eating healthy has crept its way into my life and has proceeded to flood every channel, social media including. But in the spirit of sticking to my New Year’s Revolution and doubling down on Lunar New Years, let’s keep our minds tight and our waistline tighter. Alison bringing you the vegetable and fruit galore of Yee Sang – 11 fresh ingredients with a side of youth.
Opening Hours: Mon- Sat: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 3:30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Location: 6A, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
6. Royal Canton
What does Jelly Fish, Crispy Ice Fish and Salmon? They have a terrible sense of direction and somehow always find themselves at the hot end of a pan but as migration paths diverge around the festive season, they enjoy(well, enjoys a strong word) being tossed to the tune of cheers.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Location: 2nd floor, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela
7. Fifth Palate
Not to politicize a highly impartial topic(Yee Sang) but a heavy kudos to Fifth Palate for being so liberal – keeping their options open by catering to carnivores and omnivores alike. Lesson learned: if two ideologically different breeds can Yee Sang, then world peace isn’t far off.
Opening Hours: Thur – Tues: 8:30am – 5pm
Location: Blk D-G-1 Encorp Strand Garden Office Malaysia, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
How do you make a special occasion even more special? Importing foreign ingredients – Jamón ibérico ham that’s been cured for up to 24 hours. Salty personality, mature in age and certainly handsome to the boneless. Marriage material it is not but as a one nighter, it’ll play just fine.
Opening Hours: Sun – Thur: 10am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 10am – 10:30pm
Location: Lot F346, First Floor, Rainforest, New Wing One Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor