Wan Chun Ting, beautifully translating to “Pavilion of 10,000 Springs”, is Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s fine-dining Chinese restaurant. The venue is an opulent affair, with large wooden panels and oriental furnishings reminiscent of ancient China. Hungry white collars on business lunches make up the bulk of the afternoon crowd, while the evenings see families and after-work diners eager for the famous Peking duck.
Interestingly for a menu that features solely Cantonese and Imperial cuisine, all dishes are completely pork free. Which makes Wan Chun Ting a great place to celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends, family, and work buddies. Take your pick from three specially curated menus: Prosperity, Fortune, and Wealth. Eeach dish comes from a recipe perfected by Head Chef Leong Weng Heng.
Auspicious dishes we tasted and loved include the Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Black Garlic, Wok Fried Grass Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk, and Deep Fried Chinese New Year Cake with Yam. But of course, all menus feature the Yee Sang, where we toss ingredients like fish, thinly sliced carrots, pomelo and peanuts with pouring of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and plum sauce and kumquat paste. A delightful burst of sweet, crunchy and slightly sour notes to kick off your meal, the tradition is done (and eaten) in hopes of bringing an abundance of prosperity into the year ahead. Remember, the higher you toss and the louder you proclaim your hopes and wishes, the better. A special touch added by Chef Leong in this year’s Yee Sang is the salted fried fish skin, sure to please fans of the famous snack.
Chef Leong’s own recommendations include the Wok Fried Boneless Chicken with Sweet Vinaigrette Sauce, Steamed Scallop with homemade Bean Curd, and Chinese Wine and Egg White. Private rooms are also available for reservations.
Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, No. 6 Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Call +603 2720 6688.