If it's anything Chinese people love more than the CNY holiday, it's the food (and alcohol) that comes with it. That is why Johnnie Walker has paired up with Auntie Sim's to offer diners the perfect combination of the two. This CNY, Johnnie Walker is introducing a specially selected Lunar New Year set menu paired with its Gold Label Reserve.
Going to the event I wasn't quite sure what to expect, I've heard of wine pairings, and more recently, tea pairings, but very rarely, whiskey pairings and much less with Chinese food. It is only when the wonderful chef owner, Auntie Sim explained that she believed her specially curated Teo Chew menu would go well not just with the typical cognac (the drink of choice for most older Chinese individuals), but also Gold Label Whiskey, that we understood the purpose of the day.
The Golden Feast (RM1,288/6 pax) is a well-rounded, high-end menu that consisted of a variety of top quality, luxurious Chinese dishes. The first dish, the Braised Dried Abalone with Mushroom and Broccoli was (apparently) very tasty. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I am allergic to abalone, I did not have any. But my companion commented that the mushrooms were cooked well, the sauce was plenty flavourful and the abalone just the right texture. The restaurant were accommodating enough to provide me with Wasabi Prawns in replacement of this dish, which I was very happy to receive. I got to indulge in fresh, spicy prawns covered in thinly-sliced strands of fried potatoes, combined with a great salad medley of mango, corn and lettuce. Very yummy and I was excited for more.
The second Delicious Double Treasure is a pork dish consisting of garlic, sea cucumber and broccoli. Each component on its own was a little lacklustre, but together the combination of flavours were very suited to each other. Perhaps not the most powerful or memorable, but it was an enjoyable dish nonetheless.
The highlight of the menu, at least to me, is the Stir Fried Angus Beef with Black Pepper. The quality of the beef was through the roof, tasty and cooked just right so that it was soft and melted in my mouth. It was overall very succulent and full of flavour.
Next up was the Wolfberry Bamboo Fungus with Spinach. Firstly, I'm not a fungus fan in general, so due to my bias, this probably was my least favourite dish of the day. But I enjoyed the spinach. It was cooked right, crunchy and fresh, but still did not quite gel with the fungus in my opinion.
Finally, we got to try the Dry Fried Hong Kong Yee Mee with Fresh Water Prawns. Ooh, was this noodle delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the prawn flavour seemed almost infused into the noodles itself. We ate it up and cleaned the whole plate in no time. The prawns however were not as fresh as I would have liked it to be, but the flavour was incredibly impactful.
We also had the good fortune to taste Auntie Sim's own Vegetarian Yee Sang (RM138/10pax, RM108/6pax) made of grapefruit, fried noodles, fresh ginger, jackfruit, and other delectable fruits. It was so, so good. Most definitely the best Yee Sang I've ever had. In fact, since then I've been recommending this dish to just about everybody for the upcoming Chinese New Year Reunion Dinners. I am unsure if it's the fact that it is mostly fruits or the homemade plum sauce, but it was genuinely amazing. Would definitely come back for more of this.
Lastly we were also provided with some Avocado Coconut Sago. The dessert turned out to be not too sweet but ended up a little heavy. However, it was still very delicious and a wonderful end to a pretty great menu.
Of course, don't forget to enjoy your whiskey with the menu too!
Auntie Sim Kitchen 24, Jalan SS 21/58,
Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya. Open daily from 11AM - 10PM 012-224 8206