New Year is one of the most important celebrations for the Japanese. It’s a time for family and following the tradition of eating osechi-ryori which is special food to give thanks and wish for happiness and prosperity in the New Year.
Zipangu at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur offers Osechi 2015, with auspicious dishes to start the New Year on the right note. A set menu and an a la carte menu will be available from 1 January to 4 January.
The seven-course set menu – at RM300++ — is filled with ingredients conveying wishes for success, good health, longevity and prosperity.
There is the Iwai zakana or appetisers, Zohni or soup, Otsukuri or sashimi, Atsumono or steamed dish, Yakimono or Grilled Dish, Oshokuji or rice and soup, and dessert.
Auspicious bites begin with the appetisers consisting of Datemaki Egg Roll, red and white fish cake, black crystal bean, kelp roll and deep-fried shrimp with rice crackers.
The Datemaki Egg Roll resembles a scroll, and is a wish for scholarship and culture. Black crystal beans symbolise good health while shrimps are a symbol of longevity and renewing life. Eating fish is a wish for a successful career.
The appetisers are followed by Clear Soup with grilled chicken, grilled rice cake, horseradish and spring onion.
The Sashimi Course comprises tuna, squid, salmon and sweet shrimp, while the Potato Dumpling with Braised Beef is the steamed dish.
Grilled Cod Marinated with White Miso Paste and Claypot Rice with Salmon and Mushrooms, served with Salted Salmon Roe and Miso Soup, and dessert of Strawberry and Lemon Jelly with condensed milk wrap up the Osechi meal.