Klang Val­ley restau­rants fully booked

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Chi­nese New Year eve re­union din­ner is a tra­di­tion that fam­i­lies hold dear.

Nev­er­the­less, the prac­tice of serving home-cooked food is slowly be­com­ing a thing of the past.

In­stead, many ur­ban folk pre­fer to have their re­union din­ner at restau­rants, which are fully booked weeks or months be­fore the oc­ca­sion.

The re­union din­ner tra­di­tion orig­i­nated from China at a time when it was dif­fi­cult and ex­pen­sive for fam­i­lies liv­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try to meet.

It was then that the idea of gath­er­ing once a year dur­ing Chi­nese New Year for a re­union din­ner came about.

It has since be­come a tra­di­tion and an im­por­tant oc­ca­sion dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

Tai Thong Group, a fa­mous restau­rant, is fully booked for the first three days of Chi­nese New Year. The restau­rant will be open dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son and can cater up to 400 peo­ple (40 ta­bles) per ses­sion.

“Cus­tomers booked their ta­bles as early as two weeks ago,” said its spokesman.

Its set meal, priced be­tween RM838 and RM1,898, com­prises eight dishes, in­clud­ing dessert and drinks.

“Our spe­cialty is crab, cooked in var­i­ous meth­ods ac­cord­ing to our cus­tomers’ lik­ing.”

The Noble chain of restau­rants un­der the Ori­en­tal Group, which is lo­cated in the Klang Val­ley, is also fully booked.

Un­like Tai Thong, Noble will be open only on the eve of Chi­nese New Year.

“Most of our cus­tomers have opted for the set meals. How­ever, we are open for ala carte or­ders.

“Our spe­cial­ties are a wide ar­ray of dishes with a choice of meat, seafood and veg­eta­bles. Once our cus­tomers have fi­nalised their or­ders, we will rec­om­mend them the cook­ing style for the dishes,” said its spokesman.

The restau­rant can ac­com­mo­date up to 600 peo­ple (60 ta­bles) per ses­sion. It serves din­ner pack­ages from RM1,200 on­wards.

FILE PIC

Peo­ple toss­ing ‘yee sang’ at a Chi­nese New Year eve re­union din­ner.

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