Headed over to Grand Imperial in Bangsar Shopping Centre which is one of my all time favourite Chinese restaurants for the media preview of the special GUINNESS® banquet menu. Guinness has partnered with the Grand Imperial Group of restaurants to create a special GUINNESS® banquet menu featuring eight (8) courses are paired with GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout (FES) served at different temperatures in order to bring out the flavours of each dish.
While I’m a big fan of Guinness in its draught form, I can also drink Guinness in the FES form and I find Guinness FES pretty refreshing when served ice-cold, while it imparts full and rich flavours when served warm or at room temperature. People tell me that the older generation used to drink Guinness FES warm but to me my favourite way is still to drink it ice-cold. My preference aside, Guinness and the chefs from Grand Imperial designed each dish not only to match and enhance the accompanying GUINNESS®, but comes with meaning and tradition, symbolising longevity, harmony, peace, prosperity, and happiness in the coming year.
Hailing the collaboration, Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad, said “GUINNESS® is known the world over for its superb quality, rich taste, and proud traditions. It is a beer Made of More – more flavour, more boldness, and made with passion and dedication by our Master Brewers. As such, I can think of no better beer with which to usher in this auspicious time of year, when we gather with friends and family to celebrate sau-kong and to look forward to beginning the New Year in the best way possible. By pairing with the Grand Imperial Group of restaurants, renowned across Malaysia for its sumptuous food, GUINNESS® ensures that you can begin the New Year in a bold and prosperous way while out to celebrate, as well as in the comfort of your own home.”
Now on to the menu:
This was my first time having a yee sang with fried silver fish and I absolutely loved it! The fried silver fish along with the fresh fruits and nuts gave a very crispy texture to this dish and it was very well balanced from a flavour standpoint. Definitely one of the outstanding yee sangs of the year!
You’ve got to be very careful when including truffle into a dish because too much of it can easily overpower the dish. However I think the chefs at Grand Imperial got the amount just right – not too much to overpower the dish yet enough to give it a very fragrant aroma and a hint of the truffle taste! The inclusion of bird’s nest in this soup makes this one a very healthy option while the crab meat gave the soup its sweetness. Another big winner for me!
Oh come to daddy! This is a match made in heaven and is such awesome beer food! Tender meat and crispy skin coupled with ice-cold Guinness…this was such an inspired pairing!
This dish reminded me of my childhood as my mom used to cook this two to three times a week. A beautifully cooked Pomfret which is another healthy dish on the menu.
Nice big prawns cooked with a sweet and sour sauce. Umei of CCFoodTravel who was seated next to me got a HUGE and I mean HUGE prawn!
I’m not a fan of dried oysters (always prefer to have them fresh) but they seem to be in trend this year because every single Chinese New Year menu tasting that I’ve attended so far had at least one (1) dish that has this ingredient. The rest of the dish was delicious though with the abalone adding some decadence.
Yes! More awesome beer food! Essentially “Lap Mei Fan”, the meat and vege was served separate from the rice which was fine with me as I was getting rather full by now and didn’t really want to eat so much of the rice so I ended up eating the lap cheong and other meats which went oh so well with the Guinness!
Not a big fan of dessert but I liked the mango puree. I was so busy running around from table to table saying hi to my media friends and my friends from Guinness Anchor Berhad that I totally missed out taking pics of the Pomfret and the desserts.
This special Guinness menu is priced at RM1,888.00 nett for 10 pax, inclusive of two quarts of GUINNESS® FES, as well as two sets of exclusive GUINNESS® ang pow packets. and is available at all 6 Grand Imperial restaurants across Malaysia from now until 5 March 2015.
For more details of the exclusive menu, head over to www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia
Additionally, between 5 January 2015 and 28 February 2015, you can be in the running to win one of the 100 pure gold bars with purchase of any big bottle of Guinness, Tiger, Heineken or Anchor. All you have to do is look out for the winning bottle cap liners and answer a few questions correctly to be in with a chance to win one of 100 bars of pure gold worth up to RM1 million.
Photo credits: Guinness Malaysia (Guinness Anchor Berhad) and author’s own