Still in the mood for the upcoming Chinese New Year 2014 celebrations, I had the opportunity to try out Chicago Rib House's Porkalicious Joy Luck Set the other day. It was a western twist on the usual chinese cuisine spread. Even the complimentary Yee Sang which came with the joy luck set had a different flavour, look and feel to it. Read on below on my take of the festive menu.
|Chicago Rib House Chinese New Year Porkalicious Joy Luck Set - Signature Platter|
Part of the Chinese New Year Porkalicious Joy Luck Set is their Signature Platter, a rather large platter overflowing with some really nice noms good to be shared up to four diners. In fact the set menus are meant to be shared, as there is no way I think one person could finish all these good food. Filled with Chicago Rib House festive offerings, it comprises of juicy spare ribs, pork sausage, grilled fresh water prawns, grilled mussels and vegetable sticks served with creamy cheese dips. Now that is indeed a mouthful just to spell out here.
The spare ribs were good as always, sweet and juicy without being overdone. I am not a fan of mussels, hence I skipped it, and took the grilled fresh water prawns instead. My personal favourite on their Signature Platter would be the pork sausages, two lovely huge pieces of it. Love the way they prepared it, with the skin having a different harder texture than the soft meat inside.
|Jade Empress drink to go with the Porkalicious Joy Luck Set|
Included in the Chicago Rib House Chinese New Year Porkalicious Joy Luck Set was a rather refreshing cool and lightly spiced mocktail aptly named the Jade Empress. It had this sweet fruity taste, with various cubes of different fruits floating on top. I found it a tad too sweet though, but if you love your cocktail sweet, then you'll definately like this drink. Made with green apple and cranberry syrup, cranberry juice, soda water, cinnamon powder, it's a a rather exotic drink. Moving on, it is time to toss some Yee Sang!
|Chicago Rib House's specially made Yee Sang|
Each set menu comes with their complimentary Yee Sang, which was unlike the traditional Yee Sang I've seen. The difference? For starters, their crackers were these 'sotong' crackers if I got it correctly, and the sauce used is Chicago Rib House's special in-house Plum Sauce. A mix of Norwegian salmon, shredded mango, carrots, red cabbage, white radish, cucumber, cilantro, spring onion, and sesame seed, it's the tradition toss for prosperity and luck that counts!
|Braised Pork Belly|
|One portion of the Braised Pork Belly, and it should be enough to fill your fats quota for the week|
When the Braised Pork Belly was served, I literally gasped for air, even before I digged in. Not for the health conscious, the many layers of fats on this sinfully delicious dish had to be my favourite that afternoon. It was a savoury dish, with a caramelized top skin which I love on top of the meat. I wasn't that keen on the fats though, which I carefully separated before having the meat. Served with an Asian inspired tangy sweet sauce of passion fruit, spices and wine, this is a must have dish if you asked me.
|Baby Back Ribs|
The perfect partner for the Chicago Rib House signature ribs would be their unique range of sauces. Specially made just for Chinese New Year, the Chinese-style plum sauce was used to serve up with the Baby Back Ribs. Coming in full long slabs, the ribs were succulent to the bite, and it wasn't enough for me. Fortunately I already had so many dishes before this, hence it sufficed. The tender baby back ribs chargrilled with plum sauce is acompanied with 2 sides of your choice.
|Choose two side dishes for your baby back ribs|
The Porkalicious Joy Luck sets are available from 18th January to 14th February in conjunction with the 15 days of Chinese New Year. Prices range from RM88.80 (for 2 pax) to RM168.80 (for 4 pax). The Signature Platter shown in the first photo above is also available for individual order from 9th January onwards priced at RM39.90. Now that the pricing has been revealed, let us move on to a special dish prepared for us that afternoon, which is not part of the Porkalicious Joy Luck Set but can be ordered separately.
|Introducing the Drunken Prawns dish - RM68.80|
For the ultimate indulgence, add on the Drunken Prawns dish, white wine steamed prawns, flambeed with brandy for a sweet price of RM68.80. It was indeed really drunk prawns if you asked me, as the taste itself had the signature bitter alcohol infused flavour. The taste wasn't exactly to my liking as I preferred my prawns sweet, but I do love the way they prepared this dish, flambeed with blue flames, and pouring it unto the prawns.
|Getting the brandy flamed up and ready to pour|
|Watch the blue flames spread as the Drunken Prawns dish is flambeed in front of you|
To add to the festive mood, Chicago Rib House has introduced the Ang Pow Dip to give customers that prosperity feel. For every order of the Porkalicious Joy Luck Set (2pax), customers are entitled to one lucky dip and 2 dips for every order for 4 pax. For a la carte dishes, customers are entitled to 1 lucky dip for RM100 spent, and 2 lucky dips for RM200 spent. So, if you're into some western porky delights this Chinese New Year, do remember to drop by Chicago Rib House and check out their Porkalicious Joy Luck Set.