Chinese New Year 2018 is fast approaching. If you haven’t set any plans for CNY feasting yet, it’s time to check out your options for ushering in the Year of the Dog. Here’s the first of our CNY shortlist for 2018:
For a spectacular Lunar New Year feast, renowned Cantonese restaurant Wan Hao at Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is the place to be. Led by executive Chinese chef Brian Wong, the establishment is pulling out all the stops to usher in the Year of the Dog, offering an exquisite line-up of festive set menus (from $108 per person) comprising decadent dishes such as wok-fried lobster meat with fresh milk, egg white, caviar and broccoli; doubled-boiled 10-head abalone with Chinese ham chicken soup and bamboo pith; roasted suckling pig and more. For those seeking something more indulgent, add on more dishes to complete your festive celebrations, such as the braised bird’s nest with assorted dried seafood in golden superior stock ($68 per person), crispy pig trotter with wolfberry sauce ($58 per portion) and deep-fried lobster meat with yuzu mayonnaise ($38 per portion).
What’s Chinese New Year without some yu sheng? Try Wan Hao’s classic peak of prosperity lobster, scallop, tuna, salmon and caviar yu sheng with kumquat sauce ($268 for large). For those who do not like raw food, try the abundance and joyous reunion chicken bak-kwah yu sheng with kumquat sauce ($128 for large; $68 for small).
If you decide to celebrate at home, simply get one of Wan Hao’s imperial pot of prosperity with crispy oyster, braised duck and pig trotter ($1,088 for large; $688 for small) for your reunion dinner, featuring an amalgamation of 14 deluxe treasures such as Australian three-head abalone, crispy oyster, conpoy, sea cucumber, fish maw, whole pig trotter and more.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 4605
Hai Tien Lo’s executive chef Lai Tong Ping has put together eight reunion set menus (from $128.80 per person), including one vegetarian option, to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Diners can look forward to traditional Cantonese dishes as well as festive favourites such as steamed fillet of sea perch with preserved meats in chopped red chilli; double-boiled fish maw with sea conch, bamboo pith and Chinese cabbage; stewed classic whole abalone with sea cucumber in conpoy sauce; and barbecued crispy whole suckling pig.
The festive set menus are available till 2 March 2018. For those who prefer more variety, book the Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner Package ($98 per adult; $58 per child), available on 15 February 2018 at 7pm, offering a sumptuous festive themed buffet spread at the hotel’s newly renovated Pacific Ballroom.
Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6826 8240
Take your festive celebrations up a notch at Yàn, located within the iconic National Gallery Singapore. The restaurant’s Fortune festive set menu ($1,088 per set) offers eight decadent dishes including the signature roasted crispy suckling pig. The skin is roasted to crisp perfection, with just the right amount of fat, and the meat is delightfully tender and succulent.
Other highlights from the eight-course menu include the double-boiled chicken soup; steamed ‘soon hock’ fish; dual style prawns—deep-fried and served with thousand island sauce and wasabi mayonnaise ; and braised noodles with abalone. Yàn’s festive set menus are available till 31 January 2018 for a minimum of 10 diners.
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore 1 Saint Andrew’s Road. Tel: 6384 5585;
Prepare an impressive Lunar New Year feast at home without any hassle with Min Jiang at One-North’s festive takeaways. The seven-course takeaway menu ($532.85) is great for six persons, and includes the new braised pork spare ribs and pork belly with sea treasures in claypot, as well as the prosperity yu sheng.
The former comprises flavourful and tender pork spare ribs and pork belly, as well as other prized gems such as Australian 10-head abalones, sea cucumber, dried oysters, dried scallops, flower mushrooms, black moss, and cabbage.
5 Rochester Park. Tel: 6774 0122
One-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Summer Palace will be offering nine menus this festive season, including a six-course Michelin menu featuring auspicious favourites executed with finesse. Priced at $268 per person, the Michelin menu will begin with a trio platter of truffle Peking duck, suckling pig and soft shell crab. The experience continues with a nutritious braised superior bird’s nest, fish maw and chicken broth served in a stone pot.
Other highlights include the braised three-head abalone in supreme oyster sauce, stir-fried Australian rib eye with black pepper sauce and asparagus, and the stewed Boston lobster tail with Inaniwa udon and spring onions. End off the meal on a sweet note with a classic dessert of double-boiled hasma and almond cream served in a young coconut.
Level 3 Regent Singapore 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3088
Whether you prefer a set or a la carte menu, Szechuan Court surely has something delicious for you to welcome the Year of the Dog. Master chef Mok Wan Lok has curated six indulgent set menus, alongside myriad impressive signatures. The Auspicious Set ($498 for 4 persons) comprises eight courses and features dishes such as salmon yu sheng; chef’s supreme consommé with bird’s nest and shredded fish maw; sautéed Australian scallops and tiger prawns with broccoli and more.
If an eight-course menu is too much to handle, then the a la carte menu is the one for you. Equally enjoyable, diners can expect dishes like homemade stuffed gingko nut prawn mousse with sweet and sour sauce ($48), kampong chicken roll with fresh crab roe ($48), and traditional nian gao ($14.80).
Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road Tel: 6339 7777
Toss to a healthy and prosperous year ahead with the rhapsody of pineapple yu sheng ($158 for small portion; $188 for large portion) from Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts. Comprising plenty of fresh natural ingredients such as hydroponic salad, pickled purple cabbage, shredded green papaya and mango, fresh young coconut, and freshly marinated mentaiko salmon cubes, the yu sheng offers a refreshing combination of sweet and savoury flavours.
To give the dish extra bite, the chef incorporated crispy dehydrated pineapple rings and tropical pineapple sauce infused with ginger lily, which adds a lovely hint of spice. Other prosperity yu sheng sets include the salmon yu sheng ($68), tuna yu sheng ($68), and abalone yu sheng ($98).
Lobby Level Royal Plaza on Scotts 25 Scotts Road. Tel: 6589 7788
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s Jan/Feb 2018 issue – Embracing Clean and Green, ‘Chinese New Year Specials’