Salmon and abalone are nice and good, but for a toss off the beaten lo hei path, check out these unusual combinations.
Chopsuey Café: Kale, blueberries
For many of us, Chinese New Year spells 15 days of celebration and festive feasting. For those looking to stick to clean eating during this time, look to Chopsuey Cafe’s Lucky Lunar Lou Hei, a healthier version of the traditional yu sheng.
More akin in spirit to a Western-style salad, it comprises the likes of kale, celeriac, wild rice and blueberries. Top it all off with a housemade dressing of Japanese vinegar, marmalade, plum sauce and a refreshing mix of fresh calamansi and lemon juice.
Price: $28 for small, $48 for large
#01-23, 10 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6708 9288
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar: Kanpachi kingfish sashimi
Embracing modern flavours and concepts in both its cuisine and décor, Mitzo is taking the road less travelled for CNY. Instead of using salmon, kanpachi kingfish is the star of Mitzo’s yu sheng. Both sweet and rich in flavour, the kanpachi used here is of premium sashimi grade.
Besides the premium fish, the festive dish also features ginger, crispy lotus root and lychee caviar. There’s also a savoury chu hou sauce—chef Nicky Ng’s homemade mix of soybeans, garlic, sesame seeds and other spices—to top everything off.
Price: $78 for four to six pax, $128 for 10 pax
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road. Tel: 6603 8855
Stellar at 1-Altitude: Oysters
With Chinese New Year occurring so close to Valentine’s day this year, Stellar at 1-Altitude’s got just the thing. Lovebirds looking for a celebratory dinner are in in luck—literally. Stellar takes the classic yu sheng and turns it into a romantic treat for two, named Lucky in Love.
Expect plenty of figs, pine nuts, pomegranates and oysters—some of nature’s aphrodisiacs. And if the night isn’t sweet enough, there’s plenty of honey in this yu sheng.
Level 62 One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place. Tel: 6438 0410
Hua Ting Restaurant: Sea urchin, Australian lobster
Hua Ting Restaurant at Orchard Hotel serves up two versions of yu sheng. Try their tea-cured salmon yu sheng, which is accompanied by tangy yuzu pearls and topped with housemade passion fruit sauce.
Or if you’d prefer something more luxurious, go for their live Australian lobster, abalone and sea urchin yu sheng. Either option would be a great way to toss in the Year of the Dog, but the version with lobster, abalone and sea urchin on one plate makes for an especially decadent start to the new year!
Price: $72 for small, $128 for large (tea cured salmon)
$588 for 10 pax (Australian lobster, abalone, and sea urchin)
Level 2 Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road. Tel: 6739 6666
Sawadee Thai Cuisine: Fried chicken skin, coconut
Here’s yu sheng with a Thai-twist. In addition to coconut, pomelo, mango and papaya, Sawadee Thai Cuisine‘s Prosperity abalone yu sheng comes with dried shrimp, fried chicken skin and rice crackers for that extra crunch. Top this off with Sawadee’s sweet-and-sour sauce, made specially in-house, for a refreshing take on a local favourite.
Price: $68 for 4 to 5 pax, $98 for 8 to 10 pax
#01-01 TQL Suites, 9 Tan Quee Lan Street. Tel: 6238 6833