Chinese New Year 2019: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at these restaurants
Gather family, friends, or business associates and feast like no tomorrow at these fine Chinese restaurants.
An exquisite selection of eight or seven course menus is featured this year at Shangri-La’s Shang Palace from Jan 21 to Feb 19. Specially crafted by its award-winning executive chef, Mok Kit Keung, these set menus feature an array of sumptuous delicacies.
Feast on premium delights such as braised whole abalone, and warm the stomach with the flavourful soup dish - bird’s nest with shredded chicken and fish maw in steaming pumpkin chicken broth. Other highlights include tender, sautéed scallops with lily bulbs and purple potato and brown fungus, as well as assorted vegetables with black truffle paste.
An a la carte menu is also available, featuring braised venison, Kagoshima wagyu beef and shrimp dumplings with caviar, just to name a few.
Fill your stomachs with a scrumptious line-up from Chopsuey Cafe this Lunar New Year. Featuring a ten-course set menu boasting a healthful Yu Sheng featuring ingredients such as kale and blueberries, as well as dishes such as sweet chilli king prawns, fresh crab, and wok-flipped young bamboo shoots.
Highlights of the menu include the Atlantic halibut fish topped with spring onions and coriander, sticky five-spice roast duck, as well as hearty white pepper espresso pork ribs. End the meal with a dessert of soft rice balls stuffed with sweet black sesame swimming in ginger root tea.
In addition, Chopsuey has come up with their very own Chinese New Year cocktail – Giggling Pig, a playful little cognac-based drink with Cointreau and dehydrated strawberries.
The executive chef of Man Fu Yuan, Eric Neo, and his team have come up with eight auspicious menus to usher in the year of the pig. Available from Jan 4 to Feb 19, the menus showcase restaurant signatures as well as perennial favourites alike.
Featured on the menu is a newly introduced 60-inch yusheng creation boasting ingredients such as abalone, Hokkaido scallops, salmon and crisp crackling pork, drizzled with apple sauce dressing. Those looking to indulge, and with good reason, can opt for the the eight-course menu, which includes the aforementioned yusheng platter, and other delicacies such as bird’s nest soup in pumpkin, braised five-head abalone with sea cucumber and flower mushrooms, and lobster egg noodles drenched in X.O. chili sauce. Seven more menus are available, featuring other culinary delights such as steamed garoupa, double-boiled chicken consommé and signature smoked duck.
Host luxurious reunions in private, elegantly decorated dining rooms, which can seat up to 40 guests, or enjoy more intimate celebrations in semi-private dining alcoves.
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966. T: 6825 1008
This restaurant boasts a selection of five different yushengs. From Alaskan crab meat with black caviar to vegetarian options, these platters are served with julienned Rosella fruit and a velvety spring onion sauce unique to Cherry Garden.
Cherry Garden has also pulled out all the stop on its luxurious Pen Cai dish, filling it with premium ingredients such as braised four-head abalone, lobsters, scallops, sea cucumbers, prawns, roasted duck, lotus chicken, and roasted pork belly, amongst other delicacies.
Decorated beautifully to bring about an elegant oriental ambience, Cherry Garden has four private dining rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 24 guests.
Feast like a king this Chinese New Year over a slew of special savoury dishes centred around pork, on tangent with the year of the pig. Expect mouth-watering treats such as deep-fried pork knuckles with slow-baked honey butter ribs, slow-braised pig’s trotters, abalone and claypot sea treasures.
The restaurant boasts an elegantly furnished contemporary oriental appeal, and the muted colour scheme makes for a classy atmosphere. Those looking to host more intimate gatherings can do so in one of the six private dining rooms available.
Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221. T: 6730 1704
Lauded for its fine Cantonese cuisine, Wan Hao offers a selection of set menus and a la carte masterpieces fitting for a lavish celebratory banquet.
Feast on premium seafood such as five-head abalone, sea cucumber, tiger prawns and more. Grace the table with other delights such as bird’s nest, salmon and ginseng roast duck.
Wan Hao’s yusheng offerings include options for seafood lovers (proffering ingredients such as lobster, sea urchin, Hokkaido scallops, salmon, tuna, crispy fish skin and caviar), as well as for those who do not favour raw food (think smoked duck and crispy fish skin). There is even a meatless option for vegetarians out there (featuring assorted fried mushrooms). What’s more, guests are pampered with a choice between the traditional yu sheng sauce or a zesty and refreshing kumquat sauce.
Wan Hao, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865. T: 6831 4605
Ellenborough Market Cafe
Gather the family and eat to your heart’s content at Ellenborough Market Cafe’s prosperity buffet, lasting from Jan 18 to Feb 19 this year. Boasting a delectable spread of succulent roasts such as chicken, duck and pork belly, perennial Peranakan favourites - think ayam buah keluak (keluak nuts braised in spicy tamarind gravy, usually cooked with chicken), Nyonya chap chye (mixed vegetable stew), and babi pongteh (pork, braised till tender in garlicky soy bean paste) - and culinary treasures like Teochew-style steamed garoupa, braised dried oyster, black moss and other gastronomic delights.
Expect a live noodle station where the chef prepares hand-pulled ‘la mian’ noodles and, not to mention, buffet staples like seafood on ice, sushi and sashimi, as well as new year additions like drunken chicken and barbecued pork.
Those who have a sweet tooth can indulge in desserts like steamed nian gao with grated coconut, kueh dadar (pandan flavoured kueh filled with sweet grated coconut) and the restaurant's signature durian pengat (a smooth and creamy durian dessert).
This contemporary Chinese restaurant, helmed by Singaporean chef Sebastian Goh, has built its Lunar New Year set menus around fresh, sustainably-sourced ingredients. Priding itself in its refined preparation techniques and flavours, Yellow Pot's dishes are void of flavour enhancers and other unhealthy additives like lactose, gluten and sugar, making it an ideal reunion dinner spot for the health conscious diner.
Toss to a year of wealth – and more importantly, health – with Yellow Pot's house-made yu sheng, prepared with fresh, organically grown vegetables and sustainably sourced seafood. One can expect to find nutritious dishes such as thorny sea cucumber served with abalone and fish maw, X.O. tiger prawns, baked tooth-fish, crabmeat with salted egg yolk, as well as spinach with mushrooms and oysters. The meal ends with a sweet treat of steamed Chinese sweet cake served with a sesame glutinous dumpling and a side of red tea.