The upcoming Chinese New Year in 2021 which will be the Year of the Ox will fall on the 12th of February 2021. Despite the current situation, there will undoubtedly be an abundant selection from some of the top Chinese restaurants and hotels for yu sheng (lo hei), pen cai and other traditional delicacies for your reunion dinner. This year will be slightly different in the sense that more establishments will be offering takeaway or islandwide delivery services for Chinese New Year reunion dinners. If you choose to dine-in, do note that under current regulations, the maximum number of people in a table is 8. You will also be required to don your mask while tossing yu sheng.
Without further ado, I’ve tried my best to list them down here for your convenience. This list will be expanded over the next few days as new establishments come onboard with their Chinese New Year 2021 reunion dinner and takeaway offerings so do bookmark it for future reference.
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Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Takeaways: The highlight of Xin Cuisine’s takeaway offerings for this lunar new year is the Alaskan Crab with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce Yu Sheng (S$98 / S$138). The dish is drizzled with a hint of Salted Egg Yolk sauce that gives a tangy twist to the traditional yu sheng taste, coupled with the umami of fresh Alaskan Crab. I have personally tried this yu sheng and what I like about it is that it possesses just the right balance of salt and acidity. For an authentic and reasonably priced pen cai, the restaurant’s Xin’s Traditional Pen Cai (S$288 / S$428) for takeaway brims with premium ingredients such as whole abalone, fresh scallop, deep-fried fish maw, sea cucumber, live prawn and roast meat to name a few. Theirs is one of the best pen cai I have tried for that price point. For CNY, the house signature Roasted Duck with Tea Leaves (S$76 for whole duck) is also available as a takeaway item.
Reunion Dinner: Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium will offer 6 different set menus that showcase an incredible array of Cantonese dishes. From the 8-course Blissful Menu at $398++ for 4 persons to the Prosperous Celebrations Menu at $1,398++ for 8 persons, indulge in favorites such as Xin’s Baby Abalone and Salmon Yu Sheng, Trio Barbecued Meat Platter (Roast Pork, Soya Chicken, Deep-fried Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin), Double-boiled Conch Meat with Dried Scallop and Cordyceps Flower, Steamed Garoupa in Hong Kong Style and Braised Ee-fu Noodles with Live Lobster.
Dates: 7th January to 26th February 2021
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Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
Reunion Dinner: Wan Hao’s Lunar New Year menus start from S$108.80++ per person and will include new highlights such as the Lobster (Cooked) & Caviar Yu Sheng with a choice of traditional or Mandarin Orange Sauce; Wan Hao “PI-Pa” Roast Duck; Braised Giant Prawn with Salted Egg Cream Sauce; Crispy Pork Trotters with Fermented Red Rice Sauce; Deep-Fried Lobster with Champagne Honey Sauce; Wok-Fried Beef Tenderloin with Fermented Red Rice Sauce, Braised Boston Lobster with Black Truffle & Cheese in Superior Stock and more.
Dates: 20th January to 26th February 2021
Takeaways: In keeping with the Year of the Ox, Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore will offer a Treasures Beef Yu Sheng (from S$88) which contains beef bak kwa along with traditional yu sheng ingredients. For a seafood flair, their Abundance Yu Sheng (from S$108) comes with Canadian lobster, baby abalone, salmon and more. The restaurant will once again offer its bestselling Man Fu Yuan Abundance Treasure Pot (S$468), their signature pen cai which includes a host of premium ingredients like sea cucumber, abalone, lobster, scallops and more. Man Fu Yuan’s house specialty – the Roasted Suckling Pig with Five Grains Glutinous Rice and Chinese Cured Meat (S$428) – a dish I have personally tried every year for the past four years and which I enjoy for its unbelievable crackling skin (you can literally hear the loud cracking sound when you slice the skin with a knife), is also available on a takeaway basis.
Reunion Dinner: Man Fu Yuan’s premium five-course Wealth set menu available at $2388 for eight guests, includes superior crab meat and pumpkin bisque with bird’s nest and crab roe in a pumpkin husk; and signature Man Fu Yuan Pen Cai. Also available is the Abundance prix-fixe menu priced at $328 per guest, the menu features premium delicacies including personal servings of the Salmon Yu Sheng with Japanese Omi A4 Wagyu Beef and Hokkaido scallops; Braised three-head abalone with sea cucumber, truffle and pumpkin abalone sauce; and Braised lobster tossed with signature X.O. sauce topped with ikura.
Dates: 4th January to 26th February 2021
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Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Takeaways: Crowne Plaza’s Crowne Prosperity Yusheng ($68+/$98+) consists of Norwegian salmon, spiralized salad and traditional condiments and sauces. Guests can choose to order add-ons such as Boston Lobster and Abalone to make their lo hei more decadent. A perennial favorite for the Lunar New Year is the Bountiful Treasures Pen Cai (S$168+/S$308+) is a luscious pot of treasures in superior broth comprising delectable delicacies – Baby Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw, Dried Scallops (Conpoy), Dried Oysters, Prawns, Braised Pork Belly, Braised Mushrooms, Broccoli, White Radish, Yam, Black Moss (Fatt Choy) and Wolfberries.
Dates: Now until 23rd February 2021 (collection from 1 to 26 February 2021)
Takeaways: “Heng Heng” Million Dollar Yu Sheng is a golden dome encasing a bed of yu sheng ingredients that include premium toppings such as Lobster, Baby Abalone, Wagyu Beef and Salmon. Smash the dome open with a mini hammer and the cracker shatters to reveal the colourful array of fresh ingredients as well as big sweep tickets for a chance to get lucky in the new year. For a classic lo hei experience, choose from best sellers such as the Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng (S$83.46) and Golden Abalone Yu Sheng (S$115.56).
Peach Garden spices up the traditional Pen Cai with the introduction of the Peach Garden Premium Mala Seafood Pen Cai (S$457.96) which serves six. Dig into the pot of luxurious ingredients (Lobster, Red Grouper, Sea Cucumber, Australian Scallop, Live Prawn, Fish Maw, Tien Shin Cabbage, Gluten Puff, Radish, King Oyster Mushroom) which are infused with an in-house mala spice and layered upon one another for a medley of flavors.
While CNY reunion dinner dishes can be ordered individually, Peach Garden also offers dinner sets such as the Prosperity Treasures Package (S$711.66), a luxurious meal good for 8 to 10 persons. The set in itself already includes Petite Abalone Yu Sheng, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Roasted Crispy London Duck with Black Truffle Sauce, Fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage and Pineapple Pudding.
Islandwide free yu sheng, pen cai delivery and other CNY dishes are available for Peach Garden takeaways.
Dates: 5th January to 26th February 2021
Takeaways: Guests may also indulge in seasonal specials such as the Abundance Treasure Pot (S$468). It hosts a treasure trove of prized ingredients including Abalone, Fish Maw, Whole Dace Fish, Sea Cucumber, Pork Knuckle and more, epitomising its symbolism of abundance and prosperity. The dish is laboriously prepared over six hours to bring out the best flavurs of each ingredient. For a fuss-free reunion dinner at home, Shangri-la Singapore is also offering CNY set meals for takeaways, one of which is the Prosperity Combo (S$588) which is good for 8 persons, comprising the Abundance Treasure Pot (Pen Cai), Fortune Abalone Yu Sheng, Crispy Chicken, Fragrant Glutinous Rice with Air-dried Preserved Meat and Yam.
Reunion Dinner: Shang Palace introduces 4 types of eight-course set menus – Prosperity, Harmonious, Opulence and Abundance starting from S$168++ per person. Culinary highlights include Fortune Yu Sheng with Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Poached Lobster, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Braised Whole Abalone, Braised Bird’s Nest with Sea Cucumber, Wok-fried Boston Lobster with Green Pepper Sauce and more.
Dates: Goodies and takeaways start from 11th January to 26th February 2021 (reunion dinners start on the 25th January)
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Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Takeaways & Reunion Dinner: Park Hotel Clarke Quay will be making available 4 kinds of entire reunion dinner set menus for deliveries and takeaway. Each of the sets comprise of 6 to 8 courses and are priced at S$388 to S$768 each. Highlights of the sets include the Braised Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw, Baby Abalone with Broccoli. The assortment of delicacies, including abalone, an exquisite seafood that symbolizes abundance, as well as sea cucumber and fish maw, is braised individually in superior chicken stock. The succulent crustaceans for their Salted Egg Yolk Golden Tiger Prawn are deep-fried and tossed in a golden sauce of salted egg yolk with butter, garlic, and curry leaves. My personal favorite dish in their reunion dinner menu is the Steamed Red Garoupa with Yellow Bean Paste. The whole fish came to me steamed with a deeply savory house-made yellow bean sauce – a sauce that truly makes the dish in my opinion. It whets the appetite with a hint of heat from minced ginger, red chilli, and garlic.
Owing to current guidelines for restaurant dining, Park Hotel Clarke Quay will be making available 3 kinds of Chinese New Year set menus for dining in while the same 3 plus a 4th set good for 9 to 10 diners will be made available for takeaways or islandwide deliveries.
Dates: 29 January to 26 February 2021 (for takeaways, orders must be placed 3 days before)
Capitol Kempinski Hotel
Takeaways: The Capitol Kempinski’s Signature Treasures in a Pot Pen Cai ($268+), good for 5 persons, comes loaded with premium ingredients. This savory pot comes packed with 10-head abalone, sea cucumber, fried fish maw, oysters, black moss, flower Mushrooms, roasted duck and more.
Reunion Dinner: The 6 Course Prosperity Chinese New Year Set Dinner (S$168++ per person) comes brimming with both classic and modern takes on the traditional Chinese New Year dinner and that includes starters like Razor Clams and Tasmanian Abalone, Guinea Fowl with Foie Gras Foam and Five Spice Jus, tender Wagyu Beef Cheek sand succulent Atlantic Cod. For a more classic interpretation, there is the 6 Course Auspicious Chinese New Year Menu (S$168++ per person). It starts off with a King Salmon Yu Sheng and Classic Buddha Jumps Over The Wall before moving into Steamed Blue Eye Cod and Hokkaido Pork Spare Ribs.
Dates: 25 January to 26 February 2021 (except 14th February)
Goodwood Park Hotel
Takeaways & Reunion Dinner: There is no shortage of creatively formulated dishes at Min Jiang for CNY reunion dinners in 2021. Highlights for the Year of the Ox include Double-boiled Abalone Soup and Eel Fish Maw with handmade Prawn Dumplings and Minced Pork Balls in Claypot, Slow-braised Spicy Oxtail with Pickled Mustard and Enoki Mushrooms in Claypot, Braised Spring Chicken with Pork Belly and Sea Treasures in Claypot, Steamed Cassava ‘Nian Gao’ with Fresh Coconut and Chilled D24 Durian ‘Nian Gao’ Roll D24. These dishes can be ordered as individual takeaway items from Min Jiang at Dempsey or Min Jiang and some also feature in the dine-in CNY set menus at Min Jiang.
Dates: 24th January to 26th February 2021
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Takeaways: Those who plan to have their reunion dinners at home will find that the same opulent meals that you usually find in Singapore’s top Chinese restaurants can also be enjoyed at the comfort of home. The culinary team at Golden Peony has specially curated two kinds of set menus – the Harvest (S$1988 for 10 persons) and Happiness (S$1388 for 10 persons) menus which feature some of the restaurant’s most iconic dishes including their Signature London Duck, Steamed Sea Perch and Roasted Suckling Pig. These takeaway set menus also come with yu sheng and pen cai (applicable to the higher tier set menu). Orders need to be made at least 2 days in advance. Depending on the type of menu selected, each order will also come with complimentary items such as bottle of champagne, Jing premium tea and even XO chili sauce.
Reunion Dinner: If you prefer to have your reunion dinner in buffet format, look no further than Oscar’s CNY buffet for 2021 with dishes such as Chinese Sausage Lotus Leaf Rice, the dried version of Bak Kut Teh with Cuttlefish and Tea Glazed Smoke Duck. As it is the year of the Ox, on 11th – 13th February they will also be offering specialty beef dishes including Tangerine Beef with Egg Fried Rice, Roast Striploin as well as Wok-Tossed Beef with Rice Cakes. For an opulent multi-course CNY reunion dinner set menu, check out Golden Peony – the inhouse Chinese restaurant of Conrad Centennial Singapore. Toss to a prosperous year ahead with their Fortune Ox Yu Sheng (S$188) that feature strips of pan fried wagyu beef, abalone and salmon served with seasonal greens and complimented with their very own homemade sour plum sauce. Other CNY dishes include Baked Spare Ribs with Red Glutinous Sauce (S$22) and Steamed Sliced Giant Grouper (S$58) topped with their proprietary Capsicum and Preserved Chili Sauce. Set menus start from S$148 per person. You can check out Golden Peony’s CNY menu here.
Dates: 18th January to 26th February 2021 (exception is the CNY buffet at Oscar’s which starts on the 1st of February)
Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
Reunion Dinner: Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore will be offering reunion dinner options in two formats. At Colony from 11th to 14th February, the ala carte buffet offerings will reflect Lunar New Year dishes such as Sea Whelk, Salmon and Ikura Yu Sheng; 24K Gold Leaf Kurobuta Pork Char Siew with Abalone Gold Grain Fried Rice; Mini Pen Cai; and Yuan Bao Dumpling Noodles. At Summer Pavilion, you can indulge in a Michelin star quality reunion dinner with set menus that start from S$118 per person. Highlights include the Australian Greenlip Abalone with Caviar Yu Sheng, Sautéed Japanese Wagyu Beef with Black Truffle; Double-boiled Sea Whelk Soup with Fish Maw and Baked Wagyu Beef Puff.
Dates: 11th to 14th and 18th February 2021 (Colony), 1st February to 26th February 2021 (reunion dinner at Summer Pavilion)
Sheraton Towers Singapore (Li Bai)
Takeaways: Toss to new beginnings with the new Canadian Cod Yu Sheng Platter (S$88/168) which features Canadian cod fillet atop an appetizing mix of ingredients such as yam, sweet potato, white radish, carrot, pickled ginger and pomelo. Another new addition to the selection of takeaway items is the Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng Platter (S$76/S$148) which features a generous serving of smoked salmon, complemented with a mélange of quintessential ingredients like pomelo, yam, sweet potato, white radish, carrot and pickled ginger. For an equally delightful pen cai, one can’t go wrong with the Lobster and Abalone Fortune Pot (S$479.35) which has all the premium ingredients you would expect from a hearty bowl of pen cai including generous lobster meat, abalone, goose web, pork belly, fried fish maw, duck and more.
Aside from these CNY staples, you can also order other dishes for a decadent CNY reunion dinner at home. The takeaway menu also includes Stewed Eight Treasures Duck with 6 head Abalone and Sea Cucumber (S$425.85) and Buddha Jumps over the Wall with 6 head Abalone (S$586.35) – both good for at least 6 persons.Available for dine-in and takeaway.
Reunion Dinner: Delectable new highlights of the reunion dinner set menu at Li Bai include Mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall with Bird’s Nest, Braised South African Abalone and Stuffed Beancurd Skin with Dried Oyster, Fish Noodles with Alaskan Crabmeat, and Baked Canadian Cod. Set menus are available for as little as 2 persons (S$208++ per person) to up to 8 persons.
Dates: 21 January to 26 February 2021
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Takeaways: Inspired by the cuisine of Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant at Furama RiverFront, this new halal yu sheng – Beef Dendeng with Lime Avocado Sauce Yu Sheng (S$58/68) – imparts Indonesian flavors to the customary Chinese dish. As a nod to the Year of the Ox, Dendeng Sapi (spice-cured dried beef) is added into the festive toss. Accompanying the beef slices are jackfruit, green papaya, pomelo, celery, pickled ginger, ginger flower and crispy tahu telor. The mix is dressed in a homemade lime avocado sauce. For a vegetarian yu sheng option, check out the Fresh Fruits Yu Sheng with Chia Seeds and Pineapple Sauce (S$60/S$70).
Reunion Dinner: Bring an appetite to The Square@Furama at Furama RiverFront with an ala carte buffet style reunion dinner and dive into unlimited servings of seafood-on-Ice such as Snow Crab Legs, Chilean Half-shell Scallops and Poached Tiger Prawns, while hearty soups, sashimi and sushi will be sure to draw diners in. Look out for delicious mains including Braised Pork Trotter and Sea Cucumber, Chinese Style Braised Beef Brisket, Cheesy Baked Mussels, Singapore Laksa with Baby Lobster, and more. Lunch starts at S$30.80++ per person and dinner starts at S$33.80++ per person.
Dates: 1st to 26th February 2021
Takeaways: Ring in another year of abundance with a bounteous Yàn Harvest Pen Cai (from $300), featuring eighteen ingredients nestled in a charming claypot, is available for both dine-in and takeaway. Prized delicacies such as abalone, whole conpoy, fish maw, sea cucumber, and scallops are layered with roast duck, soya chicken, sea moss, and gingko; every element is individually prepared, then expertly braised to perfection in flavorful braised duck gravy. Another takeaway item that you can order for a reunion dinner at home is the elegant Yan Prosperity Yellowtail Yu Sheng (S$92). The magnificent mountain of crispy vermicelli alludes to soaring achievements and success in the year ahead, complemented by shredded purple and yellow sweet potatoes, kailan, and pickled ginger. The lofty centerpiece is surrounded by a stunning ring of vibrant vegetables and sesame seeds. Slices of yellowtail fish herald wealth and abundance to come.
Dates: 15th January to 26th February 2021 (advance order of 2 days required)
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Takeaways: yi by Jereme Leung has 2 types of takeaway set menu for CNY reunion dinner celebrations at home. The “Decadent” Set Menu is priced at S$308+, comes with 5 dishes and is good for 6 persons. The higher priced “Auspicious” Set Menu is priced at S$728, comes with 7 dishes and is good for 8 persons. The latter set menu comes with the Prosperity Treasure Pot Pen Cai stuffed with premium ingredients like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, Chinese mushrooms and pork tendons. Yu sheng is sold separately. They have three types of yu sheng that range in price from S$168+ to S$208+ and come with salmon/crispy fish skin or abalone, clams and salmon or lobster.
Reunion Dinner: yi by Jereme Leung rolls out 4 different menus for CNY reunion dinners starting from S$168++ per person up to S$208++ per person. There is also a special ensemble of ala carte items made available just for the festive season. I have personally tried their festive menu and highlights for me include the Braised Abalone, Yunnan Ham, Sea Whelk and Cabbage Consomme (S$32 per person), the Baked Lobster with Cheese and Xo Sauce (market price) and the Steamed Cod Fish Fillet with Black Bean and Olives (S$32). Lest you think sweet and sour pork has no place in fine Chinese dining, I would recommend a go at their Slow-cooked Sweet and Sour Pork Rib with Fried Bun (S$18). This is very different from the usual fried sweet and sour pork that you see elsewhere with the red sauce. For dessert, their Fermented Rice Wine Ice Cream (S$16) is one of the most unique sweet ending I have seen offered for CNY and one spoonful into it with the unmistakeable sweetness of rice, totally encapsulates the provincial Chinese slant of this restaurant.
Dates: 18 January to 26 February 2021
Takeaways: Amara Singapore presents its CNY takeaway menu through its Chinese restaurant, Silk Road. Highlights this year include the Prosperity Yu Sheng with Abalone (from S68+) and the Chun Xiang Mala Abalone Treasure Pot (S$288+). The latter is one of the few mala pen cai being offered in Singapore this year. Apart from this, Silk Road also presents one of the relatively rare vegetarian pen cai, with its Vegetarian Treasure Pot (S$88+) filled with plenty of meatless goodness.
Reunion Dinner: Silk Road will offer its CNY reunion dinners in both ala carte and set menu format. For the set, there will be 4 types of menus ranging from S$68++ up to S$138++ per person and one vegetarian menu at S$68++ per person. Highlights include the Braised Golden Pumpkin Soup with Abalone, Pan-roasted Wagyu Beef in Sichuan Pepper Sauce, Soy-glazed Baked Cod Fish with Bonito Sauce and more. You can check out the details of the CNY set menu here.
Dates: 1st to 26th February 2021
Takeaways: Soup Restaurant is offering a fuss-free CNY takeaway set menu good for 5 persons. The set includes Baby Abalone Yu Sheng, Samsui Ginger Chicken, Golden Collagen Treasure Pot with Abalone, Traditional Steamed Rice with Baby Abalone and Sausage and Handmade Mini Longevity Buns. The set is priced at S$368 (S$358 for Citibank cardmembers). Delivery options are also available.
Reunion Dinner: Highlights in this year’s dine-in CNY menu at Soup Restaurant include Golden Collagen Treasure Pot with Abalone – a first of its kind in Singapore using pumpkin collagen as base. The pen cai also includes these ingredients: abalone, fish maw, fresh scallops, sea cucumber, shitake mushrooms, prawn, broccoli, roasted pork, lotus roots and cabbage. Another highlight is the Assorted Mushrooms with Asparagus in White Truffle Oil which I personally sampled. This vegan-friendly dish was simply brimming with fragrance when it was served to my table. The truffle oil definitely enhanced the natural sweetness that emanated from the greens and the mushrooms. Soup Restaurant’s CNY set menus are available in all of its 13 outlets.
Dates: 12th January to 26th February 2021
Carlton Hotel Singapore (Wah Lok)
Takeaways: Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel Singapore tends to stick to tradition but one new item from them this year is the Truffle Abalone Lo Hei (S$128). This delightful treat melds Wah Lok’s classic Abalone Yu Sheng with actual black truffles and truffle oil. I have personally tried it. The truffles were fragrant and immediately perceptible even while tossing but wasn’t overpowering once consumed. The truffle flavor went well with the dressing, with the pungent aroma complementing the tangy salad. Another new item this year is the Longevity Poon Choi (S$408). This is one of their bestsellers and has remained unchanged in the past few years that I have been checking out Wah Lok’s CNY menus. I tried it again in 2021 and I would have to say it’s still one of the more reliable pen cai out there. The pot comes with baby abalone, scallops, sea cucumber, dried oysters, roast duck, pan-fried live prawns, pork shank, fish balls, mushrooms, black moss, Tianjin cabbage, radish and yam.
Reunion Dinner: Highlights in this year’s CNY reunion dinner menu at Wah Lok include Steamed Live Soon Hock, Pan-fried Hokkaido Scallop with Golden Sauce, Braised Whole Abalone and more. Wah Lok is also of the few outlets to offer “shun de” style yu sheng with the Alaskan Crab Lo Hei and Hamachi Yu Sheng in “Soon Tak” Style. Set menu prices start from $398++ for 4 persons to $1,288++ for 8 persons.
Dates: 1st to 26th February 2021 (dine-in CNY meal) / 16th January to 11th February 2021 (takeaways)
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore
Takeaways: There will be 3 types of pen cai available as takeaways at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore. These are the Happiness Traditional Hong Kong Pen Cai (S$238), the one notch higher Ox-picious Abalone Pen Cai (S$338) which comes with abalone, pork trotters and mango konnyaku jelly. Their highest tiered pen cai is the Lobster Collagen Pen Cai (S$398) which comes with added lobster meat and and smoked duck breast.
Reunion Dinner: For an ala carte buffet style reunion dinner, Food Capital has introduced the Extravaganza Crustacean Seafood Bag which packs favorites like live mud crab, tiger prawn, squid, New Zealand green-lipped mussel, flower clam and more, tossed in one’s choice of tangy spicy sauce or creamy curry butter. There will also be crowd favorites like Golden Pumpkin Four Treasure Soup, Signature Laksa, Crispy Golden Tempura, Crispy Roast Pork Belly, Kurobuta Pork Char Siew, Lamb Shank and more. The buffet dinner option will have added dishes such as Seafood on Ice, Roast Peking Duck with Chinese BBQ Sauce and the option of Canadian Lobster in the Extravaganza Crustacean Seafood Bag. From 11 to 14 February 2021, diners can also enjoy the bountiful Abalone and Lobster Yu Sheng and nourishing Double-boiled Mini Buddha Jump Over The Wall.
Dates: 1st to 28th February 2021
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Takeaways: Shisen Hanten’s bestselling pen cai, available for takeaway, is a combination of 20 premium delicacies that include dried oyster, fish maw, and Chinese sausage. Every purchase of this decadent Baby Abalone Fortune Pot (S$468) is accompanied by a complimentary serving of Salmon Yusheng, and Glutinous Rice with Dried Sausages for four to six persons. Alternatively, you can also order the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng (S$78) as a standalone dish.
Reunion Dinner: Two Michelin star Shishen Hanten has a couple of reunion dinner menus ranging from the eight-course Prosperity menu at $138++ per person for a minimum of two persons, to the nine-course Majestic menu at $298++ per person for a minimum of six persons. Notable highlights include Braised Bird’s Nest with Crab Meat and Crab Roe in Superior Broth, Barbecued Boneless Suckling Pig and Sautéed Half-lobster in Yuzu Butter Sauce. Adding to this year’s line-up of Chinese New Year creations is the Poached Dumpling stuffed with Minced Kurobuta Pork and Porcini Mushroom; Double-boiled Chicken Consommé with Greater Burdock, Baby Abalone, Dried Scallop and Red Date; and Stewed Mala Beef Brisket and Tendon in Claypot.
Dates: 25 January to 26 February 2021 (takeaways) / 11 to 26 February 2021 (dine-in)
Takeaways: Seasonal dishes to try at Sunday Catering include the 8 Treasure Glutinous Rice with Abalone (S$68). It comes with chestnuts, wolf berries, gingko nuts, pistachio nuts, red dates, dried mushrooms and duck sausage. Each order is also topped with 6 plump pieces of abalone – good to serve 1 piece each for 6 guests that the rice is designed for. For meat lovers, their Chestnut Siu Yuk (S$88) which weighs approximately 2kg is slow roasted to give off that tender and succulent five spiced flavor and crispy golden crackling skin. I have personally tried it and was quite impressed with the impeccable tenderness of the pork – achieved through a two-step roasting process. The skin crackled loudly as I sliced a few pieces.
For the best of both worlds, the 8 Treasure Roast Pork Belly (S$168) is a must. You get the same crispy skin and unbelievably tender meat but this time it’s presented in a glorious porchetta style of a roll with the glutinous rice stuffed at the core and absorbing the rich savory juices directly from the belly. If you are looking for one hearty dish to have as takeaway for CNY 2021, let this roast pork belly be it!
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Jekyll and Hyde
Takeaways: Cocktail bar and kitchen Jekyll and Hyde offers two types of of yu sheng this year – the Prosciutto di Parma Yu Sheng (S$68/98) which comes with dried cured Italian ham, Kurobuta shaved ham, pork floss and bak kwa along with a mix of greens as well as the Hyde Sea Treasure Yu Sheng (S$68/98) which features mini abalone, ikura, smoked salmon, crispy fish skin and jelly fish. For a traditional treat, Jekyll’s 8 Treasures Glutinous Rice (S$38) which comes with dried scallops, dried shiitake mushrooms, dried oysters, dried shrimps, pork sausages, chestnuts, lotus seeds and black fungus.
Takeaways: Summer Palace at Regent Singapore is offering 3 types of set menus good for either 5 or 10 persons – namely the Peony (S$618 / S$1288), Blossom (S$788 / S$1388) and the Prosperity (S$888 / S$1688) which include some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes such as the Pan-fried Live Prawns with Soy Sauce, Smoked Chicken with Jasmine Tea Leaves and Stir-fried Glutinous Rice with Dried Shrimp and Waxed Meat. I have personally tried these 3 dishes mentioned and loved how everything was still hot and freshly cooked despite being delivered. Each of these set menus also include Yu Sheng and Pen Cai. Higher priced sets also include Stir-fried Lobster with Superior Stock and Stir-fried Diced Tenderloin of Beef with Black Pepper and Asparagus. Dishes from the set will be housed in Summer Palace’s reusable red tiffin carrier
Dates: Now to 26th Feb 2021