Phase 2 is well underway and by this time, a good degree of normalcy has returned to Singapore’s dining scene, at least where customer traffic is concerned. More than ever, diners are seeking out for good deals especially as the country is plunged into its worst recession in history – with the F&B sector giving out some attractive deals to entice customers.
If like me, you have been craving for some outstanding Chinese cuisine after months of takeaways and deliveries, check out these offers that some of the country’s award-winning Chinese restaurants have in store.
Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial Singapore launches mix and match set menus for both lunch (starting at S$48 per person) and dinner (starting at S$68 per person), breaking free from the usual rigid Chinese set meals. The Discovery lunch set contains 5 courses while the Discovery dinner set contains 6 – and for each course, diners get to have at least 3 options to choose from. The new menu throws in some of Golden Peony’s most iconic dishes – including their famous duck – as well as reinterpretations of old favorites. The 6-course dinner option is intuitively arranged with appetizer, soup, fish, meat, a carbohydrate dish and dessert.
When in Conrad Centennial Singapore, the ducks are a must-try so it’s only apt to go for the London Duck Pancake Roll which comes with Parma Ham, pineapple, crispy beancurd skin and chili crab meat swan pastry. Golden Peony uses Irish duck so the meat here contained a relatively higher fat content than most, rendering it as the “wagyu” when it comes to duck meat.
The Steamed Sea Perch with Capsicum and Preserved Chili has an unmistakable Sichuan flare in preparation, with a slight “mala” feel to the tongue once you bite into the melt-in-your mouth sea perch. Among the new dishes at Golden Peony, this is probably my favorite one. The dishes at Golden Peony are not just a delight to the taste bud but most of them are also highly “instagrammable.” Case in point – the Stewed River Prawn, Crispy Egg Noodle Ball, Ginger, Spring Onion, Egg Gravy which is sure to generate conversation among those at the table.
Check out the full menu here:
Golden Peony is located at Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982 | +65 6432 7482
Wan Hao at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza is invoking a sense of nostalgia with its limited time authentic Cantonese classics with a la carte dishes starting from S$38++. Available until 31st October 2020, dishes include the Stewed Fuzzy Melon and Conpoy with Superior Stock (S$38++) which combines the sweetness of fuzzy melon with the natural umami essence of dried scallop. The superior stock is made with natural ingredients such as conpoy, old chicken, chicken feet and more, with no additives or preservatives.
Another interesting dish to try is the Mandarin Orange Crispy Deer Ribs (S$45++) with venison braised for 2.5 hours then fried to achieve a caramelized exterior. Mandarin orange peel is then used to season the meat. This dish pays homage to Hong Kong in the 1970s when game meat was in high demand due to the flourishing economy.
It also probably would not be a complete homage to Hong Kong cuisine if there is no duck. The Marinated Irish Duck with Sea Salt and Spice (S$38++) uses free-range duck meat that’s seasoned with sea salt and a secret traditional spice mix. Mind you, this is not the usual kind of duck. The Irish duck used here comes from the famed Silver Hill farm and have a relatively high fat content so you’re guaranteed of a juicy and tender bird.
Wan Hao is located at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865 | +65 6735 5800
Paradise Group is currently having a set of seasonal items across its array of brands including Paradise Dynasty, Paradise Classic and Paradise Teochew. In Paradise Classic, diners can look forward to new items that serve to pay homage to Singapore and Malaysia’s zi char culture. Highlights here include the Signature Creamy Butter Crab (best paired with man tou) as well as the lip-smacking Stewed Roasted Pork and Diced Chili in Claypot. For those missing the Johor Bahru vibe, dig in to Paradise Classic’s own take of the San Lou Bee Hoon (Pan Fried Vermicelli with Assorted Seafood) or the Stir Fried La La in Curry Sauce.
The array of seasonal items doled out by Paradise Group will be available until 30th September 2020.
Paradise Classic has 3 branches in Singapore including at Marina Bay Link Mall, Jewel Changi Airport and Resorts World Sentosa.
Si Chuan Dou Hua
At the TOP of UOB Plaza and PARKROYAL on Beach Road outlets of Si Chuan Dou Hua, diners will be able to savour all-new dishes in two Mid-Autumn inspired set menus specially created by the outlets’ chefs. Executive Chef Chan Shun Wong from the TOP of UOB Plaza outlet gives a new look to the classic Cantonese dish, Crispy Noodles with Egg White and Crab Meat, to mimic the full moon on a clear Mid-Autumn sky. Instead of pouring the flavourful sauce over the crispy noodles, Chef Chan fries the noodles into a shape of a full moon and places it delicately above the sauce. At PARKROYAL on Beach Road outlet, Executive Chef Zeng Feng cuts the Duck Roll Stuffed with Duck Egg into coin-shaped slices, revealing the round yellow duck egg depicting the full moon. The mid-autumn set menu for both outlets are available for the whole month of September with a minimum of two to dine at $78 per pax.
Si Chuan Dou Hua has a few branches in Singapore and this special menu is available at the UOB Plaza and Beach Road outlets.