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No monkeying around, just the best CNY feasts in town

These creative yushengs and luxurious feasts make the most scrumptious reunion dinner options

The Lunar New Year is just a couple of weeks away — if you’re looking to snag a table at one of these ideal reunion dinner restaurants, make your reservation now.

We at Weekender have rounded up some of the most decadent feasts around, complete with creative renditions of yusheng, for you to choose from.

Conrad Centennial Singapore — Refined Cantonese Fare


Conrad Centennial Singapore’s Fortune Monkey Yu Sheng with Abalone, Hiramasa, Crispy Fish Skin and Crispy White Bait.

Kick-start an auspicious year with the Fortune Monkey Yusheng — a flavourful and textural mix of abalone, hiramasa (yellowtail amberjack), crispy fish skin and crispy white bait.

Expect innovative creations such as Roast Suckling Pig stuffed with Hainanese Chicken Rice and Golden Lobster with Potato Crumbs, with mild curry sauce. In the former, the crisp skin stood out.

You can also enjoy Crispy Filo Swan filled with Foie GrasTruffle and Minced Chicken as well as Steamed Egg White Soufflé Topped with Crab Meat.

These two are the same exquisite dishes served to Chinese president Xi Jinping during his visit to Singapore.

Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Blvd, Tel: 6432 7482. Golden Peony Prosperity Set menus for lunch & dinner start from $100/person and from $998/table of ten.

Grand Park Orchard — Pearls of Prosperity & Festive Cocktails


Mitzo’s Pearls of Prosperity Yusheng features a savoury sauce blended and shaken in a cocktail mixer, kanpachi (amberjack) sashimi and lychee caviar.

Ease into the Lunar New Year celebrations with Mitzo’s specially-crafted cocktails, Mandarin Mojito and Spring Elixir. The former is especially refreshing with the tart notes of apricot and tangy orange.

Mitzo’s philosophy of reinventing Chinese cuisine is evident in this year’s Pearls of Prosperity Yusheng, which features a savoury sauce blended and shaken in a cocktail mixer, kanpachi (greater amberjack) sashimi and lychee caviar.

For a touch of extravagance, the Superior Lobster Fortune Pot will delight you with classic Chinese delicacies including the braised lobster in “Mao Tai” wine. The heady fragrance from the wine lifts the natural sweetness of the lobster flesh.

Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Tel: 6603 8855. Prices start from $118++ per person.

Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel — Luxurious Pen Cai & Festive Dim Sum


Xin’s Gold Leaf Bamboo Clam and Salmon Yusheng comes in the shape of playful monkeys.

There’s no mistaking which year it is once you’re served Xin’s Gold Leaf Bamboo Clam and Salmon Yusheng in the shape of playful monkeys.

Delicacies not to be missed include Xin’s Imperial Pen Cai, featuring a premium selection of ingredients such as Whole Australian Three-head Abalone, Bird’s Nest, Superior Fish Maw and more.

Be sure to try their festive dim sum creations including Double-boiled Dumpling Soup with Crab Meat and Snow Lotus, as well as Steamed Pork Dumpling with Abalone.

Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel, 317 Outram Rd, Tel: 6731 7173. Xin Cuisine’s Prosperous Reunion Set Dinner is available on Chinese New Year Eve, from $588 for six persons.

Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza — Nourishing Pen Cai & Chef’s Signatures


Executive Chef Brian Wong’s signature Pork Rib with Mandarin Orange is not to be missed.

Be off to a great start with Marriott’s Yusheng, a delicious medley laden with salmon, scallops, caviar, tuna and lobster. To further impress your guests, Wan Hao’s Deluxe Pen Cai with Nourishing Pig Trotter will do it. The casserole hot pot comes with 14 ingredients, including pig trotters brimming with collagen and richness.

Not to be missed are signature creations of new Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong, which include Wok-fried Beef Cube with Black Garlic Sauce and Pork Rib with Mandarin Orange. Both dishes were superb (and we thoroughly enjoyed them), with the beef perfectly caramelised and tender.

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Tel: 6831 4605. Wan Hao’s Prosperity Set Menus start from $98.80/person (four to eight persons).


Goodwood Park Hotel – Fruity Yusheng and Braised Goodness

Fruity 'Lo Hei' w Bacon & White Truffle Oil (Min Jiang at One-North)

Three new yusheng platters take the spotlight at Goodwood Park Hotel.

Honest-to-goodness culinary creations are what you’ll find at Goodwood Park Hotel’s Lunar New Year line-up this year.

Nourish your loved ones with the Braised Whole Chicken with Sea Treasures in Claypot, featuring a whole spring chicken flash-fried then braised, Australian 10-head abalones, dried oysters and more.

Three new yusheng platters also take the spotlight, namely Crispy Salmon Skin ‘Lo Hei’, Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ with Bacon and White Truffle Oil and Crispy Silver Bait Fish with Mock Tuna ‘Lo Hei’. The Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ was a surprising stand-out, with balanced flavours from julienned fruits, bacon and truffle oil — we almost forgot there wasn’t any raw fish in it.

For a sweet ending, don’t miss out on the selection of ‘Nian Gao’ desserts. The Durian ‘Nian Gao’ Roll offers the best of both worlds, with the glutinous texture of the nian gao melding perfectly with the richness of durian.

Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221, Tel: 6730 1704. Prosperity  Set menus start at $98 per person (minimum two pax).

Red House Seafood – Reunion Feast in a Tiffin Set

Red House Seafood - Reunion Takeaway Tiffin Set

Red House Seafood’s debut takeaway tiffin set is a complete feast with three hearty dishes.

This festive season, enjoy your reunion dinner in style with Red House Seafood’s debut takeaway tiffin set ($188).

Housed in a charming and nostalgic red ‘tingkat’ is a complete feast with three hearty dishes, namely Sautéed Fresh Lily Bulbs, Wild Mushrooms with AsparagusSautéed Trio of Seafood with Pineapple in Chef’s Spicy Sauce; and Braised Pork Belly with Special Sauce. Of the three, the pork belly was a unanimous favourite for its fork-tender meat, coated in tangy-sweet sauce reduced from lemon juice and fresh oranges.

If you prefer dining in, don’t miss out on the Signature Scottish Blue Lobster with Creamy Custard Sauce. Sweet but not cloying, the custard sauce perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the lobster flesh.

Red House Seafood, 68 Prinsep St, Singapore 188661, Tel: 6336 6080. Reunion dinner set menus start from $288.

Pan Pacific Singapore – Seven Yusheng Creations to Whet Your Appetite

Wafu Yu Sheng at Keyaki

A must-try is the Chef’s recommended Wealth Happiness Yu Sheng.

There’s a celebration for everyone at Hai Tien Lo this Lunar New Year. Toss to great heights and prosperity with seven decadent Yu Sheng creations. A must-try is the Chef’s recommended Wealth Happiness Yu Sheng (from $168) featuring a lavish spread of Boston Lobster, Hokkaido Scallops, Surf Clams, Norwegian Salmon, Mushrooms, and Gold and Silver Flakes.

Diners can also expect indulgent Cantonese fare at Hai Tien Lo featuring premium delicacies such as Barbecued Crispy Whole Suckling Pig and the nutritious soup of ‘’Buddha Jumps Over the Wall” with Matsutake Mushroom.

Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, Tel: 6826 8240. Chinese New Year set menus start from $118.80 per person (minimum eight diners).

Resort World Sentosa – Three Signature Restaurants, Endless Delicacies

FSI CNY 2016 Set Menu

With signature Chinese restaurants Feng Shui Inn, Forest and Avenue Joffre each serving festive delicacies, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Make your Lunar New Year a memorable one at Resort World Sentosa. With signature Chinese restaurants Feng Shui Inn, Forest and Avenue Joffre each serving festive delicacies, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Highlights at Feng Shui Inn include Longevity ‘Lo Hei’ with Smoked Salmon, Pan-seared Tiger Prawns with Sauce and Chinese Premium Ham Fried Rice and Prawns.

For authentic Cantonese cuisine, head to Avenue Joffre for dishes like Braised Pork Knuckle with Dry Oyster and Fat Choy.

At Forest, diners will be able to enjoy Chef Sam Leong’s creations such as French Duck Breast, Sous Vide 62°C and Pan-seared (Served with Black Truffle Sauce).

Resort World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269.

 Swensens – Yummy Yusheng and Pineapple Sundae

Pineapple Upside Down Sundae

For desserts, indulge in Swensen’s Pineapple Upside Down Sundae.

Have your fill of Western favourites alongside traditional Lunar New Year flavours this year. Enjoy Swensen’s signature Prosperity Yu Sheng ($23.80) with Smoked Salmon which features classic ingredients like carrot julienne, Chinese lettuce and Chinese celery while infusing unusual additions such as smoked salmon, shimeji mushrooms and wanton skins to give the prosperous dish a fuller flavour.

For desserts, indulge in Swensen’s Pineapple Upside Down Sundae ($10.80). The classic American dessert is given an Asian spin, and consists of juicy pineapple rings atop a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, combined with strawberry toppings and topped with crunchy biscuit crumbs.

Available at all Swensens outlets.

InterContinental Singapore Feast of Land & Sea

Man Fu Yuan Treasures Pot

Man Fu Yuan’s highlights include the Deluxe Treasures Pot which comes in a beautifully-designed claypot.

Man Fu Yuan’s Yellowtail Yusheng features crunchy monkey head mushrooms, a refreshing peach dressing and honey gold cornflakes. Other highlights include the Deluxe Treasures Pot which comes in a beautifully-designed claypot.

What sets it apart from other pen cais are the whopping 18 ingredients including Canadian lobster, whole baby abalone, roasted duck and more.

Making a return is the Whole Suckling Pig stuffed with Glutinous Rice. Slice apart the crispy, golden brown skin and you’ll find succulent meat accompanied by flavourful glutinous rice.

For a sweet ending, enjoy the nourishing Double-boiled Superior Bird’s Nest with Almond Cream in Whole Coconut.

Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Tel: 6825 1059. Man Fu Yuan’s Prosperity Set Menus start at $688++ for a table of 5.


NikuNoHi – A4 Grade Wagyu Yusheng

Prosperity Wagyu Lo Hei

Wagyu lovers alert — this decadent yusheng will delight you

If a Lunar New Year menu centered around premium beef sounds like a dream, head to NikuNoHi. The restaurant, which specialises in wagyu beef and yakiniku, will be offering the Prosperity Wagyu Lo Hei featuring A4 grade wagyu beef.

Apart from yusheng, diners can also enjoy the indulgent Kiwami Plate, comprising Chateaubriand (50g), Thick Sliced Beef Tongue (50g), Finest Chuck Eye (50g), Finest Ribeye (50g), Finest Thick Sliced Skirt (50g) and Speciality Grill Sukiyaki (50g). From Feb 7-22, enjoy the plate at 50% off.

NikuNoHi, #03-316, Suntec City Mall, North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983  

by Samantha Francis