Goodwood Park Hotel
If the family isn’t a fan of raw fish, try this kid-friendly Fruity Lo Hei with Bacon and White Truffle Oil from Goodwood Park Hotel’s Min Jiang at One-North restaurant instead. It’s healthy, too, with a bed of romaine, mixed lettuce, baby radish, carrot and radish strips surrounded by julienned slices of mango, rock melon, Japanese cucumber and strawberries. Top it off with crispy bacon strips, and deep-fried yam and potato slivers, and the family will be fighting for seconds. $78 for small, $128 for large; available only for dine-in at the restaurant. Call 6774-0122.
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Now here’s an Insta-worthy reunion dinner. These pretty Crispy Filo Swans filled with foie gras, truffle and minced chicken are part of the new dishes on this year’s festive menu at Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial Singapore. Other highlights include Braised “Monkey Head‟ Mushroom, Roast Suckling Pig stuffed with Hainanese Chicken Rice, and the Fortune ‘Yu Sheng’ with Abalone, Hiramasa, Crispy Fish Skin and Crispy White Bait. Prosperity set menus for lunch and dinner are available until Feb 23, from $100++ to $188++ per person. Call 6432-7482 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We give this yu sheng an A+ for presentation. Created by executive chef Li Kwok Kwong, this signature yu sheng from Feng Shui Inn comes in the shape of the Auspicious Fire Monkey, holding a pair of fondant peaches as a symbol and blessing of good health and wealth to diners. Tossed with a special peach dressing, banana nut crunch crackers and banana chips, this will definitely make your list of unique yu sheng. Longevity “Lo Lei”, $118++, is available for dine-in only, and must be ordered one day in advance. Available from Jan 22 to Feb 22. Call 6577-6688.
If you want to treat the family to a lavish reunion dinner, Regent Hotel’s Summer Palace restaurant won’t disappoint. At your table, you’ll be served smoked salmon yusheng, Buddha Jump Over the Wall soup, steamed soon hock fish and braised yee fu noodles. Between these courses, visit the buffet stations for more auspicious favourites, such as braised dried oysters with mushrooms, fried glutinous rice with baby abalone, and chilled pumpkin cream. This one-night-only Imperial Feast menu costs $138++ per adult and $69++ for kids aged five to 12 (those below five dine for free). Call 6725-3288 or e-mail email@example.com.
Looking for a fresh spin on pineapple tarts? The new Parmesan Cheese Pineapple Tarts from Bakerzin ($29.80 nett for 21 pieces) might be right up your alley. Its buttery pastry has a tint of savoury, thanks to the parmesan cheese. Combined with nine different cookies and two types of layered cakes, the restaurant and bakery chain has you covered for Chinese New Year nibbles. Order in stores or online at www.bakerzin.com by Feb 5. Delivery orders must be placed by Feb 4.
No one can agree on what dessert to serve at your reunion feast? Solve the dilemma by picking up Crystal Jade’s Eternal Bliss sampling platter ($39.80), which comes with five different homemade items – carrot cake, yam cake, water chestnut cake, egg cake and glutinous rice cake (pictured) – all packaged neatly in one decorated compartmentalised box. Get it at Crystal Jade outlets before 3pm on Feb 7.
Why not pass on the salmon this year and toss a refreshing Japanese Yellow Tail yu sheng instead. The fresh fish is served on a bed of julienned cucumber, ginger, chili and coriander leaves, and is complemented with a sprinkling of soy sauce. Abundance Hamachi Yu Sheng “Soon Tak” Style, $108 before taxes, from Carlton Hotel. Available until Feb 22. Call 6349-1292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for orders.
If you prefer to dine at home, Red House Seafood’s Reunion Takeaway Tiffin Set takes the hard work out of a sumptuous spread. Besides salmon yusheng, you’ll get a slab of braised pork belly in tangy-sweet sauce, a sauteed trio of seafood – whole scallops, grouper fillet and prawns – in a Peranakan-inspired spicy sauce and wok-fried fresh lily bulbs, wild mushrooms with asparagus. Steamed fried rice wrapped in lotus leaf and mandarin oranges rounds up the set, which is $188++ for six persons. Takeaways are available from Jan 25 to Feb 22 – order one working day in advance.
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Who says durian and Chinese New Year don’t mix? At Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Deep-Fried King Of Fruit is what you can look forward to at the end of a hearty feast. Other standouts from its festive set menus include the Green Tea Mayonnaise Prawn and Jumbo Salted Egg Yolk Prawns. These are available from Feb 6 to 22; prices start from $228 nett for four to six persons. Call 6593-8825/8859.