Where to get pineapple tarts, yusheng, Chinese New Year treats: Year of the Pig 2019

January 09, 2019
  • Paradise Group
    1 / 21 Paradise Group

    Too cute to eat! These Piggy Pineapple Pastry ($29.80 for 18 pieces) are perfect for ushering in the Year of the Pig. You’ll like that the fillings contain less sugar, so you can pig out with less guilt.

    Paradise Group’s restaurants – which include Taste Paradise, Seafood Paradise, Beauty in The Pot and Paradise Dynasty – have curated many festive treats and remain open during the Chinese New Year period.

    If you prefer takeaway options, go for the Bountiful set, which comprises four dishes: abalone yusheng, treasure pot, black truffle kampong chicken and lotus leaf glutinous rice. This set costs $298 for Paradise Gourmet Rewards Member and $328 for public.

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  • Jade, The Fullerton Hotel
    2 / 21 Jade, The Fullerton Hotel

    Another cutie is this Special Piggy Edition Gold Rush yusheng. It’s a lavish dish, too. At $388 , it features lobster, Australian abalone, Norwegian salmon and house-made champagne jelly with edible gold leaf which symbolises wealth – hence its name.

    Paired with a signature sweet and tangy honey pineapple sauce, this picture-perfect masterpiece uses pink radish to form the image of a cute piglet – a painstaking operation that takes 1.5 hours of work. It serves 10 persons, orders should be made two days in advance.

    Classic options such as salmon (from $78, serves two to five persons, orders should be made one day in advance) are also available.

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    Related: Chinese zodiac forecast for your family: Year of the Pig

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  • honestbee
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    It’s the Year of the Pig, but there’s no stopping the unicorn from sprinkling some magic and joy at the reunion table. The habitat Unicorn Prosperity yusheng comes in two sizes: medium ($38.80, serves five people) and large ($58.80, good for 10 people).

    While you’re getting your festive meal online, you can give back to the community, as well. Order a Bag of Love under Groceries worth $15 or $30 in the honestbee app from Jan 21 to Feb 19. These will be donated to The Food Bank Singapore which aids children and youth organisations such as Children’s Aid Society.

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  • The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel
    4 / 21 The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel

    The hotel never fails to impress with its pretty works of art. This Chinese New Year, it wows us with The Drum of Fortune, a chocolate marble cake coated in resplendent red and gold fondant, and topped with eight lucky Mandarin oranges made with dark chocolate and mini chocolate ingots.

    Also back in demand is The Huat! Tart, an oversized 6.5-inch pineapple tart filled with homemade pineapple jam. There’s also the Duo of Prosperity Fish, a sweet take on the traditional agar agar pudding: a pair in durian as well as mango with pomelo and sago.

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    Related: 20 auspicious plants to get for Chinese New Year 2019

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  • Swensen's
    5 / 21 Swensen's

    This year, Grandma doesn’t have to hire a full lion dance troupe to bless her house with good luck – because Tong Tong Qiang will do the job. It’s the name of this Neopolitan-flavoured ice cream cake ($68.80) which comes with a “lion head” made with fondant. Flanking its sides are adorable mini fondant “oranges” and a chocolate banner bearing auspicious greetings.

    Looking for a halal yusheng option? You can order its Fortune 18 yusheng. It comes with a variety of 18 ingredients including smoked salmon, shimeji mushrooms, fresh greens and pomelo bits, preserved white and brown melon, crunchy golden crackers, crispy wanton skin and a zesty plum sauce infused with citrus juice. Available at any Swensen’s or Earle Swensen’s outlets islandwide in regular size ($23.90 for dine-in only, serves two to four persons), and a larger size ($36.90 for takeaway only, serves four to six persons).

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  • Crystal Jade Group
    6 / 21 Crystal Jade Group

    Perfect for gifting, its popular Eternal Bliss platter ($38.80) makes a return with two new desserts: red date coconut cake and golden osmanthus chrysanthemum. The other three are familiar favourites: carrot cake, yam cake, glutinous rice cake. All these items are available in individual portions, as well.

    You should also take your family to dine at one of its restaurants, which offer many festive menus catering to various budgets. These are available from Jan 21 to Feb 19. Take note that all outlets are closed on Feb 5 though. Takeaway orders can be made online at estore.crystaljade.com.

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  • Hock Wong
    7 / 21 Hock Wong

    Here’s an auspicious gift set of bak kwa for your in-laws, with five Chinese Gods of Luck shining on them: the God of Blessing (, “Fu”), God of Fortune (, “Lu”), God of Longevity (寿, “Shou”), God of Happiness (, “Xi”) and God of Fortune (, “Cai”).

    This is the Malaysian brand’s debut in Singapore, where it has set up a factory.

    Visit its eight pop-up stalls at Suntec City, Westgate, Vivocity, Nex, Marina Square, Causeway Point, Waterway Point and Tampines Mall till Feb 3. You can buy the bak kwa online, too. A set of five boxes of minced pork bak kwa, each at 600g, is priced at $148; and five boxes, each at 1kg, at $245.

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  • Madame Fan, JW Marriott Singapore
    8 / 21 Madame Fan, JW Marriott Singapore

    This swanky hotel’s Chinese restaurant launches its first Chinese New Year set menus, which are available till Feb 19.

    Priced from $78++ per person for a minimum of two persons, its festive set lunch comprises signature dim sum offerings such as scallop siew mai, Sri Lankan mud crab wanton as well as Madame Fan signatures including double boiled Four Treasure soup and Australian rib eye pepper beef.

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  • Hotel Fort Canning
    9 / 21 Hotel Fort Canning

    It’s East-meets-West, sweet-meets-savoury with this fruit-centric yusheng dish ($188, serves 10 to 12 persons) with prized Prosciutto from the Parma region in Italy. Our Young Parents kid-testers love this. The finely-sliced parma ham goes well with julienne of fresh rock melon, red dragon fruit, green mango, as well as shredded carrot and white radish that form the base of the salad “tower”. Giving the extra crunch are crispy fish skin, yam strips and lotus root chips. A Japanese yuzu, plum and olive oil dressing is added for a tangy finishing touch.

    Available as add-ons for the reunion feast packages and also for takeaway. Orders must be made three days in advance.

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  • Summer Palace, Regent Hotel
    10 / 21 Summer Palace, Regent Hotel

    Yusheng with white chocolate?! Yes, the chef has fashioned eight piglets from white chocolate for this Chinese New Year. Mindful of striking the right balance of flavours, the plum sauce is tweaked to be less sweet.

    On the menu are also eight yusheng options that include everything from smoked salmon ($88) to more unconventional combinations such as bird’s nest and pear ($138), marinated hokkigai clam with jellyfish ($98) and a vegetarian purple cauliflower with lily bulbs ($88). For something really unique, top up your dish with additional accompaniments of choice, such as poached lobster, salted egg yolk crispy fish skin, fish lips and more (from $10 per portion).

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  • Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza
    11 / 21 Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza

    This is one show-stopping yusheng from to please Grandma – its lobster, sea urchin, Hokkaido scallop, salmon, tuna and caviar yusheng  ($268++) is packed with decadent ingredients to ring in the Year of the Pig with.

    Check out its prosperity set menus, which start from $108.80++ per person (four to eight persons, from Jan 14 to Feb 19). You can also buy its popular goodies from the hotel’s forecourt stall from Jan 14 to Feb 4.

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  • Yan, National Gallery Singapore
    12 / 21 Yan, National Gallery Singapore

    For a decadent meal, treat the family to this Cantonese restaurant’s set menus (from $128 per person) or ala carte orders. Standouts include the comforting steamed half lobster, served with 18 years nu er hong rice wine. Add it to enhance the taste of the dish or enjoy it as a rich drink *hic*.

    We also love the signature roast crispy suckling pig that’s served in three ways, including as meat fillet oven-baked with lemongrass.

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  • The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra
    13 / 21 The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra

    Health enthusiasts will love this offering from The Carvery. Its Golden Eight Treasures yusheng ($38.80, serves four to six persons) with cured Norwegian trout comes with a pleasant selection of fresh fruits such as crunchy pomegranate, tangy green papaya and mango. House-made white balsamic peach dressing and crispy fish skin crackers complete this light and appetising dish. You may also opt for additional baby abalone for $20.

    Available for dine-in and pre-order takeaways. Pre-order from Jan 10 to Feb 15 for collection between Jan 15 and Feb 19. Orders to be made three in advance.

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  • Burger King
    14 / 21 Burger King

    Feeling peckish between meals? Treat the kids to the Four-Tune Box ($8.80) which comprises crispy golden fries, tasty BK nuggets, golden cheesy tots and onion rings.

    This Chinese New Year, the fast food restaurant has also introducing the Salmon Mentaiko burger, featuring salmon fillet from Hokkaido, and topped with savoury mentaiko sauce, american cheese, crunchy sliced onion, juicy tomato and fresh lettuce. There’s also the Mentaiko Double Chick ‘n Crisp burger, made up of two fried chicken fillets and mentaiko sauce.

    The Mentaiko Burger value meal starts from $6.90 and include a medium pack of thick-cut salted French fries and a small Sjora Mango Peach/Strawberry Kiwi drink.

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  • Man Fu Yuan
    15 / 21 Man Fu Yuan

    Gather the entire clan for a fantastic festive feast at this Cantonese restaurant which has come up with eight prix-fixe menus ($108 per person), which have auspicious names such as Prosperity, Success and Abundance.

    Each menu features yusheng, of which there are seven. If you’re looking to indulge, choose the eight-course Wealth menu, featuring yusheng with abalone, Hokkaido scallops and salmon; bird’s nest soup in pumpkin, braised five-head abalone and lobster egg noodles with XO chilli sauce.

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  • Feast@East Buffet Restaurant, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
    16 / 21 Feast@East Buffet Restaurant, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

    For families who prefer a fun buffet feast over a sit-down dinner, you can expect a colourful and sumptuous spread of Chinese New Year dishes as well as local favourites.

    Reunion feasts are available Feb 4 to 10,  for lunch ($60.90 for adults) and dinner ($64.90 for adults). Otherwise, their Lunar New Year feasts are available from Jan 4 to Feb 3, then Feb 11 to 19 for lunch ($58.90), high tea ($32.90) and dinner ($62.90). Senior and pioneer citizen rates are applicable.

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  • Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
    17 / 21 Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

    Customise your set menu at this restaurant, which is great for when you have picky eaters in your family. Choose from over 20 dishes with their ala carte set menu (from $339 for a table of four).

    Be sure to order the signature dishes which include steamed dragon spot grouper which features the chef’s homemade chilli plum sauce, stewed udon noodles with three treasures in golden broth and braised eight-head abalone with assorted dried seafood in claypot. And since it’s the Year of the Pig, you have to order the house special, Jia Wei charcoal grilled suckling pig.

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  • Gu Ma Jia Restaurant
    18 / 21 Gu Ma Jia Restaurant

    For sumptuous fare that tastes like home, try the Chinese New Year sets offered by Gu Ma Jia (Mandarin for Auntie’s House). Its founder, affectionately known as Gu Ma, wanted her restaurant to serve delicious home-cooked food in a spot that could foster family bonds.

    Take your pick from sets for five to six people ($398++ or $499++) and eight to 10 people ($599++ and $799++). The most expensive set is a satisfying spread, comprising Yu Sheng with abalone; a cold platter with lobster, pacific clams, smoked duck and bean curd; a braised duck with sea cucumber; a lychee sweet and sour grouper and more.

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  • Blue Jasmine, Park Hotel Farrer Park
    19 / 21 Blue Jasmine, Park Hotel Farrer Park

    For an interesting Thai twist to your usual reunion dinner, try this halal establishment’s extensive buffet dinner spread on Feb 4 and 5 ($52++ per adult and $26++ per child (six to 12 years old).

    Tuck into appetisers such as the deep-fried shrimp paste chicken, sugarcane prawn, thai roast duck salad and spicy sea jelly salad with baby octopus, and toss to a prosperous new year with Thai-style yusheng, which comprises shredded green papaya, mango, pomelo and six types of pickles topped with salmon gravlax and crispy crackers.

    There are also classic Chinese dishes, such as the claypot rice with chinese sausage, braised duck with egg and beancurd, steamed seabass with ginger sauce, braised ee fu noodle served with chicken, mushroom and yellow chives and more. Dessert includes assorted Nyonya kueh and Thai chendol.

    Wash the food down with a cooling lemongrass drink, or Blue Jasmine’s signature Thai milk tea, served hot. Mmm, the best of both worlds.

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  • Sky22, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
    20 / 21 Sky22, Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena

    Toss to a new year of good fortune at Sky22’s Prosperity weekend ala carte buffet. Load up on its buffet line of appetisers, soups, salad bar, European cheeses and a DIY yusheng bar. Then, dig into your choice of hearty mains (cooked-to-order and all you can eat) such as the grilled minute steak with curry pepper sauce, fried red snapper with ginger, chilli and mandarin orange sauce, Singapore chilli baby lobster with mantou bun and char siew lamb cutlet.

    We say go for their Golden Fortune suckling pig lo hei (for an additional $8++ per pax) which features crispy roasted suckling pig skin, crackling puffed pig skin, bak kwa flakes, blood orange and pickled ginger with abundant amounts of red carrot, green carrot and white radish. Prices start from $48++ (adults) and $24++ (kids 6 to 12 years old) for a buffet lunch.

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  • Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore
    21 / 21 Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore

    Here’s an extensive buffet spread that will please both young and old. Comforting dishes include braised fish maw soup and ginseng chicken broth, double-boiled herbal chicken, pork ribs in ginger marmite sauce, braised duck with sea cucumber and Chinese mushroom, steamed seabass fillet with Nyonya curry and more.

    You get to catch the chefs in action as they serve up hearty traditional BBQ delights such as roast crispy belly pork, roast whole suckling pig, roast chicken and Peking duck. Fresh seafood on ice such as oysters, scallops, tiger prawns and black mussels are also available, along with sweet treats like pineapple tarts, festive cookies, caramel custard, rich chocolate opera cake and assorted mini French pastries.

    This Prosperity buffet is available from Feb 4 to 6, and costs from $68++ (adults) and $34++ (kids six to 12 years old). Get a free platter of salmon yusheng drizzled in strawberry sauce if you make a reservation for Feb 4.

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