(Lunar New Year 2015) Furama RiverFront

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Furama RiverFront welcomes the year of the Goat with sumptuous buffet spreads and festive menus throughout the Lunar New Year, as well as tantalising festive takeaways.

Kick-starting the meal on a high note is the Salmon Yu Sheng, featured in the buffet lunch and dinner on the eve and the first two days of Chinese New Year, priced at $68++ per adult and $20 per child. Other Chinese New Year delicacies available in the buffet spread include Pen Cai, Stewed Dried Oysters with Sea Cucumber, Drunken Chicken with Chinese Wine and Honey Pepper Pork Rib. 3 diners pay for the price of 2 when you pay with selected credit cards. On top of that, reservations for 6 diners and above will receive a complimentary serving of Fortune Yam Dumpling.
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(Lunar New Year 2015) The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Jade Restaurant

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Esteemed Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his culinary team at The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant are gearing up this Lunar New Year with feasting menus ready to impress. Celebrations stretch from 3 February to 5 March 2015 here, and one should not miss out on their signature Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Salmon, Olive Oil and Peach Dressing to toss to greater fortune. Dine-in orders of Yu Sheng feature beautiful calligraphy with auspicious greetings hand-drawn personally by Chef Leong.


Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Salmon, Olive Oil and Peach Dressing ($68 per person for 5 persons and below, $98 per person for 6 to 8 persons, $138 for 9 to 12 persons)

Chef Leong introduces champagne jelly accompanied by edible gold leaves in the Yu Sheng for a special touch of luxury. Exquisite calligraphy that decorates the plate are drawn by Chef Leong using olive oil and dusted with cinnamon powder.


Poached Minced Fish and Mutton Fortune Dumpling ($16 for 3 pieces or $38 for 8 pieces)

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(Lunar New Year 2015) Antoinette

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Antoinette, much favoured for its French pastries and cakes, unveils a Lunar New Year Collection inspired by Chinese traditions and local flavours. Created by Executive Chef Pang Kok Keong, the Lunar New Year confectionery and specialty cakes showcase his creative touch and mastery, bound to impress in the aesthetics and taste department. They’re not your usual Chinese New Year goodies. Think: Valrhona chocolate love letters, fluffy pork floss meringue, macaron made of mandarin orange and white lotus paste, earl grey mandarin orange chiffon cake and more.

The most groundbreaking creation would be Chef Pang’s reinvention of the iconic Yu Sheng (Lo Hei); the Queen’s Yu Sheng ($88++, serves 6-8 persons) is a dessert with French elements, eaten as a sweet ending to the Chinese New Year meal. It features a large chocolate Golden Egg symbolising birth and renewal, perched on a “nest” of auspicious sweets such as chocolate fish, ingots and coins, 5-spiced almonds and cashews, mandarin orange butter cake and meringue kisses, and yam and sweet potato chips. A wooden hammer is served alongside, where diners reveal the ingredients hidden within the chocolate egg with a strike: pineapple, Thai green mango, red dragon fruit and pomelo, all diced and shredded just before serving. The dressing is unique blend of mandarin orange, plum and gula Melaka. The communal tossing then follows.

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(Lunar New Year 2015) Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore

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Lunar New Year celebrations commence as early as 2 February through 5 March 2015 at Fairmont Singapore, as Chef Mok Wan Lok of Szechuan Court rolls out eight promising New Year set menus accompanied by a collection of chef signatures, all set to welcome the new year with a bang.


Ultimate Success Yu Sheng ($238++, serves 10)

Among the 6 Yu Sheng varieties available here, the Ultimate Success Yu Sheng showcases an exceptional choice of ingredients such as Maguro (Tuna) and Boston lobster, with crispy morel mushrooms adding an extra crunch to this traditional dish. What gave the chef the idea to use this ingredient is that the name of this mushroom – “羊肚菌” in Chinese (denoting goat) – signifies the year of the goat. Other Yu Sheng variants with a choice of salmon, tuna, abalone or Boston lobster are available from $68++ per set.


Szechuan Court’s Prosperity Pot of Gold ($438++ for 6, $688++ for 8 to 10 persons)

The iconic pot of treasures (pen cai) is quintessential in Lunar New Year celebrations, believed to bring good luck for the year ahead. Signifying abundance and opulence, Szechuan Court’s Prosperity Pot of Gold features fourteen different ingredients including the highly prized African abalones, giant Japanese dried scallops and oysters, succulent fish maw, sea cucumbers, and a selection of roast meats, simmered in chicken stock and a concoction of sauces for six hours to reach a deep fusion of flavours.

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(Lunar New Year 2015) Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Hotel

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To usher in the Lunar New Year, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant of Singapore Marriott Hotel presents luxurious festive dining menus along with goodies, hampers and takeaway dishes that will meet traditional needs. There are a total of 5 Chinese New Year set menus including one vegetarian set, priced from $118++ to $188++ per person. Continue reading

(Lunar New Year 2015) Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore

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The culinary team at InterContinental Singapore, spearheaded by Executive Chinese Chef Kwan Yiu Kan of Man Fu Yuan, is concertedly putting forth a series of sumptuous menus and take-home delicacies this Lunar New Year, with a goal to dazzle and impress.


Man Fu Yuan’s Salmon & Japanese Hokkigai Yu Sheng with Ponzu Shoyu ($88/$128 for dine-in, $98/$148 for takeaway)

Starting with the requisite Yu Sheng to toss to greater heights, Man Fu Yuan’s majestic take comprises fresh thick slices of salmon and Japanese Hokkigai accompanied by gold-dusted cornflakes, pomelo bits and vermicelli crisps alongside usual shredded suspects, drizzled with their unique citrusy Ponzu Shoyu dressing.
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Norwegian Salmon Yu Sheng

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Prosperity Yu Sheng with Norwegian Salmon from TungLok ($78+, for 10 pax)

Chinese New Year celebrations are never complete without the traditional Yu Sheng, in which families, friends and business associates gather to “lo hei” (toss to the New Year and to greater fortunes), and “lo hei” is seldom unaccompanied by fish, which has the same pronunciation as “ample” or “plentiful” in the Chinese language. Salmon sashimi is often used in this auspicious dish.

Fastidious Yu Sheng enthusiasts will not settle for anything less than Norwegian Salmon that’s freshly flown in from the cold, clear waters of Norway. Flown in within 48 hours from harvest, this premium grade of salmon has earned its place in Chinese New Year celebrations for its freshness, taste, smooth texture and its auspiciously vibrant red hue.

Norwegian Salmon is also the preferred choice for restaurants from what we can see from the menus, as well as at buffet restaurants and food catering. Can’t get enough of it!

Being an extreme fish lover (salmon being one of my favourite fish breeds), I get to benefit from the healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin A/D/B12 and iodine from the consumption of salmon. Salmon is said to improve eyesight and increase resistance to infections (which I totally agree on); it also helps in the breaking up of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the body, and enhancing the metabolism (keeps me slim!). I swear by Norwegian Salmon. ;) Who else is a fan?

For more information, visit salmonfromnorway.com.

*Photo credits to the Norwegian Seafood Council and TungLok

UNA presents Singapore’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration with Spanish flair, Viva la Vida

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Seafood & Chicken Paella

Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno brings his wealth of culinary experience (from 3-Michelin starred Chez Nico the remarkable Barrafina Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar and one of UK’s top restaurants Quo Vidas) to UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park, taking the Spanish dining scene in Singapore to greater heights. With Spanish, Italian and French roots (his mum is Spanish, dad’s Italian, and he’s born in the South of France), he complements his expertise in Spanish cuisine and Italian and French influences with his expert precision in utilising the best raw ingredients to bring a whole lot of excitement into his cooking.

Staged in the lush, rustic garden setting, UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park is an ideal place for any form of celebration, for instance the fast-approaching New Year’s Eve. Come 31 December 2014, UNA will transform into an iconic Spanish boqueria (traditional market), complete with a stunning array of authentic Spanish cuisine and lots of entertainment. Continue reading

(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) Affordable Christmas Feastings at Street 50 Restaurant & Bar

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Christmas feastings need not be exorbitant. Street 50 Restaurant & Bar at Bay Hotel Singapore, located in the Harbourfront-Telok Blangah precinct, is serving up three international buffet menus competitively priced from $38 to $88, with complimentary parking thrown in. Additional perks include: Senior Citizens pricing at $28 nett, activities and crafts corner for the little ones, kids eating for free and a gift in the sure-win lucky dip for each table. Continue reading

(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) For the ladies who are big on photography: stylish and practical camera handbags from Aide de Camp

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Madison Camera Bag ($329)

I’ve been using this camera handbag from Aide de Camp for close to a year now, and I’m proud to say it’s my favourite camera bag of all time! I frequently attend formal events and dinners for editorial purposes, and doubling as a food photography and writer, I have to be well equipped with my camera along with its accessories. My other camera bags always seem like a huge misfit at such events. The stylish range of camera handbags from Aide de Camp complements all polished looks, whether you’re dressing up to look chic or elegant, you no longer have to be reluctant to bring along your trusty camera. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 9 & 10) Capella Singapore

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Our Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014 closes with a “two page feature” of Capella Singapore and its spectacular range of log cakes, created by the imaginative and competent Pastry Chef Sam, who takes a whole lot of pride in his desserts, who deserves due credit and infinite limelight.

My first encounter with Capella Singapore’s dessert spread has left me awestruck; I rate it as one of the best, if not the best, in Singapore. Since then, I’ve always looked forward to returning to The Knolls, primarily for desserts.

Chef Sam has constructed a total of 6 unique log cakes that cater to every possible liking; unfortunately, they are not for independent sales. Instead, each log cake is available on a rotational basis, titled the Yule Log Cake of the Day, and to be enjoyed as sweet endings to the Festive Lunch and Dinner, priced at $65++ per person for 3 courses and $98++ per person for 5 courses for lunch and dinner respectively.

Here’s a peek into the 6 log cake creations.
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(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) Chocolate-coated Fresh Fruit Bouquets from Rainbowly

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Flowers dry out, and plushies turn old. What can be more practical than gifting an edible bouquet, with sweetness that linger in the memory throughout the coming years?

Perfect for any special occasion be it Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Christmas or birthdays, the chocolate-coated fresh fruit bouquets from Rainbowly is bound to bring endless joy to your loved ones.

Happy Feet for instance feature a dozen of adorable penguins made of strawberry coated in chocolate. Continue reading