(Lunar New Year 2015) Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant

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Golden Happiness Fruit Yu Sheng ($128++, serves 10/$78.80 for small)

This Lunar New Year, we explore Crystal Jade’s fine dining outlet, Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant and its palatial festive spread. Diners can choose from 11 luxurious festive set menus priced from $298++ for 4 persons to $4,988++ for 10 persons. Start with the dynamic and vibrant Golden Happiness Fruit Yu Sheng to toss to greater heights, it comprises a colourful medley of fresh fruits such star fruit, rock melon, pomelo bits, mango, pear, apple and strawberry, accompanied by crispy deep-fried yam strips, crunchy peanut, sesame and succulent jellyfish. Adding an opulent touch are gold flakes adorning the platter, and not forgetting the star of the dish, premium Hamachi fish. Combine these ingredients in the citrusy house-made sauce, a blend of lemon juice, plum sauce and ginseng. There’s a great harmony of tastes and textures among the contrasting ingredients, especially amongst the different fruits –what a refreshing and healthy start to the meal. Continue reading

(Lunar New Year 2015) Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore

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Blessings of Fortune ($88 for 1kg, available for takeaway at the Deli)

This Lunar New Year, Goodwood Park Hotel stirs up buzz with its exquisite goodies by the brilliant pastry team, such as the Blessings of Fortune cake encompassing dark chocolate fudge cake swathed in crimson and gold icing and adorned with milk chocolate gold coins, dark chocolate ingots and golden rice crispies, and also the gleaming Golden Prosperity Pumpkin, a cashew nut cake coated with gold icing, both available at the Deli from 29 January to 5 March 2015.


Golden Prosperity Pumpkin ($88 for 1kg)

These stunning creations are bound to be the centre of attraction at house parties.


Kanpachi and Tuna “Yu Sheng” ($138 for large, available for dine-in only at Min Jiang)

Chef Chan Hwan Kee of Min Jiang elevates the traditional Yu Sheng to a new level with great flavour profile and complementing textures, featuring a fresh seafood stars, kanpachi and tuna, along with a lofty stack of mesclun greens, strips of radish, carrot, red ginger, jellyfish and fried silver cod fish, a sprinkling of pine nuts, sweet potato and yam crisps, ground peanuts, sesame seeds and ‘pok choy’ (crispy golden ‘pillows’), tossed in his own concoction of the highly coveted plum-wasabi-lime juice sauce. Continue reading

(Lunar New Year 2015) Shisen Hanten, Mandarin Orchard Singapore

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Shisen Hanten by celebrity Chef Chen Kentaro at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, famed for remarkable Szechuan cuisine with a Japanese twist, is rolling out an array of Chinese New Year menus and festive goodies from 26 January to 5 March 2015.

Diners can choose from a range of 10 set menus that are auspiciously named Prosperity, Fortune, Success, Peace, Happiness, Wealth, Opulence, Triumphant, Sumpreme and Splendor, priced from $98 to $388 per person. Apart from the set menus, a range of specialties and signatures such as Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig and “Chen’s Mapo Doufu” alongside Lunar New Year specials are available on the a la carte menu. Continue reading

(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)

It is believed that the more dumplings one eats during the spring festival, the more fortune one will receive. Continue reading

(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

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