PUBLISHED January 18th, 2021 11:00 am | UPDATED January 27th, 2021 02:16 pm
Chinese New Year is a time for comfort, and for us, that means feasting in the cosy safety of home – without any sweating over a stove involved. This Year of the Ox, Singapore’s hotels and restaurants have outdone themselves again with a slew of take-home surprises, from mala pen cai to live lobster and caviar-packed yusheng. Here’s our pick of the best Chinese New Year takeaway treats to ring in 2021 in style.
Greenwood Fish Market
Always picking through your yusheng for those prized seafood pieces? You won’t need to forage far with Greenwood Fish Market’s ‘Nián Nián Yǒu Salmon’ Yu Sheng (S$98++). This build-your-own seafood version comes crowned not only with 200g of salmon sashimi, but with 11 juicy add-ons of your choice – think bluefin otoro (+S$38 for 100g), cooked whole Boston lobster (+S$45), as well as sustainable applewood cold-smoked Norwegian salmon (+S$19 for 200g). Planning an all-out seafood bash? Besides the Salmon Yu Sheng, Alan’s Seafood Pack (S$388) has you covered with two Boston lobsters, 500g king crab legs, 500g Japanese scallops, and more.
Among the best lookers of this year’s yusheng crop is undoubtedly Min Jiang’s ‘Joyful Blessings’ Lo Hei (S$188++). Blanketed in salmon slices, then sprinkled over with wasabi flying fish roe and goldfish-shaped Japanese pickles, this artful number features a hand-illustrated ‘春’ sitting pretty alongside. Other new highlights include the MJ Five Fortune Appetizer Platter (S$148) – a sharing platter of fun bites like Sichuan-style popcorn chicken and barbecued unagi – and the Double-boiled Abalone Soup & Eel Fish Maw (S$248) with handmade prawn dumplings.
Elegantly stacked in red tiffin carriers, Summer Palace’s five-course takeaway sets add retro style to your CNY experience. Each of their three menus (from S$618 for five pax) kick off with a Crispy Salted Egg Fish Skin and Jellyfish Prosperity Toss, followed by a pen cai packed with treasures – stewed pork leg, abalone, fish maw – and seafood courses like Stir-Fried Lobster with Superior Stock. For dessert, feed your sweet tooth with treats like Original Kueh Lapis (S$52 for 1kg), or skip straight to snacking on their unique Tangerine Pineapple Nuggets (S$52).
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
There’s no question about it – Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant does CNY abundance right, where lo hei gets lavish with their Lobster, Scallop, Salmon, Tuna & Caviar Yu Sheng (S$268). Next, put together your own takeaway feast with new dishes like the Wan Hao Imperial Pot of Prosperity Pen Cai (S$688+, feeds) – a treasure chest of gems like 3-head abalone and drunken chicken – and the succulent Wan Hao ‘Pi-Pa’ Roast Duck (S$60+, half-duck). Fans of their Golden Nian Gao Tarts are in luck with two new flavours this year: Purple Sweet Potato (S$32 for eight) and Japanese Red Bean (S$28 for eight).
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is located at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865. For orders, please call +65 6831 4605, emails [email protected], or visit celebratorydelights.com/cny.
With no less than 20 prized ingredients to unearth, Crystal Jade’s Abundance Abalone Treasure Pot (S$426, serves five) will have your whole fam on a tasty treasure hunt. Think 8-head abalone, Japanese conpoy, crisp roasted pork belly, and roast duck in luscious abalone sauce. Complete the rest of your feast with the CNY Special Take Home Set Menu (S$286.80, serves five) – a fuss-free curation of Reunion Yusheng with Abalone alongside hearty meats like Steamed Salted Free-Range Chicken and chili-amped Sauteed Tiger Prawn with Shimeji Mushroom.
White Rose Café, York Hotel
Love orh nee? Look no further than York Hotel, where White Rose Café has cooked up a pair of four-course takeaway combos, each beginning with a Prosperity Lo Hei with Mini Abalone and finishing off with silky Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Gingko Nuts. If you’re itching for pen cai, opt for the ‘Bountiful Treasures’ Combo (S$328, serves 5-6); otherwise, feast on fragrant Eight Treasures Chicken in their ‘Joy of Spring’ Combo (S$188, serves 5-6). And to ensure an extra dose of laughter for the year, how about a side of Cereal Prawns with Curry Leaves (S$42)?
Can’t get enough of mala? Peach Garden is spicing things up this year with their Premium Mala Seafood Pen Cai (S$435.06) – a tongue-tingling pot of ocean gems like lobster, red grouper, and Australian scallops. Purists can opt for the Premium Seafood Pen Cai (S$435.06) in silky shark’s bone cartilage broth instead. For full-on feasting, snag one of their two Prosperity Treasures Package sets (from S$843.16, serves 8-10), featuring the likes of Roasted London Duck with Black Truffle Sauce and sumptuous Baked Lobster with Spring Onion and Ginger swimming in superior stock.
藝 yì by Jereme Leung, Raffles Hotel Singapore
Live lobster with our lo hei? Sign us right up. Chef Jereme Leung has crafted a trio of lavish yusheng platters from Asian Live Lobster (S$198) to Abalone, Arctic Surf Clam & Salmon (S$208), each exquisitely drizzled in Yunnan rose dressing. His Decadent Home Dining Set (S$308, serves six) features flavour bombs like Braised Pork Belly with Dried Oysters and Signature Golden Fried Rice with Preserved Meats, while the Auspicious Home Dining Set (S$728, serves eight) includes the Prosperity Seafood Treasure Pot.
Top Image: Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel