9 Best Chinese Restaurants For Reunion Dinners 2016
Chinese New Year is almost here. Traditionally, families gather together for dinner on New Year’s Eve to catch up and savour the auspicious dishes,but the celebrations and feasts can last throughout the 15 days. Fussing over the venue for your Chinese New Year reunion dinner? Don’t wait until the last minute to settle your reunion dinner venue. Here is our roundup of 9 Chinese Restaurants that you should hold your reunion dinners.
Goodwood Park Hotel
The Chinese culinary teams have created three new ‘Yu Sheng’ platters – Crispy Salmon Skin ‘Lo Hei’, Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ with Bacon and White Truffle Oil and Crispy Silver Bait Fish with Mock Tuna ‘Lo Hei’ – that are great for those who prefer to enjoy their ‘Yu Sheng’ without raw fish.
New and decadent savoury Prosperity Specials include ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ ($298 for eight persons). Inspired by a game that is particularly enjoyed during Lunar New Year, Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee has handcrafted a flawless replica of a mahjong tile emblazoned with the Chinese word for good fortune – 發 – made entirely with salt. Guests are invited to ‘release’ the fortune by breaking open the salt crust with a mallet (Chef recommends adding in a sprightly shout of “Huat ah!” at the same time), then feasting on the delicious treasures within. Pig’s trotter which has been braised for four hours, is wrapped in a salt crust along with Australian 6-head abalones, dried scallops, flower mushrooms and ‘fa cai’ (black moss), before the entire package is baked further for one and a half hours, resulting in a flavourful finish.
The Lunar New Year Goodies are very pretty. Shaped like a mandarin orange bag, the Auspicious Blessings cake ($88, 1kg) is made from early grey butter. Resplendently glowing in gold is this scrumptious homemade chocolate marble cake Wealth of Opportunities cake ($88, 1kg) that is handcrafted into the shape of a large garlic. Not forgetting the Durian ‘Nian Gao’ Roll ($28 for two rolls takeaway, $18
for six slices dine-in) which is made with luscious D24 durian paste embraced by layers of divine gula Melaka-infused ‘nian gao’ and sprinkled with coconut flakes.
The Lunar New Year Goodies will be available from the hotel’s Deli, while Prosperity Specials, a selection of ‘Yu Sheng’ as well as dine-in à la carte and set menus will be available at Min Jiang (Goodwood Park Hotel) and Min Jiang at One-North (No. 5 Rochester Park) for lunch and dinner.
The St. Regis Singapore
Yan Ting’s Chinese Executive Chef Tony Wun has curated a delightful a la carte menu and set menus, as well as festive takeaways to usher in good tidings, abundance and prosperity. Toss high with Yan Ting’s Prosperity Yu Sheng with Norwegian salmon, made with the freshest ingredients, and further enhanced with a wider selection of fruits, including papaya, honeydew, peach, pomelo, snow pear and dried orange peel.
Indulge in Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, an interesting spin of the traditional dish that transforms the soup delicacy into a braised delight. Featuring all time honoured indulgences like abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, prosperity oyster and dried scallops, this luxurious dish makes a perfect starter to the gastronomic experience. Not forgetting the CNY Pun Choy, a lavish dish of 14 divine treasures including abalones, dried oysters, sea cucumbers, fish maw and homemade dace fish ball, stepped in the juices of the tasty pork belly and meat.s.
Other specialities include Braised Pig’s Trotters with Fermented Bean Curd, marrying beautiful aromas with tender and flavourful meat. The Crispy Roasted Chicken is grilled to perfection with a glistening golden sheen of skin layered over juicy meat beneath. My favourite is the Fried Prawns with Golden Garlic as every bite is filled with the fragrance of fried garlic and crunchy texture of succulent prawns.
Yan Ting’s set lunch and dinner menu starts from $118++ to $198++ per person with a minimum of 2 guests. For tables of 10 guests, prices start from $1288 to $3888 per table.
Yan Ting | ￼6506 6887 | [email protected]
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Xin Cuisine presents an elaborate wealth of flavours and feasts to usher in the Lunar New Year of the Monkey this year. Their festive treats and set menus offered during this season are a majestic reflection of prosperity to ensure that you herald in an auspicious year of wealth through your doors.
Be wow-ed by their amazing Gold Leaf Bamboo Clam and Salmon Yusheng which is delicately designed by their head chef, Eric Chan himself! Apparently, two monkeys have found their way right up to our table! Big eaters will look forward to the next dish, which is Xin Cuisine’s Traditional Pen Cai. Be prepared to dive into a treasure trove of luxurious ingredients such as prawns, scallops, mussels, roasted duck, sea cucumber and abalone etc. We thoroughly enjoyed the two servings we had from this multi-layered pot.
This is followed by Xin Cuisine’s new Braised Vermicelli with Crab, Ginger and Onion! Doesn’t matter if you get your hands dirty as these crabs are definitely worth every count of calories. A Chinese New Year meal will never be complete without glutinous rice and Xin Cuisine’s version was goodness beyond description. Always one to experiment with flavours, Chef Eric brings a refreshing concoction of pear and white fungus dessert this year. It was not too sweet and really delightful on the palate.
Xin Cuisine | 6731 7173 | singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com/festive
Pan Pacific Singapore
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Hai Tien Lo with an extravagant selection of culinary delights and 8 prix fixe menus, including one nutritious vegetarian set menu. Toss to a great year with Wealth Happiness Yu Sheng ($168 serves 4, $228 serves 8) featuring lavish spread of Boston Lobster, Hokkaido Scallops, Surf Clams, Norwegian Salmon, Mushrooms and Gold & Silver Flakes. A must-have for the CNY feast is the Poon Choy, which is a pot of culinary treasures to celebrate abundance and good fortune. The new Classic Auspicious Treasure Pot ($238 for six, $398 for 10) comes with decadent ingredients like whole chicken, whole abalone, sea cucumber and more.
Other premium delicacies include pan-fried foie gras with sliced BBQ Beijing and Smoked Duck, the nutritious soup of Buddha Jumps Over the Wall with Matsutake mushroom, the flavourful and succulent Braised Whole Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Dried Oysters, signature Traditional Stewed Chicken with Eight Treasures and Lotus Seeds, and festive favourite BBQ Crispy Whole Suckling Pig.
End the feast with auspicious goodies such as Homemade Caramel Walnuts with Sesame Seeds ($30), Signature Homemade XO Chilli Sauce with Dried Scallops ($30) and Koi Fish Nian Gao ($28.80). Other highlights include Rainbow Kueh Lapis ($52). Pineapple Tarts ($48) and Assorted Prosperity Chocolate Pralines ($60).
Hai Tien Lo | 6826 8240 | [email protected] | pacificmarketplace.sg
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Chinese New Year reunions are elevated to new heights at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant with Chef Brian’s exquisite line-up of Prosperity Set Menus that bespeak of luxury and culinary bliss. Priced from $98.80++ per person (4 to 8 persons) to $1888++ per 10 persons, highlights include Salmon, Scallops, Caviar, Tuna & Lobster Yu Sheng; Salmon Yu Sheng; Braised 3-head Whole Abalone with Baby White Cabbage and Brown Sauce; Roast Duck Marinated with Ginseng Sauce; Sautéed Scallop with Prawn, Asparagus, Macadamia Nuts & Golden Nest; Stewed Sliced Abalone with Pig Trotter, Black Moss and Seasonal Vegetables; Steamed Live Grouper with Sliced Ham & Black Mushroom in Light Soya Sauce; Wok-fried Prawn with Coral Clam, Broccoli & Chinese Rice Wine; Traditional Nian Gao; Wan Hao Signature Roast Chicken with Shredded Fillet; Barbecue Whole Boneless Suckling Pig and more.
Reunite with family and friends, and celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Monkey with tempting celebratory takeaways. Making a debut this year is Wan Hao’s Deluxe Pen Cai with Nourishing Pig Trotter at $738nett (6 persons)/ $1388nett (10 persons). Suitable for the whole family with 14 luxuriant ingredients served communal-style in a festive casserole hot pot, this delicacy is not only steeped in symbolisms of goodness and auspicious meanings, it boasts the ultimate in taste and presentation, and is brimming with collagen. Pig trotters are rich in collagen which helps your skin to retain moisture and it is the connective protein that holds muscle tissue together. A
Wan Hao | 6831 4605 | [email protected]
Indulge in traditional and premium Lunar New Year Treasures at Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant. Toss to new beginnings with resplendent Yu Sheng in Soon Tak style which consists of Hamachi (yellow tail) sashimi. Using simple condiments such as light soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper and their secret sauces, the entire Lou Hei tastes light yet very flavoursome. Other options include Alaskan Crab Lo Hei (Prosperity Toss) and Abalone Yu Sheng.
Relish heavenly soups like the signature Braised Shark’s Fin in Red Carrot Soup, and savour traditional flavours like Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, Longevity Poon Choi, or Braised Whole Abalone, Dried Oysters & Vegetables specially prepared by Chinese Executive Chef Ng Wai Tong and his team of culinary experts. Wah Lok’s Longevity Poon Choy ($408 for 6 pax, $688 for 10 pax) consists of baby abalones, scallops, sea cucumber, dried oysters, roasted duck, pan-fried live prawns, pork shank, fishballs, mushrooms, black moss, Tianjin cabbage, raddish and yam. What a good balance of meat, seafood and vegetables.
The dessert for their Chinese New Year menu is their Pan-fried Nian Gao, done yuan-yang style. The brown part which is the original flavour, consists of sugar and flour, while the white portion has almond flavour infused into it. Set menus start from $398 for 4 pax to $3388 for 10 pax. It is perfectly alright to indulge once in awhile, especially during the Chinese New Year!
Wah Lok | 6311 8188 / 6311 8189 | [email protected]
Revel in Jade restaurant’s perennially popular festive dishes and new creations. Toss to a prosperous year with our signature Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Salmon, Olive Oil and Peach Dressing. Chef Leong employs the use of homemade Champagne Jelly featuring edible gold leaves. Priced at $68 (5 pax and below), $98 (6 to 8 pax), $138 (9 to 12 pax); orders should be made one day in advance.
Chefs at Jade have once again created a different interpretation of the dumpling with the use of Japanese Kelp (kombu) and abalone. Each dumpling is shaped liked beautiful corals found underwater. Priced at $16 per person (3 pieces) or $38 per portion of 8 pieces. A centre piece for the table, savour the fresh Boston lobster meat simmered with milk, ginger, butter and a hint of lemon before it is drizzled with a generous serving of the fragrant ginger milk gravy. Priced at $88 for a whole lobster (700g).
New and noteworthy is this quintessential roasted duck dish, marinated with Foie Gras sauce and Chef Leong’s specially created Sour Plum Guava Jelly. Enjoy the piquant flavour of the Foie Gras and the crispy skin of the roasted duck all in
one bite. It is priced at $23 (quarter portion), $46 (half portion) and $92 for the whole duck.
Jade brings back the signature Yam Paste Nian Gao Tart, a delicate pastry tart which can be savoured in one bite. In addition, Chef Leong gives the Nian Gao (Glutinous Rice Cake) a modern twist with pandan and sweet potato filling within a buttery crust oven baked to perfection. Packaged in an attractive box for gifting, our signature Yam Paste Nian Gao Tarts and Sweet Potato Pandan Flavoured Nian Gao Tarts are available at $28+ per box of 8 pieces.
Mark a lucky start to the year with a striking Chilled asparagu ($20) at Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant (Ngee Ann City), Crystal Jade Golden Palace (Paragon), Crystal Jade Dining IN (Vivocity) and Crystal Jade Prestige (Marina Bay Financial Centre, opening in January 2016). Besides the Prosperity yu sheng with Mexican abalone and red pomegranate, savour The Trio Treasures – a meaty Combination of braised duck, roasted suckling pig, foie gras ($16 per pax).
Crystal Jade Kitchen’s culinary team has also conjured several highlight Lunar New Year dishes such as Sautéed scallop and coral mussel with XO sauce ($28), comforting Fried glutinous rice topped with roasted duck ($36), as well as a hearty Thai-style pork knuckle ($28) and indulgent Braised three-head abalone in superior oyster sauce ($48 per pax). Four set menus for 4, 6, 8 and 10 persons at $338, $498, $668 and $838 are available at all Crystal Jade Kitchen outlets except at Causeway Point and Westgate where there is an additional set menu for 10 at $1,188. At Zhongshan Park, a steamboat set is offered.
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, on the other hand, has intrdouced a special Steamed pork dumplings ($6.80 for six) with a sweet red date within. Other auspicious picks include Braised pork knuckle with black moss ($36.80), Eight Treasures glutinous rice ($10.80), Steamed herbal xiao long bao ($6 for 4 pieces) and many more. There are also four set menus for 4, 6, 8 and 10 persons ranging from $238
Crystal Jade | www.crystaljade.com
Honouring the tradition of Lunar New Year, Man Fu Yuan introduces the Yellowtail Yusheng with Monkey Head Mushrooms, Prosperity Flakes and Peach Dressing as a ‘must-have’ this Lunar New Year. Symbolic of the year of the monkey, the use of monkey-head mushrooms adds texture to the Chinese yusheng, and is accompanied with a refreshing peach dressing to sweeten the New Year. Honey gold flakes that adorn the yusheng add a symbol of wealth and prosperity to the traditional dish.
A treasure trove of prized ingredients, Man Fu Yuan’s Deluxe Treasures Pot, will take centrestage at every dinner table. The exclusively designed claypot which features blossoms of Spring and the agile monkey is significant of a new beginning and comprises over 18 ingredients including Whole Baby Abalone, Canadian Lobster, Fish Maw, Goose Web, Pig’s Trotter, Scallops, Dried Oyster, Quail, Flower Mushroom, Sea Moss and Roasted Duck. Prepared for over 12 hours, the amalgamation of tastes lends a touch of vibrance and warmth to the dinner table.
New on the menu this year is the Double-Boiled Sakura Chicken and Bird’s Nest Soup with Black Truffle, Abalone and Fish Maw. Bred using a Japanese farming technology where chickens live in a temperature-controlled and clean environment, the Sakura Chicken is known for its tender and moist meat. Double-boiled for over 1.5 hours with nourishing bird’s nest and paired with lavish ingredients such as black truffle and abalone, this indulgent soup brings out the true essence of opulence. Man Fu Yuan will launch a selection of prosperity set menus from $688++ for a table of 5 persons, to $2,088++ for a table of 10 persons. The sets are well-catered for a hearty family reunion or business gathering.
Man Fu Yuan | 6825 1059 | [email protected]
Compiled by Miss Tam Chiak & Toh Mu Qin.