In this country where eating seems to be a national pastime, Singaporeans still manage to take it up a notch during Chinese New Year. From pineapple tarts to Yu Sheng, Lunar New Year is all about sharing special culinary delights with family and friends.
We’re salivating at the delectable festive season menus on offer at Man Fu Yuan at the InterContinental, one of Singapore’s finest Chinese restaurants serving up classic Cantonese cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Kwan Yiu Kan.
Translating to “Garden of Prosperity” (how perfect for CNY!), Man Fu Yuan is currently featuring a variety of special dim sum and reunion a la carte and set menus. There are of course the classic stalwarts like double-boiled soups, abalone and bird’s nest, but we’ve got our eye on the Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig, a dim sum classic that’s been elevated to fine dining status with delicate glutinous rice and gorgeous presentation.
The pièce de résistance, however, has got to be the “mega-impressive” Yu Sheng, arranged in the shape of characters that are an ode to the Year of the Goat. Like mooncakes or chicken rice, everyone seems to put their own spin on this classic dish, but we love Chef Kwan’s decadent take, featuring Japanese Hokkigai (clam) with Ponzu Shoyu, plus fried vermicelli and sweet gold flakes heralding good fortune and wealth in the new year.
There are all sorts of enticing dessert options, including pineapple tarts, melt-in-your-mouth golden egg custard pastry, and almond cream, but how could you not go for the Koi Fish Nian Gao (pictured above), which features tangy notes of mango and pineapple? It’s too cute not to herald abundance and wealth, mamas!
Man Fu Yuan’s Festive set menus are available between now and 5 March; set menus range from $118++ per person to $3,688++ for 10 people (be sure to check out their elegant private dining room that seats up to 30 people for the chicest reunion dinner around, mamas!). Dim Sum a la carte lunch is available on 19-22 and 28 February, and 1 March.
Gong Xi Fa Cai, and happy tossing, mama!
Hours: Open daily. Lunch: 12:30-2pm; Dinner: 6:30-10:30pm.