Our CNY 2020 Dining Guide covers the best reunion dinners, pineapple tarts, takeaway goodies, and places to toss yu sheng in 2020 in Singapore
Lunar New Year is just around the corner and while some use the long weekend to tick travel off their bucket lists, others get into the full CNY spirit — including reunion dinners, family visits, and indulging in plenty of yu sheng 2020 tossing!
If we’re being honest, thinking about rats doesn’t exactly get our appetites up, but we’re actually pretty impressed at how cute a lot of restaurants have managed to make their yu sheng for the Year of the Rat! Our guide to Chinese New Year 2020 dining spans elegant Michelin-Starred restaurants, to vegetarian and gluten- free options, good value buffets and delectable pineapple tarts, mama!
We’ve organized our roundup into two categories: hotels and restaurants (including set menus, buffets, yu sheng tossing, and festive takeaways). Scurry on down, mama. Huat ah!
Raffles Hotel Singapore
With its recent reopening just this August, this marks the first CNY for 藝 yì by Jereme Leung since Raffles Hotel’s grand restoration. Hosted in the restored Grand Dame, 藝 yì by Jereme Leung is offering special Lunar New Year creations including curated takeaways, prosperous gift hampers and auspicious floral arrangements. À la carte selections and set menus comprise provincial Chinese specialities alongside Lunar New Year favourites such as Steamed Grouper Fillet and Taiwanese Fermented Manjack Seed, Claypot Rice with Chinese Sausages and Cured Duck, as well as Crispy Osmanthus Nian Gao.
Available for dine-in or takeaways, the Fortune Yu Sheng with Smoked Salmon and Yunnan Rose Specialty Dressing is priced at $168++ and the Prosperity Yu Sheng with Asian Live Lobster and Yunnan Rose Specialty Dressing is priced at $198++. For takeaway orders, visit www.rafflescelebrations.com.sg or call +65 6412 1331. Only self-collection is available and a minimum of 2 days of notice is required before the collection date.
How much: The Prosperity set is available at $138++ per person and the Opulence set is available at $168++ per person.
When: 10 January to 8 February 2020
Pan Pacific Singapore is a great venue for families to create cherished memories and celebrate the dawn of new beginnings. Sample a fine display of culinary artistry in the form of delectable dining experiences curated for the whole family, with an exquisite selection of nine luxurious set menus and a dim sum buffet showcasing the best of Cantonese fine dining at Hai Tien Lo (海天楼), a multitude of time-honoured favourites at Edge, or experience Chinese culture combined with Japanese savoir-faire with the specially crafted yu sheng at Keyaki.
Ushering the new year in abundance, Hai Tien Lo and Pacific Marketplace present a delicious assortment of Chinese New Year treats. Inventive highlights include a delightful Pineapple Prosperity Pound Cake with pineapple jam and buttercream as well as a Cantonese Sponge Cake with Truffle and Pumpkin Seeds for a fusion twist. Other perennial favourites include the bestselling Rainbow Kueh Lapis and crunchy Homemade Caramel Walnuts with Sesame Seeds.
Hai Tien Lo
Set menus from $128 per diner
CNY Weekend Dim Sum Buffet (11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 January and 1, 2 and 8 February 2020), $99/Adult and $49.50/Child
Yu Sheng platters available in small and large portions for dine-in and takeaway (30 December to 8 February 2020), $48 – $188 per platter
Premium Wealth Treasure Pot available for both dine-in and takeaway (9 January to 8 February 2020), $468/6 pax, $738/10 pax
Garden Pavilion Luncheon Package (10 January to 8 February 2020), set menus from $2,888 for 20 persons
Yu Sheng platters from $138 per platter
Lunar New Year Eve & Lunar New Year Dinner, Brunch and Lunch from $65/adult and $32.50/child
Seven-Course Set Lunch Package $888 per table of 10 persons
Eight-Course Set Dinner Package, $1,088 per table of 10 persons
When: 30 December 2019 to 8 February 2020
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Tel: (+65) 6826 8240, www.panpacific.com
With the ushering in of the lunar new year, Capella Singapore’s Cantonese restaurant is offering an auspicious way of celebrating through culinary delights. Cassia invites guests to celebrate a renaissance in Chinese fine dining, with a series of refined menus, including a special Dim Sum lunch menu (with highlights including Kangaroo Meat Dumpling with Bitter Gourd in Black Bean Sauce) and two Reunion Set Dinner options.
Spring Menu $89++ per person
Abundant Blessings Set $139++ per person
Double Happiness Set $169++ per person)
Deluxe Fortune Set $199++ per person
Prosperity Lou Hei, Tossed Salad with Salmon and Kumquat Sauce will be available at $48++ per serving (2-4 people) with each of the above sets
When: 25 January – 8 February 2020
Capella, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, Tel: (+65) 6377 8888, [email protected], www.capellahotels.com/en/capella-singapore/offers/cny-2020
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has lined up an ensemble of prosperous feasts with dishes that have been carefully designed to suit both family reunions and business occasions, from an individual pen cai pot brimming with faithfully rendered ingredients to the Lunar New Year requisite, a fish dish to symbolise bounty. Key highlights include Special Edition Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng, Mini Pot of Abundance, Hot Stone Silver Needles Noodles with Truffle Meat Sauce, Full of Luck Deep-Fried Chilean Seabass and Wok-Fried Boston Lobster with Leek and Preserved Meat. What’s more, there will be a traditional “Mei Hua Zhuang” Lion Dance performances starting in the lobby of The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and progressing to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore on the morning of 25 January 2020!
If you’re looking for takeaways, Jade Restaurant will be offering the Special Edition Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng, arranged in the striking image of a rat treasuring a traditional gold coin, painstakingly crafted from white, green and pink radish strips. Served in individual, specialised vessels, the Mini Pot of Abundance distills the pen cai experience into a generous serving for one. The traditionally styled pot contains braised abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, stewed pork trotter, yam and specialty homemade deep-fried pork balls, meticulously folded to achieve its soft, smooth texture. There will also be three enticing new creations available from The Fullerton Cake Boutique – Golden Rat Pineapple Cookies, Baked 18 Years Dried Mandarin Peel Truffle Cookies and Harmony Koi Fish Nian Gao.
Jade’s Lunar New Year menus start from S$118++ for a Family Style Set Menu (6 persons and above), or $98++ per person for Individual Set Menu and S$88++ per person for Vegetarian Set Menu
The Special Edition Yu Sheng is priced at $388++ and requires 3 days’ advance order. The regular Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Olive Oil and Honey Pineapple Dressing is available in Small ($78++ for 2 to 5 persons), Medium ($118++ for 6 to 8 persons) and Large ($138++ for 9 to 11 persons).
Mini Pot of Abundance priced at $58++per person. Premium Braised Pen Cai also available for larger groups, minimum 6 persons, $88++per person and requires 1 day’s advance order.
The Fullerton Cake Boutique items priced from $30+ for a box of 8 pieces of Baked 18 Years Dried Mandarin Peel Truffle Cookies.
When: 6 January to 8 February 2020
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Tel: (+65) 6877 8911/8912, www.fullertonhotels.com/fullerton-hotel-singapore/dining/jade
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Whether it’s an intimate or large gathering, the set menus at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium cater up to 10 people featuring dishes such as Wok-fried Glutinous Rice with Preserved Meat, Braised Ee-fu Noodles with Lobster Meat, Xin’s Signature Home-Style Roasted Duck and much more! You can also opt to enjoy decadent a la carte and dim sum items as you enjoy the classic oriental ambience of Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant.
Takeaways including treasure pots, yu sheng, roasted meats and desserts will also be available for orders from 13 December – 5 February 2020.
How much: Set menus from $188++ for 2 persons. Enjoy 25% off your banquet dinner when you host your celebration on Friday 24 January 2020, and up to 25% off with their Early Bird special when you place your takeaway orders before 12 January 2020!
When: 2 January – 8 February 2020 (takeaway orders from 13 December 2019)
Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075, Tel: (+65) 6733 0188, www.holidayinn.com/sinatrium
Ring in the prosperous Lunar New Year with a tantalising array of epicurean delights at Cherry Garden and a creative cocktail inspired by a traditional Chinese culture at MO BAR. Toss to endless wealth and prosperity with one of the five Yu Shengs available. Whether it’s Bountiful Yu Sheng with Alaskan crab meat, black caviar and black truffle or a vegetarian option with fresh fruits and vegetables, this tradition is served with julienned Rosella fruit and velvety spring onion sauce unique to Cherry Garden. At the award-winning MO BAR, raise a toast to new beginnings with Silk Market, a temperance mixture served in a unique vessel made of preserved cloth from pineapple fibre with a Mandarin base, elevated by fermented honey and corn silk.
How much: Set menus from $128/pax at Cherry Garden
When: 8 January to 9 February 2020
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797, Tel: (+65) 6885 3500, www.mandarinoriental.com
Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel
A celebrated stalwart in the Chinese fine dining scene for over two decades, Hua Ting Restaurant presents the finest of reunion delicacies featuring premium ingredients from around the world. Revel and toss to a greater year with award-winning Hua Ting Masterchef’s Yu Sheng creation – the Prosperity Yu Sheng (Salmon Belly) with Organic Vegetables and Wolfberries. The Hua Ting Signature Fortune Pot ‘Pen Cai’ includes delicacies such as Abalone, Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Tiger Prawns, Dried Scallops, Japanese Mushrooms, Dried Oysters and Roasts, served in an auspicious red wooden round container representing an abundance of food and wealth. Set menus featuring chef-curated Cantonese favourites and signatures include Braised Bird’s Nest with Fish Maw and Fungus; Golden Suckling Pig; Braised 6- head South African Whole Abalone with Goose Web.
Featuring three special set menus, Hua Ting Steamboat will offer five flavoursome broths prepared from scratch daily. Well-loved culinary treasures include the Dragon Tiger Grouper, Live Prawns, Bay Scallops, Nagano Pork Belly and Prawn Paste, alongside handmade items such as Sotong Doughnut and Prawn Paste with Fish Maw.
Set Menus priced from $108++/person
Yu Sheng priced from $88++ for a small platter
Pen Cai priced from $328++ for a small pot
Steamboat Set Menus priced from $78++/person
When: Set Menus available from 13 January – 8 February 2020
Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879, Tel: (+65) 6739 6666, [email protected], www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/orchard-hotel-singapore/hua-ting-restaurant
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Created to foster togetherness, the festive fare at Park Hotel Clarke Quay presents four set menus that cater for an intimate gathering of four to joyous affair of 10 diners. Look forward to treats such as Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng, Abalone, 年年 有鱼 ~ nian nian you yu, and Chilled Mango Pudding with Lychee Pearls.
8-Course Ultimate Success ($768++ per table of 9 to 10 diners)
8-Course Prosperity ($698++ per table of 7 to 8 diners)
7-Course Longevity ($648++ per table of 6 to 7 diners)
6-Course Harmony ($388++ per table of 4 to 5 diners)
Discount privileges for all hotel guests and diners with HSBC, Maybank, Citibank, DBS, UOB, and OCBC cards.
Book before 10 January 2020 and enjoy a discount of 15% off the Chinese New Year set menus with a complimentary upgrade to the Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng (worth $38 nett)! Bookings on 10 January and after will be entitled to a discount of 10% off the Chinese New Year set menus.
When: 10 January to 8 February 2020
Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Street, Singapore 237983, www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/clarkequay/promotions/cny
Parkroyal on Beach Road
Bond over a sumptuous feast at Ginger, the all-day dining restaurant at Parkroyal on Beach Road, featuring a buffet menu of Asian and Western delicacies; or opt for traditional Lunar New Year delicacies at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. You can also share bountiful blessings with Lunar New Year takeaway goodies! Ginger offers a line-up of sumptuous specialities such as Crab Meat and Five Treasures Soup in Claypot, Braised Herbal Duck with Wolfberries and Stir-Fried Baby Lobster with Salted Egg. Make your very own Yu Sheng with your preferred ingredients at Ginger’s Yu Sheng Counter and complete the prosperous feast with a tantalising array of carvings, seafood on ice, local delicacies, cheeses, desserts and Lunar New Year goodies.
Toss to a prosperous new year with an authentic Sichuan spread at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. Choose from the delectable selection of Lunar New Year set menus featuring Double-boiled Sakura Chicken Soup with Eight-head Abalone and Matsutake Mushroom, Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng with Crispy Fish Skin, as well as the traditional Premium Sichuan Claypot Treasures which signifies abundance and includes premium ingredients such as abalone, fish maw and sea cucumber, simmered for a minimum of three hours in an earthen jar before serving.
Enjoy a complimentary bottle of house red wine worth $75 for set menus above $888 or a complimentary bottle of house red wine with exclusive wine carrier worth $135 for set menus above $1,288.
How much: Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant Set Menus priced from $65 per person
When: 3 January to 8 February 2020
Enjoy 20% savings* on Lunar New Year a la carte menu during the first three days and weekends of the first 15 days of the Lunar New Year (25 to 27 January 2020, 1, 2 and 8 February 2020) *Offer only valid when payment is made with a UOB Credit/Debit Card. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge (for dine-in) and GST, unless otherwise stated.
PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Rd, Singapore 199591, Tel: (+65) 6505 5710, [email protected]
Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park
Bringing a Truly Singaporean experience to all customers through its food and hospitality, New Ubin Zhongshan Park at Ramada Hotel is the first hotel outlet of the New Ubin Seafood Group, which serves a confluence of hearty cze char with the freshest produce in a relaxing environment. Expect signature dishes like USDA Black Angus “Choice” Rib Eye with Heart Attack Fried Rice and Hokkien Mee Special, amidst other new creations such as Foie Gras Egg Special, or indulge in the fresh live seafood such as Mud Crab, Tiger Prawns, Boston Lobster and Jade Perch.
CNY Eve Buffet priced from $88++/adult, $48++/child
8-course set menus priced from $268++/4 pax
When: 10 January – 8 February 2020
Usher in an auspicious Year of the Rat with menus from one Michelin-starred Summer Palace and prosperous festive goodies. From 13 January to 8 February 2020, Regent Singapore joins the Lunar New Year rat race with creations both novel and exquisite. To mark 2020’s lunar zodiac, themed dishes such as Stir-fried Mouse Tail Noodles with Assorted Seafood; and Deep-fried Garoupa in Sweet & Sour Osmanthus Sauce will make fun additions to any festive table.
How much: Set menus from $98 per person
When: 13 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Summer Palace at Regent Singapore, Level 3 Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, Tel: (+65) 6725 3288, www.regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining/summer-palace
Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Plan a Lunar New Year reunion at the one Michelin star Summer Pavilion whilst indulging in a selection of exquisite dishes. Symbolising an abundance of prosperity, the Hokkaido king scallop with black caviar Yu Sheng is perfect for sharing with loved ones. Other highlights include the double-boiled sea whelk soup with fish maw, soaked nostoc algae and persimmon; and sautéed shredded Australian dried abalone with prickly sea cucumber, lotus root, sweet peas and beansprouts. Savour the best of Singapore’s heritage cuisines at Colony alongside Lunar New Year delights including traditional Yu Sheng with sea whelk, fresh salmon and ikura; bird’s nest served in a whole coconut; Pen Cai; suckling pig; abalone with oyster mee sua; and longevity noodles. Take a break from the festivities and spend a relaxing afternoon at Chihuly Lounge. Savour a decadent afternoon tea buffet which includes gold coin chicken bak kwa on braised daikon and pineapple chutney; wagyu beef patty with smoked garlic jus and tomato salsa; and a selection of Lunar New Year goodies.
There will also be handcrafted Prosperity Goodies such as pineapple tarts and love letters available exclusively at Colony Bakery from 2 January to 31 January 2020.
Summer Pavilion six- to eight-course set lunch and dinner menus are priced from $108 per person
Colony Lo Hei Lunch, Dinner and Vintage Champagne Brunch from $88/adult and $44/child
Chihuly Lounge Afternoon Tea from $68/adult and $34/child
When: 13 January to 8 February 2020
Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Marina Bay 7, Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, Tel: (+65) 6434 5288, [email protected] (reservations) / Tel: (+65) 6434 5278, [email protected], www.colonybakery.oddle.me (bakery), www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/dining
The St. Regis Singapore
Relish in exceptional signatures and lavish dine-in set menus, or spread the joy of the New Year with a selection of gourmet takeaway delights at Yan Ting. Indulge in one of their set menus, showcasing premium ingredients of the festive season such as Double-boiled Fish Maw Consommé with Maca Root, Whole Crispy Suckling Pig, and Udon with Japanese Scallops in XO sauce. For more intimate gatherings, diners may select from five 6-course set menus, with gourmet highlights like Steamed Marble Goby “Soon Hock” Fillet with Soybean Floss, Braised Five-head South African Abalone with Sea Cucumber in Oyster Sauce,and a perennial favourite of Wok-fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage.
Toss to the celebratory occasion with a signature Prosperity Yu Sheng with Norwegian Salmon. Topped with a generous portion of oceanic delights, the yu sheng platter features pomelo, peaches, carrots, white radish, cucumber strips, dried orange peels and snow pear. Then, dressed in an irresistible combination of Chef’s signature sauce comprising fermented beancurd sauce, mayonnaise, garlic, and a tangy yu sheng sauce of sweet plum, passionfruit, orange and applesauce;allow the taste buds to be enthralled by the perfect balance of flavours and textures!
How much: Set menus from $1288++ for a table of 10 persons
Dine-in menus will be available from 6 January 2020 to 8 February 2020, served daily during lunch (12pm to 2:30pm), and dinner (6:30pm to 10:30pm).
Collection of takeaways begins from 6 January 2020; an advance order of 3 working days is required.
The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sinxr-the-st-regis-singapore
The Sanchaya Bintan
Looking to get away this CNY, mama? You can still be in full spirit of the Year of the Rat at The Sanchaya in Bintan with their exclusive Chinese New Year menu. Highlights include succulent Grilled Fresh Lobster with sautéed Kailan, Seafood Fried Rice with X.O. Sauce and Sichuan Crispy Fish with Soy Ginger Dip. The à la carte menu is in sharing style, celebrating family bonds and communal joy. A symbolic Lion dance will kick off the Chinese New Year festivities on Saturday, 25th January. Estate guests will also be invited to partake in the traditional Yee Sang!
How much: A la carte menu items from just $12++
When: 15 January – 15 February 2020
The Sanchaya, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 29155, Indonesia, www.thesanchaya.com
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore celebrates the auspicious arrival of the year of the Golden Rat with sumptuous culinary celebrations throughout January and February 2020. Bask in reunion celebrations across their five acclaimed dining destinations – Shang Palace, Hearty Spring Reunion Buffets at The Line, A Peranakan Lunar New Year at The Lobby Lounge, High Tea with Lunar New Year Delights at The Rose Veranda and Chinese New Year’s Eve Reunion Gala Dinner at Island Ballroom. There will also be Lunar New Year Takeaways ideal for gifting or enjoying in the comfort of your own home.
Eight-course set menu at Shang Palace from $198/person
Buffets at The Line from $88++/adult and $44++/child
Peranakan Lunar New Year at The Lobby Lounge
High tea at The Rose Veranda $68++/adult and $34++/child
Shang Palace set menus are available from 2 January to 8 February 2020. A la carte selection and Chinese New Year Dim Sum menu are available from 13 January to 8 February 2020.
The Line buffets are available from 24 to 27 January 2020.
Rotating menu at The Lobby Lounge from 24 January to 8 February 2020.
High tea at The Rose Veranda available from 24 to 27 January 2020.
Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, Tel: +65 6213 4275, www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/dining
Looking for an alternative ambiance to a hotel for Yu Sheng? Chopsuey Cafe, with its black and white colonial colours and an option to sit alfresco, is one of our fave ladies lunch spots in Singapore. They offer a healthy spin on the traditional Yu Sheng, with the Chopsuey Lucky Lunar Lo Hei ($28++ for half, $48++ for full). Standard ingredients are replaced with trout, kale, celeriac, sprouts, red radish, blueberries and wild rice.
The restaurant will also be offering two different set menus, the 7-course set menu caters to groups of 4 to 6 people with highlights like a palate-cleansing Lychee Green Tea Shake (or a Gancia Lychee Prosecco if you’re feeling feisty), Hot & Sour Chicken Soup, and Chilli Jam Prawns, and Jade Ocean Trout. Other main options include a choice between Sweet Salty Spicy Fried Chicken (yes, yes, yes and yes!), Crispy Orange Beef Rib or White Pepper Espresso Ribs, with yet another savoury course featuring Wok-fried Claypot Rice with traditional Chinese sausage. The second Set menu, for larger groups of 7 to 10 people, also includes Young Coconut & King Prawn Soup, Tamarind King Prawns, and Crispy Cod with Chili Garlic Sauce, among other options. Both meals cap off with a warming and healthful Hot Ginger Root Tea.
And great news: even if you’re not opting for the full set menu, many of the items are available on an a la carte basis as well!
How much: Lo Hei is $28++ for a half-portion, $48++ for full; Set Menu #1 is $68++ per person; Set Menu #2 is $88++ per person.
When: 13 January to 8 February 2020
Chopsuey Café, Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-23, Tel: (+65) 9224 6611, www.pscafe.com/chopsuey-cafe-at-dempsey-hill
Crystal Jade Group
Cantonese stalwart Crystal Jade will be offering a range of CNY-themed menus and festive takeaways at their entire family of restaurants. This year’s new Prosperity Golden Lobster Yusheng will be a major highlight, with lots of pickled elements alongside fresh lily bulbs, kaffir lime leaves, and red dates, as well as succulent local lobster and salmon roe topped with flower blossom syrup.
If you’re an abalone lover, swim on over to Crystal Jade Jiang Nan at Vivo for limited-time specialties like Braised pork belly with baby abalone and Double-boiled abalone with conpoy, sea cucumber and fish maw soup. Or head to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao for seasonal specialties like Deep-fried marble goby with hot and sour sauce, and or delicious dim sum like Steamed bun with roasted duck. Festive takeaways are also available, including a Bountiful abalone treasure pot and Reunion Salmon Yusheng. You can of course snag yourself some delicious cakes and cookies, too!
How much: New Prosperity Golden Lobster Yusheng is $98 (small) – $168 (large). Auspicious reunion feast festive takeaway bundle is $418 for 5 pax and $668 for 10 pax. Check each restaurant’s website for specific set menus.
When: Restaurant set menus available from 15 January through 8 February 2020 (Yu Sheng available from 6 January); all outlets will be CLOSED on 25 January 2020. Takeaway orders are available now at estore.crystaljade.com, and can be picked up from 6 January 2020. Jadeite members and certain bank cards can earn discounts of 15-20% through 5 January 2020.
Crystal Jade, multiple locations, www.crystaljade.com
Din Tai Fung
Of course everyone’s favourite dumpling place is pulling out all the stops for Chinese New Year. DTF will have have traditional faves like Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng in two sizes, with a new house made Thai-inspired dressing with chillies, peanus and refreshing lime (you can also still opt for the ever popular Auspicious Plum Dressing if you prefer!). We like that they have a Vegetarian Yu Sheng option as well that comes without pickled scallions and smoked salmon. On the dessert front, you can nab yourself up a box of limited edition Taiwan Pineapple Cakes ($23.80 for a box of 10), or a jar of their famous Fragrant Chili Sauce ($11). Best of all, with a minimum spend of $68 you’ll nab a set of 8 limited edition Din Tai Fun red packets (available at all outlets except Bedok Mall).
How much: Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng is $32.80 (2-3 people) or $48.80 (4-6 people); Prosperity Vegetarian Yu Sheng is $26.80-$39.80.
When: 2 January to 8 February 2020
This award-winning, meat-free modern vegetarian chain will serve up an 8-course “Prosper-licious” CNY menu with wholesome, hearty cuisine that’s sure to please vegetarians and omnivores alike. (We also like the price: just $43.80++ per person!) Highlights include decadent Double-boiled Sea Treasure Soup, Black Truffle with Mushroom Claypot, and delectable Sticky Date Pudding with Orange Sauce. You can also toss the vegetarian Prosperity Truffle Yu Sheng, featuring konnyaku slices and complemented with homemade sour plum sauce
How much: “Prosper-licious” 8-course set menu is $43.80++ per person; Prosperity Yu Sheng is priced at $38.80 (3-4 pax) and $48.80 (8-10 pax)
When: 7 January to 8 February 2020
Asian casual Fat Chap at Suntec City has actually managed to make rats look cute with their sweet rendition of yu sheng featuring taro, mangoes, strawberries and passion fruit, alongside fresh white and green radish, citrus-cured salmon and crispy taro chips. Available in two sizes, the yu sheng complements the restaurant’s 6-course CNY menu, which kicks off with tasty savoury snacks like “Hae Bi Hiam” on sesame cracker, homemade Bak Kwa, and Sichuan pickled cucumber, and features tasty classics like Double Boiled Fortune Chicken Soup, Thai Style Fried Golden Snapper, and Treasure in a Lotus Leaf with Hokkaido rice, XO Chinese sausage and crispy ebi.
How much: Taro-Taro Yusheng is $38.80++ (medium) – $48.80++ (large). The 6-course CNY menu is $48++ (minimum of four to dine).
When: 10 January to 8 February 2020
Fat Chap, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall East Wing, #01-643 (next to Promenade Exit C), Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6836 5994, www.fatchap.sg
After re-opening earlier this year, this elegant throwback to 1930s sophistication (replete with chandeliers, green velvet banquettes, and even an occasional live Jazz band!) will offer up an equally sumptuous and nostalgic array of menus for Chinese New Year 2020. The Prosperity Yu Sheng is elevated with fresh Australian lobster and 3-head Abalone. Abalone also makes an appearance in the Six-head Abalone Fortune Pot, which appears alongside the restaurant’s signature Crispy Smoked Duck, infused with Osmanthus tea-leaf and dramatically served with a flourish. Other classics include Pan-fried Nian Gao, Buddha Jump Over the Wall, and a variety of seafood items. There are eight different menus in total, mama!
How much: Set menus priced at $588++ to $2,888++ for four to 10 pax, respectively.
When: 17 January to 9 February 2020; open daily during the Lunar New Year period, but closed on 20 January 2020.
Grand Shanghai, 390 Havelock Road, King’s Centre, Level 1, Singapore 169662, Tel: (+65) 6836 6866, www.grandshanghai.com.sg
Already one of our favorite Halal restaurants in Singapore, The Halia’s Yu Sheng naturally showcases their fave ingredient – ginger – with a special ginger flower sauce served atop fresh sliced raw fish. They’ve even provided a handy flash card with auspicious phrases and the symbolism behind each ingredient. Order the yu sheng platter (for groups of 10 or more), and you’ll also receive a complimentary pack of red packets and a souvenir photograph with every yu sheng platter ordered.
How much: $8.88 per person (minimum order of 2 persons required). NB: For groups of 10 or more, an advanced booking of 4 days is required for the platter.
When: 15 January through 8 February 2020
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, Tel: (+65) 8444 1148, www.thehalia.com
JUMBO is a firm family favourite all year round, so it’s no surprise they kick things up a notch at this time of year. At Jumbo Seafood, you’ll find Celebration Set Menus with delectable options like Boston Lobster Steamed with Chinese Wine and Egg White, Signature Black Pepper Crab, and of course their award-winning Chilli Crab. And for the first time ever, Jumbo’s flagship at East Coast Seafood Centre will be open for dinner on the first day of Chinese New Year (25 January), serving up all your faves. Meanwhile Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine and Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine will have Reunion Sets with Teochew Style Prosperity Yu Sheng, along with Festive Pen Cai, and their Celebration Sets will feature a full Teochew Cuisine Platter and Live Boston Lobster. Customers will enjoy 15% off all Reunion Set Menus on 24 January at all participating brands during lunch operating hours.
How much: JUMBO Seafood set menus from $268 (table of four) to $1,088 (table of 10); Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine set menus from $238 (table of four) to $1,328 (table of 10).
When: Celebration Set Menus from 6 January to 9 February 2020 (except 24 January). Reunion set menus available on 24 January 2020. Chinese New Year Day Menu available on 25 January 25 (only at East Coast Seafood Centre).
Want a break from Yu Sheng? Special for Chinese New Year is the Kam’s Roast Golden Duck ($88++), prepared with the secret in-house marinade then roasted to perfection with a thin, golden brown skin that’s flecked with edible 22-carat French Gold flakes! The result: a sparkling centerpiece dish symbolizing abundance, wealth and luck. Through 23 January 2020, Kam’s Roast Pacific Plaza will be offering its special Premium Festive Roast Platter ($75++) with Pipa duck, Iberico Pork Char Siu and Crispy Roast Pork. If you want to wow your relatives at home there’s also the Prosperity Trio Set ($108+) for four to six people with the whole signature roast duck and regular portions of the Iberico char siew and super crispy roast pork. There are other yummy festive goodies available, too, like cured lean pork sausages and Soya chicken. See the full menu and place your takeaway pre-orders here! NB: Roast Golden Duck is available at Kam’s Roast Jewel and Pacific Plaza locations; takeaway orders and the Festive Roast Platter are only available at Pacific Plaza.
How much: Golden Roast Duck: $88++; Premium Festive Roast Platter: $75++; Prosperity Trio Set: $108+.
When: Signature items available in restaurants now; takeaway orders from 24 January to 8 February 2020.
Kam’s Roast Jewel, 78 Airport Boulevard, #02-210 Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Kam’s Roast Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, #01-04/07, Singapore 228210
This buffet restaurant in the heart of Katong will be serving up a well-priced (from just $42!) buffet spread across the festive period, and we love that it’s all halal-certified, too. Enjoy seasonal faves like Broccoli with Mushroom & Abalone Oyster Sauce, Salted Egg Slipper Lobster, and Braised Duck with Chestnuts. Or go for the Peng Cai Special (available just on Chinese New Year Eve, 24 January). And don’t the yummy skip desserts like Peanut Dumpling with Soy Milk, Mandarin Orange Cream Puffs, and Assorted Chinese New Year Cookies. Even if you skip the buffet, be sure to spring for the Prosperity Yu Sheng Platter, which comes with a la carte orders only. And if you book a buffet in advance you can even save 20% off for parties of at least four paying adults!
How much: Yu Sheng from $38++ (small) to $68++ (large); Festive Buffet: $42++ (weekday lunch), $52++ (weekend lunch and weekday dinner), $62++ (weekend dinner), $70++ (Chinese New Year Eve).
When: 13 January to 8 February 2020
Katong Kitchen, 25 Marine Parade, Level 4, Village Hotel Katong, Singapore 449536, www.katongkitchen.com.sg
Mimi at the Riverhouse
Look forward to a Lunar Soirée featuring three different festive menus created by the Head Chef and Culinary Director at this “approachable modern Chinese” resto at Clarke Quay. The three well-priced (ranging from $68-$108 per person) set menus all include Mimi Prosperity Akagai Yu Sheng, which has Akagai ark shell clams as its centerpiece. Guests can also add abalone for just a $10 top-up. You’ll also find various other classics, took, like Superior Collagen Broth, Abalone Yam Ring, Soy King Prawns, and Mimi’s Signature Flaming Chicken, with plenty of private dining options as well.
How much: Yu Sheng: $48 (small) – $88 (large). Set Menus A, B & C priced at $68++, $88++ and $108++ per pax, depending on number of people in the group.
When: 17 January to 9 February 2020
Mimi at the Riverhouse, 3A River Valley Road, Level 2, The Riverhouse, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020, Tel: (+65) 6261 1189, www.mimirestaurant.sg
One of our fave spots for Dim Sum and also a fab spot for kids eat free deals, Mitzo specializes in serving up a modern take on traditional Chinese delights. This year’s four different Yu Shengs are: Salmon ($108-$168++), Kanpachi King Fish ($128-$208++) “Auspicious Abalone” ($158-$258++) and Fruits with refreshing tropical fruits and vegetables ($108-$168++). Other highlights will include Miso “Pen Cai” ($298-$588++), with luxurious 6-head abalone along with dried scallop wrapped with radish, flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried oyster, poached duck, lettuce, lotus root, miso pork and “Fa Cai” black moss. There will also be more classic Pen Cai with premium ingredients like pork, roast duck, cod fish, truffle scallop and prawns. Look out for special Lunar New Year cocktails, too!
How much: Yu Sheng from $108 to $158++ for 4-6 people; $168 to $258++ for up to 14 people. Pen Cai from $298++ per table of four. Set menus from $498++ for a table of four to to $2,380++ for eight. Vegetarian options also available.
When: 6 January to 8 February 2020
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, Tel: (+65) 6603 8855, www.mitzo.sg
The hip fusion resto on Keong Saik presents its own spin on yu sheng this Lunar New Year with Japanese-inflected Prosperity Yu Sheng (perfectly sized to serve 2-3 people) featuring cured salmon and fresh daikon salad, all drizzled with a delicious plum sauce. Available for both dine-in and takeaway.
How much: $28++
When: 21 January to 1 February 2020-01-08
Neon Pigeon, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109, Tel: (+65) 6222 3623, www.neonpigeonsg.com
This popular purveyor of high-quality Norwegian salmon that’s responsibly farmed presents its own “Pink of Health” Yu Sheng featuring fresh salmon cubes from Norway’s ice-cold Fjords, paired with classic condiments like grated radish, carrots, orange peels, and an addition of golden salted egg fish crisps for a bit of crunch, then all topped off with yummy plum sauce. We like that Pink Fish’s yu sheng come in a variety of sizes, too, starting at just $10.90 for a small individual serving.
How much: $10.90-$18.90 (Individual small, medium and large portions); $28.80++ (family size for 5-6 people).
When: Now through 9 February 2020
Pink Fish, Jewel Changi Airport #B1-261/262, 78 Airport Boulevard Singapore 819666, www.pinkfish.sg
Renowned for its hearty, seasonal ingredients (with a Michelin Star to back up the hype), Putien’s CNY menu for 2020 offers up a variety of meats – including Deep-friend Garlic Chicken and Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees – along with their signature Stir-Fried Yams and much more. Putien’s Prosperity Yu Sheng is well-priced, starting at just $29.80++ for a small serving of Salmon Yu Sheng (Abalone starts at $39.80++), and the two different set menus (“Propitious” and “Prosperity”) are available for two, four, six, eight or 10 people.
How much: Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng: $28.80++ (small) / $49.80++ (large); Abalone Yu Sheng: $38.80++/ $59.80++. Set menus from $118++ (for two) to $888++ (for ten). Click here for the full Putien CNY menu.
When: 1 January to 9 February 2020; only ION, Parkway Parade & Resorts World Sentosa locations will be open on 25 January.
Air-flown Norwegian Salmon is the star of Sakae Sushi Yu Sheng in 2020, presented with all the veggie fixins with the option for eight pieces of add-on sashimi for just $10.88 extra. Sakae Sushi Yu Sheng is available in three well-priced sizes, and if you purchase a large you can nab yourself a $30 cash voucher for your next visit (you’ll get $10 for a Small and $20 for a Medium, too). Sakae Sushi also has festive bundles, including the Fortune Combo comprised of Longevity Rong Yusheng, an Auspicious Platter and an Abundance Platter. And if you happen to be a UOB cardmember, you’ll get 10% off a la carte sushi platters and combos!
How much: Yu Sheng available in Small ($36.88), Medium ($51.88) and Large ($64.88). Fortune Combo priced at $168.88 ($158.88 for members).
When: Pre-orders start 6 January 2020; available in-store and for pickup from 13 January to 9 February (while stocks last).
Tim Ho Wan
If you love dim sum, head to Hong Kong import Tim Ho Wan for CNY specials available just for a limited time: the Pan-fried Pork Buns ($6.50 for 3) are the perfect blend of sweet pork filling and golden brown, crispy casing. The glutinous Pan-fried Rice Cake (nian gao, $5) is soft and chewy, with a slightly smoky finish. And for dessert, the Golden Salted Egg Lava Bun ($6.50) has just the right amount of filling to provide a satisfying burst of flavour.
When: Available 15 January to 16 February 2020 (NB: Only Salted Egg Lava Bun and Pan-fried Rice Cake will be available at the Marina Bay Sands location)
After opening to much fanfare earlier this year (Yun Nans Jewel is their flagship and the first location outside China), this popular chain showcasing Yunnan ethnic highland cuisines is raring to go for Chinese New Year 2020. You’ll find no less than eight set menus (for groups of four to 10), with classic dishes like Prosperity Treasure Hot Pot ($168-$288) and Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng ($40.80-$58.80) along with Abalone Prosperity Yu Sheng ($68.80-$88.80). We’ve also got our eye on the traditional homestyle Yunnan Cross-bridge Pork Ribs, braised with special sauce than stir-fried with different types of Yunnan mushrooms. NB: There’s a special early bird promotion where you can get 12% off when you order any Yu Sheng or Prosperity Treasure Hot Pot from 13-19 January 2020 (valid for dine-in only).
How much: Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng: $40.80 (6 pax) – $58.80 (10 pax); Abalone Prosperity Yu Sheng: $68.80 – $88.80; Prosperity Treasure Hot Pot: $168-$288. Set menus priced from $268++ onwards.
When: 13 January to 8 February 2020
Yun Nans Jewel, 78 Airport Boulevard, #02-217 Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Yun Nans Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #03-07 Westgate, Singapore 608532
Other CNY 2020 Goodies: Bakkwa, Cookies & More
Head to your local neighbourhood Bread Talk for red-and-gold-hued buns, cakes, Nian Gao and pineapple tarts this CNY, mama! Highlights for Chinese New Year 2020 include the adorable Golden Mouse (filled with chocolate cream cheese), the Prosperity Pineapple Bun, and BreadTalk’s Berry Sweet Success with strawberries atop crisp, buttery croissant layers. You’ll also find heaps of cakes and cookies available for both dine-in and takeaway, along with a limited-edition Honey Pineapple Joy festive drink.
This festive season hit up Cedele for a yummy range of gluten-free, vegan, and delicious sweet treats comprising 14 different cookies and 12 types of cakes, including Pineapple Pocket Pie ($23), Cornflake Cookies ($22), and a delectable Gold & Black Butter Bar Cake ($18-$33). You’ll also discover a huge array of savoury CNY goodies – cakes – Black Pepper Curry Chicken and Honey Char Siew have caught our eye – along with a CNY Celebratory Set Special and a healthy Yu Sheng in the form of Prosperity Toss Salad ($45, can serve 10 people). We love that the chicken and pork belly offerings are sugar-free, while even the Char Siew is lower sugar than the traditional recipe.
You just knew the doyenne of Singapore desserts would bring it by placing her own twist on traditional CNY goodies. Her limited edition Lunar New Year hampers feature treats like colourful cookie jars and chocolate-coated Pineapple Tarts, while you can also score Singapore CNY signatures like Chocolate Bakkwa and Pork Floss Bakkwa Cokies. And just for this year, there’s the super-cute Mr. Rat Chocolate, a playful duo filled with surprise fillings of cocoa almonds.
There’s not really ever a bad time for popsicles in steamy Singapore, but we love the festive twist of the new limited-edition Magnum Chocolate Orange, which is enhanced with an infusion of “auspicious orange” that combines zesty zing with creamy premium chocolate and ice cream.
Magnum, Available at stores islandwide and the Magnum Pleasure Store, B2-07 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, www.facebook.com/MagnumSingapore
Calling all tea lovers! Trendy Taiwanese bubble tea joint Milksha has introduced limited-edition Ong Lai Tea (and Ong Lai Ice Blended) featuring two types of frozen pineapple juice specially imported from Taiwan. Plus, with every two drinks purchased, you’ll receive six pieces of Milksha’s limited-edition Chinese New Year 2020 red packets! As ever, Milksha’s tantalizing teas feature only 100% natural milk and other natural ingredients. The limited-edition CNY drinks are available from 6 January to 8 February at Milksha’s four Singapore outlets (including a new spot at Novena Square).
Instead of Yu Sheng, Proofer Boulangerie is offering Bring Yu Prosperity Pizza topped with chunks of tuna and decorated with slices of crab stick. They’ve got a full range of Prosperity Pizzas and Buns, in fact, to celebrate the Lunar New Year; Bakkwa Pizza with chicken bakkwa and pineapple is a standout! Pizzas are priced at $14.90 and buns are $2 apiece (or $6 for 4). Available from 6 January.
There’s no need to feel guilty about gorging on pineapple tarts or bakkwa with Seriously Keto’s low-carb, gluten-free and zero-sugar Chinese New Year goodies! The collection features three CNY classics: cashew cookies, cheese crisps, and kueh buloh (perfect for some post-meal coffee dunking!). Seriously Keto uses keto-compliant ingredients like Swerve (a sugar replacement made with natural ingredients), almond flower, and psylium husk to create tasty treats that are also diabetic-friendly! Available for pre-order now, or for online and in-store purchase from 6 January. Priced from $18.80 per jar, or $58.80 for a bundle of all three goodies.
Seriously Keto, www.seriouslyketo.com
Toast Box has four limited-edition goodies for Chinese New Year 2020, with both sweet and savoury offerings to tempt your palate. The two bite-sized options are Golden Yam Cake Bites and Tang Yuan in Red Bean Soup, while you’ll also find jars of Cereal Cookies and Peanut Butter Kueh Kapet ($18.80 each, or $30 for two).
Perfect whether you’re hosting or visiting, Violent Oon’s pineapple tarts, sugee financiers, and various cookies (including Cashew, Peanut and Spice Island Ginger varieties) all make for lovely sweet treats. And the packaging could not be more gorgeous. The pineapple tarts ($30/box) feature cinnamony sweet pineapple jam encased in buttery pasty, and are baked fresh daily. Find these Chinese New Year goodies at Violet Oon’s two retails shops at ION Orchard and Jewel at Changi.
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Lead image via Jade at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore