Christmas and New Year done? It’s time to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year 2022! Whether you want to head straight into several courses of local favourites at a traditional restaurant, or take it more easy with a tasting at home, here’s some great dining in and out options to usher in the Year of the Tiger. Huat ah!
Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel presents a prosperous line up of Lunar New Year delights from 7 January to 15 February 2022. New festive creations include sweet treats such as the decadent ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Tiger Swiss Roll and an exceptionally Instagrammable Tiger Gâteau. A highlight is the Golden Fortune Bucket, a showstopper of golden coins and ingots, exuding prosperity and abundance.
Online delivery and self-collection available from 7 January. Advance order of five days required for takeaways. Last pre-order date is 10 February 2022. goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me
Por Kee Eating House
For a truly authentic experience you can always count on Por Kee, a traditional Chinese restaurant in the heart of Tiong Bahru. It’s long been voted one of the best zi char places on the island with their signature homemade beancurd, champagne pork ribs, and Thai Style Live Seabass. The indoor and outdoor eating areas are always packed with local families and expats year-round, and thanks to its enormous tables it’s ideal for reunion dinner and a memorable and hearty feast at reasonable prices.
Por Kee Eating House, 69 Seng Poh Lane,160069. porkee.business.site
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore is heralding the Year of the Tiger with heart-warming family reunions, auspicious gift hampers (and prosperous floral arrangements for those who are big on blooms). 藝 yì by Jereme Leung offers a set menu featuring exquisite and traditional fare such as Steamed Jasmine Rice with Chinese Goose Liver Sausages and Preserved Meats (from S$168 pp), however, what we’re really excited about are his Yu Sheng specials. This perennial favourite dish of auspicious ingredients (to toss and taste) he is available in a variety of platters such as Longevity Yu Sheng (arctic shellfish and Japanese sweet shrimps), or Prosperity Yu Sheng (tuna sashimi, Spanish Ibérico ham and honey melon). Both are available for dine- in and takeaway (also $168).
Available at Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, 18967317 from 17 January-15 February 2022. For the restaurant contact yi-restaurant.com.sg; for Yu Sheng contact rafflescelebrations.com.sg; for hampers at gifts email email@example.com
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Capitol Kempinski’s signature restaurant 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is the place to be for a sumptuous set lunch and dinner, reunion or gathering. Their 3-course Chinese New Year Set Lunch ($58++ pp) begins with Mandarin Orange Cured Salmon or Bak Kwa Toast, followed by Wild Atlantic Sardine with air-dried tomato puree and Pat Chun chicory or Braised Angus Beef Neck. Wrap it up with Spiced Persimmon. A 6-course Chinese New Year Set Dinner is also available ($168++ pp) featuring Alaskan King Crab, Korean Abalone, Scottish Lobster Dumpling, Fried Toothfish, Japanese Wagyu Beef Rib and a Pandan Nian Gao. Click here for more details.
Mimi at The Riverhouse
Set against Clarke Quay’s storied backdrop of oriental intrigue, the 150-year-old Riverhouse is one of the only two remaining conserved Chinese mansions in Singapore – Mimi, a modern Chinese restaurant is housed on the upper floor. What better venue then, to celebrate the Year of the Tiger? Available from 22 January, the menu is a chic mix of King Prawn Ball, Crispy Wild Barramundi Fillet, 5 Spices Roasted Free Range Chicken and more. Mimi’s rendition of “everyone’s favourite bit of reunion dinners”, Yu Sheng, features a medley of pickled radishes, fried vermicelli, edible petals, fresh sashimi slices and abalone. Prices start from $288 for 4 pax.
3A River Valley Road, #01-02, Clarke Quay, 179020. firstname.lastname@example.org
CÉ LA VI
Go sky high at CÉ LA VI where their decadent Lunar New Year Six-Course Set Dinner Menu is a head above the rest. Serving an array of contemporary Asian cuisine, the Lunar New Year feast includes Yu Sheng (of course!) alongside the likes of Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche & Clam with Baeri Oscietra Caviar; Coconut Saffron Mussel Cappuccino cooked with fragrant coriander, chilli and calamansi; fleshy Grilled King Prawns marinated in togarashi spice and drizzled with curry leaf oil; and A5 Kagoshima Wagyu Beef, asparagus, and truffle in a Kampot pepper sauce. From $398 for two. Prosperity Yu Sheng (from $48 for two pax) will also be available as an a la carte option from 10 January.
Find CÉ LA VI at 1 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands, Hotel, Tower 3, 018971. CNY offerings are available from 10 January-6 February. Reserve your table online here, by phone at +65 6508 2188 or email email@example.com
Crystal Jade is always a guaranteed good choice for a Chinese New Year feast. For those staying at home, their Roasted Meat Platter ($68.80) offers a mixed spread of classics such as Crispy Roasted Pork Belly, Roasted Duck, Soya Sauce Chicken, Roasted Honey BBQ Pork and Jellyfish as well. Bonus: they’re sliced and ready-to-eat so completely fuss-free. If you prefer to dine out-out, you’ll find an array of exclusive Chef’s a la carte recommendations and a range of specially-crafted set menus (from $68 to $1,388) at various Crystal Jade outlets islandwide.
Din Tai Fung
To usher in the Year of the Tiger, Din Tai Fung have added the Classic Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ($48.80, serves 4-6) to the menu. Comprising flavourful Norwegian smoked salmon served alongside colourful and refreshing ribbons of carrots, and green and white radish. Additional ingredients included specially toasted white sesame seeds and fragrant roasted peanuts. Completing the taste is their in-house signature auspicious plum dressing that is delicately balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. A serving of Crispy Yam Strips created an added crunch.
Optional extras include Sliced Smoked Salmon (6pcs, $9.80/serving), Crispy Yam Strips ($3.80) and Fried Salmon Skins (6pcs, $4.80/serving). The Fried Salmon Skins give the Yu Sheng a deeper layer of texture and flavour. There’s also a Vegetarian Yu Sheng ($39.80, serves 4-6), which still packs in all the fortune, just without the pickled scallions and smoked salmon. Crispy Yam Strips ($3.80) are available as an added extra.
Din Tai Fung