CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020 WITH A DIFFERENCE ON SENTOSA
Looking to switch up your traditional CNY reunion meals for the Year of the Rat. Head over to The State of Fun for some alternative dining ideas
Tired of tossing typical lo hei? Or feasting on run-of-the-mill pen cai? Your usual reunion dinners getting a tad repetitive, or your CNY stack table feeling very ‘same old’? The island will break you out of your CNY dining rut with these unusual celebratory meals and experiences.
Kangaroo dim sum and more
In time for Chinese New Year, Capella Singapore’s Cantonese restaurant, Cassia, has introduced a new Dim Sum lunch menu---expertly crafted with both traditional and unusual fillings, highlights of this menu include a Kangaroo Meat Dumpling with Bitter Gourd in Black Bean Sauce ($6 for two). If this is a tad too adventurous for you, they also have Poached Pork Dumplings in Spicy Chilli Sauce ($6 for two), and if you are in the mood for something festive and auspicious, go for the Siew Mai topped with Abalone and Gold Flake ($12 for two).
Yu sheng for vegetarians
Making their popular yu sheng accessible to all, Din Tai Fung at RWS, is serving a vegetarian version of their popular Prosperity Yu Sheng. The Prosperity Vegetarian Yu Sheng 富贵素鱼生 comes without pickled scallions and smoked salmon, but all the usual veggie-friendly trimmings. You can add extra Crispy Yam Strips (S$3.80 per serving) or Pine Nuts (S$2.80 per serving) for more crunchy deliciousness. Available $26.80 onwards.
Din Tai Fung
Reunion dining on the beach
This Chinese New Year, why not mix it up a bit with a dinner on the beach. Bring the fam to Siloso Beach for the Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival, where 34 food vendors from Taipei’s popular Ningxia Night Market will be brought here for the Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival. Grab a table by the beach, and tuck into dishes such as flaming beef cubes, Taiwanese oyster omelette, egg-bombed scallion pancake, fried chicken cutlet and crispy salted chicken, grilled king oyster mushroom, and "tian bu la" (Taiwanese oden). Also on the menu are beef noodles by well-known chef Cheng Cheng-chung and Taiwanese sausage with glutinous rice by Hokkien pop singer Tsai Hsiao-hu. can enjoy Mandopop performances by Singapore artistes Wang Weiliang, Bunz, Ruth Kueo, Tay Kexin, Cold Cut Duo, Marcus Lee, AnchorBlanc, Jumpstart, Music Heart Band and Garrick & Gavin.
Set your yu sheng on fire
It will be a convivial, family meal at TEPPAN by Chef Yonemura this CNY. The food is far from the typical CNY menu, and the chefs will wow the crown with teppanyaki showmanship and theatrics. Order Michelin-starred Chef Masayasu Yonemura’s brainchild, the Flambé Yu Sheng (S$48/set for 2 pax, available only for dine-in) which is a unique warm salad of yakisoba served with julienned leeks, carrots and capsicums; and prawns and scallops grilled fresh a la minute on the teppan and tossed with a housemade ginger sauce.
A healthy, Thai-style yu sheng
If you are dreading Chinese New Year festivities because of the chaos and bustle of mainland Singapore, escape to the island's most serene restaurant. Tangerine at Resorts World Sentosa's ESPA serves Thai-inspired farm-to-table goodness. Their Thai inspired Prosperity Yusheng天滋富贵 (S$68++ per set, for 2 pax) is a good-for-you medley of king salmon, julienned cucumber, sliced tomatoes, shredded white and purple cabbage, carrots and edible flowers plucked fresh daily from the restaurant's adjoining herb garden — all served with a spicy Thai chilli garlic dressing.
Chilli Crab in lo hei?
Do you have out-of-town visitors for CNY? Kill two culinary birds with one stone and treat them to a chilli crab CNY toss-up. Sessions, at the Hard Rock Hotel, has a Prosperity Yusheng with Deep-fried Soft Shell Crab in Chilli Crab Sauce富盛八方鱼生 (S$88/set for 3-4 pax onwards). Here the yu sheng dressing is chilli crab sauce, and generous helpings of crispy golden brown soft shell crab are paired with cranberries, mango, red ginger, capsicum and nacho chips. Unique but delicious.
A Spanish pig, for the Year of the Rat
For a super-swish start to the CNY celebrations, book yourself in for a contemporary Chinese meal at Blue Lotus at Sentosa Cove's Quayside Isle. With a view of the docked yachts beyond, spring for the succulent Slow-Roasted Spanish-Style Suckling Pig ($238++). Tender, decadent and expertly roasted, this will make an excellent addition to your reunion dinner table.
Reunion dinner on a tall ship
If far away from nosy relatives and busybody-filled reunion dinners, is where you prefer to be; set sail on Royal Albatross' Chinese New Year dinner cruise (24-26th Jan). Lo hei aboard a 4-masted, 22 sail, luxury cruise liner. CNY specials include live entertainment, a buffet of delicacies like Braised Chinese Herbal Chicken Boiled with Ginseng Root and Wolfberries and Traditional Fried Chicken Money Bag with Spicy Sauce, and a welcome mocktail. Prices begin at $195 per person for a priceless way to start the New Year.