Eat your way to prosperity this Chinese New Year. Food is central to Chinese New Year celebrations and it’s believed that eating auspicious foods will bring in good health, fortune and luck. Every year, restaurant chefs will cook up a storm in the kitchen to come up with new and interesting auspicious dishes to usher in the Chinese New Year.
Here are six new, unique and auspicious foods that’ll fill your tummy with all the good luck and fortune you’ll need for the Lunar New Year:
Foie Gras Golden Treasure Bun ($9.80 per piece)
Where to eat: Szechuan Court, Level 3, Fairmont Singapore 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560; Tel: 6431 6156
Availability: Available in Szechuan Court’s Lunar New Year Dim Sum from 17 January to 14 February 2014
Dim sum lovers can indulge in this delicate hand-crafted dim sum item especially created by Chef Mandy this Lunar New Year. This luxurious Foie Gras Golden Treasure Bun is a contemporary East-meets-West dim sum with a piece of creamy Foie Gras seated atop a bed of crisp alfafa sprouts and topped with chef’s selection of fresh fruits; all set within a lightly fried golden Chinese Mantou.
“Reaping Good Fortune” Prosperity Lychee Roasted Mandarin Duck ($48.88 for half serving & $78.88 for whole serving)
Where to eat or buy: Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, Blk 3A Clarke Quay, #02-02, Singapore 179020; Tel: 6338 0305 or Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918; Tel: 6276 9138
Availability: 16 January to 14 February 2014
This Lychee Roasted Mandarin Duck is a testament of the Peony Jade innovative chefs’ creativity. A rare treat for lovers of fresh fruit with a savoury crunch, this gourmet roast impresses with its moist, juicy and tender meat, seasoned with star anise, and its beautifully sweet aroma provides a refreshing balance to the intense flavour of duck.
This cheery confection will definitely be the talk of the festive table with its larger-than-life look. Shaped like a giant mandarin orange and coated with white chocolate and icing, this orange pound cake opens up to reveal eight auspicious petite mandarin oranges handmade from dark chocolate.
Stewed “Eight Treasures” Chicken with 5-Head Abalone ($298)
Where to buy: Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230; Tel: 6839 5623
Availability: 13 January to 14 February 2014
A flavoursome creation, this new festive dish is laden with premium 5-head Abalone and an adeptly roasted chicken encasing eight treasures – Lotus Seed, Chinese Mushroom, Sea Cucumber, Salted Egg, Barley, Chicken, Pork and Chestnut, all stewed to perfection.
Eight Treasures Cake ($63)
Where to buy: Forecourt Stall (located at Hotel’s entrance), Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865; Tel: 6831 4708
Availability: 10 to 29 January 2014
Put a sweet touch to your Lunar New Year gatherings with this traditional and signature Eight Treasures Cake. This sweet treat is so named due to its auspicious significance made from a selection of 8 different ingredients. It’s moist and flavourful and each bite is pure bliss.
Summer Palace Chinese Executive Chef Liu Ching Hai has created a Tea-Smoked Soy Chicken (太爷鸡) to usher in the Year of the Horse. The chicken was smoked in a wok with brown sugar and fragrant jasmine tea leaves, leaving it meltingly tender and perfectly moist.
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