Every year, restaurant chefs pride themselves in creating their Yu Sheng masterpiece – this year is certainly no exception. Incorporating this year’s Chinese zodiac sign, the Tiger, into the ‘Lo Hei’, hotels and restaurants alike are in full gear for this annual gastronomical affair and family tradition that is always a hit with the kids. Little Steps has scouted the top picks for ‘Lo Hei’ to usher in the Year of the Tiger – Huat ah!
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Welcome the Year of The Tiger with sumptuous yu sheng dishes specially created by Hua Ting Restaurant’s award-winning Master Chef Lap Fai. The intricate Tiger Yu Sheng (SG$888) is made up of carefully selected ingredients like 6-Head South African Abalone, fresh toro and premium tiger prawns. They also offer an alternative Fish Yu Sheng (SG$288) that comes with premium whole abalone, and the dish is shaped like a fish to symbolize abundance and prosperity for the new year.
Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 442 Orchard Rd, 238879, +65 6739 6666, www.millenniumhotels.com/hua-ting-restaurant
You’re bound to see many tiger-themed yusheng at Chinese New Year dinners this year, and the Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng (SG$108) from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore deserves a mention! They’ve created a visually stunning yusheng dish that’s artistically arranged to resemble tiger stripes, and it symbolizes progress and prosperity for the new year. What’s cool is that it incorporates this year’s zodiac animal without going over the top with its visuals.
The Fullterton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, +65 6733 8388, www.shop.fullertonhotels.com
Neo Garden’s got you covered if you’re looking for different types of yu sheng to bring to various gatherings this year. Their extensive selection ranges from more classic options like the Opulence Twochew Yu Sheng and Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng to more unique selects like the Peranakan Nonya Yu Sheng and Rainbow Fruits Yu Sheng. Still not satisfied? Maybe you'd like to customize your own special yu sheng and include designs like Chinese couplets or zodiac animals!
Neo Garden Catering Pte Ltd, 1 Enterprise Rd, Singapore 629813, +65 6896 7757, www.neogarden.com.sg
A visual and flavorful delight, Si Chuan Dou Hua’s Fugu Yu Sheng (SG198++) is returning for its sixth year. Made with edible flowers, ice plants and fresh greens, this uniquely beautiful dish will definitely have guests whipping out their phones at the dinner table for an Insta-worthy shot. The dish is also enhanced with Ulam Raja and Szechuan leaves for a nice spicy touch.
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, 80 Raffles Place #60-01, 1 UOB Plaza, Singapore 048624, +64 6535 6006, www.sichuandouhua.com
Not too keen on the usual salmon yu sheng this year? Treat your tastebuds to Holiday Inn’s Sesame Crusted Tuna Yu Sheng (SG$98++) for a change! Each tuna slice is pan-seared until crispy on the outside while staying soft and tender on the inside. The dish also comes with the chef’s special pineapple sauce, meant to resemble and represent gold so that you’ll have a prosperous new year ahead!
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Rd, Singapore 169075, +65 6733 0188, www.holiday-inn-singapore-atrium-estore.com
The Prosperity Yellowtail Yusheng at Yan is another tasty option if you’re bored of the usual salmon yu sheng. It includes the traditional yu sheng ingredients with the exception of yellowtail fish, and you can even add an extra 150g of yellowtail for SG$30. Salmon slices can also be added to your order at an additional cost of SG$20 per 200g. It’s a perfect solution if half your family prefers salmon while the other half prefers something different.
Yan, 1 Saint Andrew's Road #05-02 National Gallery, Singapore 178957, +65 6384 5585, www.yan-restaurant.com
Be spoilt for choice at Marina Bay Sands with many Spring-inspired gourmet surprises. Besides indulging in auspicious Lunar New Year feasts at restaurants like Black Tap, Yardbird and Origin + Bloom, toss a year of good luck and fortune with yu sheng of your choice. Pick from options like Mott 32’s impressive smoked salmon yu sheng or KOMA’s reimagined twist that includes a fresh line-up of salmon, hamachi and ikura.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8868, www.marinabaysands.com/chinese-new-year
If you’re looking for vegetarian yu sheng options this Lunar New Year, Park Royal Collection has a Vegetarian Abalone Yu Sheng that you and your family can enjoy. The smallest portion feeds around five pax (SG$68) and the larger portion feeds up to ten people (SG$98). To make your meal an even more scrumptious one, they’ve also added premium Chinese New Year pots and barbecued meat to their menu specially for the Chinese New Year festivities.
Park Royal Collection Marina Bay, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594, +65 6845 1000, www.shop-parkroyalcollectionmarinabay.com
A modern take on traditional yu sheng, the Tablescape Abundance Yu Sheng with Lobster & Octopus (SG$118++) is an east-meets-west concoction that will melt in your mouth. It’s made with tender grilled octopus and Boston lobster cooked in a housemade broth, accompanied by crispy fish skin. You can expect to find crunchy vegetable strips, Bok Chui crackers and Josper-grilled Bak Kwa with Black Truffle Shavings in the mix as well. Doesn’t this just sound absolutely mouthwatering?
Tablescape Restaurant And Bar, 10 Coleman St, Level 3, Singapore 179809, +65 6432 5566, www.tablescape-restaurant-bar.com
Not one for traditional Lunar New Year dishes? Try the Prosperity Poke Yu Sheng (SG$68++) from All Things Delicious instead! It’s made with all-natural ingredients, including the restaurant’s Hawaiian-inspired sashimi-grade raw salmon poke, spiralized carrots, fresh mangoes and pomegranate seeds. It’s a unique twist on the usual yu sheng and should satisfy your craving for something a little more special.
All Things Delicious, 34 Arab St, #01-01, Singapore 199733, +65 6291 4252, www.allthingsdelicious.sg
Another artistically crafted yu sheng, Umi Sushi's Da Ji Yu Sheng signifies wealth and prosperity with the word 吉(Ji) right in the middle of the platter. It costs SG$88.88 (an auspicious number!) and comes with Norwegian salmon slices along with fresh vegetables and the usual yu sheng condiments. They also have other CNY platters that can be ordered alongside their yu sheng for a flavorful Lunar New Year meal!
Umi Sushi, Various Locations, www.umisushi.com.sg
This unique rendition of your typical yu sheng is an elevated version that stars lobster, abalone and raw salmon. These ingredients are accompanied by fresh vegetables and garnished with gold flakes and edible flowers. For a bit of extra crunch, they've added fried yam strips, nuts and crackers. To top it all off, the dressing is made of a flavorful mixture of strawberry sauce, lemongrass, chilli padi and more. All in all, you can expect a pretty appetizing dish with a kick! The yu sheng only comes in a large portion and costs SG$238.
Min Jiang, 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, +65 6730 1704, www.minjiangfestive.goodwoodparkhotel.com
Crystal Jade has been a go-to family restaurant for a couple of decades, so it's only apt that they're included in your family meal during the Lunar New Year! This year, the restaurant has a tangy yu sheng (SG$53.30) with tiger prawn and jellyfish as the main stars, topped with apple sauce and plum dressing. Complete your family meal with their reunion feast bundle or other scrumptious ala carte dishes the restaurant has to offer.
Crystal Jade, Various Locations, www.estore.crystaljade.com
If you aren't looking for a traditional Lunar New Year meal, why not have Japanese cuisine instead? Kuriya Japanese Market has party platters and an Abundance Sashimi Yu Sheng which costs SG$60.80. It contains tuna and sashimi, on top of Japanese sea bream, a traditional fish that Japanese people consume for good luck when welcoming the new year. It's a little different from the usual traditional yu sheng you have year after year, but it'll definitely taste delicious with all that fresh fish in the dish!
Kuriya Japanese Market, Various Locations, www.kuriyajapanesemarket.com.sg
Yes, Chinese New Year is the season of feasting, but you can still make healthier choices in the midst of all the eating! Filled with ingredients like kale, beetroot and pomegranates, the Healthy Yu Sheng (SG$68) from Auntie's Wok And Steam also contains superfoods like chia seeds and sunflower seeds. If you're working your way towards a healthier diet, this yu sheng is the perfect choice for you!
Auntie's Wok And Steam, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354, www.hyatt.com