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Longevity Yu Sheng. by Yi by Jereme Leung
Photograph: 藝 yì by Jereme Leung

The best restaurants to have reunion dinner and celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore

Reunite with loved ones and toss your way to a prosperous 2022 at these restaurants offering unique reunion meals.

Dawson Tan
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Dawson Tan
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Having just cleared your annual quota of a single turkey, it's time to usher in Chinese New Year with heaps and heaps of pineapple tarts. Don't let the 5 pax dine out rule dampen your spirits this 2022! Feast to your heart's content with unique yusheng creations to luxurious variants of pen cai stuffed with auspicious ingredients that grandma approves. If you aren’t planning (or just too laze) to prepare a feast for reunion dinner, we’ve got you covered with these special Lunar New Year meals.

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January 17 to February 15

Start the ball rolling with the Longevity Yu Sheng this reunion dinner and manifest your prosperous wishes with each joyful toss. This heavenly combination of premium seafood – Arctic shellfish and Japanese sweet shrimps – and fresh vegetables perfectly married with Chef Jereme Leung's signature Yunnan rose dressing seeks to please your palate with a bright and tangy expression.

For starters, the organic eggplant with Japanese sea urchin in vinegar dressing is a light appetizer that allows the eggplant to showcase its silky texture with a tinge of umami-ness from the sea urchin to provide depth. Well charred and caramelised, we consider it a cardinal sin to miss out on the decadent honey glazed Iberico pork char siew with its perfect fat–to–meat ratio that melts in your mouth on each bite.

If you could only have one main dish from the menu, we reckon it would have to be the steamed garoupa and fresh Japanese lily bulbs served with “Mao Er Duo” black fungus. This aromatic dish fills the room and is artfully presented. Creamy and velvety, the sliced garoupa meat is elegantly complemented by the savoury reduction while the nutty and starchy lily bulbs offer a contrasting texture against the pleasant crunch from the black fungus. This is a dish that sets out to great lengths to impress and it sure did.

BOOK HERE www.yi-restaurant.com.sg/

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  • Rochor

Offering a refreshed perspective on Cantonese cuisine with a side of stellar city views all around, 5 ON 25 by Andaz is both the new place to dine and to celebrate family reunions this 2022.

The Lunar New Year menu by Executive Chef Lim Hong Lih features a highly customisable Yu Sheng that boasts five different options including Abalone ($95) and Japanese Sweet Shrimp ($88), which will be dressed with an uplifting zesty plum sauce. For an indulgent time, be sure to order the Bird’s Nest Buddha Jumps Over The Wall ($98) as it is simmered for 8 hours to give it its deep rich medley of vegetal sweet, earthy yet savoury flavours. Other delectables available are the Fish Maw Soup with Lotus Root and Shimeji Mushrooms, Braised Hong Kong Noodles with Shredded Chicken, and Fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage. For wok hei lovers, the Wok-fried Shrimp, Coral Clam in Caviar Sauce and Seasonal Vegetables ($58) is a heartwarming dish served up with a spoonful of nostalgia.

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  • Tanglin

January 7 to February 15

Think Chinese cuisine, Min Jiang has to be one of those names that come first in mind. Escape the city buzz over a quaint reunion dinner at their warm and rustic Dempsey Hill outlet. Connect over the Braised Pork Belly, Sea Treasures & Baked Whole Chicken in Pot ($388++) that feeds six persons. A whole kampung chicken marinated overnight is slow–roasted to achieve the moist and tender meat quality while the juicy pork belly, Australian 10-head abalone, sea cucumber, dried oysters, black moss, dried scallops and Tientsin cabbage accompanies it when opulently presented.

End the feast with the Tiger Gâteau ($98 nett, 1kg) from the Deli, an eye–catching dessert creation that will sure to delight all ages from young to old. Not just any vanilla pound cake, orange and brown layers of buttercream are hand–piped to resemble the stripes of a striking tiger then finished with icing to form the ears and tail. An adorable IG worthy piece that is also a tasty treat to cap off a fortuitous reunion dinner.

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17 January to 15 February

Swanky with a huge dollop of quirkiness, Mimi is bound to pique the interest of the curious with their rich history paired with a modern Chinese menu. Start off with a Bak Kwa Salmon Yu Sheng to toss to an auspicious new year. For the mains, tuck into Chef Jesse Lim's creative culinary expressions such as the black truffle chicken claypot rice with foie gras, braised garden greens with money bag in superior sauce, and king prawn ball with preserved tangerine mayo and roasted almonds.

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  • Marina Bay

10 January to 6 February

Nothing more lavish than kickstarting the Lunar New Year with an indulgent dining experience 57 floors above the stunning skyline of Singapore. Behold, CÉ LA VI's decadent six-course set dinner menu that features contemporary Asian cuisine created in theme with auspicious Chinese wishes for a successful 2022.

A thoughtfully curated feast (from $398 for two pax) starts off with an iconic Yu Sheng and a Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche & Clam with Baeri Oscietra Caviar seasoned in yuzu koshu.

Followed by 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 come right after as the course segues into its finale with tender A5 Kagoshima Wagyu Beef, asparagus, and truffle in Kampot pepper sauce.

Birthed out of love is the intricate Tiger Prosperity dessert filled with jasmine tea cremeux, orange pineapple marmalade and biscuit sponge. Fancy a dessert with opulence to cap off the reunion meal? They've got Black Winter Truffle (S$50/5g) available as an add–on option so wild out!

BOOK HERE reservation-sg@celavi.com

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10 January till 15 February

Madame Fan's progressive take towards Chinese cuisine welcomes 2022 with an exquisite Blossom Shunde–style Yu Sheng. Look forward to favourites like the Deep Fried Prawn and Foie Gras Puff, Bridges Lobster and Hokkaido Scallop with twenty-year Gu Yue Long Shan rice wine soup, and Charcoal Grilled Wagyu Beef and Foie Gras dressed with black pepper sauce. Other lavish but worthy mentions include the Cereal King Prawns with Shredded Coconut, Pan-Fried Red Garoupa with Black Truffle and Asparagus, and Braised 10 Head Abalone Fish Maw with Poached Rice.

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  • Tanglin

Celebrate the new year surrounded by the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill with Chopsuey Cafe and their take on a contemporary Anglo-Chinese and Southeast Asian influenced CNY five-course menu.

Tickle your tastebuds with the refreshing Orange Basil Crush that's paired with a healthy Lucky Lunar "Lo Hei" Yu Sheng featuring trout, kale, celeriac, sprouts, red radish, blueberries and wild rice. Next up, feast from a selection of Shredded Filo Seafood Roll, Sticky Chicken Rice Balls and Caramelised Pork Belly Bites to start and indulge in an abundance of seafood and meats with the Red Curry Slipper Lobsters, Chargrilled Beef Short Rib, Grilled Yellowtail Cheek, Fragrant White Pepper Espresso Ribs and Caramelised Orange Barramundi.

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Till the end of February

Now forewarning, this ain't the typical reunion dinner but we thought wouldn't it be nice to gather round for a late afternoon soiree and unwind over the grand Oriental Afternoon Tea Experience curated by one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. Nibble on tasty themed treats from tender Char Siew Pork on brioche to Mandarin Orange Marmalade with citrus mousse, paired with beautiful rare teas, fantastic cocktails, champagne flutes and fine coffees from the Bacha Coffee selection. Beat the buzzing weekend crowd and treat yourself to a delightful late afternoon retreat as the restaurant come aglow nearing sundown, you'll thank us later.

Eat your way through Chinese New Year

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Growing up listening to fanciful Lo-Hei sayings, we’re accustomed to how food and its association with auspicious symbolism play a significant role during the traditional festive season. Some believe that the higher the price tag of the foods, the more luck one will receive in return. However, we believe that one can have accessible options without breaking the bank in search of luck. Here are eight lucky dishes and food you must during this roaring Chinese New Year.

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Mala is all the rage now. From the hotpot soup bases to the fragrant stir-fry dish you can find at most hawker centres these days, the numbing and spicy Chinese sauce that is key to Sichuan and Chongqing cuisine has won the collective hearts and numbed the tongues of Singaporeans everywhere.

Want a hit of spice without committing to a full dish? These mala-flavoured snacks taste close enough to the real deal. Prepare to sweat up a storm – it's always good to have a glass of water on hand too – don't say we didn't warn you!

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