What is open during Chinese New Year 2017?

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls and kopi/cafe places that are open during the CNY period! Hope you find it useful. If the supermarket or shopping centre in Orchard road is not listed here, it’s because the information is not available (yet)! You can also check the 2016 guide, 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2017!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017 (Chinatown)

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[CNY 2017] Lo hei with gold flakes at Yàn 宴 to give yourself a prosperous start to 2017!

Yan Cantonese Cuisine - Yellowtail Fish & Crispy Lobster Fillet Yu Sheng with Golden Flake in Shun De Style (3)

Yes, you heard me right. A yu sheng so decadent it boasts gold flakes in it! Dine at Yan Cantonese Cuisine at the National Gallery and you’ll be able to toss to a year of abundance with the signature Yellowtail Fish Yu Sheng with Golden Flake in Shun De Style. The gold flakes aren’t the only special thing about this yu sheng. Because crispy fried vermicelli is used as a base instead of the usual vegetable strips, the yu sheng tastes savoury rather than cloyingly sweet. Coupled with cubes of crispy lobster fillet, it’s no wonder I completely cleaned my plate when I tried this decadent yu sheng last week. Scroll to the end for more pictures of the Yu Sheng.

Yan Cantonese Cuisine - Signature Crispy Roasted Suckling Pig (3)

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[CNY 2017] Chinese New Year buffet with Peranakan flavours at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

For a truly Asian Chinese New Year buffet spread, check out Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe. The restaurant is well known for its Peranakan buffet which offers all-time favourites such as the Ayam Buah Keluak, Kueh Pie Tie and Durian Pengat. Now how about combining that with Chinese New Year must-haves such as Pen Cai, Waxed Duck and Sausage Rice and Teowchew Steamed Cold Crab?

Incidentally, Ellenborough Market Cafe’s Executive Chef Louis Tay was also team manager of the Singapore Culinary Team that clinched double gold at the Culinary Olympics held in Germany in 2016. So you know the food has got to have some standard at Ellenborough Market Cafe.

Here are some pictures of the buffet spread that we sampled 2 weeks back. The dishes will be available buffet style from 16 Jan – 12 Feb 2017.

CNY 2017 at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng in the shape of a rooster to celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster!

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Stock up on organic meats for CNY steamboat with Ryan’s Grocery

Chinese New Year is but two weeks away, have you already made plans for your reunion dinner? I know many of you out there will be celebrating in the comfort of your homes by having steamboat gathering. Where do you usually buy your ingredients for steamboat? NTUC, Cold Storage or the wet-market?

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Well you can also consider buying your steamboat meats from Ryan’s Grocery. Ryan’s Grocery is a specialty gluten-free grocer and organic butchery, and for CNY, they’ll be retailing free-range shabu-shabu sets, organic meats and wild caught seafood. I won’t go into the benefits of eating organic food, and I know that there will always be people who will not want to fork out the extra cash for organic food, but for those of you who are keen to go organic, if not all the time then at least once in a while, you might want to check out Ryan’s Grocery. The prices are not that high actually, for organic products.

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[Chinese New Year 2017] Gu Ma Jia’s homey and affordable CNY fare

And just like that, Christmas and New Year are over and it’s time to think of how to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 28 – 30th January 2017 (Saturday – Monday), that’s like less than 4 weeks away! This means you have to start planning for your reunion dinner pretty quickly.

If you are looking for a restaurant serving casual homey fare that is affordable, for your reunion gathering, you might want to consider Gu Ma Jia restaurant located at Tai Thong Crescent. Gu  Ma Jia prides itself on serving food with less oil and less MSG. Two set menus will be available during this CNY festive period.

The “Peace” set at $599++ includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Crab Meat and Fish Maw
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Braised Duck and Sea Cucumber
  • Broccoli with Macadamia Nuts & Fresh Scallop
  • Stir-Fried Prawns with Superior Sauce
  • Steamed Lotus Leaves Rice
  • Dessert – Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

The “Prosperity” set at $768 includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Cold Platter
  • Sea Cucumber, Crab Meat & Bamboo Fungus
  • Stir-fried Broccoli with Chinese Mushrooms & Abalone
  • “Ginseng Fortune Chicken” – Double-boiled Chicken, Roasted Pork, Scallops, Sea Cucumber and Fish Maw with Ginseng in a Claypot
  • Steamed Prawns with Gu Ma’s Home Made Sauce
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Seafood Fried Noodles
  • Dessert – Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts

Session Timings for set menu on Chinese New Year Eve (27th Jan 2017):

  1. 12pm – 2pm
  2. 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  3. 6pm – 7.45pm
  4. 8pm – 9.45pm

I had the opportunity to sample some of the dishes from the two CNY set menus. I have to agree that the cooking style is more homey and less seasoned as compared to other Chinese restaurants in Singapore. If you want to taste the natural flavours of the food and not have them obscured by heavy sauces, Gu Ma Jia would be up your alley.

Gu Ma Jia CNY 2017 - Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest 

The dessert was one of my favourites not only due to visual appeal but because of the generous amount of jelly. And as can be seen from the colour of the jelly, it’s flavoured as compared to some versions out there where the jelly is tasteless.

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