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[CNY 2019] Eight colourful and auspicious Yu Sheng platters to try this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2019 is but one week away! Have you completed all your CNY shopping and other CNY errands? One Chinese New Year tradition that must not be missed is the tossing of yusheng with family, friends and colleagues, aka lohei! The Chinese believe this is a very auspicious way to welcome the new year. Even if you are not a believer, it cannot be denied that this is a very fun activity to participate in, be you young or old. The aim is to toss it high while still keeping it within the platter! Check out my video at the end of this post to see how toddler Edward reacted to his first lohei! Priceless!

Anyway, here are 8 places where you can get yusheng in Singapore. Bonus one at the back too! Huat Ah!!!

1. Pan Pacific Hotel – Hai Tien Lo

Hai Tien Lo - Wealth Fortune Yu Sheng

Hai Tien Lo – Wealth Fortune Yu Sheng

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[CNY 2019] Many must-try dishes from Marriott’s Wan Hao Restaurant this year

Wan Hao Marriott Chinese New Year Menu - Imperial Pot of Prosperity Pen Cai

It can be hard to decide on the the best hotel venue or restaurant to have your Chinese New Year reunion dinner, especially when all of these F&B establishments are pulling out all the stops to get your attention and they all end up looking very similar. After tasting quite a number of Chinese New Year menus, I am glad to report that Wan Hao Restaurant from Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel at Orchard Road offers up one of the best CNY menus this year. Scroll down to see some of the highlights from the Marriott buffet as well as ala-carte and set menus.

In particular, two dishes incorporating almond had me in awe and finishing up every last drop, when for decades I have avoided any Chinese dishes with almond stock/milk/cream under the assumption that I did not like it. More on that if you scroll down further.

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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!) – A Review

I can’t believe 2018 just passed like that in a blink of an eye. Don’t you think the period between Christmas and New Year’s gives off such a weird feeling? Like you’re still in a Christmassy mood yet you need to keep reminding yourself that Christmas is over. And New Year’s Day is when you realise that not only is Christmas well and truly over (the malls in Singapore don’t seem to believe in the 12 days of Christmas because Chinese New Year decorations are up), but that even the YEAR is over!

My New Year’s resolution for this year is to get off my ass and try something new, each and everyday. I think trying new restaurants and cafes is the easiest (!) but I also want to have new experiences be it in terms of travelling to new places, reading new books or even watching new performances. I have actually been in that framework of mind since December, so I can say December saw a few first from me. One of which is still etched in my mind is my one day trip to JB with 2 friends. It’s the first time I have travelled overseas with friends (not family) in more than a decade, and also probably a decade since I last visited JB. I am itching to go again! Blog post on that JB day trip will be up soon.

Another first that I can report is watching a musical in Mandarin, the Musical TARU! It is a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. I have not watched any theatre performances in the longest time due to time constraints, and much less one in Mandarin! It was also Edward’s first musical and the husband’s first musical in Mandarin! My Mandarin isn’t that great, although I definitely can understand conversational Chinese. Even people who do not understand Mandarin can watch the musical because English subtitles are provided via two screens mounted on the left and right walls beside the stage. I had to depend a lot on the subtitles though because it often is a little bit more difficult to decipher what is being said when it is being sung instead of spoken.

E&E1489_Musical TARU_NEW KV_CHI

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RIZU– Contemporary new Japanese restaurant opens at Duxton Hill offering Omakase sets worth trying

RIZU is an intimate and contemporary Japanese restaurant that recently opened in the Duxton Hill enclave back in September. The restaurant seats 38 and is well known for its vibrant rolls and sashimi. I’ll be upfront, the prices are not cheap here, but you are offered exemplary service and quality of food that would befit the pricing.

If you are looking for a Japanese restaurant suitable to celebrate a special occasion, RIZU would be a good recommendation. They also have Omakase set menus, which allow you to “leave it to the chef” to curate a meal with the best ingredients of the day. And to really live it up, go for the wine/sake pairing as well. Diners during the month of December will also be able to be gifted a complimentary bottle of Champagne to all groups of four that are partaking in the festive Omakase menu.

Recently, I had the luxury to check out the Omakase set, and I must say almost every single dish was a winner. Each dish had been thoughtfully crafted by Head Chef Noboru Shimohigashi, which is evident in both plating and taste. Chef Nobru has over a decade of experience working in restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Ryuzu in Japan and Beni in Singapore. Scroll down to read my tasting notes for the Omakase set that I tried several weeks ago.

Rizu - Appetiser of Calliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin, Jellyfish

Appetiser of Cauliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin

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Christmas 2018–Christmas Eve dinner for under $100 at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay - The Square Festive Buffet (1)

If you have yet to make any plans for Christmas, you might want to consider Novotel Clarke Quay The Square Restaurant. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is going at $85++ while the Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is going at $68++. Senior Citizens get a discount. And the Christmas Eve Buffet comes with free flow of martinis, beer, wine and soft drinks, so really it’s not a bad deal!

The festive buffets will feature favourites such as

  • Roast Turkey
  • Baked Gammon Ham
  • Roast Beef,
  • Seafood on Ice
  • Assorted Sushi and Sashimi,
  • Signature dishes like Salted Egg Crayfish, Chilli Crab, Laksa etc
  • Festive desserts such as fruit cake, stollen, log cake, panettone etc

Scroll down for some picture highlights taken from the invited media tasting a couple of weeks ago.

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