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Chinese New Year 2020 : Best restaurants to go for great Yu Sheng

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, it’s time to change direction and start planning for Chinese New Year. And when it comes to all things Chinese, bigger is better! So here’s a list of where to go for the most decadent and luxurious Yu Sheng you can find in Singapore for your reunion dinners / lohei to help you HUAT BIG in the year of the Metal Rat!

Interestingly, unlike in previous years, not many restaurants are featuring the rat image in their Yu Sheng creations. Perhaps the rat does not lend itself well to being recreated in Yu Sheng form, unlike say a horse, a monkey or even the pig. However, if you scroll down, you will see that Fullerton Hotel has done a pretty nice rat version. Do you know of any other Rat Yu Shengs out there? Head on over to my Instagram Stories to vote if you’d like to have a depiction of the Rat in your Yu Sheng. After all, the Rat IS part of the Chinese Zodiac.

Where to go for Best Yu Sheng 2020

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New menu and new Executive Chef at Pan Pacific Singapore’s Hai Tien Lo Restaurant

The menu at Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific Singapore has undergone a makeover now that new Executive Chef Ben Zeng has taken over the reins. Expect to see familiar Cantonese dishes being given a modern interpretation through the use of ingredient pairings, combination cooking methods and western cooking techniques, while still maintaining a traditional authenticity.

Executive Chef Zeng boasts more than 25 years of expertise in the culinary world, and has previously worked at illustrious Cantonese restaurants including Hakkasan Miami in America and Cassia at Capella Singapore, amongst others.

Scroll down to check out snippets of what to expect in Hai Tien Lo’s revamped menu.

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[CNY 2019] Yan Cantonese Cuisine

Signature Roast Crispy Suckling Pig $288 whole

You would have read from my feature article on Chinese New Year Yusheng that Yan Cantonese Cuisine serves up a pretty interesting yusheng. The Kaleidoscope of Prosperity Yusheng in “Shun De Style” is more savoury than your usual yusheng so if you don’t like the veggie/salad taste of yusheng, this yusheng from Yan is the one for you. The mountain of crispy fried vermicelli topped with gold leaves also makes a crackling sound (like firecrackers!) when drizzled with the yusheng dressing. Doubly unique!

Kaleidoscope of Prosperity $138

Kaleidoscope of Prosperity $138

I thought I should also feature some of Yan’s other dishes because they really are worthy of mention. Trust the Cantonese restaurants to be able to get their soups and roast meats right. Even if you visit after Chinese New Year, you definitely should try out their soups and roast meats. I have visited Yan Cantonese Cuisine a couple of times previously and the food here is consistently good.

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PUTIEN–Not just noodle dishes

When I think of PUTIEN restaurant, I think of its Lor Mee, Heng Hwa Noodles and its Mazu Mee Sua. Those were the dishes I would head for whenever I visited its Vivocity outlet practically a decade ago. Back then, the PUTIEN outlet was located inside the Food Republic foodcourt! How the brand has grown because now they boast 53 outlets all over the world, including 12 in Singapore. And they have also bagged the Michelin One-Star Restaurant Award for 2016, 2018 and 2018.

Putien Popular Dishes

But PUTIEN offers more than just those noodle dishes I mentioned. They have all the sharing dishes that you would expect when you think of a Chinese restaurant. But of course, if you want to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant without spending too much, those noodle dishes are only $9.80++. Scroll down to what were my favourite dishes from the PUTIEN media tasting.

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Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant– Fabulous seafood dishes and still as good since my last visit

[Media Invite]

There is a new Chinese Executive Chef at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant. Chef-Owner Yong Bing Ngen has promoted Chef Chee Hin Yew (who has worked at Majestic Restaurant for 16 years) to the role of Chinese Executive Chef. Chef Yong is keen to prove his mettle and based on what we sampled a couple of weeks back, I’m sure it won’t be very difficult.

I had good memories of Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant when I first visited back in 2012. A number of times I wanted to return to check out their dishes again but I some how never made it back. After the good experience from this recent food tasting, I’m very keen to bring my parents out for dim sum lunch soon. I would love for them to try the delicious seafood dishes we sampled, but I have to admit the prices are a little beyond budget for a casual weekend lunch. The dim sum dishes are however priced more affordably, similar to other chain Chinese restaurants at the malls.

Anyway, scroll down to see the dishes we sampled. It certainly looked as good as it tasted. If you feel the same way too, don’t forget to hint hint to your bosses for the next department dinner….

Edward at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant (4)

Edward got to partake in the food tasting as well. Poor Papa had to give up a good sized portion of his food to Edward because he simply loved it! Crabs, lobsters, fish, prawns, bring it on! Here’s Edward itching to get started on the yellow duckling bun! Who is cuter, Edward or the duckling?

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