For many of us, Chinese New Year is a time to catch up with close family and friends, restock our coffers with red packet money (for the unmarried, that is), and devour diet-busting goodies such as pineapple tarts and bak kwa (barbecued pork).
It also is a season for some of our favourite restaurants to introduce scrumptious new dishes to their menus. Many of these delectable treats are available for takeaway, so we don’t need to sweat it out in our kitchens during the festive period. From a giant pineapple tart to chocolate pralines and suckling pig, here are 3 of our picks for the upcoming Lunar New Year feasts.
Crispy suckling pig by Yan Ting
The Dish: This mouthwatering dish comprises crispy suckling pig atop a bed of glutinous rice studded with Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage). The pork is roasted till its skin is perfectly crunchy, adding a delicious textural contrast to the sticky, chewy rice underneath. It is available for both dine-in and takeaway until 11 February.
The Place: This ritzy restaurant in The St Regis Singapore offers a wide variety of authentic Cantonese cuisine. For the Lunar New Year, it has created several set menus and new à la carte dishes such as double-boiled abalone consommè.
Yan Ting, Level 1U, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, +65 6506 6887
The Huat! Tart by Goodwood Park Hotel
The Dish: For those who can’t resist pineapple tarts, take your indulgence up a notch with Goodwood Park Hotel’s rendition. Featuring a massive 6.5-inch tart filled with fresh pineapple infused with vanilla, this tasty snack is worth every calorie. In line with the festive season, the tart is adorned with the Chinese character for “prosperity”. It is available for takeaway at the hotel’s deli until 11 February.
The Place: Located along Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel has long been known for its posh interiors, and heritage that dates back to 1900. Its deli boasts a wide array of Chinese New Year goodies the likes of salted egg lotus root chips and a vanilla pound cake shaped to resemble a golden pineapple.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, +65 6730 1786
100 Blessings of Good Fortune by Grand Hyatt Singapore
The Dish: Ideal as a gift, Grand Hyatt Singapore’s 100 Blessings of Good Fortune set features a hundred dark, milk and white chocolate pralines emblazoned with graphological variations of “fu” — the Chinese word for “prosperity”. The chocolates come in six decadent flavours including mocha, peanut butter and cognac. Get this from The Shop at mezza9, the hotel’s takeaway counter.
The Place: Known for its commitment to using sustainable seafood in its restaurants, Grand Hyatt Singapore is an upscale hotel situated in the heart of Orchard Road. For Chinese New Year, The Shop at mezza9 offers many festive snacks such as cookies, nian gao and pralines decorated to resemble Mahjong tiles.
The Shop at mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, +65 6887 5492