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Ring in the Year of the Tiger with a hearty meal at these restaurants

Chinese New Year is less than a month away, so our favourite restaurants have begun introducing exclusive menus to usher in the Year of the Tiger. Welcome it with full and satisfied bellies by indulging in classic dishes such as yusheng, pen cai and suckling pig—served a la carte or as part of the delectable set menus. Here are some of our favourites.

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1. Min Jiang

Savour Cantonese and Sichuan delicacies with Min Jiang’s CNY set menus, which come in six and eight courses. Perfect for the family is the eight-course Great Blessings set, comprising auspicious dishes such as steamed hybrid grouper, stewed rice vermicelli with pig’s trotters, and the signature camphor tea smoked duck served with pancakes.
While the set is hearty enough, you may choose to top up with a la carte dishes—must-tries include the tender and juicy Mongolian chicken, braised sea cucumber and juicy Australian lobster prepared by chef Chan Hwan Kee.
Vegetarians are more than welcome to partake in the CNY feast, as the culinary team have also prepared set menu featuring the likes of vegetarian abalone, mock chicken and wok-fried mushrooms in fragrant truffle oil. 
Available from January 7 to February 15. A la carte menu is not available on 31 January. Book here.

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2. Hai Tien Lo

Executive chef Ben Zeng’s Joyous set menu lets you indulge in delectable contemporary dishes—the likes of pan-fried diced Japanese Wagyu beef, braised Australian fresh whole abalone, and baked Australian lobster with butter. 
On top of that, you may also opt for a la carte specialties exclusively curated for the season. Savour delicacies such as shredded braised chicken and snow swallow in superior stock; stewed ee-fu noodles with lobster; and double-boiled mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall. Available from January 17 to February 15. Book here.

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Hai Tien Lo

City Hall/ Bras Basah
$ $ $ $

3. 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung

With chefs that clearly know how to tread the fine line between Asian modern techniques and authentic traditional flavours, 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at Capitol Kempinski Hotel is one of the most unique and innovative places to enjoy a Chinese New Year Spread. Some of the highlights include their six-course Chinese New Year Set Dinner which features Alaskan King crab, Korean abalone and Scottish lobster dumpling. Our personal favourite is their pandan nian gao which is a chewy, flavourful and perfectly balanced version of the traditional nian gao. Book here.

4. Peach Blossoms

With a collection of Chinese New Year set menus that have been specially designed by executive chinese chef Edward Chong, Peach Blossoms is geared up to be one of the most delicious and Instagrammable menus of the season. Kicking it off with their refreshing prosperity geoduck yusheng which features mixed fruits, fish roe and salmon, you are in for a treat with this healthy rendition of the classic yusheng. Some of their other highlights include their double-boiled cordycep flower soup that comes with a juicy crab claw, wild mushrooms, and imperial fish maw as well as their double-boiled bird’s nest with cream of almond and Japanese purple sweet potato. Book here.

5. Chopsuey Cafe

Visit Chopsuey café and savour a wonderful selection of Chinese comfort dishes featuring contemporary Anglo-Chinese and Southeast Asian influences. Kick off the reunion dinner with a healthier version of yusheng, featuring ingredients such as trout, kale, blueberries and wild rice. Then, dig into an array of delightful mains such as the meltingly tender steamed Shaoxing corn-fed chicken; aromatic red curry slipper lobster; and shredded filo seafood roll. 
Complement the meal with its festive cocktail, Tigers in Paris. This latest concoction comprises champagne, gin and mandarin oranges. Available from January 18 to February 15. Book here

6. Golden Peony

Indulge in chef Ku Keung's set menus, which is composed of his delicious offerings made just for CNY. Its Fortune Tiger set menu showcases delectable dishes such as its baked Kurobuta pork infused with lemongrass sauce; juicy half lobster with egg white and Chinese wine broth; and buttery Wagyu short ribs stewed with garlic, leek and glass noodles. Save room for dessert and savour the homemade nian gao with sweet potato and yam. Available from January 17 to February 15. Book here.

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7. Madame Fan

For variety, head chef Pak Chee Yit has curated four stellar set menus that you can feast on with your loved ones. Its Delight set menu showcases modern Cantonese delicacies; highlights include the aromatic bridges lobster and Hokkaido scallop soup; pan-fried red garoupa with shaved black truffle; and charcoal-grilled Wagyu beef and foie gras. An a la carte menu is also available. Available from January 10 to February 15. Book here.

Madame Fan

City Hall/ Bras Basah
$ $ $ $

8. Xin Cuisine

Chef Chan Kung Lai's set menus make for a simple yet hearty reunion dinner featuring CNY staples, such as its sesame-crusted tuna with pineapple yusheng. This plate puts the spotlight on its crispy yet tender pan-seared tuna slices. Following this luxurious starter is a parade of comforting dishes, among which are the delectable roasted suckling pig, steamed garoupa, and Inaninwa udon noodles with live lobster. Available from January 5 to February 15. Book here

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9. Peach Blossoms

Usher in the Year of the Tiger with seven tantalising set menus at Peach Blossoms. Opt for the Imperial set and indulge in executive Chinese chef Edward Chong's eight-course dinner. Highlights include the juicy steamed lobster cooked with minced garlic; braised 10-head whole abalone with sea cucumber pen cai; and poached rice with Australian scallop and prawn. Leave room for dessert and enjoy the sweetened red ruby cream with coconut gula melaka ice cream. Available from January 15 to February 16 (excluding January 31). Book here

10. Yàn

Celebrate the new year with one of Yàn’s Chinese New Year set menus. Meticulously curated by chef Ng Se Tio, each menu offers six to seven exquisite courses, featuring traditional Cantonese delicacies such as the luxurious braised bird’s nest with crab meat and crab roe; juicy roasted duck wonderfully marinated with mandarin peel; and aromatic wok-fried glutinous rice with preserved meat and Chinese sausage. Available from now until February 15, 2022. Book here

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City Hall/ Bras Basah
$ $ $ $

11. Cassia

Dim sum lovers can revel in Cassia’s dim sum Lunar New Year lunch.Indulge in an extensive range of homemade dim sum, such as its steamed lobster and prawn dumpling; steamed crystal dumpling with black truffle and fresh mushrooms; and wok-fried carrot cake. 
Not a fan of dim sum? Opt for the Deluxe Fortune set menu instead. Curated by executive chef Lee Hiu Ngai, this six-course menu showcases mouth-watering creations and some of the highlights are the signature wok-fried Australian M9 Wagyu beef with black pepper sauce; crispy suckling pig stuffed with minced shrimp; and stewed Inaniwa udon with baked lobster. Available from February 1 to 15. Book here


Harbourfront and Sentosa
$ $ $ $

12. Mott 32

Celebrate Chinese New Year with executive chef Lam Kwong Ming's sumptuous eight-course Prosperity Chinese New Year set menu, featuring traditional Cantonese fare. Toast to the new year with a hefty serving of smoked salmon yusheng before digging into delectable mains such as the nourishing double-boiled abalone and chicken soup; braised Boston lobster with butter and lemon sauce; and steamed garoupa fillet. Save room for dessert and tuck into the pan-fried nian gao and homemade sweetened red bean soup.

Complement the meal with its limited-time golden-hued Pineapple Tart cocktail—the concoction features a creative blend of butter washed Remy Martin VSOP, yuzu sake, fresh pineapple juice, condensed milk and fresh lemon juice. Available from January 24 to February 15. Book here

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