By: Alexandra Lin
Here are our recommendations for 12 unique yusheng available in Singapore this year. The visual impact of these colourful platters, ranging from Thai-style to Japanese-inspired, will no doubt impress everyone at the table.
Chinese New Year 2021:
Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel Farrer Park is introducing its Thai yusheng for this year’s celebration. The platter features smoked salmon served with a mountain of crispy rice crackers, vegetables, pickles, and fruit like Thai green mango, papaya and pomelo.
The ingredients are bound with a refreshing and tangy-sweet plum and passionfruit sauce. Priced at S$68, this delicious ensemble is available for dine-in, takeaway and delivery from 1 to 28 February (Last order date on 8 February)
Pink Fish by Norwegian chef Geir Skeie will roll out their unique Abundance Lo-Hei (S$28.80) this festive period. Tuck into fresh and succulent Norwegian salmon slices alongside all manner of wholesome goodness laced with a specially concocted plum sauce.
The special yusheng teems with colourful ingredients such as pink pickled ginger, white radish, edamame, gherkins, orange peel, dried mango, sesame seeds, golden crackers, and crispy golden salted egg fish skin. Head to this casual eatery at Jewel Changi to toss to a brand new year.
From now to 26 February, Putien will be rolling out its Prosperity Yu Sheng with abalone. This auspicious offering from this popular Heng Hwa restaurant is studded with a colourful array of ingredients including carrot and radish strips, pomelo, jellyfish, roasted white sesame and peanuts, fried seaweed and crowned with premium five-head abalone.
This is finished with a specially concocted sauce made with liquorice, sour plum sauce, tangerine sauce and peanut oil. Priced from S$39.80, the yusheng is available for dine-in and takeaway at all Putien outlets islandwide.
This year, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium showcases its new Alaskan Crab with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce Yu Sheng (S$98 or S$138). This one-of-a-kind creation with indulgent fresh Alaskan Crab is drizzled with tangy, umami-rich salted egg yolk sauce.
If you want a lavish showstopper built with contrasting textures in mind, this is for you. If you prefer, there are also other options like Vegetarian Abalone Yu Sheng and Baby Abalone Yu Sheng. Available for takeaways and dine in.
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For a vibrant celebration, head to Dancing Crab for a special yusheng (S$48) comprising succulent lobster meat, smoked Norwegian salmon slices, Hokkaido scallops, fried fish skin, and assorted greens, drizzled with a healthy homemade honey mustard sauce and topped with olive oil.
For a fun meal, families can toss the various ingredients on the table with gloved hands – no cutlery required. For dine-in only and exclusively at Dancing Crab (Orchard Central #07-14/15 or VivoCity #03-10)
Duckland Yu Sheng
Meat fans will enjoy Duckland’s unique version of lohei served with duck meat and smoked Norwegian salmon. The yusheng consists of a medley of fresh herbs and vegetables, such as carrots, daikon, turnip, edible flowers, and crunchy pork cracklings. The combination is then livened up with a drizzling of signature raspberry sauce.
This yusheng priced at S$48 is exclusively served at Duckland (United Square #B1-09 & 64/65; PLQ Mall #B2-33; Resorts World Sentosa #B1-222/223)
Zui Teochew Cuisine
Zui Teochew Cuisine’s sister restaurants Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine at 190 Keng Lee Road and Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine housed within a two-storey heritage building at Far East Square will be offering their traditional Teochew Prosperity Salmon ‘Yu Sheng’ this year.
Enjoy a refreshing rendition of this festive special, composed of fresh greens such as romaine lettuce, along with mandarin orange zest, ginger, salmon sashimi and sweet plum sauce dressing. Available from S$68, and from 25 January to 28 February (except 11 February).
Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar at Hotel G will be featuring a contemporary Hamachi Carpaccio ‘Yu Sheng’ (S$26) this year. The creation includes succulent Japanese yellowtail fillet, topped with a colourful combination of winter radish, pear and cucumber, and accompanied by sour plum dressing. Also for the first time ever, Ginett will be serving a Lunar New Year-inspired French menu.
The a la carte dishes will incorporate auspicious ingredients with French techniques. Think: Crispy Suckling Pig (S$32) served with pumpkin purée, sautéed broccolini and tart kumquats, or Pineapple Tarte Tatin (S$15). This dinner-only menu will be available exclusively from 18 January to 28 February.
Head to Tajimaya Yakiniku at VivoCity to dine on this Japanese-style Abundance Yu Sheng, which showcases ingredients such as fresh salmon slices, chuka wakame (seasoned seaweed), chuka hotate (seasoned scallop) and fresh mandarin orange slivers.
The Japanese-inspired ingredients along with carrot and radish strips are drizzled with classic wafu dressing made with rice vinegar and soy sauce. Available from now till 28 February, the yu sheng comes in three different sizes (from S$38). Minimum three working days notice is required for pre-orders.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Food Capital at the lobby of Grand Copthorne welcomes diners for it's a la carte buffet this festive period. Kick off your meal at the Yu Sheng bar which showcases a selection of toppings such as abalone, lobster (available from 11 to 14 February), Norwegian smoked salmon and Applewood smoked duck.
This auspicious combination is brightened with an ‘Exotic Plum and Mandarin Orange Dressing’. The buffet lunch is priced at S$68 and dinner at S$88. Or S$98 for both lunch and dinner, from 11 to 14 February.
Rumours Beach Club
Missing flavourful, spiced-laden Balinese food? Make your way to Rumours Beach Club at Siloso Beach Walk Sentosa for a good dose of sun and barbecued seafood. The Jimbaran Grill Yu Sheng (S$98.80) offers an interesting Balinese twist with three different types of grilled seafood: Lobster Tail with Sambal Merah, Grilled Squid with Kecap Manis and Jumbo River Prawns with Sambal Merah. The yusheng teems with carrots, white radish, pickles and a drizzling of house-made plum dressing uplifted with a touch of Indonesian spices. This special dish is available from 9 to 6 February.
To feast on satisfyingly piquant favours this Chinese New Year, head to Bali Thai, known for fusing both boldly flavoured Indonesian and Thai cuisines. A highlight is the restaurant’s signature Prosperity Thai Yusheng. Toss together an array of refreshing ingredients such as green mango, ginger flower and lemon leaf laced with a special house-made sauce. Cashew nuts and jellyfish add to the textural contrast of this celebratory platter.
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