CNY ’16: Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Style @ Min Jiang, One-North & Goodwood Park Hotel

Amidst the luscious greenery and the tranquil surroundings of Rochester Park lies a beautiful Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang at One-North. Named after the Min River in the Sichuan province of China, Min Jiang is famous for serving delectable Chinese cuisine, especially their popular Sichuan and Cantonese dishes. One may still harbour fond memories of the wood-fired Peking duck when the 3000 sq ft restaurant was first established.

This year, the chefs from both Min Jiang (Goodwood Park) and Min Jiang at One-North have come together to showcase an impressive array of dishes for the Lunar New Year, which will be available during the festive period starting from 21 January to 22 February 2016.

Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ with Bacon and White Truffle Oil | $78 – small / $128 – large
(Dine-in only at Min Jiang at One-North)

A unique creation that harbours western influences, this Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ had fresh, crisp mixed greens stacked high in the middle and was surrounded by a glistening circle of julienned fresh fruits. Adding to its charm also were falling pieces of savory bacon, deep-fried yam and potato silvers which added a lovely salty flavour to compliment the sweetness of the salad.While we enjoyed the delicate balance of flavours, we did however think that the piquant stream of truffle infused plum sauce was a tad too overpowering.

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Crispy Salmon Skin ‘Lo Hei’ | $118 – large
(Dine-in and takeaway at Min Jiang)

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A more familiar and traditional version, this Crispy Salmon Skin ‘Lo Hei’ had a generous serving of crispy salmon skin, golden pillows, grounded peanuts, sesame seeds and pine nuts gracefully tossed onto the plate before the drizzling of the golden sweet plum sauce tied it all together. An adorable monkey was also personally drawn by Chef at the side of the plate to signify the year of the monkey! Definitely a cute touch which is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone.

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Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Sea Treasures in Claypot | $248 for six persons
(Dine-in and takeaway at Min Jiang at One-North)

The highlight and most decadent part of a Chinese New Year dinner is usually the Pen Cai and this Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Sea Treasures in Claypot is Master Chef Goh Chee Kong’s rendition of luxury! Featuring Australian 8-head abalones, sea cucumber, dried oysters, dried scallops, flower mushrooms, black moss, Tianjin cabbage and a glorious slab of spare ribs which were braised for 2 hours and steamed for another 3 hours…

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The result was an intensely flavourful and hearty dish that was literally scintillating across the table. Our favourite was the spare ribs- soft, succulent and simply falling apart with just a gentle press of the chopsticks. Just ‘shiok’!

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‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ 恭喜发财 | $298 for eight persons
(Dine-in and takeaway at Min Jiang)

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A gigantic Mahjong tile emblazoned with the Chinese character for good fortune, guests are required to ‘release’ the fortune by smashing the tile of salt to smithereens with the “meat tenderiser” provided. Who ever said you cannot have fun or play with your food? Well, we are sure that this interactive dish is bound to have your relatives talking even till next year!

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Once the huge tile is “smashed open”, you will find the most flavourful trotters, abalones, dried scallops, flower mushrooms and black moss stew ready for the taking. Satisfying and oh so gratifying.

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Braised Whole Chicken with Sea Treasures in Claypot | $248 for six persons
(Dine-in and takeaway at Min Jiang)

Possibly the healthier Pen Cai of the lot, the white radish offered an irresistible sweetness to the broth, and paired really nicely with the smooth chicken meat, while the minced pork and prawn paste gluten puffs were little pockets of umami goodness waiting to be released! Enjoyable and comforting, we all requested for a bowl of white rice to soak up all that remaining thick flavourful brown gravy.

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NEW LUNAR NEW YEAR GOODIES
Available for takeaway at the Deli

Auspicious Blessings cake | $88, 1kg

Shaped like a traditional handbag used for holding mandarin oranges, the Auspicious Blessings is made of soft, fragrant earl grey butter cake with milk chocolate gold coins and orange-chocolate mandarin oranges. The perfect treat to go with a nice cuppa tea!

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Wealth of Opportunities cake | $88, 1kg

The Wealth of Opportunities is made of chocolate marble cake covered in gold icing to form the shape of a whole garlic. Taste wise, the crumb is decently moist and makes a nice chocolatey treat for the young toddlers. Its stunning appearance would certainly capture the attention of every guest and be something unique to bring to your potluck!

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Guests can contact Min Jiang at (65) 6730 1704 / email: min_jiang@goodwoodparkhotel.com, Min Jiang at One-North at (65) 6774 0122 / email: mj1n@goodwoodparkhotel.com, and the Deli at (65) 6730 1786 / email: deli@goodwoodparkhotel.com to place reservations or takeaway orders. Alternatively, guests may also visit festivepromotions.goodwoodparkhotel.com for online takeaway orders.

All Lunar New Year specials are available from 21 January to 22 February 2016. Advance order of three working days is required for takeaways and the last order date is 19 February 2016 at 12 noon.

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Words by Kenneth Lim (@exasperatedmilk)
Photography by GNineThree

The writer is an avid tea drinker who enjoys slicing cakes with his golden fork. 

Singapore

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