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CNY ’16: Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts

With barely half a month left before the glorious celebration of the Lunar New Year, restaurants across Singapore have been whipping up new creations to put forth its finest dishes onto the dining table. For this year, the talented chefs from the various Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts have conjured up several festive delights to win the hearts (and ‘red packets’) of your family members! These Chinese New Year Set Menus and exclusive dishes will be available at the respective Crystal Jade restaurants from 25 January to 22 February 16.

Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone and Pomegranate | $88 Small, $138 Large
Crystal Jade Fine Dining Restaurants

Starting off with their rendition of the quintessential Yusheng, this Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone and Pomegranate served in an auspicious large red plate, delivered waves of sweet and savoury notes in every bite. Featuring a neat stack of shredded greens topped with tender slices of Mexican abalone and coated with a dark fruity pomegranate infused plum dressing for that tangy finish, we thoroughly enjoyed how the added fruity crunch from the pomegranate seeds brought out the freshness of the oriental salad!

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Chilled Asparagus $20
Crystal Jade Fine Dining Restaurants

For something refreshing, this humble appetizer of Chilled Asparagus planted in a bowl of ice is a great choice. Thick, juicy with subtle earthy undertones, the natural sweetness of those crisp spears was brought out by the aromatic truffled-scented dipping sauce that accompanied it.

CNY ’16: Usher in the Year of the Monkey with Lunar New Year Culinary Creations @ The Fullerton Hotel

Celebrate the year of the Monkey with auspicious culinary creations by Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his team at The Fullerton Hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant- Jade. Well-loved for their traditional Chinese classics and contemporary dishes, Jade has once again outdone itself with an impressive selection of exquisite creations that will be available from 18 January to 22 February 2016.

Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng | $68/$98/$138

A must-have at any reunion dinner, this year’s special is the Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng featuring homemade Champagne jelly, edible gold leaves for that luxurious touch and Master Chef Leong’s artistic talent as he creates an art masterpiece out of every Yu Sheng he prepares. Drawn free hand with cinnamon powder, the calligraphy and drawings that accompanied the vibrantly coloured towering layers of mixed shredded vegetables were simply picture-perfect.

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Braised Six-Head Abalone, Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Deep-Fried Fish Maw, Chinese Cabbage, Flower Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic and Roasted Pork in Claypot | $58 per person

Pen Cai takes on a different feel with this glorious pot of quality goodness. Braised for 3-4 hours in a claypot brimming with only premium seafood treasures, the result is an intensely flavouful broth, thick with collagen and rich in taste. Master Chef Leong’s soups never disappoint and this concoction evidently won my heart.

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)

Lijiang Restaurant by Yunnan @ Science Centre Singapore

Inspired by the picturesque beauty of an old city in the Yunnan Province of China, Lijiang, which also means “beautiful river” in Chinese, is a restaurant that has been around since the 1970s. With its roots originating from the Yunnan Group, Lijiang first opened at Singapore Swimming Club before moving to Temasek Club when it was formally located at Portsdown Road and is now currently residing at the Singapore Science Centre.

Known for their quality yet affordable oriental cuisine, Lijiang has hosted many wedding banquets, birthday celebrations and Chinese New Year dinners over the years. And after having a taste of their food, it is easy to understand why this homely Chinese restaurant remains a favourite with both families and large groups.

We started our evening with a bowl of Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng and Cordycep $18 each. Evidently brewed and simmered for many hours, the chicken soup was not just brimming with superior ingredients such as fish maw, ginseng, scallops and cordyceps, but the clear soup itself was clean yet complex in flavour and delicate in nature. Every sip was comforting to the tummy and almost nourishing to the soul. This one warmed me up quite easily and satisfactorily.

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The Deep Fried Cod Fish with Thai Sauce $12 served in portions, is a great idea for corporate functions or dinners that would usually have a more formal note to it. We liked how the cod fish was lightly battered and fried to a crisp while the sweet and slightly spicy Thai sauce with its sourish nuances dressed the fillet both in colour and flavour.

Flavours of Chinese Spices @ Jade Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel

Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his culinary team are back again with a medley of Cantonese signatures for their latest “Flavours of Chinese Spices” promotion. Available for a limited time only, from now till 30 November 15, this six course set dinner meal pays tribute to the powerhouse of Chinese spices that are an integral part of any Chinese dish but would usually go understated.

We started with an appetizing Tasty Trio Combination made up of a Chilli Crab Meat Ball deep fried to a crisp but stuffed with a generous amount of shredded sweet crab meat smothered in a spicy thick sauce that fills your mouth when you bite through the exterior. The middle was a refreshing Pomelo and Mango Salad topped with a skillfully- carved Crispy Peking Duck Skin while the last item of Crispy Prawn intrigued with its coating of Chocolate Mayonnaise and Oat that was part nutty, subtly sweet and interestingly tasty.

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The next was a comforting bowl of Superior Broth, obviously boiled and simmered for a copious amount of time to produce that rightfully thick, rich and collagen-packed liquid goodness. Brimming with quality ingredients such as Braised Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Duo Fish Maw and Dried Scallops, I would like to believe that my complexion benefitted from every spoonful of this nutrient- dense broth.