1. PEONY JADE
The restaurant offers bespoke presentations of longevity buns, such as the traditional Mother And Children Platter of one large shou bao with 10 small baos which cost $98.
Its newest set is the Peony Jade’s Bespoke Longevity Buns Platter ($118+), which comprises one large shou bao, 10 small baos and eight auspicious character-shaped baos.
Orders have to be placed at least three days in advance.
Peony Jade is at Keppel Club, M Level, 10 Bukit Chermin Road, Tel: 6276 9138.
2. HUA TING
Birthday buns are presented in miniature carriers placed on a peach tree stand. Customers may choose from fillings such as traditional lotus seed paste, custard, sweet yam paste and savoury kurobuta char siew.
The buns are $1.30++ each, except for the kurobuta char siew buns, which are $1.50++ each. The minimum order is eight buns. The peach tree presentation is available only for dine-in orders.
Hua Ting Restaurant is at Level 2 Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road, Tel: 6739 6666.
3. PARADISE GROUP
Customised longevity buns are offered at Taste Paradise, Paradise Teochew and Seafood Paradise. Advanced orders are required. Regular-sized buns are $1.50 each. The larger-sized buns vary in size and price, depending on customers’ request. For example, a large bun that weighs 4.2 kg can cost $168.
Taste Paradise is at at Ion Orchard, 04-07 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Tel: 6509 9660.
Paradise Teochew is at Scotts Square, 03-04 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Tel: 6538-0644
Seafood Paradise is at Marina Bay Sands, 02-03 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 8 Bayfront Avenue, Tel: 6688 7051.
4. CRYSTAL JADE
Crystal Jade offers three Longevity Bun baskets for takeaway orders: the 28-piece Mini Longevity Bun with Lotus Paste set ($42.80); the 18-piece Assorted Longevity Bun (custard, white sesame and red bean fillings, $44.80); and the 10-piece Mini Longevity Bun with Lotus Paste and 8-piece Big Longevity Bun with Lotus Paste and Salted Egg Yolk ($46.80). Orders have to be placed three days in advance.
Prices start at $68++ for a standard order of 18 longevity buns. Orders can be customised. On request, the buns can be presented with a dough sculpture of the God of Longevity, which executive Chinese chef Leong Chee Yeng, 51, makes by hand. He and his team can also include a gelatine sculpture of the Chinese character of longevity. The two special sculptures are available only for dine-in orders.
Jade is at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Tel: 6877 8911 / 6877 8912.
6. HAI TIEN LO
Longevity buns are $1.50++ a piece and available daily. A platter of 18 mini buns is priced at $68++ and has to be ordered at least one day in advance. Customers who have private event bookings at the hotel can put in special requests for the buns to be displayed on a stand, subject to availability.
Hai Tien Lo is at Pan Pacific Singapore, Marina Square, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Tel: 6826 8240.
For those who want tradition served up in a modern artisanal cake, Antoinette can create a longevity peach cake called the Shou Tao Cake. A 3kg cake costs $650 and a two-tiered 2.5kg cake is $450.
Antoinette is at 30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street), Tel: 6293 3121.