While it’s wonderful to revel in conviviality at restaurants during the CNY festivities, nothing beats the comforts of home for a meal with your loved ones. Should you prefer not to potter around in the kitchen too much this year, check out these lovely takeaway feasts for a fuss-free yet bountiful celebration.
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Treat your guests to a tastefully satisfying set that’s auspicious for everyone and affordable for you. Serving five to six persons, the Joy of Spring Combo, $180, includes a lavish Prosperity Lo Hei with Mini Abalone and White Bait alongside three flavourful dishes. It includes their specialty Eight Treasures Chicken and Fragrant Fried Rice with Preserved Meat wrapped in Lotus Leaf to ensure no one leaves the table hungry. The Yam Paste with Pumpkin, ends it all on a sweet note for a wonderful start to the Lunar New Year!
White Rose Café is at York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228516, tel: 6737 0511. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want something substantial? Kick-start your reunion dinner with the Min Jiang Five Fortune Takeaway Platter ($136.95 nett, serves six). This beautifully presented platter comprises of five tantalising appetisers, namely the Chilled Mini Abalone with Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Sauce, Crispy Prawns with Butter Milk, Pan-seared Ibérico Pork Belly with BBQ Sauce, Deep-fried Chicken Wings with Coffee Sauce and Marinated Jellyfish Flower. This luxurious dish will be sure to excite meat lovers!
You can also go big in the New Year by adding on the Pot of Gold ($243.95 nett, serves eight, includes claypot) pictured above, which is made of slices of slow-braised pork belly alternated with creamy pumpkin amidst premium six-head Australian abalones and broccoli.
Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel is at 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, tel: 6730 1704; Min Jiang at Dempsey is at 7A &, 7B Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249684, tel: 6774 0122. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handpick your favourite dishes from Si Chua Dou Hua’s a la carte menu to curate your own authentic Sichuan feast for Chinese New Year. While this year’s line-up offers exquisite seafood stews such as the Braised Fresh Fish Maw with Spiked Sea Cucumber in Oyster Sauce, Braised Scallops and Large Prawns with Dumplings in Sichuan Bean Paste and Braised Bird’s Nest Soup with Crab Roe and Crab Meat, a sumptuous stand-out mention goes to the Deep-fried Spare Ribs in Sichuan Spices created by Executive Chef Zeng Feng himself.
Simmered carefully over low heat for 40 minutes and then deep-fried to golden-brown perfection with peppercorn, fresh green and red chillies, these appetising ribs will make the fond memories of the reunion easily remembered by the taste of its extraordinary Sichuan flavours.
The Chinese New Year essentials prepared by Yan will look as pretty as they taste with their distinctive Cantonese-style cooking making the occasion truly festive – and what will better grace the table than shiny and crispy roasts?
Take your pick amongst their whole special selection of barbecue delights, from the much-loved Roast Pork Belly ($40) all the way to a stunning Signature Crispy Roast Suckling Pig ($300). If that’s too much to handle, you can also choose between the Dang Gui Roast Duck ($80) and Soya Chicken ($60) that are best accompanied with their Pen Cai ($280, serves five; $560, serves 10) of six-head whole abalones, sea cucumbers, prawns, dried scallops and many more.
Yan is 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, tel: 6384 5585. You can also email email@example.com.
Paradise Group makes it a yearly event to arrange a hearty, value-for-money four-course meal ($328, serves five to eight; $298 for Paradise Gourmet Rewards members) for Chinese New Year. If you were a fan of what they whipped up last year, this year’s menu shows off similar offerings that feature dishes with a myriad of delicious ingredients.
The Grandeur Treasure Pot, for instance, carries premium items such as abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried scallops and oysters, mushroom, dried fish maw – just to name a few. Other dishes include the Black Truffle Kampung Chicken and Fortune Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice, both prepared arduously with their housemade sauces, as well as the Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng, which generously comes with a can of abalone. Don’t miss our abalone hack here if you’re plating up your own this year!
Abundance Takeaway Set can be ordered at Beauty In The Pot, Paradise Dynasty, Canton Paradise, Paradise Classic and Paradise Hotpot outlets.
The prominent restaurant chain is well-known for their extensive range of ala carte items, but busy-bees can host a full reunion dinner with Crystal Jade’s bundle full of delectable takeaway items from $418. The set comes with a total of five dishes from beginning to finish, consisting of the Bountiful Abalone Treasure Pot, Reunion Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, Eight Treasure Glutinous Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Salt Baked ‘Dang Gui’ Chicken and Prosperity Carrot Cake – allowing you to enjoy fuss-free Chinese-cuisine in the warmth of home. You may even start off the dinner with a toast by ordering at their e-store for a free bottle of red wine!
Auspicious Reunion Feast Festive Takeaway Bundle is available at selective outlets. Visit their e-store here.
Fancy international fare for a change? Order from SE7ENTH’s ala carte menu of western and Asian dishes for a contemporary reunion dinner with loved ones. Have a dinner you will never forget with their highlights that marry different cuisines, such as the Australian Sirloin Beef Hor Fun and St. Louis Louis Style Barbecue Pork Ribs.
Vegan friends and family will also be delighted to know they can indulge in the Beyond Burger that boasts a flavourful patty accompanied with sautéed mushrooms, coleslaw or caramelised pineapples. Just remember to complete your dinner with one of their yu shengs for celebratory feelings of Chinese New Year! Takeaway orders are at 15 per cent off. Orders to be placed 24 hours in advance.
SE7ENTH is at Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore, 6 Shenton Way OUE Downtown 1, Level 7, Singapore 068809, tel: 6812 6050. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re not that keen on ordering straight from restaurants, you can consider hosting a steamboat reunion dinner without the hassle of picking ingredients or fighting long queues at supermarkets over the festive period.
Man Fu Yuan, a Cantonese restaurant lauded as one of Singapore’s best Chinese restaurants, is now dishing takeaway steamboat ingredients at $180 per person, for a minimum of four persons. Only available for pre-order, it comprises of well-crafted steamboat items such as traditional fresh prawn dumplings ($26 for eight), dace fish balls with fatt choy ($26 for eight) and poached drunken kampong chicken marinated in Chinese herbs and Huadiao wine ($22 for half a chicken). This is one way for a more personal touch to your restaurant-quality home feast!
Steamboat ingredients are only available on pre-order here. Man Fu Yuan is at InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966, tel: 6825 1008.
Text: Cherrie Lim