Welcome the CNY with a resounding bark of joy where three exquisite set menus, a selection of Yee Sang and an enhanced festive à la carte menu beckon until 2 March 2018.
Presented in a huge fire engine-red lacquer dish, the assortment of shredded vegetables, pickles and condiments formed the auspicious shape of a koi fish. Norwegian Salmon Yee Sang made quite a splash, enlivened by delicate fruity-sweet plum sauce – a house concoction. Thumbs up to the balance of fresh and dry ingredients brimming with sumptuous accents. Premium sashimi and abalone are the other Yee Sang variants available.
Heartwarming and restorative, the Doubled Boiled Dried Scallop and Morrel with Baby Cabbage Soup drew raves on its artful melding of East-West influences. The general consensus? A notable departure from the usual ho-hum broths especially with the inclusion of earthy morel into the equation.
Drawing inspiration from the Foochow culinary heritage, fermented red yeast rice joined the chef’s arsenal, to bestow a salubrious dimension to his Braised Duck with Red Yeast Rice and Peanuts. Complex, well-rounded sweet-savoury flavours suffused our palate as we relished every mouthful of the meltingly tender duck and soft peanuts.
According to Chef Tan, his Pan-Fried Scallop Stuffed with Minced Chicken and Topped with Citron Salsa was construed to symbolise togetherness and joy – an astute clarion call us foodies were happy to answer. From the plump tender scallops to the bits of candied citron used, every element fell into place harmoniously.
The tangy-floral nuances of hawthorn and osmanthus bloomed on our tastebuds as we devoured the Deep-fried Prawns with Hawthorn Sauce and Osmanthus. Created to evoke happiness as prawns denote laughter for the CNY celebration, the delicious crustaceans left us smiling from ear to ear.
After such a riotous show, more delicate flavours emerged from Stewed White Baby Cabbage with Dried Scallops & Slivered Garlic. We welcomed the coy offering to the fold as it then allowed the Fried Rice with Sesame Oil, Diced Chicken and Chopped Young Ginger to steal the show.
A notable speciality to ‘rice’ to the occasion, the hearty serving had us going for repeat helpings. Again, the dish tugged at our familial heartstrings, transporting us down the memory lane of nostalgia.