Chinese New Year is the best time of the year to pig out, and being the year of the pig, we have all the more reason to do so. Snacking is a huge part of the celebrations and often we find ourselves emptying entire boxes of pineapple tarts, bak kwa, love letters and cookies faster than our arteries can handle.
Sure, these classic favourites hold a special place in our hearts but perhaps it is time to step away from tradition and go for something a little more unconventional this upcoming Chinese New Year.
We explored the streets of Chinatown and found a couple of oddities—some are creative, while some are just plain exotic. Feeling ballsy? Here are 6 unconventional snacks to get this CNY.
The Chinese Lunar New Year is an annual festival where many traditions culminate from exchanging of oranges to the receiving of red packets and more. Still, as far as the Chinese New Year goes, the iconic yu sheng toss remains at the helm of all things festive.
Yu Sheng, otherwise known as lo-hei or prosperity toss, is something that we’ve grown terribly fond of. A vibrant centrepiece dish comprising various elements, each boasting its own unique flavour and meaning behind it, the yu sheng is always the first order of business at any family gathering.
Yet, as we find ourselves going through the motion of this tradition year in year out, how many of us millennials can actually say that we truly understand this practice and its significance? To a season dedicated to good fortune, family reunion and feasting, here is our guide on lo hei, what it is and what it represents.
Spice Brasserie at PARKROYAL On Kitchener Road celebrates the arrival of the Lunar New Year with an array of mouth-watering auspicious delights where you can expect Chinese New Year classics as well as Nyonya flavours all in one place.
Known for their crabs, Executive Chef Kelvin Chuah and his team have created an extensive line-up with a Peranakan twist that features the Lucky Fortune Set which will be served right at your table for dinner buffet on 15, 16 and 17 February 2018. This luxurious set includes Salmon Yu Sheng, Baked Sea Scallop With Mushroom Cheese, Braised Abalone with Duck Feet, Braised Sea Cucumber With Roasted Pork and Nanas Lemak Lobster as well as free flow soft drinks.
On top of the amazing spread, diners can also find Chinese New Year specials such as the Steamed Seabass Fillet with Nyonya Sauce, Stir-fried Seafood with Yam Basket, Steamed Lotus Rice with Yam and Chinese Sausages and Traditional Nian Gao with Peanut.
Simply quote ‘ladyironchef’ upon making your reservations to enjoy 20% off Spice Brasserie’s mouth-watering lunch and dinner buffets.
You will be delighted to know that while most restaurants are unavailable during the Lunar New Year, Spice Brasserie will be operating as per normal.
Nothing is more important than a heartwarming reunion meal with your family and loved ones during Chinese New Year. This is the time of the year when we gather together with a grand reunion feast!
In celebration of the upcoming festive season, Millenia Walk is hosting a 10-course luncheon on 03 Feb 2018 and you can expect lots of festive vibes and a whole plethora of Chinese New Year goodies from the participating food and beverage establishments.
And we need to do one with our readers too! Yes, it is going to happen. Millenia Walk is inviting 10 Ladyironchef readers to take part in this reunion lunch. So join us on 03 Feb 2018 from 12pm to 3pm at the Great Hall as we toss to a prosperous year ahead with the yu sheng and indulge in festive specials such as Oyster & Hotate Katsu and Mazesoba Chasiu signature ramen together.
We will be picking 5 winners and everyone can bring along a +1, so read on to find out more about how you can win a spot at the table at the Millenia Walk Reunion Lunch with the Ladyironchef team! READ ON
When it comes to crab and seafood buffet, our minds naturally gravitate towards Chef Low and his team at Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Drawing inspiration from Singapore’s culturally-rich ethnic landscape, the chefs at Ginger never fail to impress us with their tantalising array of seafood offerings each time we visit.
This Lunar New Year, usher the Year of the Dog with Ginger’s value-for-money buffet that will feature Boston lobsters in its Prosperity Trio. That’s right, lobster fans will be thrilled to hear that this all-day-dining restaurant is introducing a new Prosperity Lo Hei that swaps out the traditional salmon slices with luscious chunks of Boston Lobsters.
Exclusively for the dinner buffet from 05 Feb to 02 Mar 2018, every table will enjoy one complimentary serving of the Prosperity Trio—customised to suit the number of your dinner guests. The Prosperity Trio, is a new and exciting creation by Ginger that essentially comprises lavish delights such as their Prosperity Lo Hei with Boston Lobsters, Braised Sea Treasures (Pen Cai) and Wok-Fried Lobsters in Superior Stock.
Also making their debut on the buffet line are the Golden Sea Bass with Sha Sha Sauce, Barbecued Pork Ribs in Capital Sauce and Baked River Prawns with Garlic Shoyu (available from 01 Feb to 02 Mar 2018).
Quote ‘ladyironchef x Ginger CNY’ to enjoy 25% off for both the lunch and dinner buffet. That means you only pay S$36++ per adult for the lunch buffet and S$58.50++ for the dinner buffet!
One of the most highly anticipated festivals for the Chinese has to be the annual Chinese New Year. Based on the lunar calendar, the festival falls on the first day of the first month which is unlike the international New Year, and it differs every year.
Chinese New Year is the time when families get together, and for foreigners who make use of this holiday to travel back to their hometown for a family reunion. An important aspect of this festivity is also its traditions which have been kept for many generations.
If you have always been curious about the significance of spring cleaning and why are we told by our parents to stay up past midnight on the Eve of Chinese New Year, let us share with you 7 Chinese New Year Traditions And Their Significance. READ ON
Is it your turn to host lunar dinner this Chinese New year or are you thinking of bringing an auspicious gift along when you go for your house visits? While we prep for all the upcoming parties, the common “problem” is—what should we cook/ buy?
Well, not everyone is made for the kitchen and we know how much hassle it is to whip up an entire dinner or even just a dish for pot-luck. This is when takeaways save us.
Enjoy a fuss-free lunar celebration with Chinese New Year takeaways from Grand Hyatt Singapore’s shop at mezza9 from now until 11 Feb 2017. Toss to a greater year with yu sheng takeaways (S$51.35 nett) and munch on a wide array of homemade cookies, tarts and other festive delights. These lunar goodies are so beautifully packaged, they would surely be befitting for all your house parties. READ ON
The annual celebration of Chinese New Year sees endless baked treats and other savoury delights being sold, served and consumed by Chinese communities in Singapore throughout the 15-day festive period.
Ever wondered why the exchange of Mandarin Oranges is so important, and why there would always be pineapple tarts in each home?
The repetition of Chinese New Year Goodies is no random occurrence, as each snack is essentially symbolic of a meaningful purpose. The next time someone in the family asks, “Why do we always have to eat xxx during Chinese New Year?”, you will find the answer(s) to him/her here in our beginner’s guide to the Auspicious Meaning Behind 8 Chinese New Year Goodies.