From exquisite takeaway options for home celebrations by Feng Shui Inn to unique dine-in menus by Osia Steak and Seafood Grill, Syun, Sessions and soon-to-be opened Chifa, the folks at Resorts World Sentosa are going all out this Chinese New Year.
You can even order a mini claw machine that’s made out of chocolate— a sure way to win the hearts of the kids and relatives at your reunion dinner!
Nestled along the fringe of a tropical rainforest, Equarius Hotel is a 5-star hotel that’s snuggled along the quieter end of Sentosa, making it the perfect getaway for family and friends who are nature lovers.
We paid a visit to Equarius Hotel to try Feng Shui Inn’s exquisite Lunar New Year offerings, and getting here is pretty convenient, with a shuttle bus service provided within Resorts World Sentosa.
Looking to host relatives and family over an elegant Cantonese feast? Helmed by celebrated Hong Kong veteran chef Li Kwok Kwong, Feng Shui Inn serves up decadent Cantonese dishes, ranging from freshly made dim sum to succulent roast meats.
Feng Shui Inn’s interior is classy and lavish, with high ceilings that are littered with gold leaves, wooden high beams and lush green accents. I loved its open and airy dining space, which is coupled with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the space.
Not to mention, there’s also an open kitchen nearer to the entrance, so that you can watch as your food is being prepared in front of you!
What I tried at Resorts World Sentosa’s Feng Shui Inn
To usher in the Year of the Rabbit in true feasting fashion, Feng Shui Inn will be offering multiple set menus, lavish takeaway dishes such as pen cai, and everyone’s favourite Chinese New Year cookies, snacks and hampers, on top of its existing extensive à la carte menu.
The first item that we tried was Feng Shui Inn’s Winds of Good Fortune Yu Sheng (风生水起鱼生) (S$138). Aptly named after a Chinese idiom which means prosperity and progress, this gorgeously plated yu sheng is shaped like a crescent moon and comes with smoked salmon, jellyfish, deep-fried fish skin, ice plant crystalline and black truffle sauce.
This yu sheng is available as part of Feng Shui Inn’s dine-in menus, such as its Golden Prosperity Set Menu (S$188 per person), as well as for takeaway.
After a vigorous round of tossing (which is easily my favourite part of the yu sheng), we finally got down to tasting.
This was such a classic yu sheng, and so well done! There was a generous amount of shredded white and green radish and carrots, making each bite delightfully crunchy. I loved the addictive deep-fried fish skin, which added a salty touch to each bite, and the thick slices of smoked salmon, which were fresh and fatty.
Another luxe variation of the Oceans of Wealth Yu Sheng (龙腾四海鱼生) which includes lobster and strawberry sauce is also available at S$168. For that extravagant touch, you can choose to add on premium ingredients such as Hokkaido Scallop (S$38), Salmon (S$38), Abalone (S$38), Bird’s Nest (S$98) or even Lobster (S$68)!
Served piping hot and in a hefty red pot is Feng Shui Inn’s Wealth Treasure Pen Cai. This massive pen cai costs S$1,088 (S$1,688 with Chasseur cast iron pot) and is said to serve 10 persons, although frankly, I think it could serve way more people than that.
This substantial pen cai comes packed with an amazing amount of lavish ingredients, such as South Africa 6 Head Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Charcoal-Grilled Foie Gras, Lau Fau Shan Dried Oyster, Conpoy, Tiger Prawns, German Pork Knuckle, Roast Pork, Japanese Flower Mushroom and East Star Grouper Fillet.
This was a dish that could easily feed a whole village, and I loved every single bit of it. From the crackling skin on the Roast Pork to the umami-packed German Pork Knuckle, every ingredient was perfectly cooked.
My personal favourite was the Charcoal-Grilled Foie Gras, which came in large, thick slabs. Buttery and silky soft, these were bites of pure indulgence and came with the perfect amount of smokiness, which made for a surprising contemporary twist on this Lunar New Year favourite.
Nian gao (年糕), a traditional Chinese New Year staple, is a sticky rice cake that signifies prosperity and growth, as its name sounds similar to 年高, aka “a higher year”. It’s a great way to welcome the Lunar New Year, and makes for a wonderful and meaningful gift to colleagues, family and relatives.
This Lunar New Year, Feng Shui Inn isn’t just offering one type of nian gao. It’s offering four in the form of its Quadruple Happiness Nian Gao (S$68), which combines our all-time favourite Chinese cakes into one. This set includes Water Chestnut Cake, Gula Melaka Nian Gao, Black Eyed Bean Cake with Red Bean and Black Sesame, and Radish Cake with Sakura Prawns.
It was hard to pick a favourite cake, but I really enjoyed Feng Shui Inn’s Gula Melaka Nian Gao and Radish Cake with Sakura Prawns.
The former, though so sticky that we had problems peeling it apart with our utensils, was incredibly bouncy and mildly sweet. I loved the crunchy nuts on top, which added a contrasting texture. Meanwhile, the latter was delicately soft and melted in my mouth— definitely one of the best radish cakes I’ve ever had.
If you’re looking for a real showstopper, Resorts World Sentosa’s mini claw machine will certainly fit the bill.
Made by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Kenny Kong, this stunning display, named the Bountiful Bunnies “Claw Machine” (S$628), is completely edible. Yes — from its structure and little bunny figurines, which are made of white chocolate, all the way to the ornaments and macarons that sit on top of the impressive machine!
The attention to detail is something that made our entire team gasp, so you can bet that your guests (no matter whether they’re children or adults) will be impressed too.
The adorable chocolate rabbits are a nod to the Year of the Rabbit, while chocolate golden ingots and coins fill the space, signifying prosperity and wealth. There’s also plenty of other goodies, such as chocolate oranges, ang paos and pineapples. There are even sweet candies, Mandarin oranges made with chocolate truffles, and cookies topped with lion dance-inspired icing!
It looked so lifelike that we almost wanted to reach out to give the claw machine a go, but this brilliant creation was so spectacular that we couldn’t bear to touch it for fear that it’d fall apart. We bet that the kids at your house party would have a blast tearing it down piece by piece!
Similar to its a la carte menu, Feng Shui Inn’s Lunar New Year Set Menus are specially designed to act as a tribute to authentic Cantonese cuisine, with a touch of opulent indulgence.
For example, its Eternal Fortune Set Menu (S$288 per person, min. 2 pax) starts off with fancy yu sheng that includes charcoal-grilled lobster. You’ll also get to treat yourself to the deluxe Imperial Bird’s Nest, which comes with organic pumpkin and fresh crab meat.
This is probably the first and only time I’ve been able to enjoy a bird’s nest that has been so carefully prepared. These were whole pieces of bird’s nest that were silky smooth and melted in my mouth like butter— the epitome of luxury.
The Imperial Bird’s Nest is also available on its à la carte menu at S$138 should you wish to order it separately.
Another well-loved fan favourite is Feng Shui Inn’s Grilled Kagoshima A5 Wagyu (S$208), which is served with teriyaki sauce.
With a good amount of buttery fat and meaty beef, these wagyu beef cubes make for really satisfying bites. While I’d like to say that this would be perfect for sharing, these wagyu cubes are so melt-in-your-mouth worthy that you’d be tempted to hog it all to yourself.
To me, Chinese New Year has always been about feasting and having a good time with your loved ones. Not only does the abundance of food represent the oncoming prosperity and wealth in the new year, being able to share these moments with the people you value most in your life makes it doubly precious. Feng Shui Inn’s Lunar New Year offerings act as the perfect backdrop for this, and I can’t recommend this enough, especially if you’re looking for a posh Cantonese place to host your reunion dinners.
Not one for a classic Cantonese dinner? Resorts World Sentosa has plenty of other dine-in and takeaway options as well, such as Osia Steak and Seafood Grill’s seafood-centric CNY menu, soon-to-be opened Chifa’s Lunar New Year dishes, Sessions’ seafood buffet and Syun’s Japanese fusion offerings. Not forgetting, you can also grab your Lunar New Year cookies and hampers from the booth at Hotel Michael’s lobby.
For more information on Resorts World Sentosa’s Lunar New Year offerings, click here.
* This article was brought to you in partnership with Resorts World Sentosa.
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