Apart from the indulgent feasting, door-to-door visits, and hearty festive wishes, Chinese New Year is arguably incomplete without a rowdy session of yusheng tossing.
My family always makes lo hei a big deal. Each of us grabs a pair of chopsticks, tosses the shredded ingredients in the air (and often make a giant mess), and shouts auspicious phrases such as ‘大吉大利‘ (May you be blessed with great fortune and luck) and ‘步步高升‘ (May you soar to greater heights).
Be it from the comfort of your own home or at a lavish Chinese restaurant, here are 20 unique yusheng for you to toss your way into an auspicious Chinese New Year 2020.
1. Neo Garden
Having been dishing out quality catering food since 1992, it’s no wonder that Neo Garden has won multiple awards for its consistent quality and reliable service. With a unique one-chef-one-dish system, it has remained as Singapore’s beloved number one events caterer for the eighth year running and counting.
This Chinese New Year, indulge in Neo Garden’s unique Nonya Style Yu Sheng (S$168 per set), which is a Peranakan take on the classic yusheng. It’s made with fried yam slices, shredded purple cabbage, carrots, dried apricots and cranberries, coriander, and topped with a sweet and spicy dressing.
If you’re looking to impress your relatives, go for Neo Garden’s Heng Heng 30″ Yu Sheng (from S$298) instead.
Not only is it a massive plate of yusheng, you can also customise it with custom auspicious Chinese letters, zodiac animals, and even Chinese couplets!
2. Deli Hub
Deli Hub‘s Chinese New Year yusheng are truly one-of-a-kind.
Its Golden Dragon Yu Sheng stretches all the way from 8m (S$2,888) to a jaw-dropping 888m (S$298,888), so if you’re looking to plan a record breaking reunion dinner, order its Platinum Gold Dragon (888m), which even comes complete with a lion dance troupe!
For a healthier alternative, try Deli Hub’s Rainbow Fruits Yu Sheng (S$168 per set).
Filled with an assortment of seasonal fruits and topped with a zesty plum sauce, it’s a colourful and healthy spin on the traditional yusheng and will definitely make for a refreshing meal. It includes fruits such as strawberries, fresh pineapple sticks, rock melon, logan, and much more.
Bored of the usual yusheng? Try [email protected] (Hotel Jen Orchardgateway)‘s one-of-a-kind Pink Peppercorn Salmon Yusheng With Passion Fruit Pop Balls & Honey Mango Dressing.
Available with any of its Lunar New Year brunch and dinner sessions, this special yusheng costs S$58++ and S$68++ for its small and large versions respectively.
Not only will the tanginess from the passionfruit whet your appetite and prepare you for the evenings’ endless feasting, the pink peppercorn will also add a fiery touch and leave a lasting impression.
4. Feng Shui Inn (风水廷)
Resorts World Sentosa‘s Feng Shui Inn (风水廷) never fails to disappoint with its exquisite and well thought out menus. Helmed by veteran Hong Kong chef Li Kwok Kwong, this traditional Cantonese restaurant has prepared three delectable menus for CNY 2020, each paired with a specially concocted yusheng creation.
Take your pick from three of Feng Shui Inn’s special yusheng platters—Smoked Salmon Yusheng With Crisp Pearl Rice In Strawberry Sauce, Tuna Yusheng With Sakura Shrimp In Lemon Citron Sauce and Traditional “Ikan Parang” Yusheng In Strawberry Sauce.
Not only is it the first time we’ve heard of yusheng with a strawberry sauce, but the addition of crisp pearl rice, sakura shrimp, and ikan parang (wolf herring) will also certainly make for a delectable meal. All three yusheng are available in Small (S$78 for two to six pax) and S$118 (seven to 10 pax), and will be available from 10 Jan to 8 Feb 2020.
Nestled on the top floor of National Gallery Singapore, Yàn dishes out classic Cantonese dishes with a modern flair.
Its signature yusheng is the Kaleidoscope of Prosperity (Available with its CNY Set Menu 6 that costs S$198++ per pax), which is a towering mountain of crispy vermicelli that crackles like firecrackers when sauce is poured on top of it.
It’s supported by a vibrant medley of fresh and colourful vegetables, such as purple and yellow sweet potatoes, kailan, pickled ginger, and topped with gold flakes and crunchy coils of mee pok.
6. Park Hotel Clarke Quay
To commemorate the Year of the Rat, Park Hotel Clarke Quay‘s take on this quintessential Chinese New Year classic is the Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng (Available with a top-up of S$38++ per table for all CNY menus), which includes 老鼠粉 (lao shu fen), also known as rat tail noodles.
The deep-fried rat tail noodles is accompanied by fresh and vibrant vegetables and pan-seared U.S. scallops with red caviar and is meant to symbolise good luck, abundance, and fortune for the year ahead.
Its Chinese New Year menus are available from 10 Jan to 8 Feb 2020, and prices range from S$388++ to S$768++ per table depending on your menu of choice.
Candlenut is the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. Helmed by Chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut offers a modern yet authentic take on traditional Straits-Chinese cuisine, with most of its dishes centred around traditional family recipes.
For Chinese New Year this year, Candlenut’s offering a Peranakan-inspired Yu Sheng“Lo Hei” Platter (S$68++). While it has several classic and familiar yusheng ingredients such as shredded iceberg lettuce, carrot, white and green radishes, and pickled cucumbers, the unique twist lies in its sauce, which uses gula melaka and ginger flower.
To top off this festive platter, top-up S$28++ for Norwegian salmon slices or S$48++ for abalone.
Candlenut: Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676 | Tel: 1800 304 2288 (Local calls only) | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Lunch), 6pm – 10pm (Dinner, Sun to Thurs), 6pm – 11pm (Dinner, Fri to Sat) | Facebook | Website
8. COMO Cuisine
True to COMO Cuisine‘s philosophy of eating well using only the freshest of ingredients, its Prosperity Toss Salad (S$24++ for regular, S$48++ for large) is made up of fresh vegetables that have been grown and picked in-house.
The gorgeously plated yusheng consists of carrots, zucchini spirals, beetroot and carrot juliennes, shaved white and red cabbage, daikon, and cucumber rounds. More interestingly, COMO Cuisine’s yusheng is topped with raw Tasmanian Petuna ocean trout slices, diced dragon fruit and snake gourd, which promises for a tangy and refreshing touch.
COMO Cuisine: Block 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677 | Tel: 1800 304 6688 (Local calls only) | Opening Hours: 8am – 12pm (Breakfast, Mon to Fri), 12pm – 3pm (Lunch, Mon to Fri), 8am – 3pm (Brunch, Sat to Sun), 3pm – 6pm (Mon to Sun), 6pm – 10pm (Dinner, Sun to Thurs), 6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner, Fri to Sat) | Facebook | Website
9. Min Jiang
Min Jiang is an award-winning Chinese restaurant that dishes out some of the best Cantonese and Sichuan dishes in Singapore.
Located within Goodwood Park Hotel, Min Jiang’s auspicious Joyful Abundance Yusheng 鸿运鲍鱼三文鱼鱼生 (S$168++ for dine-in, S$179.75 for takeaway) features golden deep-fried chee cheong fun strips that have been tossed in a savoury cheese powder, which is no doubt a playful nod to this year’s zodiac animal, the rat.
Not only is it gorgeously presented, complete with intricate illustrations and raw salmon slices arranged as blooming flowers, Min Jiang’s yusheng is also accompanied with a medley of fresh vegetables such as romaine lettuce, wild arugula, yellow frisee, red shiso, and topped with a dressing made from calamansi juice, plum sauce, and strawberry jam.
Min Jiang: 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221 | Tel: +65 6730 1704 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Mon to Sat), 11am – 2.30pm (Sun), 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Facebook | Website
Tablescape is a modern European restaurant located on the 3rd floor of Grand Park City Hall, and it offers a truly unique take on the classic yusheng with its Foie Gras Yu Sheng Platter (S$88 for small, S$128 for large).
Featuring foie gras terrine, crispy fish skin, and yuzu citrus peel, this yusheng is luxuriously indulgent and refreshing at the same time. The foie gras terrine, which is one of the purest forms of foie gras as it is essentially whole raw liver cooked at a low temperature, is paired with freshly grated daikon, cucumber, pickled red yam, wakame, pomelo, ginger, and carrots.
Pick between five unique dressings, such as mala, apple, and passionfruit, for an exquisite final touch.
11. Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine ingeniously brings together Chinese and Thai flavours for its gorgeously plated yusheng platter.
Its Thai Chin Yu Shen (S$68+ for takeaway) features silky slices of salmon gravlax, which is raw salmon cured in salt, sugar, and dill, sitting on a bed of fresh vegetables and fruit. What makes it quintessentially Thai is the use of Thai green mango and papaya, which adds a zesty and refreshing touch.
This delicious yusheng platter is available for takeaway and can feed eight to 10 persons. Do note that each order needs to be made three days in advance, so better place your orders quickly!
12. TEPPAN by Chef Yonemura
For a truly unforgettable Chinese New Year celebration, head to TEPPAN by Chef Yonemura, a teppanyaki restaurant like no other. Chef Yonemura combines top-notch live cooking with premium cocktails and flambé desserts for a show-stopping dining experience that you and your loved ones will never forget.
For Chinese New Year, Chef Yonemura’s Flambé Yu Sheng (S$48 for two pax, available for dine-in only) is a uniquely warm salad dish that consists of yakisoba, julienned vegetables such as leeks, carrots, and capsicums, and topped with the freshest assortment of Japanese seafood like prawns and scallops that are grilled fresh on the spot right before your very eyes.
13. The Salon
Can’t get enough of the mala trend? The Salon (Hotel Fort Canning)‘s mala yusheng is uniquely spicy and fiery, as it draws inspiration from our all-time favourite, the mala xiang guo.
Its ‘Ma-Luck’ Fa Cai Yu Sheng (S$98+) is made up of the typical yusheng ingredients: julienned carrots, white and green radishes, red cabbages, pickled vegetables, and more, but what distinguishes it from the rest is its unique mala sauce, which is a special blend concocted by its chefs. Its game-changing mala dressing consists of nutmeg, star anise, dried chilli, chilli oil and Sichuan peppercorn, and comes in two spice levels: Zhong La (moderately spicy) or Da La (extra spicy).
Not only does it act as a fantastic conversation starter, but this tongue-numbing and addictive yusheng will also please all spice lovers and leave you wanting for more.
KOMA, a modern Japanese restaurant and sushi bar located within Marina Bay Sands, incorporates fresh and seasonal produce from Japan for its eclectic and creative dishes.
Its bold approach to fresh seafood extends to its Chinese New Year offerings as well—its KOMA Lo Hei (S$138++) is an opulent seafood spread of maguro, hamachi, with sake (salmon), tai (sea bream) and ikura.
If you’re looking for a truly luxe experience, go for its KOMA Signature Lo Hei (S$588++). Though it carries a hefty price tag, you’ll be getting fresh awabi (abalone), fugu (puffer fish), and an entire slab of kodai (baby sea bream) sashimi.
15. Cherry Garden
With charcoal teak panels, slate floors, intricate gardenscapes, and antique doorways, Mandarin Oriental‘s Cherry Garden is a Cantonese fine dining restaurant that will transport you to an Oriental paradise.
Usher in the Lunar New Year with its five delectable yusheng creations, the most unique of which is its Bountiful Yu Sheng (S$138++ for small, S$276++ for large).
Featuring fresh Alaskan crab meat, salmon, black truffle, black caviar, fresh fruits and vegetables, and topped with a velvety spring onion sauce, this exquisite yusheng is not only delicious, but impressive to boot.
16. Unagiya Ichinoji
If you love unagi, then you’ll definitely love Unagiya Ichinoji‘s one-of-a-kind Unagi Yusheng with Crispy Udon (S$88++).
Featuring the restaurant’s signature grilled unagi, that has been glazed with a special in-house tare sauce, this yusheng also includes crispy udon, shredded cucumber, carrot, radish, purple cabbages, as well as pickles, ikura, ebiko, chuka karrage, yuzu peels, and pork floss.
Available for both dine-in and takeaway, this unique yusheng will only be sold at Unagiya Ichinoji’s Suntec outlet from 18 Jan to 8 Feb 2020, and all orders need to be made at least four days in advance.
Unagiya Ichinoji: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Sky Garden Suntec City, #03-307, Singapore 038983 | Tel: +65 6268 8043 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm (Daily) | Facebook
17. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium‘s Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant is well known for its contemporary Cantonese cuisine and yummy dim sum buffets.
For Chinese New Year, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant’s exclusive creations include a unique Japanese Octopus & Salmon Yu Sheng With House-Made Blueberry Sauce (S$98 for small, S$138 for large). Not only is it a refreshing take on this Chinese New Year staple, it suits diets of all kinds as no meat is included in the dish.
Good news—Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant’s takeaway offerings, including its Japanese Octopus & Salmon Yu Sheng With House-Made Blueberry Sauce, is available for order from 13 December 2019 to 5 February 2020. Order before 13 January 2020 to receive 25% off your order!
Dining at Mikuni is always an enjoyable experience, thanks to its three live stations that let you view the chef’s cooking up close. Located on the third floor of Fairmont Singapore, Mikuni uses the most premium and freshest of Japanese seafood to create novel and modern kaiseki dishes that your entire family will love.
Sashimi lovers will adore its Longevity Yusheng (S$158++), which serves up to eight persons and includes salmon, toro, scallops, seabream sashimi, and fish roe with abalone.
For the ultimate indulgence, top-up S$60 to get its Treasure Yu Sheng (S$218++), which comes with fresh lobster meat and a platter of fresh sashimi, such as toro, seabream sashimi, fish roe with abalone, and more.
Though this is not the first year that Antoinette is launching its original The Queen’s Yu Sheng (S$88) for CNY (in fact it’s been about five years already), I still look forward to seeing it in stores every single time due to its opulence and extravagant grandeur.
This dessert yusheng‘s main feature is its golden milk chocolate eggshell, which you can smash to reveal a slew of tropical fruits, such as honey pineapple, Thai green mango, red dragonfruit, pomelo, and more. The dessert element comes in with its base, which is made up of mandarin orange butter cake, golden coins, meringue, yam, and sweet potato chips.
Not only is it bound to be a huge show-stopper and crowd-pleaser, the kids will definitely love it because of all the chocolate and sweet treats!
20. Soi Thai Soi Nice
Just when you thought this year’s yusheng platters couldn’t get more unique, Soi Thai Soi Nice combines two distinctively different cuisines—Thai and Teochew—to create its Lunar New Year offerings, such as its Soaring Soft Shell Crab Yusheng (S$32.80++ for four pax, S$48.80++ for eight pax).
Featuring freshly shredded papaya and mango, Soi Thai Soi Nice’s yusheng is topped off with an entire golden deep-fried soft shell crab and a sweet & sour Thai dressing for a tangy and refreshing touch.
From mala yusheng to deep-fried golden chee cheong fun strips tossed in savoury cheese powder, restaurants and shops have certainly stepped up their game this Chinese New Year to create truly unique yusheng platters.
Here’s all of us at SethLui.com wishing everyone a prosperous Lunar New Year. 恭喜发财, huat ah!