Last Updated: January 30, 2019
Huat ah! Chinese New Year doesn’t properly start until you’ve tossed yusheng. But after a few gatherings and lo heis, the same old yusheng can get a little boring.
If you want to change things up this year, why not consider some of these rather interesting twists on yusheng? Some are downright wacky! Here are 10 unique yusheng for your next lo hei in 2019.
Kickstart your Chinese New Year celebrations with the perfect yusheng for the Year of the Pig. The Pork-sperity Yusheng 诸事顺心 (S$49.80+) available at Ichiban Boshi and Ichiban Sushi features thin slices of bak kwa and 12 pieces of Norwegian salmon sashimi.
Bak kwa and salmon sashimi may seem like an odd combination, but the sweet and savoury bak kwa has a chewy texture that goes well with the thick slices of fresh salmon. The refreshing pickled vegetables and yuzu sauce also make this a truly unique yusheng.
Ring in the new year with Uni Gallery’s Uni & Caviar Sashimi Yusheng Platter (S$128++/2 – 4 pax, S$198++/6 – 8 pax).
The platter features creamy and decadent Canadian uni, together with highly-prized Polanco caviar. You can even expect an upgrade for the usual yusheng fish slices — Uni Gallery’s yusheng platter comes with salmon, kampachi (amberjack) and mekajiki (swordfish). Now, that’ll up your yusheng game!
May your year be as bountiful as this decadent and unique yusheng, that’s loaded with fresh premium seafood. The Uni & Caviar Sashimi Yusheng Platter is available for both dine-in and takeaway.
Uni Gallery: 7500A Beach Road, #B1-310, The Plaza, Singapore 199591 | Tel: +65 6291 0528 / +65 9838 8209 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch, Daily), 6pm – 9.30pm (Dinner, Sun – Thu), 6pm – 10pm (Dinner, Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Website
Located in National Gallery Singapore, it’s no wonder that the yusheng from Yàn 宴 looks like a work of art.
Its signature Kaleidoscope Of Prosperity is available with the Chinese New Year set menus (from S$128++ to S$278++ per pax). This unique yusheng comes with a mountain of crispy vermicelli that’s fried upon order.
When you drizzle the soy-based dressing over the yusheng, the fried vermicelli even lets out a crackling sound like firecrackers. The dish hides a few more surprises, with unique ingredients like bak kwa, crispy youtiao and fried yam.
Tired of the usual yusheng with only pickled vegetables and paltry slices of fish? Then you’ll want to check out Chopsuey Cafe’s version of yusheng.
The Chopsuey Lucky Lunar Lo Hei (S$28++/half portion, S$48++/full portion) comes with trout, kale, celeriac, sprouts, red radish, blueberries and wild rice.
Even the sauce used is different: the special homemade dressing is made with fresh calamansi and lemon juice, plum sauce, marmalade and Japanese vinegar. Those who enjoy a refreshing twist to their Asian dishes, you’ll like this unique yusheng.
Instead of the usual yusheng with salmon slices, The Butcher’s Kitchen brings us a pork-based yusheng for the Year of the Pig.
Their 3 Treasures Porky Yusheng (S$38.80) comes with golden roast pork belly, crispy lard bits, and char siew. With the char siew’s red char, and the golden hues of the lard and pork belly skin, this dish is sure to bring you luck and prosperity.
Drizzle on the yusheng sauce for the full porky experience: this special blend of char siew and plum sauces adds a tangy, sweet and savoury kick to the yusheng dish.
It’s the (Y)ear of the Pig! At Fat Chap, ring in the Lunar New Year with an unconventional lo hei.
Toss your way to greater prosperity with their Ear Of The Pig Yusheng (S$38.80++/medium, S$48.80++/large). This pork–sperous dish comes with green and white daikon, sweet and tart pickles and freshly sliced Raymond’s golden snapper sashimi.
The pops of pomegranate and pomelo make it refreshing with bursts of citrus flavours, while the seeds and chopped peanuts give more crunch to each mouthful.
The highlight of the dish has to be the side of curry spiced Crispy Pig’s Ears that comes with the yusheng. Pop a piece or two into your mouth for added crunch and luck!
Need a perk-me-up after one too many pineapple tarts? Try the refreshing Fruiti-licious Yusheng 青春永驻 (S$53.80+) that’s lighter on the palate. This healthy version of the traditional yusheng comes with fresh fruits rather than seafood.
Filled with pomelo, guava, mango, pear and rose apple, this yusheng is perfect for those looking something sweet to munch on. The golden crackers also add a lovely contrasting crunch to the dish.
If you’re trying to save stomach space for the festive feast, this fruity yusheng might be a good bet!
For another light yusheng option during this festive period, Madame Fan offers a zesty and refreshing alternative. Their Prosperity Yu Sheng is available a la carte (S$88++ for 4 – 7 pax, S$128++ for 8 – 12 pax), and also in the Premium Dinner Set Menu (S$238++).
With more fruits than vegetables, this crisp and light yusheng came with rather unique ingredients. Look out for the crispy rice noodles, purple cabbage, pomelo and green mango!
If you can’t get enough of bubble tea, what about bubble tea pearls in your yusheng?
This year, Rumah Rasa brings us the Zhen Zhu (Pearl) Lo Hei (S$28 for 2 – 4 pax, S$38++ for 6 – 8 pax). The dish name contains a clever pun: the “zhu” in zhen zhu has the same pronunciation as “pig” in Mandarin.
Yes, there are tapioca pearls in this unique yusheng, on top of the usual ingredients. You can drizzle their homemade gula melaka and tamarind sauce over the platter, and toss up some good fortune for the year ahead.
Sometimes you just need a dessert to sweeten the deal, and that’s when you should get this unique “yusheng” from Antoinette.
They’re bringing back the Queen’s Yusheng (S$88), a dessert yusheng with a unique presentation.
The dish comes in a glowing golden chocolate egg resting on a nest of chocolates, mandarin orange butter cake, meringue kisses and more sweet treats. But that’s not all! You’ll get to crack open the golden egg to reveal freshly diced and shredded pineapple, Thai green mango, red dragon fruit and pomelo.
Don’t forget to drizzle the dressing made with mandarin orange, plum and gula melaka, and toss your way to good luck!
Antoinette: 30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188 | Tel: +65 6293 3121 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri & Eve of PH), 10am – 10pm (Sun & PH)
With so many unique yusheng dishes for lo hei, I’m sure you’ll be pigging out this Chinese New Year. Share the joy with your family and friends, and here’s to a pork-sperous new year!