Antoinette which is well known for its elegant and delicious pastry has innovated and created something out of the tradition for the upcoming Chinese New Year, the Queen Yu Sheng ($88++). The groundbreaking reinvention of the iconic Yu Sheng will probably set the preconceptions of the classic Yu Sheng forever.
Queen's Yu Sheng 3.5/5
The Queen's Yu Sheng was created out of love for Chef Pang's 2 beautiful daughters and the newborn. Chef Pang has always felt sorry for his children who could not join the Lo Hei because they were too young to eat stomach raw fish. Hence the thought struck him to make a Yu Sheng dessert and confectionery, to be eaten as a sweet ending to the Chinese New Year feast. That is how the Golden Egg is born, symbolizing birth and renewal.
Queen's Yu Sheng 3.5/5
Crack the large golden chocolate egg with a hammer which sits on a nest of auspicious sweets such as chocolate fish, ingots and coins; 5 spiced almonds and cashews; mandarin orange butter cake and meringue kisses; and yam and sweet potato chips. There are more surprises inside the egg when it is cracked out, revealing Asian fresh fruits such as pineapple, Thai green mango, red dragon fruit, pomelo. Finally, a mandarin orange, plum and gula melaka dressing is poured over the dessert yu sheng. The Queen Yu Sheng is available for takeaway too.
Not known to many, Antoinette also offers a variety of traditional Lunar New Year delicacies such as buttery Pineapple Tarts, made with house-made spiced pineapple jam, Honeycomb Crackers with sesame, crispy Arrowhead Chips and crunchy Almond Cookies, as well as original creations like crumbly Almond Goji Berry Cookies, sweet savoury Pork Floss Meringue, ad house made Sakura Shrimp and Seaweed Rice Cracker.
Chocolate Love Letters 4.5/5
Given a new twist to the tradition while staying to the to the root of tradition, is the Chocolate Love Letters which are enrobed in Valrhona caraibe 66% dark chocolate and dusted with gold prosperity dust to bring wishes of wealth and fortune.
Tres Blond 4/5
Inspired be the festive season, Tres Blond ($10.70 per slice) combines auspicious Lunar New Year traditions like vanilla confit pineapple to represent windfalls of luck, and mandarin orange marmalade that symbolizes peace and prosperity, merged with French touches of light passion fruit cream and almond sable, sesame peanut nougatine before coated in gold webs of Valrhona dulcey blond chocolate and topped with chocolate discs that resemble golden medallions for success. The Tres Blond may appear rich and intense but it actually on the light side and quite refreshing on the palate.
8 Treasure Cake 3.8/5
Another festive inspiration is the 8 Treasure Cake ($16.05 per loaf/ $64.20 for 24cm diameter). This is an interesting twist to the Christmas fruit cake with Chinese festive elements. The rich butter cake is infused with the flavours of red dates, roasted pine nuts, dried longan fruit, candied ginger, kaffir lime leaves, walnuts, goji berries, tangerine peel and spices, to create an exquisite treat. I shared this will my colleagues and they all like the refreshing and unique flavours. However I just find that the cake crumbles a bit too easy, it does not hold it's shape well.
In conjunction with Valentine's Day, Antoinette has created the Orangier and Pavlova exclusive for the month of February only. The Orangier is a flourless cake with flourless chocolate sponge, orange marmalade, orange caramel cremeux, almond orange nougatine and Valrhona Manjari dark chocolate mousse. A balanced of zest and sweetness, which chocolate lovers will adore. The Pavlova features a cascade of pastel rose petal Chantilly rosettes, gently piped atop a rose meringue and almond cake with raspberry marmalade, lychee, yuzu cream, finished with a touch of rose petals and raspberries.
I find the Queen Yu Sheng really special as a dessert lo hei at the end of the chines new year meal. It could be a new trend in the future. I am not surprise to see how restaurants coming out with dessert yu sheng next year. Chef Pang could be the trend setter with the Queen Yu Sheng creation.
30 Penhas Road
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Nearest MRT: Lavender (EW Line)
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1) Alight at Lavender MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to V Hotel Lavender. Walk down Horne Road and turn right onto Penhas Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]