For this Lunar New Year, visit Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental from 1 February to 2 March 2018 as part of your celebrations to usher in the Year of the Earth Dog. There are 7 CNY set menus to choose from - Success, Joyous, Harmony, Auspicious, Longevity, Prosperity and Wealth, catering to your preferences. Here is a peek at some of the dishes offered.
Each set menu has its own Yu Sheng and they are available for takeaway too. There are 5 different types to bring home and you can even add on side dishes to make it your own. One of these is the 风生水起鱼生 Prosperity Yu Sheng with Salmon and Crispy Fish Skin.
Double-boiled Spring Chicken Soup 4/5
Nourish your body for the new year with 松茸干贝炖春鸡汤 Double-boiled Spring Chicken Soup (Joyous menu). Deeply flavoured with simple ingredients - earthy matsutake and umami dried scallops, a genuine taste that is meant to be slowly savoured sip by sip. Not to forget the collagen rich snow fungus for the skin.
Steamed Dragon Spot Garoupa Fillet 4/5
菜甫蒸龙虎斑件 Steamed Dragon Spot Garoupa Fillet (Joyous menu) has a homely taste to it. Tender with a slight chewy texture, I enjoyed every bit of the delicate meat. As a finishing touch, the piquant preserved vegetables and earthy mushrooms bring out the sweetness of the fish.
Baked Tiger Prawn 3/5
From the ala carte menu, we had a Baked Tiger Prawn with Yunnan Black Garlic and Egg White ($22 per portion). I was half expecting the sauce to be sauteed egg white but instead, the prawn was drenched in a starchy and garlicky gravy. While I really like the sweet and plumy taste of the cloves in the steamed prawn dumpling with black garlic (available in their Dim Sum menu), the black garlic here didn't quite fit in in this dish.
Steamed Jasmine Rice with Cantonese Pork Sausage 4.5/5
Never mind if my crispy suckling pig is not available for takeaway. I'm more than happy to bring home one of its 生财聚宝盆 ~ 沙煲腊味饭 Steamed Jasmine Rice with Cantonese Pork Sausage in casserole ($128 for 6 pax), which satisfies me just as much. I was surprised by myself on how much I enjoy and appreciate these lap cheong. Glistening with what's remaining after months of drying and curing, the sausages were plump, juicy with fats and chewy with a bite. Sweet-salty, smokey, intensely flavouring the fluffy jasmine rice, this dish echos a sense of nostalgia and the spirit of a lavish Lunar New Year dish.
Organic Black Bean Pudding 3.5/5
Our dessert, in contrast, encompasses the modern's notion of guilt-free dessert - Organic Black Bean Pudding with avocado and sesame ice cream 黑珍珠 (Joyous menu). The black bean taste was actually quite subtle but managed to come through and go really well with the creamy avocado.
Exquisite spring goodies, takeaway dishes and gift hampers at Cherry Garden will be available from 1 February to 2 March 2018. For the ultimate, you can go for Cherry Garden's Luxurious Pen Cai – Singapore's largest traditional basin dish; weighing more than 25 kilogrammes and measuring up to 45 centimetres in diameter. Topped with premium ingredients, the pot symbolises overflowing goodness, featuring four-head abalone, lobsters, scallops, sea cucumbers, prawns, dried oyster rolls, conpoy, dace fillet, roasted duck, lotus chicken, roasted pork belly; Cantonese pork sausages, mushrooms, wolfberries and black moss.
For online orders, please visit mandarinoriental.oddle.me. To place orders for festive goodies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +65 68853081. For restaurant reservations, please email email@example.com or call +65 68853500
Words and photos by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line), Esplanade (CC Line)
Weekday Lunch: 12pm - 230pm
Weekend Dim Sum Buffet: 11am - 1pm, 130pm to 330pm
Dinner: 630pm to 1030pm
1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Walk to Marina Square. Follow the signage to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B or D. Walk to Marina Square. Follow the signage to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]