From 18 January to 19 February 2019, usher in the Lunar New Year with a wide range of epicurean delights from Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, available both dine-in and takeaways. You might not want to miss the Singapore's largest traditional ‘basin dish’!
Yu Sheng 3/5
Be it in the comfort of your own home or at Cherry Garden, start off the celebration with one of the Yu Sheng offerings on the menu, such as Yu Sheng with Salmon, Alaskan Crab Meat and Black Truffle ($138/$276). Unique to Cherry Garden is the julienned Rosella fruit and spring onion sauce to enliven the flavour of the Yu Sheng. It might be a good idea to leave out the crab meat during the tossing as those delicate meat pieces will be inundated by the sauces and other ingredients.
Pen Cai 4/5
As mentioned, one of the highlights from Cherry Garden is its Luxurious Pen Cai and is supposedly Singapore’s largest traditional ‘basin dish’, loaded with premium ingredients such as braised four-head abalone, lobsters, scallops, sea cucumbers, prawns, roasted duck, lotus chicken, roasted pork belly and more. If you are dining in, you will witness the sea creatures and greens swimming in a large pot of superior broth and have the fun of ladling the ingredients out of the big pot. It is available for takeaway as well but it will be presented in a daintier fashion.
Pig Trotter 3/5
The Year of Pig calls for a pork dish - Pig Trotter with Black Moss ($68) made with soybean paste and braised for two hours. Although it isn't my favourite kind of braising method, which is the dark and blackish kind, the tender meat made up for it. The accompanying abalones actually fared better in such braising sauce.
Red Date Nian Gao 4/5
As part of the set menus, rounding off your meal will be some Chinese New Year delights. The Fried Red Dates Nian Gao is probably one of the best that I have tried. It is not easy to produce in small quantities and this ended my meal perfectly. It came hot with a crisp exterior, soft and chewy with a pronounced red date sweetness. Most importantly, it was not cloying at all. It is available for takeaway ($48) as well.
Aloe Vera Jelly 3.8/5
Part of a set menu is the Chilled Aloe Vera Jelly with lemongrass and rose. It felt so good having it after all the heavyweight dishes.
If you are keen for a more casual celebration, head down for the Weekend Dim Sum Brunch instead, which you will taste new dishes such as Crispy Wasbi-aioli Prawns with fresh mango and tobiko, and the all-time favourite Five Grain Fried Rice with Cantonese pork sausage.
Photos and words 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]