Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Yan Restaurant (宴) @ National Gallery - Ushers In The Year Of The Tiger With A Repertoire Of Cantonese Delights


Yan Restaurant at National Gallery ushers in the Year of the Tiger with a repertoire of Cantonese delights available for dine-in and takeaway. From 1 January to 15 February 2022, you may choose to celebrate in the restaurant with its specially curated a la carte dishes and six sumptuous set menus (from $138 to $268 per pax), including an eight-course vegetarian set menu ($88 per pax). Else, enjoy the sumptuous festive dishes and treats at home, available for self-collection and delivery.

Abalone & Salmon with Gold Foil Lo Hei in ‘Shun De’ Style 4/5

Yan undeniably has one of the most interesting Yu Sheng that I have come across - Abalone & Salmon with Gold Foil Lo Hei in 'Shun De' Style (from $92, dine-in only). In place of the usual shredded carrots, radish and cucumber are a mountain of crispy vermicelli, topped with shredded purple and yellow sweet potatoes, pickled ginger, and gold flakes. The accompanying vibrant vegetables added much freshness and crunch to yu sheng. The abalone slices have also been braised in superior stock to bring in more flavour to the dish.

Yan Harvest Pen Cai 4.5/5

Another symbolic dish is Yan Harvest Pen Cai (from $325). It features layers of 18 delicacies such as 6-head abalone, sea cucumber, prawns, whole conpoy, collagen-rich pork tendons, king grouper fillet, scallops, roast pork, soya chicken, and roast duck. This Pen Cai is superior because each ingredient is individually prepared, then combined in a claypot and simmered in a flavourful braised duck sauce. One of my favourite pieces is the yam and lotus roots within, braised till tender and soaked with the flavoursome sauce.

Steamed Soon Hock Fillet 3.5/5

Fish symbolises ample surplus, and hence, one of the must-haves in this Lunar New Year spread would be this Steamed Soon Hock Fillet with Preserved Lemon Sauce. The fish is steamed together with house-made preserved lemon sauce, crispy garlic lemon slices, preserved vegetables, and a small amount of finely chopped chilli and lime juice. As a result, the delicate flavour of the fish was very much preserved and yet flavoursome at the same time, especially when finished with a handful of crispy golden garlic topping.

Wok-fried Local Lobster Tail 3/5

For some lucky red hues, some of the set menus include a lobster dish in the form of Wok-fried Local Lobster Tail with Crab Meat & Crab Roe Superior Sauce, or you may also order it a la carte at $23.80. Crab roe and crab meat are cooked in superior seafood stock and boiled till thickened and poured over the lobster before serving.

House Special Braised Pork Ribs Marinated with Dang Gui 4/5

House Special Braised Pork Ribs Marinated with Dang Gui (Dine-in only). The Dang Gui marinated pork ribs are shallow fried over a gentle heat then braised in dang gui sauce for an hour till reduced. Though I couldn't taste much of the Dang Gui, it was still a delicious piece of rib to be savoured upon.

Roast Crispy Suckling Pig 4/5

Roast Crispy Suckling Pig ($330) available for dine-in will give you the full experience. It is served in three ways for dine-in guests. The first way is to appreciate the crispy skin served with house-made pancakes, plum sauce, cucumber sticks, and spring onions. The second way is serving the suckling pig carved shoulder. The third way is like char siew, with the tender pork fillet marinated with barbecue sauce and baked with lemongrass.

Roasted Duck Marinated with Mandarin Peel Sauce 4/5

Another popular item of Yan is the Roasted Duck Marinated with Mandarin Peel Sauce (A la carte $22/ $44/ $88, takeaway whole duck $88). What's unique about the Mandarin Peel Sauce is that it is made with mandarins grown in Xin Hui, located in Guangdong. These Xin Hui mandarins have the most fragrant peels compared to mandarins from other regions, identified by their distinct aroma and bitter citrus flavour.

Double-boiled Morel ‘Yang Du Jun’ and Chicken Soup 4/5

For something nourishing, Double-boiled Morel 'Yang Du Jun' and Chicken Soup with Fish Maw is also incorporated into the set menus and also made available a la carte ($26). The double-boiled soup comes with fish maw, morels, chicken, and dried scallops. The morels are believed to help reduce phlegm and boost one's immunity by regulating the body's qi (vital energy).

Chilled Pumpkin Cream with Aloe Vera 4/5

The dessert is equally auspicious with Chilled Pumpkin Cream with Aloe Vera (Dine-in only) and Deep-Fried Sesame Rice Ball filled with lotus paste. Golden pumpkin signifies bountifulness and prosperity. Light and refreshing with aloe vera, it sums up the festive meal on a perfect note.

Yan spreads the festive joy with pre-order discounts till 8 January 2022 for selected takeaway items, with orders to be placed via the e-store: From 13 December 2021: 15% discount for Prosperity Treats (excluding the Golden Happiness Bamboo Tote). From 18 December 2021: 10% discount for Harvest Pen Cai (for takeaway only).

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.

Yan Restaurant (宴)
National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew's Road
Singapore 178958
Tel: +65 63845585
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit D. Turn left and walk down North Bridge Road. Turn left onto Coleman Street. Walk down Coleman Street. Walk to destination. Journey time around 5 minutes. [Map]

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