Gather the troops and prep your stomachs. Chinese New Year 2021 is fast approaching on 12 Feb and if you haven’t started to plan your CNY Eve reunion dinner and other feasts, do it stat to take advantage of the special deals and promotions. With the permissible number of visitors in a home being a lucky eight, huat a good time it’ll be to bond with friends and family over good food!
Lunar New Year menus are especially meaningful because it’s an important tradition that each dish carries auspicious significance. For example, there should be prawns to wish one laughter throughout the year and fish to signify surplus, as these ingredients are propitious homophones or sound-alikes in Chinese. Spring rolls, dumplings and glutinous rice cakes (nian gao) herald prosperity in the coming year.
Cured meats such as sausages and waxed duck (a misnomer because there’s no wax used on the duck) are commonplace during this time too. They are usually mixed with rice and vegetables in a claypot to create an aromatic lap mei fan (cured meat with rice). Finally, the symphony of flavours is not complete without the likes of abalone, oysters, black moss and mushrooms—their names all showering wishes of great wealth in various Chinese forms.
Here are eight fantastic meal combos for gathering positivity at your CNY reunions this year. All offer islandwide delivery and pickup (some even with self-pickup discounts!), and you can bet that they will delight even the most finicky foodies or in-laws. Order now to take advantage of early-bird promotions and get ready to savour seasonal flavours in the comfort of home!
Peony Jade: Lion-style lo hei with this ginormous CNY yusheng platter
Mention exquisite Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine, and Peony Jade usually comes up as a list topper. This year, the restaurant’s Chinese New Year menu continues its streak of awe-inspiring creations that will definitely leave your guests gawking and gratified.
The ‘Ox-In’ Gold Rush Prosperous Lion Head shaped ‘Lo Hei’ Yu Sheng ($488.90 for 12 persons) roars with its platter of premium ingredients—Asian Lobster Carpaccio, French caviar, Japanese Amberjack, etc—arranged in the shape of a lion’s head. The Baked Prosperity Hulu Duck ($199) is stuffed with goodies such as sea cucumber, golden conpoy, shiitake mushrooms and glutinous rice. Not sure what combination to order? Bundles like the Large Premium Pot Package ($789, for 8-10 persons) covers all the bases—from a luxurious 18-ingredient poon choi to steamed kampong chicken, claypot rice and mango sago dessert.
A-One Claypot House: Sumptuous home-cooked dishes
In this year’s Chinese New Year selection, claypot specialist A-One Claypot Houseshows its prowess in a variety of dishes besides its famous ones cooked in earthen vessels. Under the “CNY Must Try” collection, we recommend the Cordycep Flower Fish Maw with Crabmeat Thick Soup, Roasted Pork and Sausage Fried Rice and Golden Cold Platter. Bigger (or hungrier) groups can share the indulgent Prosperity Reunion sets for four, six, eight or 10 persons, which include signatures such as the A-One Abalone Premium Claypot , A-One Pork Ribs King and Braised Sweet and Sour Sea Bass.
Enjoy $10 off with your UOB card with minimum $80 spend for orders fulfilled from now till 15 Feb. Apply the Oddle promo code “ODDLEUOB” upon checkout.
Gao Peng Cuisine: Huat set meals to settle your CNY reunion dinner in style
Well-known for its quality handcrafted dim sum, Gao Peng Cuisine is pretty deft in its main dishes too. The online-exclusive Festive Set Meal ($268) comes with Cumin Mongolian Tiger Prawns, stir-fried scallops and asparagus in X.O. sauce and glutinous rice with Chinese sausages. You can also combine the Fu Festive Bundle ($158.40) of Prosperity Lo Hei and Stuffed Fortune Chicken Wrapped in Lotus Leaf with the Huat Festive Bundle ($47.50) of carrot and yam cakes for a lighter meal.
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine: Chinese fine dining at home for Chinese New Year 2021
A stalwart in expertly executed Teochew food, Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisinedishes up a collection of Celebration Set Menus for you to have a memorable Chinese New Year. This ranges from a six-course set for four to an eight-course banquet for eight persons. For example, Celebration Set Menu A4 ($258) includes Braised Fish Maw Soup with Conpoy and Crab Meat, Whole 10-Head Abalone Braised with Sea Cucumber and Spinach in Superior Abalone Sauce, and Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Gingko Nuts. Celebration Set Menu A8 ($695) is a value-for-money combination of eight dishes for eight persons, including a Live Soon Hock (Marble Goby) Steamed with Aged Preserved Radish and Pork Belly.
CNY 2021 Early Bird Promotion: Preorder by 24 Jan, for collection between 25 Jan and 28 Feb 2021, excluding 11 to 14 Feb 2021.
No Signboard Seafood: Treasures of the sea are always a good sign of a feast
Savour a tasty spread with No Signboard Seafood’s Feasts, packaged nicely for groups of three to 10 persons. The Reunion of Joy Feast ($308 for 3-5 pax) includes one white pepper crab or lobster, crispy cereal prawns and lotus leaf rice, while the Abundance of Fortune Feast ($628 for 8-10 pax) includes salted egg prawn and braised pig trotter.
Pro tip: Save some money this CNY reunion by ordering Bountiful Treasure Pot as part of a set at $211.90, instead of $244 when it is ordered a la carte. Pick it up yourself and be rewarded with one or two cans of 10-head abalone worth $29.80 each.
Min Jiang: Culinary traditions in a pot for your CNY reunion
JUMBO Seafood: Set meals with special CNY-only limited edition dishes
Get ready for seafood galore withJUMBO Seafood‘s mouthwatering Chinese New Year selection. No need to muck around the kitchen. Just order the hassle-free Celebration Set menus, such as the Celebration Set Menu C4 ($550 for 4 pax) and Celebration Menu C8 ($1,165 for 8 pax) for eight. Each offer a fantastic spread of dishes, including items not available a la carte. For example, the fish maw soup with crab meat and conpoy, live star garoupa steamed with soy sauce, and 10-Head Abalone Braised with Broccoli and Shiitake Mushroom are only found in the set menus.
CNY 2021 Early Bird Promotion: Preorder by 24 Jan 2021 to enjoy 10% off Celebration Set Menus. Collection Date: 25 Jan to 28 Feb 2021
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road: Get the reunion dinner set from Si Chuan Dou Hua
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road offers a Lunar New Year Home Reunion Set Menu ($468) from the well-loved Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant. The generous spread good enough to feed four includes a Grand Fortune Pen Cai with 15 ingredients, a yusheng with spiky sea cucumber and a healthy Fried Brown Rice with Waxed Meat. End your meal with Pan-fried New Year Cake with Soya Bean Crisps to usher in an abundant and sweet new year.