Chinese New Year Media Tasting
Are you having a big question mark on where to make a reservation for Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2017? It’s one of the biggest questions faced during Chinese New Year period particularly, the organiser. The parents prefer traditional dishes; the siblings can’t leave without seafood and the cousins looking forwards to beautiful and delicious desserts. Whereas for friends, having very specific requests like durian or huge oysters. Moreover, you can even reinvent your personal dish with all the ingredients available at the buffet. As this is a reunion dinner, we have to make sure that everyone’s taste bud is satisfied. The best solution is having a buffet style with a sumptuous feast. In this post, I will do a comparison between 2 buffet restaurants that not only offer delicious Chinese New Year dishes and also value for money!
Ellenborough Market Cafe @ Swissotel Merchant Court
Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng in Chinese New Year 2017 holds the shape of rooster with beautiful feathers and prominent comb. Comprises a wide variety of ingredients and the meanings behind yu sheng such as:
- Salmon salad with lemon and plum sauce (年年有馀 – Abundance throughout the year)
- Pickled melon
- Sour ginger
- Sweeten ginger
- Gourd Wax
- Peanut crunch (金银满屋 – Longevity and eternal youth)
- Sesame seeds (生意兴隆 – Flourishing business)
- Pomelo (大吉大利 – Luck and auspicious)
- Shredded carrot (鸿运当头 – Blessings of good luck)
- White raddish (步步高升 – Prosperity in business and promotion at work)
- Green raddish (青春常驻 – Eternal youth)
- Purple cabbage
- Pok Chui (遍地黄金 – Wealth and fortune literally fill the whole floor)
It is in the spirit of Chinese New Year, I personally feel that if yu sheng is important and not to be missed. Toss to prosperity, good fortunes and good health! If you can’t finish the yu sheng, not to worry, a small amount is left behind to signify abundance in the coming new year.
My mother has placed strong emphasis on fish and a “must have” on every Chinese New Year. 年年有“鱼” meaning abundance in the coming new year. This is one of my favourite Chinese New Year dishes, Red grouper with Hong Kong Sauce. It is delicate, tender yet firm white flesh in light sauce. Sea cucumber has a gelatinous texture and is almost tasteless however it is well-soaked in the flavours of minced meat, spinach and black mushroom.
BBQ bak kwa citrus spiced alongside with soft shell crab with Thai basil sauce. I like it that it is not so oily and comes with yummy roes inside!
I wish that there were lesser bones in this pot of goodness. The baked rice with wax duck and chinese sausage is simply superb!
Quadruple happiness with roast pork, honey char siew, roast duck and crispy chicken. These roasted meats are tender, leaving a layer of fat benealth the skin.
Poon Choi (Pen Cai 盆菜) is a luxury pot full of Chinese delicacies comprising 10 premium ingredients such as baby abalone, sea cucumber, XO Chinese sausage, dried oyster, dried scallop, roasted pork belly, tiger prawn and more. Baby abalone, one of the key ingredients in Poon Choi, remains tender and easy to chew.
Don’t miss out this live station with handmade dumplings. The handmade dumpling wrappers are thin, silky and filled with extra-juicy minced meat. The live station offers different dishes (dumplings, la mian etc) on random basis, so there’s a little surprise on your alternative visits.
Not a fan of sze chuan seafood soup. The taste is a bit plain and doesnt taste like sze chuan sour and spicy food style.
Desserts are eye-candy and also tummy! Do you look forward to the dessert corner in a buffet? Irresistible handcrafted festive goodies Pineapple tarts, Mandarin Cake and Chinese New Year Pralines. Pineapple tart is buttery and flaky whilst the pineapple jam has a nice balance acidity and sweetness. Don’t miss out these handcrafted pralines cuties! Efforts are taken care of not to overpower the taste of the chocolate.
Compared to my previous Christmas post with Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court, service has improved and is speedy in clearing plates and topping up glasses of ice water.
Feast Of Prosperity sumptuous feast with signature dishes such as Teochew Steamed Cold Crab and Nyonya dishes Ayam Buah Keluak, Homemade Kueh Pie Tie. Not to miss these handcrafted festive goodies, Crispy Battered Nian Gao and also Mandarin Orange Chocolate Fountain.
- Lunch (Monday to Sunday)
- High Tea (Saturday, Sunday & PH)
- Dinner (Monday to Sunday)
*Service charge(10%) and GST(7%) applicable.
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How to go Ellenborough Market Cafe @ Swissotel Merchant Court
Lunch: 12PM to 2.30PM (Daily)
High Tea: 3.30PM to 5.30PM (Weekends and Public Holidays only)
Dinner: 6.30PM to 10.00PM (Daily)
20 Merchant Road Singapore 058281
Contact: 6239 1847/1848