10 Best Yu Sheng In Singapore, To Huat All The Way This Chinese New Year

10 Best Yu Sheng In Singapore, To Huat All The Way This Chinese New Year
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Every year, there are more and more ‘patterns’ when it comes to Yu Sheng(鱼生)aka Lo-Hei which usually comes with strips of raw fish, shredded vegetables and an assortment of condiments.

Restaurants do what it takes to outdo (or outshine) others with their unique version. (We also know the profit margin of Yu Sheng is quite high.)

The tradition of tossing Yu Sheng is believed to originate from China (Guangdong), but in fact, the culture of tossing is more commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore instead.

Fish (pronounced as “yu” in Chinese) which signifies abundance, is a sign of prosperity and Chinese believes that tossing Yu Sheng will bring in fortune in the upcoming year.

Here are 10 Interesting (or should I say, unconventional) Yu Sheng for Chinese New Year 2018

Courtyard by Marriott Singapore
Level 22, 99 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329568
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/courtyardsingapore/

A Laksa Yu Sheng? This is so Singaporean.

A combination of Yu Sheng that is made popular in Singapore with our heritage food, Laksa, a spicy noodle soup made up of curry coconut milk.

While most Yu Sheng tends to incline towards a sweeter and sour taste with the different sauces added, the rendition at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore surprises me with a savory and spicy kick.

The laksa dressing is made up of laksa leaves, lemongrass, calamansi, fish sauce, blue ginger, red chilli and baby shrimps and drizzled on the Yu Sheng with red and green carrot, white radish, poached prawns and golden crackers.

Tasted just like dry laksa with a “lemak” taste, the Abundance of Fortune Singapore Laksa Lohei is only available for dine-in at SKy22 with a top up for $8 for a small portion or $18 for a large portion in addition to their buffet prices.

Word of advice: Try not to toss too high as you might end up looking like a walking Ang Bao (aka red packet) with laksa sauce splattered everywhere.

Antoinette
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/Antoinette-Penhas-152964444776785/

333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34, Singapore 238897
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/Antoinette-Mandarin-Gallery-127028587392063/

Chocolate Yu Sheng?

Encased within a huge golden chocolate egg is an assortment of chocolate fish, golden ingots & coins, almonds, cashews, mandarin orange butter cake, meringue kisses, yam and sweet potato chips.

Looks just like a giant Kinder surprise, break open the Queen’s Yu Sheng ($88), drizzle the mandarin orange, plum and gula melaka dressing before tossing everything together.

The Queen’s Yu Sheng is suitable for six to eight diners and is available for dine-in and takeaway.

Word of caution: Not suitable to use brute force to smash the Golden Egg, as half of the portion might end up on your neighbours’ table. #CheapTrills

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsHotelSingapore/

Bird Nest Yu Sheng?

Award-winning Cantonese restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun with its signature Peking duck had launched their Yu Sheng (nope, not with Peking duck) this year.

Instead, a smoked salmon version (Regular $104.85/ Large $147.65) that comes with crispy vermicelli, fried sweet potato strips, preserved papaya, beetroot, shredded radish, pomelo, plum sauce and pineapple paste.

Add-on option such as Three Head Abalone ($64.20), Bird’s Nest ($64.20) and Japanese surf slams ($32.10) are available.

The Bird’s nest is added onto the Yu Sheng after tossing (Heng ah, Huat ah) because you never know where it will land when you have a table of enthusiastic diners tossing as though they are trying to break the Guinness World Records.

Summer Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/ritzcarltonsingapore/

Black Caviar and Abalone Yu Sheng?

A total of 5 different Yu Sheng in 2 sizes are available: Black Caviar and Abalone ($138/ $276), Abalone ($95/ $190), Salmon ($78/ $156), Vegetarian ($70/ $140) and Lobster (market price).

Fortunately, as you know, people do get excited (and tossed too violently) when there is caviar in it.

Min Jiang at One-North
190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsHotelSingapore/
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)

Fruits Yu Sheng?

Shaped like a ‘flower’ made up of pomelo, wasabi tobiko and red tobiko and ‘petals’ that are made of julienned peaches, plums, kiwi, golden kiwi, ingot-shaped osmanthus jelly and blueberries, drizzled with Japanese sesame and plum.

Exclusively available at Min Jiang at One-North, it’s a refreshing twist to the usual salmon yu sheng that we are all familiar with.

Depending on the “Huat-ness” one needs, the small Yu sheng is priced at $88 (which means Huat Huat) and large Yu sheng is at $138 (which means Huat a lifetime).

TungLok Seafood – Orchard
Orchard Central #11-05 181 Orchard Road Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6834 4888
Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30am – 3.00pm, Dinner 6:30pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Sat)
Lunch 10.00am – 3.00pm, Dinner 6.00pm – 11.00pm (Sun, PH)

Huat ah! Healthier HPB Approved Yu Sheng?

TungLok’s new and improved Yu Sheng sauce has been endorsed by Health Promotion Board (HPB) for its lower sugar content, making this popular festive dish a perfect choice for a healthier celebration.

This version of Yu Sheng also features a vibrant harmony of fresh vegetables, mushroom, yam, and sweet potato shreds.

My family typically steers away from new-fangled flavours, and I noticed that all the vegetables used for this plate were fresh, not lined with artificial colourings of vibrant red and green. Major plus point.

The Prosperity Yu Sheng 鸿运鱼生 is priced at $48++ for 6 pax, $78++ for 10 pax portion. Tunglok Seafood (Orchard Central)

Din Tai Fung
Suntec City West Wing (Near Convention Centre), #02-302
Tel: +65 6338 2422
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily

For Din Tai Fung’s signature Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng, what I liked were the pieces of soft Tianjin Roasted Chestnuts added which included some nuttiness, along with twirls of white radish and carrots, crispy yam strips, fresh pomelo pulp, Norwegian smoked salmon and their house-special plum sauce for a sweet and tangy finish.

The interesting factor comes in when you can choose to top up with Smoked Unagi ($9.80) and Fried Salmon Skin ($4.80). One gives you that soft texture and sweetness; the other the added crunch. 10 Food Places At Suntec City For Chinese New Year Feasting

Kuro Maguro
Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street #01-04 Singapore 078884 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6386 8561
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2:00pm, 5.30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Last Order 10:00pm (Mon – Sat) Last order 9:00pm (Sun)

Otoro Yusheng? Just in case you need an Otoro Yusheng for the Lunar New Year. The Kuro Maguro newly launched Yusheng packs 4 different types of fresh sashimi, namely Otoro, Salmon, Akami and Hamachi (Yellowtail).

It is drizzled with a homemade Japanese plum sauce, which has a light, zesty and refreshing tasting. Crisp-fried beancurd skin completes the Yusheng with a satisfying crunch.

The Otoro Yusheng is good for 4 – 6 pax, and goes for a reasonable $68 will be available from 1 February 2018 to 2 March 2018. Kuro Maguro (Tanjong Pagar Centre)

Crystal Jade Dining IN
1 Harbourfront Walk #01-112 VivoCity Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00 – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri)
10:30am – 4:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Sat-Sun, Eve of PH, PH)

This is what I would call a ’chio’ Yu Sheng. This Garden Of Wealth Lo-Hei draws reference to spring when flowers begin to bloom, with the addition of pretty edible flowers.

The not-so-typical ingredients include julienne carrot and turnip, lily pad shaped nasturtium leaves, freeze-dried wolfberries, ice plant and wood sorrel red leaves for the whole garden effect.

Home-made caramelised deep-fried lotus root slices which resemble gold coins add a sweet crunch. The accompanying dressing is a sweet-tangy blend punctuated with fresh lemon juice for a zingy finish.

Priced at $138 for large, $88 for small, available at Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Dining IN for dine-in and takeaway.

Indocafe @The White House
35 & 35A Scotts Road Singapore 228227
Tel: +65 6733 2656
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

This is one Yu Sheng with a difference. I have to emphasize this special sauce that is added… Peranakan CURRY sauce. Surprisingly, it worked and gave the Yu Sheng a touch of spiciness every mouthful.

The Glorious Prosperity Yu Sheng comes with Yu Sheng or small Abalone, priced at $48 to $88.

What To Say During Lo-Hei. Hope this is useful!

First say: Gong xi fa cai 恭喜发财 and Wan shi ru yi 万事如意
Fish – Nian nian you yu 年年有鱼
Pomelo – Da ji da li 大吉大利
Pepper – Zhao cai jin bao 招财进宝
Oil – Cai yuan guang jin 财源广进
Carrots – Hong yun dang tou 鸿运当头
Green radish – Qing chun chang zhu 青春常驻
White radish – Feng sheng shui qi 风生水起
Peanuts – Jin yin man wu 金银满屋
Sesame seeds – Sheng yi xing long 生意兴隆
Deep-fried crackers – Pian di huang jin 遍地黄金

All toss the salad an auspicious 7 times! Ingredients to be pushed towards the centre to claim good luck for all at the table. Huat ah!

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* Compiled by Nicholas Tan @stormscape and Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary.

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