Start your celebrations early and let Ellenborough Market Café at Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore usher in the Lunar New Year for you and your family from 10 January to 8 February 2020.

It will offer a grand all-you-can-eat Prosperity Buffet featuring a wide array of premium Chinese celebratory specials, local dishes and Peranakan signatures to welcome CNY.

Share the warm goodness of Fish Maw Soup, along with a whole steamed Red Garoupa to increase your prosperity. Indulge in the auspicious Braised Dried Oyster with Black Moss. For traditional, heart-warming fare brimming with flavour, the Waxed Duck and Sausage Claypot Rice is recommended.

Also available is a Prosperity Yu Sheng for you and your family to toss to an auspicious year ahead.

The dinner buffet celebration at Ellenborough Market Café also includes the much-talked about Rock Lobster in Black Pepper Sauce. Make your meal more memorable with premium seasonal items such as sweet and flavourful Snow Crab Legs served on ice.

Here are the highlights from the Prosperity Buffet at Ellenborough Market Café:

Rock Lobster in Black Pepper Sauce
This seasonal catch is served with a rich and savoury sauce, with a punchy pepper flavour that matches the natural sweetness of the wok-fried Rock Lobster filled with succulent morsels of meat.

Golden Cereal Softshell Prawns
You should love the contrasting yet complementary flavours of this dish, showcasing a blend of sweetness from the cereal and spiciness of the chilli padi.

The prawns, prepared with their soft shells intact, are coated in a simple batter made of flour and beaten eggs and deep-fried ‘til golden brown.

A golden brown, caramelized mixture of cereal, sugar, and milk powder is then dusted over the prawns, making for a coating of sweet and crunchy flavours and textures.

Fish Maw Soup
Start off your celebratory meal with this thick, viscous soup. A traditional CNY savoury delicacy, Fish Maw Soup has a luscious texture which complements the soup’s premium ingredients.

Known for being a good source of collagen, protein and nutrients, the fish maw is cooked in a superior stock until it absorbs the flavours from the broth’s tasty ingredients such as conpoy and house-made superior stock.

Steamed Red Garoupa “Hong Kong” Style
This highly-coveted fish, with a notable lack of bones, is perfectly suited for steaming Hong Kong-style.

Time honoured seasonings of superior soy sauce, a touch of sesame oil and sprinkling of cilantro complete this delicious feast.

You’ll taste and feel how the Red Garoupa’s succulent flesh remains moist and firm from an ideal steaming time at high heat. Feasting on this fish with family and loved ones is a must-have for CNY to enhance everyone’s prosperity and surplus for the whole year.

Stir-fried Asparagus with Scallop in XO Sauce
A lovely, fragrant dish, this combines crunchy stir-fried asparagus with juicy and plump seared scallops.

What gives it an extra spark is the XO Sauce, a spicy and aromatic condiment that livens up the duo of ingredients, delivering maximum flavour.

Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushroom and Broccoli
An auspicious Hakka-style dish comprising a trio of sea cucumber, shiitake mushrooms, and broccoli florets. Sea cucumbers and sliced mushrooms are braised together in a tasty sauce till they achieve a melt-in-the-mouth softness, complementing the crunchy stir-fried broccoli.

Braised Dried Oyster with Black Moss
A special dish during CNY, the Ho See Fatt Choy is something you typically eat just once a year.

Braising these intensely-flavoured sun-dried oysters creates a highly aromatic dish, and a lucky one at that – ho see or dried oysters symbolises good tidings. Combine that with fatt choy or black moss, which symbolises prosperity, and you will get a doubly auspicious dish.

Waxed Duck and Sausage Claypot Rice
Another CNY staple is the Lap Mei Fun or Waxed Meat Claypot Rice featuring slices of waxed duck thighs and Chinese pork sausage.

The smoky, crusted rice is infused with the aroma of the waxed, cured meats, resulting in an explosion of flavours in your mouth.

Peranakan Highlights
Don’t miss the showcase of perennial Peranakan classics, prepared using original Straits Chinese recipes.

Choose from a tempting selection of savoury and spicy dishes, such as Babi Pongteh, a Nyonya style braised pork dish with fermented soy bean sauce; Nyonya Chap Chye, a mixed veggie stew; Ayam Buah Keluak, a braised chicken dish with thick and spicy tamarind gravy with Indonesian black nuts; Prawn Nanas, a pineapple-prawn combo curry, and many more.

Steamed Nian Gao with Grated Coconut and CNY Cookies
Make it a sweet and sticky ending with the Steamed Nian Gao, the quintessential Chinese New Year cake.

Served with grated coconut, this traditional, chewy almond-flavoured and brown sugar-sweetened dessert also pairs well with other local favourites such as Snow Fungus, Longan and Peach Gum, Pulut Hitam with Coconut Cream, and Yam Paste with Gingko Nut.

Don’t forget to taste their signature Durian Pengat and nibble on assorted Chinese New Year cookies.

Prosperity Buffet at Ellenborough Market Café
10 January to 8 February 2020
Lunch: $68++ (adult), $34++ (child)
Dinner: $88++ (adult), $34++ (child)
Weekend High-tea: $48++ (adult), $24++ (child)

*Items are available on a rotational basis.

Prosperity Takeaway Treats from 10 to 31 January
For a fuss-free Lunar New Year celebration, irresistible takeaway highlights include the Lobster and Fruit Yu Sheng, Braised Buddha’s Temptation Claypot, and selection of Chinese Roasts.

When it comes to Yu Sheng, you can choose from 3 kinds of prosperity tosses. Go for the fruity rendition with a colourful array of dragon fruit and berries, combined with healthy veggies like purple cabbage, cucumber, and leek. It also features a premium Australia-sourced Rock Lobster prepared sous-vide style to ensure maximum succulence is preserved in the cooking process.

For a more traditional type of Cantonese-style Yu Sheng with raw fish, pick either the Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng or the Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng.

For a luxurious treat for the family, the Braised Buddha’s Temptation Claypot aka “Poon Choy” brims with sea treasure delicacies of abalone, sea cucumber, dried oyster and tiger prawns along with roasted pork belly, XO Chinese sausage and Shiitake mushroom.

Also popular for takeaways are the succulent roast meats from glistening Roast Duck with Plum Sauce and Roasted Honey-Glazed Char Siew to Crispy Golden Pork Belly. For those who prefer a mix, try the Roast Platter which contains a combination of the favourites.

Prosperity Takeaway Treats are available from 10 to 31 January at Ellenborough Market Café.

Ellenborough Market Café
Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore
Level 1, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Reservations: +65 6239 1847, +65 6239 1848

* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Ellenborough Market Café.


  1. I love the article, It shows the meaning of Chinese culture in the food that they prepared, It also shows that the family is of great importance as it is the foundation of society. The significance of the family is most apparent in the Chinese New Year food they prepare during what they consider to be the most important holiday of the year.


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