If you are looking for Chinese New Year catering for your family or a small group, consider On & On Diners which has a focus on traditional local recipes cooked with quality ingredients.
Plus, the caterer is also halal-certified.
What is good about their Mini Buffet is that there is no elaborate set-up required, and food is served conveniently in disposable trays with full set of cutlery and wares.
There are 2 different Chinese New Year Mini Buffet Menus available from On & On Diners for 2022:
– CNY Premium Mini Buffet ($468.00, 13 courses good for 12 – 15 pax)
– CNY Deluxe Mini Buffet ($328.00, 10 courses good for 7 – 10 pax)
Customers can get complementary Prosperity Yu Sheng with Smoked Salmon (200g) and Torched Mentaiko Scallops for each order of the CNY Mini Buffet Menu.
Plus, use promo code DFDFREEDELIVERY when you place your orders to get FREE Delivery and receive two complimentary cans of Hong Shao Abalone. Wah.
We have tried the On & On Diners CNY Deluxe Mini Buffet Menu, and here are the recommended 10 items:
On & On Diners Cold Platter
This Cold Platter can cater to different members of the family with varied selections of savoury, sweet and slightly spicy items.
Super charge your cold platter with an assorted selection of Cantonese Cocktail Salad, Truffle Capellini, Smoked Duck with Hoisin, Japanese Octopus & Seasoned Jelly Fish.
Open the lid and you should be greeted by the distinctive aroma from the Truffle Capellini, with de-shelled fresh prawn topped with ebiko (flying fish roe).
Silverfish Lap Cheong XO Fried Rice
Lap Cheong (Chinese waxed sausages) signifies longevity, and you would find the chewy slices working up a good contrast with the fluffy fried rice and crispy silverfish.
The grains of fried rice were coated with XO sauce, enhanced with smokey aroma and tinge of spiciness.
If you prefer a more eggy take, then go for the other choice in this category – Golden Sand Seafood Fried Rice.
Braised Abalone Sauce Ee Fu Noodles with Kanikama
Ee Fu Noodles, also known as the “long-life” noodles symbolising longevity, is a classic Cantonese dish made from egg and wheat flour – one of the staples for birthdays and the Lunar New Year.
Braised in abalone sauce for a more complex and in-depth flavour, the ee fu noodles were soft and springy, with kanikama (crab sticks) that added a mild and slightly sweet touch.
Australian Broccoli with 10 Head Hong Shao Abalone
Abalone is one of the delicacies commonly eaten during Chinese New Year as Abalone is pronounced as “Bao Yu” (鲍鱼) in Mandarin. “Bao” 包 means “assurance” and “Yu” 余 means surplus, so it means “as assurance of surplus” in the upcoming year.
As for the taste, the 10 Head Hong Shao Abalone pieces were firm and tender, with a good mix of Australian broccoli, mushroom and wolf berries to bring out the natural sweetness.
Signature Teochew Braised Duck with Peanuts
The duck is braised Teochew style – which emphasises on bringing out the natural taste of the ingredients by using light seasoning and minimal amount of oil.
It was also braised over slow fire for several hour to infuse the flavour of the braised sauce within the meat, and also to bring out the earthly flavour and tender texture.
The peanuts on the other hand were soft and nutty. (Peanuts often symbolise vitality, longevity and wealth in Chinese Culture.)
If you prefer chicken, then you can order the Imperial Herbal Chicken with Ginseng instead.
Signature Nanyang Style Curry Chicken with Baguette
Chicken is often a representation of the Phoenix, an auspicious creature in the Chinese culture, commonly seen in various big festivals.
Under the “CNY Poultry” category, there are options of Tangerine Glazed Honey Sesame Chicken or Signature Nanyang Style Curry Chicken with Baguette.
We had the Nanyang style curry which leaned towards the rich lemak (coconuty) flavour, with a good balance in spiciness.
The chicken was deboned and nicely diced into smaller cubes for convenience.
Simply dip the baguette into the curry sauce to enjoy the gravy; or scoop up some chicken cubes and potato cubes to enjoy all in one bite.
Buttery Salted Egg Yolk Fish with Crispy Fish Skin
Fish is one of the must-haves for every family during Chinese New Year which symbolises abundance or surplus for the year due to the pronunciation.
The Buttery Salted Egg Yolk Fish was coated with thick, grainy salted egg yolk batter that had a creamy bite with a hint of spiciness due to the curry leaves.
The haddock fish was thick and creamy, whereas the crispy fish skin added gave some textural contrast.
Or choose the Superior Soya Sauce Tossed Fish.
Fragrant Coconut Cereal Prawn
Prawns are also a huge staple in Chinese New Year meals because of its pronunciation in Cantonese (har) echoes the sound of ringing laughter.
Cooked zi char style with cereal and coconut flakes for an enhanced aroma, go for the Fragrant Coconut Cereal Prawn which were de-shelled for convenience.
Alternatively, pick the Cantonese-style Typhoon Shelter Prawn with loads of crispy bits.
Traditional Grilled Chicken Satay (30pcs)
The Traditional Grilled Chicken Satay came with satay sauce for dipping which enhanced the earthy and nutty flavours.
Sink your teeth into the succulent grilled satay with a hint of charred and smokiness.
Chilled Mango Sago with Pomelo Sacs
Besides mandarin oranges, Pomelos are one of the more common fruits during Chinese New Year as the Chinese for pomelo (柚 yóu) sounds like ‘to have’ so they symbolise to obtain prosperity and good fortune.
The sweetness from the mango complemented with the bittersweet pulps from the pomelo sacs, and made a refreshing dessert after a heavy meal.
Complimentary dishes with every order
1. On & On Prosperity Yu Sheng with Smoked Salmon (200g)
2. Torched Mentaiko Scallops
As part of the CNY special, the scallops were drizzled with mentaiko sauce before torching to enhance its flavour, also adding a touch of smokiness.
Exclusive for DFD readers:
Enjoy FREE delivery with 2 cans of Hong Shao Abalones from now till 15 Feb 2022 simply by keying in the promo code: DFDFREEDELIVERY when you check out at On & On Diners.
Note that there is a festive charge of $50.00 in addition to the final bill on 31st January, 1st & 2nd February 2022.
Other additional side orders you may like to have include:
– On & On Prosperity Yu Sheng with 200g Smoked Salmon ($68.80/set)
– On & On Prosperity Buddha Jump Over The Wall ($59.90/set, U.P $88.00)
– On & On Prosperity Pen Chye (Frozen) + FOC Infrared Cooker ($158.00/set)
– Signature Prawn Paste Wings with Homemade Sambal ($35.90/25pcs)
– Signature Teochew Braised Duck with Peanuts ($45.90/set)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with On & On Diners. Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape.