Early Lunar New Year Dinner with Park Hotel Group (百樂酒店集團)

A few weeks earlier, Rachel and I attended a Chinese New Year tasting session at Park Palace (樂宮) Restaurant,Grand Park City Hall.

The tasting menu
The tasting menu

We get to sampled some of their signature dishes, specially prepared for the festive season, including their Imperial Five Treasures Golden Shunde Yu Sheng (S$888++) which impressed us the most.

The chef preparing the yu sheng layout
The chef preparing the yu sheng layout

The S$888 price tag is pretty steep, but you pay for the best. The luxurious dish boasts five prized treasures of the sea – Abalone, Lobster, Geoduck Clam, Salmon and Hamachi, topped with Caviar and Fish Roe plated in the shape of cherry blossoms – representing the blossoming and reaping of fruits of success in the new year.

Adding gold flakes
Adding gold flakes
The lobster looks on...
The lobster looks on…

In place of the traditional salad of radish, carrots, pickled ginger and pomelo, crispy fried vermicelli is meticulously arranged in the shape of cherry blossoms, and vibrantly embellished with slender slices of ginger, spring onions, crunchy capsicums, finely grounded peanuts as well as crispy silver fish for that extra crunch.

The table is set for tossing!
The table is set for tossing!

This culinary treat is tossed in a special concoction of fragrant peanut oil and premium soya sauce – boasting a refreshing twist with none of the cloying sweetness that may overwhelm the palate, while allowing the freshness and original taste of the seafood and vegetables to shine through. A feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds – this exquisite offering was heavenly!

Adding the seafood
Adding the seafood
Ready?
Ready?
And here we go!!!
And here we go!!!
Ready to eat (these were nicely plated and sent to our tables by the wait staff)
Ready to eat (these were nicely plated and sent to our tables by the wait staff)

I love yu sheng and it is the one dish that I really look forward to every Chinese New Year. I have sampled lots of yu sheng, from the most traditional to east-meet-west fusions and  this is one of the best so far.

Is your taste-buds and five senses titillated?

Note that order of the Imperial Five Treasures Golden Shunde Yu Sheng must be made at least seven days in advance.

For a less extravagant experience, Park Palace also offers a Hamachi & Silver Fish Golden Shunde Yu Sheng  (S$88++), featuring two types of fishes.

Another dish we sampled was the Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai with Nourishing Pig Trotters. This dish is available in two sizes: S$298nett (6 pax) or S$488nett (10 pax).

Fortune-filled Reunion Pen Cai with Pig Trotters
Fortune-filled Reunion Pen Cai with Pig Trotters

Pen Cai are perfect for family dining.

The Pen Cai at Park Palace takes more than five hours to simmer in the stove and features three layers of 18 luxuriant ingredients and decadent flavours served communal-style in a festive casserole hot pot.

Overflowing with good stuff...
Overflowing with good stuff…

Other than Pig Trotters, this pot of prosperity is also replete with Sliced Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Whole Conpoy, Prawn Balls, Roasted Duck, Roasted Pork Belly, Soya Chicken, Fatt Choy, Black Mushroom, Lotus Root, Broccoli, Radish, Beancurd Skin, Gingko Nut and Black Fungus with quality stock in a casserole pot.

First of three servings I had from the Pen Cai
First of three servings I had from the Pen Cai

A la carte
$270++ (Six persons)
$443++ (10 persons)

Takeaway
$298nett (Six persons)
$488nett (10 persons)

Other dishes we tried:

Imperial Whole Roasted Suckling Pig
Imperial Whole Roasted Suckling Pig
I love their suckling pig - good stuff!
I love their suckling pig – good stuff!
Oven-baked Imperial Sucking Pig with Lemongrass
Oven-baked Imperial Sucking Pig with Lemongrass
Double-boiled Pot of Fortune with Superior Shark's Fin, Chicken and Wanton
Double-boiled Pot of Fortune with Superior Shark’s Fin, Chicken and Wanton
Auspicious Lobster Gems in Dual Style
Auspicious Lobster Gems in Dual Style
Half of the lobster is sautéed with lily bulbs, wood fungus and asparagus while the other half is deep-fried with cheese
Half of the lobster is sautéed with lily bulbs, wood fungus and asparagus while the other half is deep-fried with cheese
Fried Durian Prawns of Happiness and Abundance (presented by Open House, Grand Park Orchard)
Fried Durian Prawns of Happiness and Abundance (presented by Open House, Grand Park Orchard)
Close-up of the prawn - this dish is unique and is definitely a conversation opener, but I found the durian sort of covered the taste of everything else. Durian lovers should love this though.
Close-up of the prawn – this dish is unique and is definitely a conversation opener, but I found the strong durian fragrance covered the taste of  everything. Durian lovers should love this though.
Prosperous Eight Treasures Lotus Leaf Rice (Presented by Brizo Restaurant & Bar, Park Hotel Clark Quay)
Prosperous Eight Treasures Lotus Leaf Rice (Presented by Brizo Restaurant & Bar, Park Hotel Clark Quay)
Close-up of the rice
Close-up of the rice
Golden Ingots of Fortune - Crispy Puree Durian Fritters served with a side of fruit cocktail
Golden Ingots of Fortune – Crispy Puree Durian Fritters served with a side of fruit cocktail
Close-up of the ingot
Close-up of the ingot
Crispy on the outside, juicy in the centre - nice
Crispy on the outside, juicy in the centre – nice

Here are the Chinese New Year dining options available at Park Palace:

Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai Set Dinner (Grand Ballroom)
30 January
S$558++ (for six persons)
comprising Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai with Pig Trotters, Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng, Braised Shark Fin’s Broth with Fish Maw & Crab Meat, Steamed Live Soon Hock with Light Soya Sauce, Stewed Ee-fu Noodles with Chives, Chilled Mango Cream with Sago & Pomelo, Pan-fried Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut.

S$858++ (for 10 persons)
comprising Auspicious Harvest Pen Cai with Pig Trotters, Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng, Braised Shark Fin’s Broth with Dried Assorted Seafood & Bamboo Piths, Steamed Live Sea Garoupa with Light Soya Sauce, Fried Glutinious Rice with Preserved Meat & Chinese Sausage, Chilled Apricot with Sea Coconut, Almond Seeds & Red Dates, Pan-fried Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut.

Lunar New Year Prosperity Set Menus
Eight different Set Menus available:

    • S$78++ per person (a maximum of two persons)
    • S$288++ per table of four
    • S$438++ per table of six
    • S$588++ per table of eight
    • S$788++ to $2388++* per table of 10

*Orders to be made at least one day in advance
* Enjoy a complimentary bottle of house wine per table with booking of ten tables or more (ten pax per table)

Speciality Dishes : Double-boiled Pot of Fortune with Superior Shark’s Fin, Chicken & Wanton; Auspicious Lobster Gems in Dual Style – Live Lobster sautéed with Fresh Lily Bulbs, Asparagus & Wolfberries, surrounded with Deep-fried Cheese Lobster Balls; Durian Ingots of Good Fortune; Spicy Crispy Chicken with Garlic; Roasted Whole Suckling Pig; and many more.

Takeaway options for those who prefer to dine at home:

For enquiries and reservations, please call 6432 5543 or email parkpalace.gpch@parkhotelgroup.com.

GRAND PARK CITY HALL
10 Coleman Street Singapore 179809 Tel: (65) 6432 5888
Park Palace (樂宮) Restaurant, Level 2

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