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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

omy.sg and Wanbao Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) and Swissotel Merchant Court

In a special collaboration with eight well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) will be bringing a group of readers on an exclusive festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their Chinese New Year and Christmas special dishes.

Other than eating, participants were given the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who answered their questions and even shared a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the first event. omy Blog Club bloggers, Stephanie He, Jeanine Quee and Jacqualine Chan were invited to join Ah Lun for the food trail. I was there too as a working staff.

We visited Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) first for a Chinese New Year meal and Swissotel Merchant Court next for a Christmas meal. The festive bells and whistles came really early for me this year!

To find out more about the event, you can read the bloggers’ reviews; omy.sg’s event report or watch omy.sg’s vodcast coverage.

The Chinese New Year menu at Crystal Jade Palace consists of:
发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生 Salmon Yu Sheng
盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜 Peng Cai
鱼跃龙门 ~ 过桥活鱼 Fish Soup
贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆 Desert Platter
Surprise Dish – 八宝饭 Eight Treasures Glutinous Rice

At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace
At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace
Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生
Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生
Getting ready to lo hei
Getting ready to lo hei
Lo hei aftermath
Lo hei aftermath
Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served
Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served
The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside
The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside
One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies
One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies
One of the stage games
One of the stage games
Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Individual serving portion of the fish soup
Individual serving portion of the fish soup
Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern
Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern
Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won
Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won
Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice
Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice
Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice
Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice
Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆
Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆
The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast
The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast

The Christmas menu at Swissotel Merchant Court consists of:
热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油 Pumpkin Soup
前菜 ~ 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨 Salad
主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅 Turkey Main
甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕 Christmas Pudding
Surprise Dish – Entire buffet floor was opened to participants

Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court
Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court
Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油
Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油

 

The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨
The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨
Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅
Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅
Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus
Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus
Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕
Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕
The Swissotel chefs
The Swissotel chefs
Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.
Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.

The last time I worked on the food trail events, my waist grew thicker by quite a few cm, thanks to the endless rich feasting for 5 consecutive Saturdays. There is really such a thing as an overload of good food; not that I am complaining! 🙂

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions on 12, 19 and 26 Nov at $108 per pax or $88 per pax if you register in a group of 2 or more.