While we can celebrate the Lunar New Year with the traditional ritual of lo hei (Cantonese for “scoop up”) in Singapore, we do have to make sure to wear our masks and not shout over the yusheng (a traditional fish and vegetable salad-y dish to “welcome” prosperity and abundance for the Lunar New Year). That doesn’t mean the fun’s all spoiled. There are more than enough versions of yusheng from numerous restaurants and food catering companies to help make the shared mealtime interesting and delish for your party of 8 (while dining out) or 10 (at home). Pick up and throw these 11 choice yusheng dishes from 8 restos for some good luck and a good time.
Want some authentic Japanese seafood in your yusheng? Then trust Sushi Tei to deliver. Its Prosperity Yusheng (from $39.40 to $45.80) comes with toppings such as chuka hotate (seasoned scallops) and chuka wakame (seasoned Japanese seaweed salad) as well as 16 pieces of salmon and jellyfish, blended together with the resto chain’s signature citrusy signature dressing. Or, if you want a truly original lo hei dish of your own, then try its Create-Your-Own-Yusheng option (from $22 and up). Throw on awabi (abalone), hamachi (Japanese amberjack), mejajiki (swordfish), surf clam and more, into the yusheng that you will throw up in air.
Impress your meat-loving friends and family members with a “meaty” yusheng. Pura Brasa’s 5J Cinco Jotas Jamon Ham Lou Hei (from $78 to $88) features superior Jamon ham from Cinco Jotas, one of Spain’s top breeder and producer of Iberico. Imagine chewing on acorn-flavoured, fatty and marbled dry-cured Jamon ham with the usual mix of veges and fruits – it’s “fuse-sheng” (fusion and yusheng, geddit?) at its best. But, if you rather have something more traditional, then the Spanish restaurant chain’s Grilled Abalone Lo Hei ($98 to $118) that stars charcoal-grilled abalone, shredded papaya, ginger and yam, and a sweet sour plum sauce, should satisfy with its smokey and tangy flavours.
The Connoisseur Concerto (tcc)
Too confused with the number of fancy lo hei dishes to choose from? Then pick tcc art boutique caffè’s dependable version, the Fortune Yusheng (from $39.80 to $53.80), that serves Norwegian smoked salmon topped with Japanese wakame (seaweed) and furikake (dried seasoning) bits, and a tangy mikan (Japanese citrus fruit) and plum sauce. You can wash it all down with a Blossom of Wealth – a refreshing pineapple and calamansi juice with soda drink that comes with pineapple and mango cubes.
Thinking of a personal yusheng date with just your significant other? Head down to Kuriya Dining. If you have extra ang bao money to spare, treat your loved one to the Premium Yu Sheng ($198 for 2) that plates premium sashimi like sea bream, scallop, amberjack and fatty tuna, as well as snow crab, lobster and Japanese abalone with gold flakes sprinkled across the yusheng. Your other half and you prefer things less showy (but still intimate)? The Kuriya Yu Sheng ($98 for 2) offers scallop, amberjack, medium fatty tuna, salmon, tiger prawn, salmon roe, snow crab and Japanese abalone – tasteful, tasty and still so-worth-it.
Ichiban Boshi + Ichiban Sushi
Health fanatics, this one’s for you: 6 Treasures Fruits YuSheng ($56.80). Ichiban Boshi’s festive fruit offering’s not only looks colourful, it’s packed with the sweet goodness of pomelo, pear, guava, mango, pineapple and jackfruit; do take note that you can only order this online. Still want your fish meat but with just a tinge of zest? Order the Salmon Yuzu YuSheng ($36.80) that showcases its house special yuzu dressing that’s paired with thick slices of Norwegian salmon.
Ichiban Boshi and Ichiban Sushi are at multiple locations.
Visit ichibanboshi.com.sg and ichibansushi.com.sg; www.facebook.com/ichibanboshi.sg and www.facebook.com/ichibansushi.sg.
To order the 6 Fruits YuSheng, please visit festive.ichibanboshi.com.sg/en_SG or festive.ichibansushi.com.sg/en_SG
BONUS: SAFRA members can receive $5 off selected YuSheng sets at Ichiban Sushi and Ichiban Boshi. Click here for more information.
Rumours Beach Club
Spice and seafood – you get the best of both worlds in Rumours Beach Club’s Balinese twist on the festive dish. This beach club’s Jimbaran Grill Yu Sheng ($98.80) has three kinds of Jimbaran seafood: Lobster Tail with Sambal Merah, Grilled Squid with Kecap Manis and Jumbo River Prawns with Sambal Merah. Drench all of this seafood (plus carrots and white radish) in its special sauce blend of traditional plum dressing and Indonesian spices before tossing it up for a spicy and sedap lo hei!
Joy Garden Restaurant + Jubilee Garden Restaurant + Summer Garden Restaurant (Qian Xi Group)
Qian Xi Group’s Lunar New Year Reunion Set Menus | SAFRA
Here’s the perfect takeaway yusheng to bring home so your loved ones and you can share (and mess up) in comfort. Qian Xi Group CNY’s Special Takeaway Yu Sheng (from $22.80 to $29.80) is your traditional-style option, with an extra-yummy guilty pleasure: fried salmon skin. If that’s not enough to get you ordering stat, then know this: the Qian Xi Group of Restaurants has three of its restos – Joy Garden Restaurant, Jubilee Garden Restaurant and Summer Garden Restaurant – located at SAFRA Jurong, SAFRA Toa Payoh and SAFRA Mount Faber, respectively, so you can get this takeaway easily and conveniently.
Qian Xi Group of Restaurants is at multiple locations, including SAFRA Jurong, SAFRA Toa Payoh and SAFRA Mount Faber.
Visit www.qianxi.com.sg; www.facebook.com/QianXiGroup
BONUS: SAFRA members can get a 10% discount off this Special Takeaway Yu Sheng. Click here for Qian Xi Group’s Lunar New Year promotions.
Featured image: Rumours Beach Club