This Year of the Ox beckons a prosperous new beginning at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s Jade Restaurant, with a fine repertoire of Chinese culinary treasures befitting a new year’s feast from 25 January to 27 February 2021.
A Bountiful Feast at Jade Restaurant
“A symbol of strength and dedication, the mighty yet humble ox traditionally plays an essential role in reaping a bountiful harvest. This motif reveals itself in this year’s specialties, alongside other inspired creations imbued with well-wishes for bliss, prosperity and togetherness. Designed to serve smaller groups, the newly created dishes are ideal for sharing meaningful moments of warmth with one’s closest kin.” Shared Executive Chef of Jade Restaurant Leong Chee Yeng, on the inspirations behind his Chinese New Year (CNY) menu offerings for 2021.
We were invited for an early media tasting and sampled a variety of dishes from Chef Leong’s CNY menu.
What is a CNY feast without the quintessential Yu Sheng for an auspicious start? Jade Restaurant features a spectacular Premium Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng, meticulously arranged into an image of the spirited bull, while families with younger children will delight in the special children’s version seen above, arranged into an endearing representation of a playful calf.
Fresh ingredients are elevated by champagne jelly, shallot oil and kumquat dressing, striking a balance o flavours. The standard Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng is presented alongside elegant Chinese calligraphy written by Chef Leong himself.
The Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng with Champagne Jelly, Shallot Oil and Kumquat Dressing is available in Small (S$78++ for 2 to 4 persons), Medium (S$118++ for 5 to 7 persons) and Large (S$138++ for 8 to 10 persons). Premium Year of the Ox Gold Rush Yu Sheng is priced at S$688++ with a minimum of 3 days’ advance order.
Jade Restaurant’s signature Braised Bird’s Nest with Crab Meat, Crab Roe and Truffle Jus in Superior Broth (S$48++) makes a return this year. Both luxurious and nourishing, this dish delivers warm satisfaction in each spoonful. We love the rich flavours which leave you wanting for more, but yet not fill you up to the brim.
Sharing the spotlight this year is the Poached Wagyu Beef and White Radish Dumpling (S$16++ per person), shaped to resemble auspicious gold ingots and filled with hearty flavour. Chef Leong’s artistic flair clearly shines as each of the CNY dishes are presented, each plated like a work of art itself, even for the humble dumplings.
Showcasing Chef Leong’s inventive culinary prowess is the Wok-Fried Boston Lobster with Preserved Duck and Ginger Spring Onion (S$88++ per lobster), a remarkable creation that combines the symbolic significance of seafood with traditional Cantonese-style waxed meat. Who says lobster and duck can’t go together?
Round off the celebratory feast with a satisfying finale of Sweet Rice Wine Soup with Rice Dumpling and Snow Lotus (S$18++), which combines classic ingredients with sweet rice wine. This year’s assortment of New Year goodies includes the charming Baked Rose Sweetheart’s Cake – a heart-shaped pastry inspired by the traditional wife biscuit and created as an ode to love, filled with rose-infused winter melon paste – while traditionalists at heart would enjoy the Pan-Fried Wheatgrass Water Chestnut Cake, an updated take on the classic dessert enhanced with light herbal notes of wheatgrass.
We love the inspiration behind the Baked Rose Sweetheart’s Cake and it is especially timely, given that Valentine’s Day falls within the CNY festive period this year.
Jade Restaurant’s CNY Menu
Jade Restaurant’s CNY menus start from S$118++ for Family Style Set Menu (5 persons) and S$98++ per person for Individual Set Menu. The full menu and details are available via the official website.