Chinese New Year at Man Fu Yuan (InterContinental Singapore) 2015

Man Fu Yuan at the InterContinental Singapore is well-known for its quality (and presentation) of food. Usher in the Lunar New Year with a series of sumptuous menus, take home delicacies and luxurious gift hampers, in celebration of the most important festival on the Chinese Lunar calendar. Carefully crafted by Executive Chinese Chef Kwan Yiu Kan of Man Fu Yuan, every dish on the reunion menu is symbolic of the occasion, with themes of prosperity, longevity and happiness - ideal for an auspicious start to the Year of the Goat. 

No Lunar New Year lunch or dinner is complete without a rowdy (and messy) Lou Hei. Man Fu Yuan’s Salmon and Japanese Hokkigai Yu Sheng ($98+/$148+) which is new this year, is served with a refreshing Ponzu Shoyu sauce, lending a tangy nuance to the sweet Japanese Hokkigai, Salmon and shredded vegetables. 

What truly amazes me in this (apart from the Japanese Hokkigai of course) is the gold flakes that come with it. You know the cracker that is supposed to resemble gold flakes that everyone loves? Well, Man Fu Yuan goes one better and substitutes that for sweet cornflakes that are coated in gold dust - don't worry we have checked and made sure that they are 100% edible! 

Chef Kwan’s Double-boiled Buddha Jumps Over the Wall ($688+ for 5 persons, with Wok-fried
Glutinous Rice and Yu Sheng), resplendent with delicacies like whole abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried scallops, deer tendon and ginseng. Cooked over low heat for 48 hours, the result is a luxuriously thick broth that is rich in both flavour and nutrients. Citibank Credit Cardholders will receive 20% off Chinese New Year takeaways at InterContinental Singapore between now and 15 February 2015 (terms and conditions apply). 

Man Fu Yuan’s signature Deluxe Treasures Pot that sells-out every year, comes packed with 23 premium ingredients all braised to perfection in a flavourful broth! If you want to know the specifics, here they are: Whole Baby Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw, Goose Web, Lobster, Pig’s Trotter, Prawns, Scallops, Dried Oyster, Flower Mushroom, Whole Dace Fish, Sea Moss, White Radish, Bean Curd Skin, Roasted Duck, Preserved Meat Sausage, Liver Sausage, Black Fungus, Fried Yam, Cabbage, Braised Chicken Wing, Wolfberries and Ling Zhi Mushroom.

Also the exclusively designed clay pot that comes with it is yours to keep. Bring a shade of vibrant pink and auspicious red amidst floral patterns back home this Lunar New Year for just S$428+. The take-home Deluxe Treasures Pot serves 5 hungry adults and comes with Yusheng. 

If you don't actually want the lavish treasures pot, you can opt for the Double-boiled Fish Maw, Bamboo Shoot, Chinese Cabbage with Dumpling in Superior Stock instead. The take home version is slightly different and it comes with as it comes with spike sea cucumber instead of bamboo shoot and dumplings (S$368+ Serves 5).

The abalone used in the Braised Australian Green Lip Abalone and Chinese Mushroom with Seasonal Vegetables dish is different since it is a dried abalone that has been rehydrated, giving a totally different texture which I really enjoyed. If you like your abalones soft and juicy, then this isn't for you. 

The Braised Beef Brisket with Radish goes particularly well with rice if you are a carbohydrate-lover and the whole dish was well-executed with a nice balance of flavours. 

The Steamed Red Garoupa in Homemade Black Bean Sauce is one of my favourite dishes personally. The Traditional "Hong Kong" Style Black Bean Sauce (350gm) is available for purchase at S$28+ and it is truly one of the best sauces that I have tasted in a while. I will highly recommend this for you to impress your guests and family members this Lunar New Year. 

Nothing is as impressive as a huge lobster sticking its head out while being served on a platter of dry ice and other fancy ingredients. The French Lobster Salad in Rock Melon with Sauteed Wagyu Beef, African Abalone and Sake Crab Meat is almost like multiple oriental amuse-bouches put together to impress Man Fu Yuan's diners. 

The Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig with Wok-fried Glutinous Rice (S$488+) is also available for takeaway. While this probably does not fly if you have international visitors (trust me, I have showed this to my friends and they were appalled), it will surely impress your (Chinese) relatives! 

The best part of this dish is obviously the crackling skin so if you are buying this home, be sure to eat it the moment you get back! 

The new Koi Fish Nian Gao (which comes in a pair of Mango and Pineapple) is available at S$56+ while a jar of the famed Golden Egg Custard Pastry is sold at S$38+. What truly impressed me was the Double-boiled Bird’s Nest in Whole Coconut. The natural sweetness of coconut coupled with a prized ingredient (Bird's Nest) is definitely a luxurious dessert that will leave you craving for more. 

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