I wrote about the new Chinese New Year (2017) dishes at the Conrad Centennial Singapore's Golden Peony restaurant and I actually got to sample some of these delicious creations last week during a media tasting of the menu. These dishes will be made available at Golden Peony between 10 January 2017 and 11 February 2017 - advance reservations are highly recommended to avoid disappointments.
The Fortune 3D Fiery Rooster Yu Sheng with Kanpachi, Abalone, Salmon and Crispy Fish Skin (S$888++) is not for the fainthearted and a one-day advanced order is necessary. Of course this dish is not designed to feed just a small family but there is actually enough to feed up to 30 adults (perfect for company lunches and extended-family dinners!). In recognition of the year of the rooster, the golden 3D roosters (made from a chocolate shell) can be smashed up to reveal edible golden ingots and other various treasures inside - thumbs up for showmanship!
The Signature Roast London Duck (S$80++) is becoming a staple and a favourite here at the Conrad Centennial Singapore (it is also available during the Sunday Brunch!). Presented two ways, the Signature Roast London Duck can be eaten in a Peking Duck style or simply on its own because it is that good! It is also available for takeaway but it is actually priced at a premium.
The next dish that I sampled that evening was probably my favourite - the full portion of the Braised Sea Cucumber stuffed with Minced Shrimp and Pork, served with Abalone serves up to 4 adults and it is covered in a delicious braised sauce that is concentrated and delicious. The re-hydrated sea cucumber retained some of its crunchy texture and the minced meats inside provided the dish with texture that contrasted against the silky and consistent sauce.
Seafood lovers should not miss out on the beautifully-presented Stir-fried Broccoli topped with Scallop and Egg White (S$38++) - once again the photographed portion above is for tasting only and the actual portion feeds two to four adults.
Another one of my favourite dishes that I have sampled the other evening is the 'Bi Feng Tang' Golden Half Lobster with Spiced Almond Flakes (S$38++) - this is probably a close second! Each portion comes with a half-lobster portion that is done to the famous 'Bi Feng Tang' style that is famous in Hong Kong. If you are not familiar with this style, think about a thin and crispy layer of salt and pepper skin that embraces the sweet and succulent flesh of the lobster.
One of the most interesting dishes that was presented at the Conrad Centennial Singapore's Golden Peony restaurant was the Whole Roast Suckling Pig with California Maki (S$338++). I absolutely loved the crisp and ridiculously-satisfying suckling pig but that California maki underneath it was slightly strange for me. I would have preferred the good old glutinous rice stuffing (or even the chicken rice one last year was quite good) but turning it into a gigantic sushi requires so much more from me.
Finally for dessert, a beautifully-presented Golden Egg Bird's Nest Jelly (S$28++) and a Fried 'Nian Gao' with Sweet Potato and Yam on the side. The Golden Egg Bird's Nest Jelly is quite an interesting one and I guess the presentation is quite apt for the year ahead - the cotton candy also reminded me of a bird's nest (the actual thing not the food) so I thought it was quite creative.
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.