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Yan Ting Chinese New Year 2017

By Saturday, February 04, 2017 , , , , ,

Yan Ting is on top of the game this 2017 with their line up of impeccable dishes in Chinese New Year set menus. In fact, it's one of my top 3 dining recommendations to usher in the festivities (go figure the rest)! 
Yan Ting's Prosperity Yu Sheng with Norwegian Salmon also tops my yu sheng list. Restaurants really ought to stick with the traditional Chinese salad instead of creating strange sauces or throwing on a ton of gold flakes (it's not like it makes the dish tastier). 
Yan Ting's version is refreshing with juicy crunchy vegetables and it's also not too sweet. Plus, they have the best crackers hands down! We all know how important that is, if not the defining element of any yu sheng. 
The Chinese New Year Pun Choy was better than I remembered. The diversity of quality ingredients makes this a perfect meal in itself. We love that braising sauce that has been well absorbed by the ingredients. Bring us a pot of rice with this please! Special mention goes to the abalone and Chinese mushrooms which cut like butter. The only issue I had was with the duck that was a tad gamey.
If pun choy is too much for you, consider the Braised Boneless Short Ribs instead. I get how the radish could be infused with the superior sauce but i have no idea how they manage to get that flavor into the soft gelatinous cartilage. 
Normally I wouldn't approve of deep frying fresh dish but god.. Yan Ting's Deep-fried Sea Perch Fillet with Fermented Beancurd was glorious! That crispy airy crunch with fatty meat encased within, and the coat of wine-flavored sauce were irresistible. Don't be put off by the fermented bean curd, we didn't detect any funkiness in this one. A third pot of rice with the sauce please!
The trouble with huge ass prawns and inexperienced cooks is that we often get a really rubbery chunk of meat that is jaw breaking or suffocates you on its way down your oesophagus. Well, that obviously did not happen at Yan Ting. The Braised King Prawn with Shrimp Oil was bites of umami with a strong seafood sweetness. Way too good!  
We noted that there is an improvement in the Wok-fried Glutinous Rice with Wind-dried Sausages. The rice is a lot fluffier this year with fragrant bits of preserved sausages. Best eaten with the special XO sauce. 
End your dinner with one of the many desserts at Yan Ting. The Avocado Cream with chocolate ice cream was great, so was the Osmanthus Jelly with aloe vera. Book your tCNY meal at Yan Ting NAO! One more week before you lose the excuse for overeating!! ;)

Yan Ting
Upper Level 1, The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Daily: 12 - 3pm, 6.30 - 10.30pm

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