January 20, 2016

Golden Peony @ Conrad Centennial Singapore ~ A Feast of Abundance for this Lunar New Year

[CNY 2016] Golden Peony is ushering in the Lunar Year of Fiery Monkey with much aplomb! Lead by Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung, the highly acclaimed Chinese restaurant at Conrad Centennial Singapore presents its Chinese New Year Prosperity Specials which are available for both dine-in and takeaway.

What we can expect are innovative dishes such as Roast Suckling Pig stuffed with Hainanese Chicken Rice, Crispy Filo Swan filled with Foie Gras, Truffle & Minced Chicken, and Canadian Sea Perch Roll filled with Lobster, Mince Shrimp & Fish Roe in Spinach Purée, on top of their signature refined Cantonese fare.

The lovely elegance of Golden Peony's main dining hall or private salon rooms would complete that festive feasting experience with our loved ones.

As we stepped through the door, our eyes inevitably turned to the Fortune 'Golden Monkey' Yusheng 风生水起 (嘻啦玛莎, 鲍鱼, 金皇鱼皮金猴捞起) ($888, serves 30-40pax) that was intricately laid out on a long table.

What a stunning display!

This rendition of the Lo-hei Yu Sheng or Prosperity Toss luxuriated with premium ingredients such as abalone and hiramasa (also known as yellowtail amberjack), which is a seasonal superior grade sashimi characterized by its firm, pale pink flesh and sweet, rich flavor.

The salted egg yolk fish skin and crispy white bait added an unique textural twist to the medley of refreshing julienne vegetables such as white turnips, carrots, yam finished in a zesty, homemade sauce.

Let's all toss to greater heights of abundant wealth, good fortune and long life!

In addition, four varieties of Yu Sheng will be available, all made with different types of seafood.

These include Fortune Salmon & Crispy White Bait (S-$68/L-$128), Fortune Hiramasa & Salmon (S-$88/L-$168), Fu Lu Shou Tri-Star (Abalone, Lobster & Hiramasa) (S-$108/L-$208) and Fortune Vegetarian with Crispy Golden Mushroom (S-$50/L-$98).

We were delighted at the sight of the beautiful Crispy Filo Swan 天降横财 (松露天鹅酥) as they "swam" gracefully onto our dining table on a blue "lake" plate.

Taking inspiration from yam croquettes, the swans were filled with mashed sweet potato and minced chicken, with a sliver of foie gras and truffle enhancing the combination with their unique taste and scent.

Truly an exquisite creation that was worth a couple more moments of our admiration before we relished in its tastiness.

Next up, the Canadian Sea Perch Roll 财源滚滚 (菠菜汁龙珠球) with lobster, minced shrimp and fish roe in a smooth spinach puree. This dish had a comforting feel to it, deceptively simple at initial glance yet captivated the palate with its layering of subtle flavors.

In contrast, Braised Abalone with ‘Monkey Head’ Mushroom, Fish Maw and Black Moss 金猴献瑞 (红焖发财鲍鱼猴头菇花胶) was rich and hearty, albeit a less-indulgent version of a full-fledged pen cai (盆菜).

Halfway through our meal, Chef Ku brought in another delicacy, the Roast Suckling Pig 鸿运当头 (沙皮海南鸡乳猪)! What a highlight!

The golden-brown piglet laid docilely on the chopping board, before Chef Ku worked his chopper through its body and revealed the Hainanese Chicken Rice that is stuffed within. What I love most is undoubtedly the skin, crackling melodiously upon each bite.

To use Hainanese Chicken Rice as the filling instead of the typical glutinous rice with waxed meat is indeed a novel twist to a traditional pairing.

Dessert was deep-fried Golden ‘Nian Gao’ with Sweet Potato and Yam and a refreshing Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera & Jackfruit in Sour Plum Juice 阖家团圆 (金薯芋头年糕拼菠萝蜜话梅芦荟冻), bringing our sumptuous dinner to a satisfying end.

Golden Peony's Prosperity Menus for lunch and dinner are priced from $100++ to $188++ per person, and $998++ to $1888++ per table of 10 persons. Available from 18 January to 26 February 2016.

Golden Peony Chinese New Year Set Menus (PDF)

Golden Peony Chinese New Year Imperial Set Menu (PDF)

Golden Peony Chinese New Year Vegetarian Set Menu (PDF)

For dining reservations, please call +65 6432 7482 or email sinci.goldenpeony@conradhotels.com

Golden Peony
Address: Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
Contact: +65 6334 8888
Website: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/singapore/conrad-centennial-singapore-SINCICI/amenities/restaurants-golden-peony.html
Opening Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm & Sun 10.30am-2.30pm / Dinner Mon-Sun 6.30pm-10.30pm

Prices stated are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

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