When my colleague asked me for reunion dinner venue recommendations, one of the places which I've highly suggested was Man Fu Yuan 满福苑.
Why leh? Because the award-winning Cantonese restaurant is conveniently located within International Hotel at Bugis area, venue is elegantly-set, service is efficient, and most important, the food is good.
In short, Man Fu Yuan got standard lah!
Executive Chef Eric Neo has specially crafted five festive menus to herald in the Year of The Dog. Available from 18th January to 2nd March 2018, the menus include auspicious highlights, and are priced from $118 per guest.
One of the dishes include the quintessential Yu Sheng. Depending on the chosen menu, the prosperity toss will come topped with either salmon, Hokkaido scallops, abalone or all the three!
While yu sheng offerings might be more or less the same elsewhere, the rendition at Man Fu Yuan stood out with its sake goma sesame dressing instead of the usual plum sauce!
The dressing was very fragrant with a nutty aroma, and tasted much lighter than it sounds. We enjoyed it a lot!
We also gave our nods of approval to the Double-boiled Chicken Soup which is filled with fish maw, bamboo pith and Matsutake mushrooms. Luscious and nutritious at every sip, it was indeed well-executed as expected of a Cantonese establishment.
The pairing of Roasted Suckling Pig and Foie Gras was rather interesting. Meant to be eaten Peking duck-style, the two were wrapped in a thin crepe together with daikon and bean paste.
While I initially imagined the combination to be too rich, it actually worked out very well as verdicted by the tongue. I even had an extra portion of foie gras (my love)!
Pen cai was a dish many of us were looking forward to, as it is typically eaten only once a year during the Lunar New Year period.
To describe Man Fu Yuan's Abundance Treasure Pot as luxurious would be an understatement. Let us count the ingredients: There were braised sea cucumber with minced prawns and pork, 10-head whole abalone, Canadian lobster, Hokkaido scallop, live prawns, fish maw, goose web, pig's trotter, sea whelk, dried oyster, chicken wing, preserved meat sausage, liver sausage, flower mushroom, cabbage, fried bean curd skin, fried yam and fatt choy!
And that zhup! That ambrosial brown gravy tied all the prized delicacies together beautifully.
The pot is also available for takeaway at $398 (serves 5 persons).
Though Steamed Lobster with Chinese wine and egg white sounds simple, it showcased the freshness and natural sweetness of the crustacean.
The generous shower of crispy pork lard added a layer of unctuous deliciousness.
Other menu highlights include Steamed Tiger Garoupa with Mushrooms & Chinese Ham, Glutinous Rice with Boneless Chicken in Lotus Leaf, Signature Tea-Smoked Duck, Whole Suckling Pig, and Crispy Noodles with Lobster, just to name a few.
To end, Double-boiled Hashima served in whole coconut was an excellent choice. Do not miss the Deep-fried Nian Gao Pancake too!
Many Fu Yuan's Chinese New Year Prixe-Fixe Menus are priced as follows:-
- 5-course Prosperity Menu $128 per guest, minimum of two to dine
- 5-course Success Menu $188 per guest, minimum of two to dine
- 8-course Abundance Menu $1188 for 10 guests, $120 per additional guest
- 8-course Harmony Menu $1388 for 10 guests, $140 per additional guest
- 6-course Fortune Menu $2888 for 10 guests, $290 per additional guest
Full menu details are available here.
Man Fu Yuan 满福苑
Address: 80 Middle Road, Intercontinental Singapore, Singapore 188966
Contact: +65 6338 7600
Opening Hours: Lunch 11.45am-3pm (Mon-Fri) & 11.30am-3.15pm (Say, Sun, PH) / Dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm (Daily)
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST unless otherwise stated. Information is correct at point of published date.
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