Chinese New Year 2018 Menu Highlights from Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore
 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Fortune-3D-Meringue-Yu-Sheng

Every year, we wait with bated breath to savour what Chinese Executive Chef Ku Keung has planned for Lunar New Year at Golden PeonyConrad Centennial Singapore. Year after year, he whips up a sumptuous spread that combines the best of traditional Cantonese cooking techniques with a modern flair.

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Roast Whole Suckling Pig with Shanghainese Sticky Rice, Fritters and Chicken Floss 2

After featuring innovative fillings like Hainanese Chicken Rice and even a giant California Maki, Chef Ku presents 2018's version: Whole Suckling Pig filled with Shanghainese Sticky Rice, Fritters and Chicken Floss ($338, 24-hours advance order required).

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Roast Whole Suckling Pig with Shanghainese Sticky Rice, Fritters and Chicken Floss

Typically enjoyed as 'Ci Fan', a breakfast staple in Shanghai, I felt the unique combination worked really well—albeit the slightly soggy chicken floss, due to the cooking method—with the brilliantly crisp, thin suckling pig skin.

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Stir-fried Half Lobster topped with Crispy X.O. Chilli Sauce

Other standouts from this year's repertoire include chef's Stir-fried Half Lobster topped with Crispy X.O. Chilli Sauce ($38/person)—masterfully executed lobster topped with the restaurant's signature, and extremely popular, X.O chilli sauce—and the Fortune Eight Treasures Stewed Duck ($98).

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Fortune Eight Treasures Stewed Duck
 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Fortune Eight Treasures Stewed Duck

Thoroughly infused with herbs and spices from being cooked for 5-hours wrapped in lotus leaf and a dough casing, similar to that of Salt Baked Chicken, the meat is wonderfully tender and just overflowing with flavour.

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Braised Australian Abalone in Japanese Beancurd with Black Moss, Chinese Mushroom and Seasonal Vegetables

Another highlight is the Braised Australian Abalone in Japanese Beancurd with Black Moss, Chinese Mushroom and Seasonal Vegetables ($28/person). Swathed in a decadent braised sauce, the clever pairing of salty-sweet, soft Japanese beancurd showcases both the slight chewiness of the abalone and the sauce's umami.

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Braised Australian Abalone in Japanese Beancurd
 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Yusheng with New Bedford Scallop, Salmon, Crispy White Bait and Fish Skin

If you’re hosting a big group, go straight for chef’s creative Fortune 3-D Meringue Yusheng ($888, min. 30 persons) that not only comes with deliciously plump New Bedford scallops, salmon, crispy white bait and fish skin, 3-D Meringue portrait of the dog zodiac, but a set of ‘hidden’ lucky numbers—it’s said many has won lottery with these numbers.

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Double-boiled Cordycep Flower Soup with New-Caledonia Obsiblue Prawn and Black Chicken in Whole Young Coconut

Lunar New Year Set Menus start from $100 per person or $1,198 per table of 10 persons, available from 5 February to 2 March 2018. For reservations or enquires, call +65 6432 7482/88 or sinci.goldenpeony@conradhotels.com.

 Chinese New Year 2018 - Golden Peony Conrad Centennial Singapore - Crispy Jujube Pastry, Japanese Sweet Potato Puree with Pearls

This was an invited media tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.

Golden Peony
Address:
Level 3, Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6432 7482