There are possibly over a hundred hotels in Singapore; coupled with each having their signature Yu Sheng interpretation, choosing a good one can at times be an arduous process. Fortunately, you have food writers from Six&Seven to do that job for you.
It is important to start off the Chinese New Year on the right foot, and what better way to do it than to have a sumptuous Yu Sheng. With all due honesty, we have not sampled every Yu Sheng creation in Singapore – both our wallets and stomachs are not big enough; but at the very least, we have narrowed down the renown ones.
And so the contenders for the 2012 Yu Sheng Competition are…
Six&Seven top choices are…
Hilton fortune treasure yu sheng ($688++, for dine in only)
Coming close was Hilton Hotel’s yu sheng. This yu sheng is the Hermes of the fashion industry – a dish serving some of the world’s finest ingredients such as Bird’s Nest, scallops, abalone, black truffle, Korean ginseng… (I think you get the hint)
While this yu sheng would guarantee to blow your guests out of their mind (and your wallet), it comes at a hefty cost. At some point, simply putting expensive ingredients together would lead to the shadowing of each unique taste.
Salmon & crispy fish skin prosperity toss ($108++)
Mandarin Court serves up a traditional yet elegant yu sheng. This non-pretentious dish is sure to win the hearts of your aunties and grandparents. The yu sheng serves up classic ingredients in an innovatively huge bowl, so as to prevent the usual messy aftermath. While we do enjoy something rustic from time to time, the chef could have been a little more adventurous on this dish.
Pan Pacific Singapore (Six&Seven’s Pick!)
Hai Tien Lo’s lucky prosperity dragon yu sheng ($388++)
To welcome one of the most auspicious years in the Chinese Zodiac (believe me, my family has 3 of them), Hai Tien Lo’s Yu Sheng pays homage by creating a dragon-shaped Yu Sheng. If you were looking to impress your family and friends this holiday, this would definitely do the trick.
That aside, you can be assured that Hai Tien Lo’s Yu Sheng tastes as good as it looks. There is the standard serving of salmon, but the chef also incorporates yellow tail and tobiko sashimi. Not forgetting, there are even corals from the sea. With the hint of truffle that puts both a welcoming aroma prior to tossing and the palate, the Hai Tien Lo’s lucky prosperity dragon yu sheng gets Six&Seven’s choice!