The Simply Her team tossed, tasted and approved these yusheng platters – so you know what to order for your Chinese New Year get-togethers.
1 Fortune Golden Abalone Yu Sheng with Norwegian Salmon
$126.25 (small), $233.25 (large), from Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, tel: 6213-4473. Available from Jan 7 to Feb 30. Order two days in advance. Traditional with a luxe touch – abalone and salmon sashimi accompany the usual mixed vegetables, pickled ginger, pomelo, grated peanuts, roasted sesame seeds and a sweet-tangy plum sauce. Not exciting, but familiar, and everything comes together really well.
2 Eight Joys of Spring Yu Sheng
$147.65 (four to six pax), $179.75 (eight to 10 pax), from Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, tel: 6589-7799. Available from Jan 21 to Feb 14. Order three days in advance. One of the most innovative platters this year. The subtle sweetness of red dates, wolfberries, herbal jelly and ginseng candies pairs wonderfully with the premium (lobster sashimi) and familiar (carrot and radish strips). Fried vermicelli gives it extra bite.
3 Snapper with Grilled Puffer Fish “Yu Sheng”
$138, from Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, tel: 6730-1704. Available from Jan 14 to Feb 14, for dine-in only. The surprising ingredients – mesclun greens, strips of mirin-soaked puffer fish and wasabi sprouts – make this an exotic yusheng. The air-fried puffer fish strips taste like sweet dried cuttlefish, while the wasabi sprouts add a slight spiciness to the unexpected mix of snapper sashimi, pickled jellyfish, sweet potato and yam crisps, and prawn roe.
4 Hearty Five Treasures Yu Sheng
$78.80 (small), $128.80 (large), from Crystal Jade Golden Palace, #05-22 Paragon, tel: 6734-6866. Available from mid-January to mid-February. A generous amount of nuts and seeds – pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, white sesame and peanuts – can be found in this healthy salad that comes with salmon and amberjack sashimi. Instead of regular corn oil, it uses the more nutrient-rich hazelnut oil in the dressing, and the crunch in every bite sets this apart from the others.