Every year my mum’s best friend will open up her beautiful home and host an epic Chinese New Year party for close family friends. This year was no exception and she stuffed us all to the fullest again. Let’s take a look at what was offered this year, shall we?
Upon entering the house, there is a low coffee table filled with an inviting assortment of traditional New Year biscuits, a two-tier cake stand of Chinese yam and carrot cakes, and a gigantic bowl of deep red cherries.
I was especially taken with the flower-shaped coffee-flavoured biscuits. Light and extremely crunchy with strong espresso taste.
Shortly after a huge plate of sliced fruits (persimmons, peaches, nectarines and pomelo) was placed on the same table.
Then dinner began. First up was the traditional Yu Sheng for “Lo Hei” that was plated so magnificently.
Then we were further spoiled with a buffet of Cantonese-style steamed fish, suckling pigs from Peach Garden, her famous Sin Hua Fried Bee Hoon with braised pig trotters, Roast Duck, DIY Vietnamese Pho, Braised Chicken with jellyfish in a thick Peanut sauce, and thinly sliced Pork Belly in a spicy Vietnamese sauce.
But we were all waiting for the star of the evening: Buddha Jump Over the Wall. Indulgent large pots of thick stock choked full of abalone, scallop, chicken legs, pork belly, fish maw, Chinese mushrooms.
For desserts, there were traditional Chinese treats from from Sichuan Dou Hua: Liu Sha Bao (orange paus filled with salted egg yolk), traditional Fried Nian Gao coated with a thick egg batter, and Nian Gao with Glutinous Rice Pearl (“This twist on the traditional ‘nian gao’ comes with a layer of glutinous rice pearls sandwiched between a layer of traditional ‘nian gao’ and a layer of sugarcane and water chestnut, lending a chewy texture to a dessert that is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. “) It was sliced thinly and fried resulting in an extremely caramelized crispy texture. It was very special.
A Tiramisu Cake from L’Atelier Tiramisu
Two Birthday cakes; Durian Sponge and a Blueberry Cheesecake from Dino Bakery on Upper Thomson Road.
It was a blessed splendid evening. Can’t wait for next year! x