Above is a real, true to life story of Paul and yours truly. This was our first experience of the Singaporean-style Chinese New Year and having close to a dozen yu sheng salads, tossing veggies up in the air countless times and shouting all the possible wishes and blessings for the past 3 years, I'd say that Chinese New Year has quickly became one of my favorite holidays too. It's just as exciting as Christmas and New Year in Manila where the streets are well-lit and decorated with the cutest characters, there are pasar malams all over town where we would feast on the yummiest street snacks and of course, even shops would have their own promotions for people to shop, shop and shop!
This year, I noticed that there's a lot more theatrics in delivering each line and I find that very entertaining. It's like watching a traditional Chinese stage act with food in front of you. Definitely the best thing, if you ask me. Watch the video below for a snippet showing how our server did our lo hei that day:
Now, after all the ingredients have been added in. We all would gather around with our long chopsticks and that commences the tossing of all the veggies and fish up in the air. They say, the higher your yu sheng goes, the luckier you'll be. Shout out all your New Year wishes while doing so.
At this point, I was ready to raise the white flag. I can't believe that we only had 3 dishes but a very filling one at that. Well, that's what Chinese New Year is all about. It's the time of the year to celebrate abundance, wealth and prosperity so you got to feast like there's no tomorrow! All three dishes were very rich and flavorful that the perfect way to end this is to have something very refreshing.
In addition to this, we also had two of Cherry Garden's Chinese New Year Delight --
If you love Pineapple cake then I think this is one of the best I've tasted. I love the buttery crust which is filled with sweet pineapple jam. The crust has a nice consistency that stays well together even after biting into it. I just do not like those that crumbles so easily.
The Chinese version of the well-loved Ferrero Rocher, I'd say. I love popping these into my mouth and carefully biting into the glutinous mochi until I get to the core where the macadamia nut can be found. This would make a great gift this Chinese New Year or something you can serve to visiting guests too.
What a luxurious lunch! I'm so excited as more and more Chinese New Year feasts are on its way as we get closer to the day. Here's the first of many so do watch out for my next reviews. :)
Cherry Garden is located in Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. For reservations or inquiries, call +65-6338-0066.