Chinese celebrations surely must involve food. For Chinese New Year, some delicacies are considered especially important because they are believed to bring a year of good fortune and health. We are not experts on luck and you can find many lists of Lucky Foods for Chinese New Year. We are merely food bloggers and we think enjoying a good meal with loved ones is the luckiest thing. If you are eating out in Singapore though, finding restaurants open during CNY and are not fully booked may take a bit of luck. Our list of 8 Lucky Foods for Chinese New Year and Where to Eat Them in Singapore may help you to find good fortune and health or at least some good eats.
1. Fish 鱼 (Yu)
Fish 鱼 (Yu) is symbolic of 年年有余(nián nián yǒu yú) which means having abundance every year. For traditional steamed fish, Kai Garden in Marina Square comes to mind.
Kai Garden 嘉苑
6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-128A/B, Marina Square
Tel: +65 6250 4826
Fish cooked in non-Chinese style should do just as well. Have fish & chips at The Mad Sailors in Haji Lane.
The Mad Sailors – British Kitchen
24 Haji Lane
Tel: +65 8248 2853
Monday to Thursday – 12pm to 10pm
Friday – 12pm to 11pm
Saturday – 9am to 11pm
Sunday – 9am to 10pm
2. Long Noodles
Noodles are symbolic of longevity. Long Life Vegetarian Noodles are on the menu of Chopsuey Cafe, with outlets in Dempsey Road and Martin Road.
Block 10, Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 9224 6611
38 Martin Road
Tel : +65 8188 6177
3. Jiaozi (Dumplings)
Jiaozi (Dumplings) look like ingots, the currency of ancient China, and so having jiaozi symbolises having wealth. Very good dumplings are served at Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine in the heart of Orchard Road. Alternatively, try some modern ones with truffle oil at Xiao Ya Tou.
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
ION Orchard, #03-05
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: +65 67362118
Xiao Ya Tou
6 Duxton Hill
Tel: +65 6226 1965
4. Spring Rolls
Fried spring rolls look like gold bars – enough said. Yhingthai Palace Restaurant serves delicious fried spring rolls.
Yhingthai Palace Restaurant
36 Purvis Street #01 – 04
Tel: +65 6337 1161
5. Fatt Choy Ho See – Black moss with dried oysters
Fatt Choy (black sea moss), which sounds like “strike it rich” in Cantonese, and Ho See (braised dried oysters), a Cantonese term signifying “good things”, are so potently good that Singaporeans of all dialects have made it a staple for the Chinese New Year meals. Baba Chews in Katong has on its menu Pork Knuckle Pongteh with Fatt Choy and Dried Oyster. The Peranakan at Claymore Connect also has Fatt Choy Chap Chye.
Baba Chews Bar and Eatery
86 East Coast Road
#01-01 Katong Square
Tel: +65 6723 2025
The Peranakan Restaurant
Claymore Connect, #02-01
442 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6262 4428
The Chicken served whole symbolises family unity and a good marriage. Old School ‘Yuk Lan’ Chicken is available at Empress. Dragon Phoenix restaurants in various locations serves tasty chicken.
EMPRESS @ Asian Civilisations Museum
Empress Place, 01-03
Asian Civilisations Museum
Tel : +65 6238 8733
Dragon Phoenix Grand Chinese Restaurant
131 Rifle Range Road
Tel: +65 6463 3628
7. Tāngyuán 汤圆 (Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls)
Tāngyuán is one of the lucky foods for Chinese New Year because the pronunciation and round shape of tāngyuán are associated with reunion. Try the Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls with a variety of fillings at Din Tai Fung (with many branches all over Singapore) or the Sweet Glutinous Rice Balls in Pulot Hitam at Taman Manis – Desserts in Wild Market Food & Bar.
Din Tai Fung at Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard #02-302
Tel: +65 6338 2422
Wild Market Food & Bar
#01-27 Shaw Towers,
100 Beach Road
Tel: +65 9247 5319
8.Nian Guo 年糕 (Rice cake)
Nian Guo 年糕 (Rice cake)年高 (nián gāo); and 年年高 (nián nián gāo) means getting higher every year which is of course a good thing most of the times. Special new year glutinuos rice cakes are available at Si Chuan Dou Hua which has branches in UOB Plaza, ParkRoyal at Beach Road, ParkRoyal at Kitchener Road and in Tampines Hub.
Si Chuan Dou Hua
80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1,
Tel: +65 6535 6006
Si Chuan Dou Hua
Parkroyal on Beach Road
7500A Beach Road
Tel:+65 6505 5722
Restaurants open during Chinese New Year 2017
If good luck to you simply means finding a place that is open on CNY day and serving a decent meal, here is a list of places open during the Chinese New Year 2017 holidays.
Basilico in Regent Hotel
Blu Kouzina in Dempsey
Equilibrium in Capitol Piazza
Gallery & Co in National Gallery Singapore
Margarita’s in Dempsey
Ô BATIGNOLLES at Club Street
Open Door Policy in Tiong Bahru
Peach Garden in Chinatown & various other locations
Prego in Fairmont Hotel
Prive at CHIJMES
Ristorante Da Valentino in Tuft City
Rubato Italian at Greenwood Avenue
Spize Rifle Range at Temasek Club
Spuds & Aprons on Mount Faber
Supply & Demand in Orchard Gateway
The Coffee Academics in Scotts Square
The Song of India at Scotts Road
Zaffron Kitchen in Westgate and East Coast
Food Courts at Bugis Junction, NEX, VivoCity and ION Orchard.
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