Here’s to a year full of good fortune and health! We’re eyeing these restaurants for the best CNY yusheng in Singapore.
It’s that time of the year to reunite with loved ones and usher in prosperity and abundance as we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. The colourful tradition of lo hei brings together families and friends during Chinese New Year, when everyone gathers around the table to toss yusheng.
This platter typically consists of raw fish slices, shredded vegetables and packets of seasoning and condiments. As each element is added to the dish, an auspicious phrase is uttered. When it’s time for the toss, things tend to get messy, ‘cos the higher your chopsticks go, the better your year will be. It’s a lively, spirited custom that gets everyone involved in the action shouting blessings of good fortune. Want to get your hands on the finest yusheng in Singapore? Look no further.
Best yusheng in Singapore for Chinese New Year 2023
1. Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Kinki gives the prosperity toss a Japanese spin with its ultimate yusheng ($88++, for four to five pax). You’ll be feasting on three different types of fish – salmon, tuna and swordfish – topped with salmon roe and flying fish roe. Add dried wakame, deep-fried crabstick strips, Japanese cucumber, daikon, carrot, Japanese fish floss, diced beetroot and truffle oil with sesame dressing to the mix, and you’ve got an absolutely delicious (and auspicious) dish.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar, available from 16 January till 5 February 2023; #02-02, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
2. Neo Garden
Toss to an auspicious new year with Neo Garden’s adorable 16-inch Lucky Rabbit Yu Sheng that features carrots and radish shaped like a rabbit. This is the perfect option to usher in the Year of the Rabbit, and it’s bound to be the show pony on your CNY dinner table!
Alternatively, try the Peranakan Nonya Yu Sheng for a spin on the conventional toss, with yam, apricot, cranberry, pomelo, purple cabbage and cucumber adding colour and flavour to the spread.
Prefer a fruity twist? Neo Garden has a Rainbow Fruit Yu Sheng that features seasonal fruits such as longan, strawberry, mandarin orange, pineapple, green apple, cranberry, and dried apricot for a sweet beginning to the Lunar New Year. Just browse Neo Garden’s selection for more options.
Neo Garden, available online
3. White Restaurant
Head to any of its seven outlets islandwide for a joyous CNY celebration with various set menus. The star of the feast? The Grand Fortune abalone yusheng (from $49.90). You’ll be tossing up 18-head abalone, shredded winter melon, dried persimmon, jellyfish, buckwheat, deep-fried yam and more mixed with yuzu sauce. Oh, and since it’s the Year of the Rabbit, each yusheng dish is served with a delightful rabbit ornament for you to take home.
White Restaurant, available till 5 February 2023; order online or at multiple locations including Suntec City and VivoCity
Hit up the steakhouse for a beefy rendition of your usual yusheng. Meadesmoore’s Abundance platter (from $78) is inspired by Japanese volcano beef donburi. Starring charcoal-grilled Eight Blossom wagyu tri-tip, the dish features colourful shredded vegetables, ikura marinated in white wine and lemon peel, Japanese rice puffs and a tangy ume and caramelised shallot dressing. Not a fan of meat? You can also get a fish version with Szechuan pepper and apple cured hamachi.
Meadesmoore, available from now till 5 February 2023; order online or at 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
5. Restaurant Jag
Yusheng from a one Michelin-starred restaurant? Yes, please. Toss up a luxurious lo hei with French flair ($128++). The vibrant dish features orange and black carrots, yellow and red beetroot, green and red radishes, daikon, and cabbage in raw, cured and pickled iterations. Top it all off with Scottish salmon, smoked Hokkaido scallops and marinated Japanese shrimp, and you’ve got a stunner. Let’s not forget the watercress crackers, sesame, peanuts, gold leaf and argousier with blood orange dressing.
Restaurant Jag, available from now till 28 January 2023; order 48 hours in advance; 76 Duxton Road, Singapore 089535
Usher in a year of abundance with Lobstar’s Get Rich yusheng ($88). If you’re new to the prosperity toss, you’re in luck. Each set comes with an instruction guide, eight pairs of gloves and a tablecloth to keep your dining table clean – because things will get messy. The dish includes carrots, cucumber, radish, golden crackers, fresh abalone and plum sauce.
Lobstar, order online
7. New Ubin Seafood
Gather the fam and usher in the new year with New Ubin Seafood’s Golden Fortune yusheng platter. This adorable lo hei spread is available with every Chinese New Year set, starting at $288 per set menu for four people. Toss to the Year of the Rabbit before digging into smoked salmon, fresh veggies and crabstick crisps (for extra crunch). Delish!
New Ubin Seafood, available from now till 5 February 2023; multiple locations including Zhongshan Park and Chijmes
8. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
Recreate the Capitol dining experience in your own home with this fuss-free takeaway yusheng platter. The smaller size ($88) feeds three to five people, while the larger one ($168) is enough for a group of six to 10. You’ll be treated to a delish mix of fresh Norwegian salmon doused with kiwi vinaigrette, plus an optional add-on of Hiramasa kingfish and Hokkaido scallop.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, available from now till 5 February 2023; order online
9. Din Tai Fung
Usher in good health, happiness, wealth and luck with Din Tai Fung’s quintessential prosperity smoked salmon yusheng ($53.80). This indulgent platter features a medley of fresh veggies, smoked salmon slices and crispy yam strips drizzled with the restaurant’s iconic plum dressing. Going meatless? No problem. Just opt for the vegetarian prosperity yusheng ($45.80) that’s equally big on flavour. Hot tip: to avoid the long queues, pre-order your platter three days in advance!
Din Tai Fung, available from now till 5 February 2023; order online and at multiple locations including Paragon and Raffles City
Enjoy the Decadent Kaleidoscope of Prosperity yusheng ($92) when you dine at Yan this Chinese New Year. Stick your chopsticks into fried vermicelli topped with shredded sweet potatoes, fresh yellowtail, crispy shredded conpoy, and gold flakes. We can’t get enough of the adorable cherry tomatoes that have been carved into rabbits to reflect the zodiac sign of the year.
Yan, available from now till 5 February 2023; #05-02, National Gallery, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
11. Crystal Jade
Crystal Jade is always a fan fave when Chinese New Year rolls around. The new Golden Harvest sea cucumber yusheng (from $138) plates up a mix of crunchy frisee lettuce, cucumber, ice plant and kaffir lime leaves. The intricately decorated creation is also topped with tender slices of Australian sea cucumber that’s been braised for several hours in a seasoned broth. What a beaut!
Crystal Jade, available from now till 1 February 2023; order online or at multiple locations including Takashimaya and Paragon
12. Artemis Grill
Take the modern route at this sky-high restaurant for a different spin on your Chinese New Year lo hei celebration. The regular yusheng set ($68) serves two to four and includes salmon, ikura caviar, pickled wakame, veggies, tapioca cracker and gold leaf topping. But you can also upgrade yours to the premium set ($148) for a table of six to eight with the add-on of hamachi and Hokkaido scallop. Go ahead and pre-order your luxe platter 24 hours before your reservation!
Artemis Grill, available from now till 4 February 2023; Level 40, CapitaGreen Rooftop, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946
Fancy a pizza twist to your regular yusheng? Head to PizzaExpress for thin crust pies topped with passata, Spanish red onion, smoked salmon, baby romaine, red radish, daikon, carrot, cucumber, candied winter melon, crackers and calamansi plum sauce. It’s all covered in mozzarella, of course!
PizzaExpress, available from now till 5 February for dine-in and takeaway
Here’s to a memorable lo hei with the best yusheng platters in Singapore!