Some believe the Year of the Monkey will be a lively and unpredictable time, so to honour the quirkiness, try something unexpected this Chinese New Year.
Here are some offerings that do not conform to the norm.
SUCKLING PIG TREAT
Ginseng and suckling pig may be things we are familiar with, but combine them and it is a new way to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Serenity Spanish Bar and Restaurant marinates a piglet with ginseng-infused sherry, white wine, vinegar and herbs. It is then slow-roasted for more than eight hours.
The result is crispy skin covering tender flesh.
Till March 5, you can get a quarter-pig from $88. The whole pig costs $288 and can feed about eight.
Call its Ngee Ann City (Tel: 6235-9989) or VivoCity (Tel: 6376-8185) outlet to order.
Zafferano (Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Tel: 6509-1488) offers the Challans duck ($228, feeds four) till Feb 29.
It is stuffed with garlic, onion, salt, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme, orange and vanilla, then oven-baked.
It is a European-style dish that is perfect for the season.
Think of the Yusheng of Fortune (from $39.80, serves four) at Days Hotel Singapore At Zhongshan Park as bespoke yusheng.
You pick one of the six specially created sauces - such as spicy lemongrass, yuzu soya or lemon ginger bud - or be creative and mix them all in (additional sauces are available at $6.80 each).
It is available till Feb 10. Call 6808-6847 to order.
CHICKEN ESSENCE BOOST
At Street 50 Restaurant and Bar (Bay Hotel Singapore, Tel: 6818-6681), the Essencetial Yusheng has Brands Essence of Chicken aspic mixed with smoked salmon and vinaigrette.
This unusual - but definitely healthy - yusheng is selling from $38 (for four) and is available from Feb 5 to 21.
COCKTAILS AND SALMON
Some of us need alcohol to get through Chinese New Year. At Fort by Maison Ikkoku (Pinacotheque De Paris, Tel: 6336-0507), your four-course meal comes with cocktail pairing.
Till Feb 29 for $88 (inclusive of four unique cocktails), the menu includes the Sea of Fortune (salmon steak with sweet and tart green apples, grapefruit and passionfruit) and Joyous Treasure (pan-seared Hokkaido scallop with edible gold flakes).
From Feb 8 to 20, French restaurant Le Bistrot du Sommelier (53, Armenian Street, Tel: 6333-1982) offers a French-inspired menu.
Highlights include Panache de Fruits de Mer (seafood salad) and Poisson du Jour (fish). There is even a version of lo hei, just to make sure you don't forget it is Chinese New Year.
It costs $788 for eight, excluding wine.
Photos: Zafferano, Days Hotel Singapore, Bay Hotel Singapore, Fort by Maison Ikkoku, Le Bistrot du Sommelier.
This article was first published on February 3, 2016.
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