Amongst all the different schools of Cantonese cuisine, Yan Restaurant ‘宴’ at National Gallery remains one of the most popular go-to Cantonese restaurants for a feast of exceptional flavours.
Serving authentic Cantonese cuisine presented in an elegant modern setting, Yan Restaurant ‘宴’ entices diners with its exquisite a la carte items and set menus (from $68 per person). During lunch time, the restaurant also offers a fabulous selection of dim sum delights.
It would be a sin to miss out on Yan’s ‘宴’ signature dishes with classic favourites like Roast Crispy Suckling Pig served in 3 ways and Steamed Kampung Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onion.
For the New Year of the Pig, I have sussed out a list of Yan Restaurant’s ‘宴’ celebratory dishes perfect for festive feasting with your family and friends.
Superior Chicken Broth with Fish Maw
Available for dine-in as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order ($24 per portion)
There is nothing that can warm the body, heart and soul like a comforting bowl of hot soup.
The Cantonese have a big passion for soup and it is deeply rooted in their culture and history. Here at Yan ‘宴’, there is a daily changing soup item and guests can enjoy different slow-brewed soups each time they visit the restaurant.
Fish maw is considered as one of the Chinese delicacies and is normally served during special occasions such as Chinese New Year. Chef recommends the Superior Chicken Broth with Fish Maw to start off the meal as it helps to warm up the belly and promote a healthy kick. The soup is lusciously thick and rich in flavour — it’s like consuming collagen broth of the same benefits which made me feel good all over.
Kaleidoscope of Prosperity (Shun De Style)
Available for dine-in only as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order ($138).
A Chinese New Year feast isn’t complete without a big platter of Yu Sheng flourish with various appealing colours, textures and flavours. Yan ‘宴’ presents its signature Kaleidoscope of Prosperity Yu Sheng with a local twist this year, adding more vibrant colours and red smoky savoury bak kwa (pork jerky) to the table.
The beautiful Yu Sheng masterpiece weaves other ingredients like a mountain of crispy fried vermicelli with gold leaves, a medley of vegetables, sesame seeds, crispy youtiao, and slices of fresh salmon or hamachi (yellowtail). Drizzle over the special homemade dressing and toss as high as possible.
Signature Roast Crispy Suckling Pig
Available for dine-in (one day advance order) as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order ($288).
Signature creations to try include the Cantonese Roast Crispy Suckling Pig prepared in three delicious ways.
The suckling pig is first served whole, the staff will then shave the pig’s crispy skin at table side and serve the thin cut slices of crispy skin to be eaten with spring onion, cucumber and sweet plum sauce on a steamed pancake.
The rest of the suckling pig will be served at a later course — in two styles presented on the same plate. First, chunks of chopped meat from the pig’s shoulder to flank and thigh; and then the meat fillet oven-baked with lemongrass.
I especially liked the meat fillet which releases the aromatic flavour of lemongrass, but some of my dining companions prefer the carved shoulder meat, which is tender and juicy.
Steamed Half Lobster with 18-years Nu Er Hong Rice Wine
Available for dine-in as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order (Seasonal price $20 per 100g, min order 1kg).
Yan ‘宴’ Live Seafood menu include a tasty selection of fishes, lobsters, prawns, clams and crabs done in various cooking styles — steamed, poached, braised, sauteed, wok-fried and deep-fried.
The Steamed Half Lobster is doused with a toast of Nu Er Hong Rice Wine which has been aged for 18 years. It adds an incredibly pure and unique flavour to the lobster — nothing beats a delicious fresh lobster and great wine that intertwines perfectly!
Note: The Nu Er Hong Rice Wine is served on the side, can be added into the dish or savoured as a drink.
Deep Fried Soon Hock Fish (Marble Goby) with Superior Soy Sauce
Available for dine-in as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order (Seasonal Price $18 Per 100g, min order 1kg)
Not all fishes taste good steamed, but choices like Soon Hock is great for both steaming and deep-fried. The fish is fried till perfection and lightly lathered in superior soy sauce — it is crispy on the outside but tender and moist on the inside.
Braised ‘Mee Pok’ Noodles with Fresh Mushroom and XO Sauce
Available for dine-in as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order (Small $22 / Medium $33 / Large $44)
The springy and flavourful signature Braised ‘Mee Pok’ Noodles with Fresh Mushroom and XO Sauce is simple yet ideal to include in your Chinese New Year feast. In the Chinese culture, noodles symbolise longevity — therefore as a Chinese, there is no excuse not to order a noodle dish.
Chilled Peach Resin with Osmanthus and Aloe Vera Jelly
Available for dine-in as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order ($10 per person)
End off the meal on a sweet note with a refreshing Chilled Peach Resin with Osmanthus and Aloe Vera Jelly accompanied by Pan-fried Nian Gao (Sticky Rice Cake) coated with toasted grated coconut and crushed peanuts.
These desserts convey great wishes for the new year and will be sure to bring back all the happy-sweet memories.
Pan-Fried Niao Gao
Available for dine-in as part of Yan’s ‘宴’ set menu or a la carte order ($6 for 3 pieces)
Yan Restaurant ‘宴’ Chinese New Year festive dining will commence from 18 January to 19 February 2019. Lunar New Year Set Menus are priced from $128++ per person (min. 2 to dine) to $278++ per person (for min. 8 to 10 diners).
Yan Harvest Pen Cai is available for dine-in and takeaway (requires two days advance order) price from $190 (serve 5 persons) to $380 (serve 10 persons) with optional add-on of whole abalone from $12 per piece.
From 4 to 19 February 2019, Lunar New Year a la carte and dim sum menus will be available and a special a la carte menu will offered during lunch and dinner, while the festive dim sum menu is available only during lunch on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
There will be two seatings on 4 February 2019, Chinese New Year’s Eve — First seating runs from 5.30pm to 7.45pm, and Second seating from 8.15pm to 10.30pm. Reservations is highly recommended.
YAN RESTAURANT ‘宴’
Location: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, #05-02, Singapore 178958
Tel: +65 6384 5585
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am to 2.30pm / 6pm to 10.30pm