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Modern Asian Reunion

Experience an Asian-themed Lunar New Year at 15 Stamford
Feb 1, 2019 5:50 AM

CONTEMPLATING A one-of-a-kind reunion dinner this Chinese New Year? Look no further than the recently unveiled 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. Although there aren’t any large round tables like what you find in standard Chinese restaurants, you will get to savour familiar, comforting Asian flavours in plush, elegant surroundings.

Chef Leung - best known for his three-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, has crafted an auspicious yu sheng for diners to usher in the Lunar New Year with. The 15 Stamford Prosperity Hamachi Fish Yu Sheng features an ensemble of air-flown hamachi, complete with fruits and vegetables such as pomelo, apple, pineapple, mandarin orange, pickled cabbage, and cucumber. Contributing a welcome crunch to the platter are golden ebiko roe, toasted peanuts, white sesame, and crispy yu tiao. This combination is bound by a vibrant yuzu orange vinaigrette and fragrant sesame, chilli and olive oil. The hamachi yu sheng is priced at $98 (for two to four persons) and $168 (for six to eight persons). If you like, scatter your yu sheng with crispy fish skin; plump Hokkaido scallop (add $18 each) or luxurious sliced abalone (add $38).

For classic taste buds, the restaurant offers a salmon yu sheng - a co-mingling of raw salmon, assorted pickled vegetables, kumquat, ginger, turnip, carrots, toasted white sesame, peanuts, and crackers, dressed with plum sauce and calamansi, at $168 (6 to 8 persons)

After the lohei, feast on a variety of dishes, served communal-style. They include chef Leung’s Boston lobster with mangosteen, tomato and a punchy Thai dressing; and roasted cod fish with Scottish razor clams, elevated with a richly-flavoured lemongrass, coconut and foie gras sauce.

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For mains, you'll get a choice of proteins such as the “Bak Kut Teh” pork chop. The substantial piece of meat is marinated with over eight herbs and  spices for 12 hours and char-grilled till tender. It is then complemented with bak kut teh-infused barbecue sauce, and a slice of angelica syrup-infused compressed watermelon, which lends a pleasing sweetness to the dish.

You’re spoiled for choice, with generously portioned creations such as Australian Ranger Valley beef tenderloin partnered with silky mash and grilled vegetables;, “Har Mi” linguine with tiger prawns or the “15 Stamford Rotisserie Chicken Rice”, perked up with shaved dried abalone.

End the meal with a modern rendition of ‘Yeung Ji Kam Lu mango pomelo sago. Shaved coconut ice is livened up with sweet mango flesh, pomelo bits, sago and refreshing yuzu. To wrap up the celebration, enjoy your Chinese petit four with some tea. This six-course reunion dinner menu is priced at $128 per person and available from 19 January to 19 February.

Drop by the adjacent Boutique at 15 Stamford to pick up a Prosperity Hamper, which comprises house-made pineapple tarts, kueh bangkit, South African Abalone, Imperial Pu Er tea, “Jin Long Yu” 90-day Organic Premium Graded Rice, red wine, pralines and mandarin oranges. The shelves are also lined with Lunar New Year festive cookies and snacks, which make perfect gifts for the family.

Meanwhile, The Atelier, the hotel’s elegant function space, offers Chinese Set Lunches and Lunar New Year packages from $118 per person. This is available from Jan 19 to Feb 19 for a minimum of 60 persons. The package comprises individually plated five-course Chinese set lunch menu  or six-course Chinese set dinner menu.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road. Tel: 6715 6871. www.kempinski.com/singapore. For bookings, email reservation.15stamford@kempinski.com