Media Invite with OpenRice Singapore: Dian Xiao Er CNY 2015 Menu

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Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Have you goat any idea where you are going for a sumptuous meal with your family over the Chinese New Year period? Not just for reunion dinners, Dian Xiao Er has three extremely lavish Lunar New Year sets available from 30 January to 5 March 2015. They would definitely agree with all your mass-feasting wishes. They've got all your CNY specials covered. Find out what they are:

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Dian Xiao Er invited the OpenRice Singapore team and members for this special CNY tasting. This is Reka, our super hyper host for tonight. We were introduced to the three main sets: 
(A) 福星高照宴 Everlasting Blissful Set 
风生水起(三文鱼鱼生) Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng
展翅高飞 (蟹肉鱼鳔羹) Fish Maw Thick Soup with Crab Meat
满载而归 (当归烤鸭Duck Roasted with Angelica Herb
嘻哈大笑 (豉油皇干煎虾Pan-Fried Tiger Prawns with Superior Soy Sauce
团团圆圆 (花生芝麻球Fried Sesame Ball with Peanut
吉庆有余 (奶黄鱼片Fish Slices with Salted Egg Sauce
好市发财 (蚝豉发菜东坡肉) Prosperous Dong Po Pork with Fatt Choy
包罗万有 (冬菇海参螺片Braised Mushroom, Sea Cucumber and Conch

3 pax - $128 (Item 1 to 5)
4 pax - $178 (Item 1 to 7)
5 pax - $228 (Item 1 to 7)
6 pax - $278 (Item 1 to 8)
7 pax - $328 (Item 1 to 8)
8 pax - $378 (Item 1 to 8)
9 pax - $428 (Item 1 to 8)
10 pax - $458 (Item 1 to 8)

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(B) 繁荣昌盛宴 Abundant Prosperity Set
风生水起(三文鱼鱼生) Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng
展翅高飞 (红烧蟹肉鱼翅) Shark's Fin Broth with Crab Meat & Conpoy
十全十美 (十全烤鸭Duck Roasted with Ten Wonder Herbs
遍地黄金 (金瓜奶黄焗小龙虾) Sauteed Baby Lobsters with Pumpkin Sauce
招财进宝 (双菇瑶柱扒菠菜) Assorted Mushroom with Conpoy with Poached Spinach
团团圆圆 (花生芝麻球Fried Sesame Ball with Peanut
横财就手 (蚝豉冬菇焖猪手Prosperous Braised Trotters
年年有余 (港蒸斗鲳) HongKong Style Chinese Pomfret

3 pax - $168 (Item 1 to 5)
4 pax - $228 (Item 1 to 7)
5 pax - $278 (Item 1 to 7)
6 pax - $388 (Item 1 to 8)
7 pax - $428 (Item 1 to 8)
8 pax - $478 (Item 1 to 8)
9 pax - $518 (Item 1 to 8)
10 pax - $558 (Item 1 to 8)

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(C) 富贵豪门宴 Abundant Fortune Set
风生水起(三文鱼鱼生) Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng
三喜临门 (红烧干贝花胶鱼翅) Superior Shark's Fin Broth with Fish Maw & Conpoy
富甲一方 (泡参烤鸭Duck Roasted with Wild Ginseng
嘻哈欢乐 (江南大虾) JiangNan Baked King Prawns
富贵荣华 (原粒鲍鱼极品锅) Luxurious Abalone Treasure Pot
雪兆丰年 (红枣炖雪蛤) D-Boiled Hashima (Cold)
横财就手 (蚝豉冬菇焖猪手Prosperous Braised Trotters
年年有余 (港蒸斗鲳) HongKong Style Chinese Pomfret

3 pax - $228 (Item 1 to 5)
4 pax - $288 (Item 1 to 6)
5 pax - $368 (Item 1 to 7)
6 pax - $498 (Item 1 to 8)
7 pax - $548 (Item 1 to 8)
8 pax - $618 (Item 1 to 8)
9 pax - $678 (Item 1 to 8)
10 pax - $718 (Item 1 to 8)

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Note: Prices do not include drinks, towels and peanuts. All prices subject to 10% service charge and prevailing GST. Minimum 50% deposit is required to confirm reservation on CNY eve. Set meals are not entitled to further discount.


风生水起(三文鱼鱼生) Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

The Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng lohei is not only super fun to 'lo' literally because it has so much of everything to grab and toss! The Dian Xiao Er lady staff was very knowledgeable and hospitable in addressing all the sauces, ingredients and auspicious sayings while she poured everything together. In this yusheng, Dian Xiao Er used Norwegian smoked salmon, drizzled with rich oil, plum sauce to create tangy, fresh and varied flavours of which I polished off a huge serving and grabbed a lot of 'golden moneybags' in the process. Be sure to delight in this appetizing yusheng and enjoy a whole year of blessings!

展翅高飞 (红烧蟹肉鱼翅) Shark's Fin Broth with Crab Meat & Conpoy

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

To indulge very lavishly in shark's fin is possibly a very rare opportunity that is only possible during Chinese weddings or Chinese New Year. If you would like to opt for the more sustainable seafood option, you can replace it with fish maw, crab meat and conpoy. I would strongly recommend you to do that especially because I personally feel that fish maw replicates the shark's fin texture perfectly well and is more environmentally-friendly. The velvety rich texture leaves a savoury, fragrant aftertaste that lingers beautifully on the tongue.

富甲一方 (泡参烤鸭Duck Roasted with Wild Ginseng

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Depending on which set you choose, you can have Angelica Herb, Ten Wonder Herbs or Wild Ginseng herbal sauces to complement the premium roasted duck. The Angelica Herb is the least intense, followed by the Ten Wonder Herbs and then the Wild Ginseng being the strongest one. The roasted duck is marinated with 10 herbs, the same ones used in the ten wonder herbs sauce, including wolfberries and danggui. I loved this dish particularly because the roasted duck is very aromatic and supple that is very good even on its own. If you're asking me which sauce I liked best, it'll be the angelica herb sauce because it adds on further variations to the tastes without being overpowering. I would expect the older generations to love the wild ginseng sauce though.
遍地黄金 (金瓜奶黄焗小龙虾) Sauteed Baby Lobsters with Pumpkin Sauce

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one...very much. When I saw 'lobsters' (alongside 'pomfret', 'abalone', 'hashima'...) on the menu, I felt like it resembled an imperial palace menu! The next thing on my mind was: lobsters... isn't that very difficult to eat? The last thing I wanted was to fight against shelled seafood with my sticky fingers. My experience of eating these baby lobsters was that they were so fresh, they easily deshelled with a very gentle tug with my fork. It didn't require much dining skills and I could stuffed a plump, juicy slab of lobster meat into my mouth, slathered with robust coconut, curry leaves, salted egg, pumpkin and a light touch of chilli padi. It might come off as very spicy, so remember to highlight to the chef to go easy on the chilli padi if your family members can't take spiciness! I found it very satisfying though. This is definitely my favourite dish of the night, hands down!

年年有余 (港蒸斗鲳) HongKong Style Chinese Pomfret

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Lightly steamed in ginger, shallots, spring onions, this definitely tastes every inch of reunion and family dinners that I would always miss once in a while. This is Dian Xiao Er's special CNY upgrade from the daily fare of black or white pomfret, presenting a very rare, large breed of pomfret that is specially imported. Recently in the wet markets, it's difficult to find such luxurious huge pomfret but it's easier for restaurants to source for such exclusive good ones.

招财进宝 (双菇瑶柱扒菠菜) Assorted Mushroom with Conpoy with Poached Spinach

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

The classic braised trotters is a hearty addition to the menu after hours of professional hard work from the chef! Braised trotters is a must for many people during Chinese New Year. With familiar mainstays in Chinese cuisine like broccoli and shitake mushrooms, there is also a more deluxe upgrade of oysters in the mix for a wholesome feast.

富贵荣华 (原粒鲍鱼极品锅) Luxurious Abalone Treasure Pot

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Looking at abalones just bring the festive cheer into the room instantly! Each of the abalone is cloaked with a unique special in-house chef's blend with a satisfying bite and intense flavours. These stars of the dish totally overshone the other ingredients like fish maw, sea cucumber and green peas, but well, aren't they enough already?

雪兆丰年 (红枣炖雪蛤) D-Boiled Hashima (Cold)

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

Whenever I hear of hashima, I think of empresses and imperial concubines in the palace preserving their beauty with this extraordinary goodness. It is kept very cold even minutes after it was served, resulting in a refreshing, lightly sweet and elegant dessert. Hashima is also believed to boost vital organs like lungs and kidney, as well as improve skin complexion.

Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!
Dian Xiao Er Chinese New Year 2015 Menu - Lunar New Year blessings!

If you want to grab a handy takeaway to supplement your reunion dinner at home, Dian Xiao Er's popular dishes include:

- Herbal Roasted Duck (Whole) - Angelica/ Ten Wonder Herbs/ Wild Ginseng: $55.45
- Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng: $42.80
- Both Herbal Roasted Duck (Whole) & Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng [small]: $83.05
- Both Herbal Roasted Duck (Whole) & Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng [large]: $101.20

Prices above are nett with 7% GST included.

Dian Xiao Er
Junction 8
9 Bishan Place #B1-07
Singapore 579837


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