Chinese New Year Feastin'

Can’t figure out where to bring the folks this CNY? We’ve got it sorted.

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Can’t figure out where to bring the folks this CNY? We’ve got it sorted.
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Din Tai Fung

Best for… casual family gatherings

If you thought Din Tai Fung couldn’t get any better with their piping hot steamed pork dumplings, you’ve got to get yourself acquainted with their new dishes. Fans of molten salted egg yolk buns must try their handmade rendition that’s just $5.80 for a basket of three. Delicious lava custard oozes out at first bite, and trust us when we say this sweet and savoury dish is worth every calorie. Looking for a healthier alternative? Opt for a basket of Steamed Assorted Mushroom Dumplings, $11.30, instead. The combination of truffle oil and four different types of mushrooms creates a burst of umami flavour in your mouth, which makes it perfect for anyone who needs a quick truffle fix.

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Joyden Treasures

Best for… fussy eaters.

It’s difficult to find the perfect restaurant for a large group, but things become almost impossible when said group is made up of extended family members who jump at every opportunity to complain. Keep your relatives happy with Joyden Treasures’ Traditional Salt Baked Crab. Created with a blend of salts and spices, the crab’s juicy flesh comes with a smokey wok hei fragrance and just the right amount of saltiness. Drench your bowl of steamed rice with the fragrant sesame oil-based gravy from the restaurant’s Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce, $26, and end the family meal with a warm bowl of Traditional Yam Puree with Pumpkin and Gingko, from $16. Topped with chopped water chestnuts, this nostalgic dessert is sure to get grandma’s approval.

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Mitzo Restaurant & Bar

Best for… the adventurous

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is not your usual dim sum joint. For starters, the sleek interior seems more befitting a hip Western eatery – think mirrored ceilings and tinted glass walls set against a backdrop of downtempo lounge tunes. And then there’s the food, which references Cantonese classics but with a modern twist. Highlights include the Wasabiinfused Baked Fish – something you definitely won’t find in your usual Chinese eatery, the fish is perfectly-cooked with a light wasabi kick. We also liked the Crispy Pork Belly Served With Bun, $18; while we wish it came with more sauce, the pork was just perfect – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. That description also applies to the clear star of the menu, the Mitzo Special Barbecued Pork, $18. The char siew literally melts in your mouth, and it’s reason enough to give this restaurant a try this CNY.

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