Chinese New Year came early for a select group of CNA Lifestyle Facebook fans who got a chance to indulge in a sumptuous "reunion dinner" at Madame Fan last Friday evening (Jan 18).
Guests were treated to a seven-course menu designed by executive chef Mike Tan at the 50s cabaret-inspired fine-dining Chinese restaurant – a concept by Hong Kong-born restaurateur Alan Yau who is behind the Michelin-starred Hakkasan in London and global ramen chain Wagamama.
In celebration of the restaurant’s first ever Chinese New Year (it opened in April last year), the festivities kicked off with the Prosperity Yu Sheng – chockfull of healthier options such as pomelo, green mango, guava, mandarin orange, ginger flower, lime leaf yam and sweetcorn drizzled in house-made plum and yuzu sauce.
After tossing to good fortune in the Year of the Pig, guests then tucked into Chinese New Year signatures like the Red Spot Garoupa steamed in premium soy sauce from the iconic (and very traditional) Hong Kong maker Pat Chun and a medley of Bird Nest, Crab Meat and Crab Roe with Supreme Stock.
Brewed for four hours, this soup was paired with generous servings of bird nest, sweet juicy crab meat accompanied with crab roe. And upping the ante in presentation, the dish was garnished with edible gold foil.
The menu also lived up to its hype with the Charcoal Grilled Wagyu served with Sarawak black pepper sauce, atop a bed sautéed vegetables; and the braised South Africa Abalone with its house made tofu deep fried to a crisp on the outside, but soft and creamy on the inside.
Rounding off the elaborate meal was the Braised King Prawn with Ee Fu Noodle – a Chinese New Year staple and toast to longevity.
Dessert was an especially decadent Chocolate Cremeux with Mandarin orange, plated as such to mimic a mandarin orange, a fruit that symbolises fortune. Consisting of three layers – Hazelnut Dacquoise as a solid base, Mandarin Confit in the middle for a juicy core, and zesty yet creamy Yuzu Creameux – it was the right combination of orange floral, white chocolate and sugar coated kaffir leaf.