Renew family ties at Amara Singapore over delectable CNY menus offered at Silk Road and Thanying Restaurant, serving Sichuan and royal Thai cuisine respectively.
Toss your way to abundance with the Eight -Treasure Yu Sheng 大吉大利 (川式八宝鱼生) adorned with cured salmon, golden silver fish, crispy fish skin, sliced abalone, ikura roe, tobiko roe, pomelo drizzled with an addictive spicy Sichuan garlic sauce dressing. Silk Road’s salmon is cured in-house with special chilli peppers while the silver fish and crispy fish skin are prepared and seasoned from scratch. Talk about dedication!
Yearning for something unique? Thanying’s Salmon Yu Sheng ($68/98), reminiscent of Som Tam, will definitely fit the bill. This interpretation consists of yam strips and green mango, tossed in a concoction of fish sauce, lime juice and chilli padi which render refreshing, tangy notes. The deep-fried, crispy chicken skin add an additional oomph to the Yu Sheng. Also available in Abalone Yu Sheng ($98/$145) and Abalone & Salmon Yu Sheng ($118/$168)
Warm the digestive system with Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Ginseng & Gastrodia Root 金鼎 藏珍宝 (瑶柱竹笙鲨鱼骨炖鸡汤), a flavoursome and nutritious broth that proves to be soothing bowl of comfort.
Get your dose of Omega-3 oils with the Soy-Glazed Baked Cod with Bonito Sauce 年年吉庆盛有 余 (日式炬鳕鱼), where snowy cod, marinated in mirin and sake for 4 hours, is skillfully baked to achieve heavenly, melt-in-the-mouth flesh with an irresistible caramelised exterior. I like how the mirin and sake seasoning complemented the cod, without overwhelming it natural sweetness.
To ensure tenderness and succulence, Braised Pork Knuckle with Sea Cucumber & Chestnut 摸财就手 (红烧海参扒元蹄栗子) is stewed for more than 6 hours over slow fire. The pork knuckle’s meltingly tender meat, soaks up the savory sauce well. Sea cucumber and pork knuckles are the rich in collagen which is great for banishing wrinkles, so ladies, eat up!
The Traditional Beijing Roasted Duck 发财彩风报佳音 (传统北京烤鸭) should not be missed. The hulking bird is seasoned overnight, before undergoing the wrath of the oven. We were wowed by the tasty and moist flesh, as well as the skin, which was crisps to a T.
As much as we want to be conscious, it’s difficult to resist that good layer of skin. At Silk Road, a slice of the golden-brown skin is presented with sugar, just like how the ancient nobles used to enjoy it. Next, some skin, along with meat are served wrapped in a crepe- each mouthful was pure bliss!
I’m not one to crave for claypot rice, however Silk Road’s Steamed Fragrant Rice with Salted Fish, Chinese Sausage & Waxed Meat 八珍黄金 (腊味咸鱼砂煲饭) left me yearning for more. The sausages are parboiled prior to cooking, and this water is used to cook the rice. The resulting grains are especially flavoursome. Salted fish silvers add another dimension to the comforting dish.
We completed the meal on a sweet note with Nian Gao with Coconut Flakes and Fried Sesame Dumpling 年年 齐高生 (椰丝年糕拼炸芝麻球)- simple yet satisfying desserts.
CNY lunch and dinner menus are available at Silk Road and Thanying Restaurant from $68 per person and $78-$188 per person respectively. If you prefer buffets over sit down banquets, Element offers buffet lunch and dinner from $49-$65 per adult and $26-39 per child. Diners can look forward to Lunar New Year delicacies such as Boiled Shark’s Bone Cartilage with Sea Treasures and Prosperity Treasure Pot & Broccoli, amongst Element staples such as freshly shucked oysters, Alaskan King Crab, Scallops, Sambal Stingray and Roast Beef Tenderloin.
Many thanks to Amara Singapore for the invite.