Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Scrumptious Nanyang Cuisine at Famous Kitchen at Sembawang
Chinese New Year is the perfect time for a reunion with your loved ones and family members. To usher in the Year of the Rat, the culinary team at Famous Kitchen at Sembawang, a restaurant specialising in authentic Nanyang cuisine has curated prosperous set and à la carte menus to gratify your taste buds. Prosperous set menus include Sapphire, Jade, Crystal and Diamond and prices range from S$488++ for a table of eight diners to S$1388++ for table of 10 diners. Additional S$50++ applies on 24, 25 and 26 January 2020. The set menus are available from now till 10 February 2020.
We had the pleasure of trying the Sapphire Set Menu featuring traditional Nanyang classics and auspicious creations. This set menu is priced at S$488++ per table of eight diners. On 25 and 26 January 2020, the price will be at S$538++ per table of eight diners.
We started our dining experience with the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng 七彩三文鱼捞生. The refreshing prosperity salad consists of a platter of salmon with shredded carrot, white radish, green radish, cucumber, pickled ginger, pomelo, radish, sesame seeds, sesame oil, plum sauce, five spice powder and more. The tossing of Yu Sheng is a symbolic tradition in Singapore and Malaysia which signifies the ushering of good health, wealth and happiness in the New Year.
Prepared meticulously using exquisite treasures of the sea including sea cucumber, crabmeat, shark’s fin and fish maw, the Braised Shark’s Fin Soup 海味鱼翅羹 is full-bodied, luxurious and abounds with rich flavours.
The Braised Sea Cucumber with Beancurd and Mushroom 玉菇豆包海参 is healthy and flavourful with generous servings of broccoli, sea cucumber, white shimeji mushrooms, carrots and beancurd puff in savoury gravy.
Fish is a vital dish in any CNY feast and Famous Kitchen’s rendition of the Steamed Marble Goby with Soya Sauce 清蒸笋壳鱼 is fresh with a firm texture, showcasing the natural flavours of the fish.
The Herbal Chicken 发财富贵鸡 is one of my favourite dishes. Marinated with light soy sauce, Chinese wine, pepper and sesame oil, the chicken is wrapped in aluminium foil with nourishing Chinese herbs such as Dang Gui, Dang Shen, wolfberries, Pao Sheng and more and steamed to perfection. Wrapping in aluminium foil helps to retain the moisture and flavours of the chicken.
Another outstanding creation is the Caramel Prawn 雪花焦糖虾 which is aesthetically presented with a fan-like arrangement, creatively made using deep-fried vermicelli. The prawns are succulent and tempting with the sweet, robust caramel sauce.
The Fried Rice with Waxed Meats wrapped in Lotus Leaf 腊味荷叶饭 is a crowd favourite. The rice is cooked to the right consistency and it is extremely flavourful with Chinese sausage, shiitake mushroom and pork belly. It has the right amount of moisture and every grain of rice has an al dente texture.
The Soya Bean Milk with Snow Fungus and Gingko Nuts 豆浆白果雪儿 offers a lovely closure to the delightful meal with its sweet, milky taste. I like the combination of the snow fungus and gingko nuts as the snow fungus gives it a chewy texture while the gingko nuts add an earthy taste to the dessert. The best part is that this dessert is beneficial to the skin and overall health as snow fungus is believed to be beneficial for the throat and skin while gingko nut helps to improve one’s memory.
Famous Kitchen is located at 54 Sembawang Road, Hong Heng Mansions, Singapore 779085. For reservations, please call 6636 8333/ 6257 1843, whatsapp 8125 3818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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