Yusheng upgrade: Go fancy with uni, swordfish and golden snapper sashimi
Toss to prosperity, good luck and deliciousness with these 11 yusheng platters to usher in the Year Of The Pig.
Another Chinese New Year season, another round (or three) of yusheng. We’ve gathered a list of diverse yusheng offerings to suit palates both traditional and modern, and even one for those sticking steadfastly to their clean-eating New Year resolution. Huat ah!
1. AB YUSHENG FROM AKIRA BACK
Yusheng gets whispers of Japanese accents at this modern Japanese joint, with ingredients like daikon, crunchy chukka wakame (seasoned seaweed), pickled fennel and sweet ginger tossed into the mix. Once the cured salmon goes in, it’s all dressed with a Japanese spice mix and sharp ume plum sauce.
What’s decidedly un-Japanese about this yusheng are the crisp pork rinds. Priced at S$88, it feeds about four to six people, dine-in only.
2. PROSPERITY TOSS YUSHENG FROM SUMMER PALACE
To really get into the spirit of the porcine year, Executive Chinese Chef Liu Ching Hai nestles eight adorable white chocolate piglets in his yusheng. The plum dressing has been calibrated to be less sweet in order to ensure a good balance of flavours.
Guests can choose traditional smoked salmon (S$88) or other unique combinations like bird’s nest and pear (S$138), marinated Hokkagai clam with jellyfish (S$98), and if you fancy a plant-based option, purple cauliflower with lily bulbs (S$88).
Other goodies like crispy salted egg yolk fish skin, fish lip, and poached lobster can be added on for a price. Think of this as a build-you-own yusheng. Available for dine-in and takeaway.
3. EAR OF THE PIG YUSHENG FROM FAT CHAP
These guys have made an edible pun with their Ear Of The Pig Yusheng (S$38.80 for medium, S$48.80 for large). Crisp strips of pig’s ears are thrown into the refreshing mix of green and white daikon, sweet and tart pickles, pomegranate seeds, pomelo pulp, and golden snapper sashimi. Available for dine-in and takeaway.
4. FA CAI YUSHENG FROM MIN JIANG
Chef Chan Hwan Kee personally paints a pretty picture of eight pigs enjoying a stroll on each platter of Min Jiang’s Fa Cai yusheng (S$168). The dish itself is a medley of delicious things like homemade bak kwa, pickled radish, raw salmon, abalone, wild arugula, red sorrel and crisp strips of deep-fried sweet potato.
The dressing is also unique, made with calamansi juice, plum sauce, lemongrass and strawberry jam. Available for dine-in only.
5. TEOCHEW-STYLE PROSPERITY SALMON YUSHENG FROM CHUI HUAY LIM TEOCHEW CUISINE
Traditionalists will approve of this classic Teochew-style Prosperity Salmon Yusheng (S$68 or S$98) comprising a vibrant mix of local red and green lettuce, piquant starfruit, shredded preserved radish, ginger, carrots and salmon sashimi served with a brightly flavoured plum sauce. It is yusheng your grandma would approve of. Available for dine-in and takeaway.
6. LO HEI FROM LEVEL33
Level33’s Lo Hei (S$29) is a distinctly ang moh take on this festive classic. For starters, it is served in individual portions and you get a charred mandarin orange half on the side to squeeze over as a dressing. The salad itself comprises lager-pickled purple carrots (it is a craft brewery, after all), red radish, green apple slices, dashi jelly, smoked salmon and salmon roe.
If you book a private room in advance, the restaurant can make a communal platter so you can lohei as a group (where’s the fun in individual lohei, really?). Available for dine-in only.
7. KALEIDOSCOPE OF PROSPERITY YUSHENG FROM YAN
Even veggie-haters would be compelled to tuck into Yan’s Kaleidoscope Of Prosperity yusheng (S$138). The Shunde-style vegetable mix is flecked with sesame seeds, crispy youtiao (dough fritters), raw salmon or yellowtail, and crowned with a golden mountain of fried vermicelli. All that is topped off with strips of bak kwa. What’s not to love? Available for dine-in only.
8. WEALTH FORTUNE YUSHENG FROM HAI TIEN LO
Pan Pacific Singapore’s Chinese restaurant puts a luxe spin on its Wealth Fortune Yusheng (S$288 for dine-in only) with the addition of sliced abalone, lobster and French scallops. There’s also a more affordably priced Prosperity Yusheng (S$90 or S$138) with baby abalone, shredded dried scallops and crispy silver whitebait. Available for dine-in and takeaway.
9. NYONYA YUSHENG FROM VIOLET OON SINGAPORE
Trust Violet Oon to put a Peranakan spin on this Singaporean classic. To the mix of vegetables and slivers of raw salmon she’s added kaffir lime leaves, torched ginger flowers and green mangoes to lend a distinctively Nyonya perfume to the dish. The Nyonya Yusheng is priced at S$68 or S$98. Available for dine-in and takeaway.
10. SMOKED SALMON “LOHEI” YUSHENG FROM HUA TING
Those still getting over their Christmas feasting might appreciate Hua Ting’s wholesome option featuring organic seasonal greens and refreshingly crunchy ice plants. Smoked salmon imparts a savoury element to the dish and complements its fragrant red plum sauce beautifully. Priced at S$88 or S$148. Available for dine-in and takeaway.
11. UNI AND CAVIAR SASHIMI YUSHENG PLATTER FROM UNI GALLERY
Sashimi of salmon, amberjack and swordfish, coral tongues of Canadian sea urchin and Polanco caviar – if that’s not the ultimate yusheng to you, we don’t know what is. This yusheng-of-our-dreams from Uni Gallery is priced at S$128 and available for dine-in and takeaway.