No other family meal is as heart-warming to eat - and time-consuming to prepare - as the the Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner. Or if you are intending to head out to eat, chances are the more popular restuarants will have 2 designated dining times which means the reunion dinner is going to be one rushed affair.
OR you could just do it the fuss-free way, and enjoy a sumptuous meal with your loved ones at the comfort of your own home. With professional food catering services, hosting a dinner becomes easier than ever. Slowly savour the food, mingle and chat with everyone by leaving all logistic jobs that may cause a lot of hassle in hands of the food caterers.
Like One Paradise.
One Paradise - the catering arm of Paradise Group - has introduced the Bountiful Harvest Party Set for this year's Chinese New Year celebrations. So much like the Christmas Feast we had last year, we could not pass up the opportunity to sample the new festive offerings!
Already, the sight of just the menu was enough to cause my salivary glands to go into overdrive.
Fortune Treasure Combination
(Prawn Salad, Japanese Octopus, Marinated Top Shell, Nori Seafood Roll & Vegetarian Shark’s Fin Omelette)
Braised Duck with Sea Cucumber & Mushroom
Honey Soy Asian Baked Salmon Fillet
Signature Wok-fried Wasabi Prawns
Mixed Vegetables Deluxe
with Trio Mushrooms, Carrots & Black Moss
Seafood Mian Xian
Steamed Pumpkin Rice
Chilled Mango Puree with Sago
Ditto for Ale, I think.
There seems to be something about the carbs dishes from One Paradise. The Truffle Oil Infused Rice we previously had in the Christmas Menu was a hit with everyone and this time around, the Seafood Mian Xian and Steamed Pumpkin Rice were so flavourful that everyone went for second and third helpings - diet or not.
I also have to single out the Fortune Treasure Combination for special mention. Akin to the appetizer cold dish that most Chinese restaurants serve, the platter consisted of Prawn Salad, Japanese Octopus, Marinated Top Shell, Nori Seafood Roll and Vegetarian Shark’s Fin Omelette.
The Mixed Vegetables Deluxe with Trio Mushrooms, Carrots & Black Moss and Honey Soy Asian Baked Salmon Fillet were pretty decent as well.
But the dishes that had the monkies going back for more were the Braised Duck with Sea Cucumber & Mushroom and Signature Wok-fried Wasabi Prawns. Yes, there was wasabi in the latter dish but the wasabi flavour was mild enough for the kids to feast on.
Of course, a festive meal is never complete without a dessert. And One Paradise's CBountiful Harvest Party Set comes with two desserts, Chilled Mango Puree with Sago and Mini Macarons, that will please every child's sweet-tooth without fail.
Frankly though, I reckon the kiddos enjoyed the savoury food more than the desserts.
So it was a good thing that while the party set is meant for 10 persons, the portions served are pretty substantial... which means there were more than enough food to go around!
In 3 weeks time, Chinese New Year will be in full swing and it will be the time of the year when family and friends start popping by each other's homes. Instead of whipping a storm in your kitchen and attempting to clean up when you are already totally drained, get someone else to do the dirty work for you.
Worry no more about preparing food, or cleaning the area after the leave of the last guest since all food items are delivered in disposable containers. Instead, make the best use of your time to enjoy the company of your loved ones and usher in the Year of the Goat in the most relaxing manner possible.
The Bountiful Harvest Party Set is good for 10-12 persons and is priced at $388 (with GST $415.16). For more information on One Paradise CNY Festive offerings, visit www.oneparadise.com.sg/catering-menu/festive.