With the Lunar New Year just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to gathering with our families for the traditional Reunion Dinner. While it might be a different celebration this time due to restrictions and social distancing measures, it’ll still be special as long as you’re surrounded with family.
Held on the eve of the Lunar New Year, this bountiful fare is a significant cultural event celebrated in several parts of Asia. It’s a time where family members get together to celebrate and welcome the coming year.
As it’s one of the highly anticipated and culturally significant times of the year, it’s essential to plan and prepare all the details for this important tradition in advance. Aside from preparing meals, it’s also necessary to understand its symbolism to bring in as much good fortune as possible.
Whatever the family’s social status, food served during Reunion Dinner should be in abundance as it’s believed to bring great wealth in the new year.
For a delightful and auspicious celebration, we’ve rounded up some of our top Reunion Dinner picks at Marina One.
Of course, every Reunion Dinner begins with the Yu Sheng or Prosperity Toss. Consumed only during the Lunar New Year period, this festive raw fish salad symbolises vigour, prosperity, and abundance. This year, however, will be a little different – a quieter Prosperity Toss. Keep your masks on when you shout your auspicious phrases or keep it silent and think about those wishes as you toss the Yu Sheng as high as possible. Like what they say, it’s the thought that counts. It’s also been said that the higher you go, the greater your luck!
You might want to check out Standing Sushi Bar (#B2-47) as they’re offering both Wealth and Abundance Platters that’s perfect for family gatherings at home. We recommend you book or order ahead as it might get busy nearing the holidays.
Not to mention, Waa Cow’s (#01-09) Supersized Wagyu Chirashi is making a comeback this CNY along with their Prosperity Yu Sheng. And get this—enjoy $20 off early bird discount for both dishes when you pre-order by 31 Jan. It’s also available for island-wide delivery from 1 to 28 Feb.
It’s tradition to have any kind of fish soup on the dining table. You can never go wrong with Arcade Fish Soup‘ s (#B2-40) crowd favourite full-on flavour packed soup with freshly made zesty chili sauce. If that’s not enough to entice you, they’re also offering their frozen signature broth that’s ideal for dinners at home.
Symbolising longevity, noodles are a staple part of the Reunion Dinner. For an authentic Sichuan feast, Chuan Noooodle’s (#B2-35) is our top pick. Their spicy and refreshing flavours such as sesame butter and pepper corn are sure to delight not just your taste buds, but also your luck for the year.
When it comes to attracting abundance, serving fish on the table is a must. In fact, keeping leftover fish is believed to ensure that the abundance will last all year long. Check out Majestic Restaurant‘s (#04-01) exquisite and delicious fish fares like this Crispy Soon Hock Fish in Light Soya Sauce.
Moreover, Majestic Restaurant (#04-01) also brings to the table their signature Peking Duck served with pancake, scallion and cucumber that’s undeniably a scene-stealer. In Chinese culture, presenting it whole with both the head and feet attached is said to bring joy to your homes.
And if you have read the previous article on Welcoming Spring into your life, you would have known that Majestic Restaurant is offering 10% off on all a la carte dishes for self-collection take-away. Have a look at their menu here.
As tradition dictates, sweet treats are a necessity as it signifies prosperity, happiness and longevity. Head on down to SWEE HENG 1989 Classic (#B2-46) to grab their famous festive goodies. Plus, when you buy any two bottles of CNY cookies (pineapple ball or salted egg pineapple roll), you can redeem a free CNY Treasure Box (T&C applies). Talk about a lucky deal!
Or you can also take a bite of Kopi and Tarts’ (#B2-39) Prosperity Cookies featuring new flavours such as Nutty Salted Caramel, Arabica Coffee Hazelnut, and Chocolate Almond. Not to mention, if you buy 2 cookie bottles, you get 1 free (lower or same value).
For a treasure trove of CNY delicacies, make your way to Mugiya (#B2-14). Familiar treats such as Fried Arrowhead, Nonya Kapet, Vegetarian Green Pea Cookies and Vegetarian Almond Cookies among others are on display so be sure to drop by.
If you are after healthier desserts then you are in for a treat as Honey House (#B2-22) is selling their CNY honey goodies that’s daintily packed for you to take home or present as a gift. Speaking of gifts, their Lunar New Year hampers are also up for grabs. Visit their store the soonest to order ahead.
And finally, to end the lavish feast, wind down with a cup of gourmet tea from Addictude (#B2-27) while having warm conversations with the family. With all that food on Reunion Dinner, it’s a good idea to detoxify with some freshly-brewed tea, don’t you think?
Traditions aside, the most important thing to remember is that the Reunion Dinner must bring happiness and prosperity into your household and the lives of your family for the forthcoming year. More than serving the customary dishes, it’s highly essential to eat meals that spark joy and togetherness for your family.
A Reunion Like No Other at Marina One
Reunions at Marina One are unlike any other. Take-home a Yu Sheng platter for 2 when you spend a minimum of $80* OR receive a $5 M+S voucher when you spend a minimum of $50*.
And did we mention FREE PARKING at Marina One? Now till 10 Feb, we’re giving you more reasons to visit us as we offer Free 1-Hour Weekday Parking* with a minimum spend of $30*. Redemption booth is located at #B2-53 (opposite Tropical Sundays) and opens Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm.
Mark your dates too from 25 Jan to 5 Feb for our CNY Fair at Basement 2 West Tower, Communal Dining Space (near Starbucks). Come together to shop for must-have festive delicacies, decorations, fashion accessories, unique plantable stationery and many more.
As part of our commitment to the community, we’re kicking off the Year of the Metal Ox by spreading kindness and generosity. You too can partake in this by purchasing a CNY Blessing Bag at $10 and we will donate them on your behalf to Project Dignity, a social enterprise that supports the differently-abled and disadvantaged through meaningful vocation. Contents of the CNY Blessing Bag include CNY themed masks, 1kg rice, biscuits and nuts, toothbrush and toothpaste, $10 Cold Storage voucher and other necessities which are sure to bring warmth to those in need this CNY.
Shop and dine with ease at your favourite urban oasis this season.
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Marina One sends you these lucky red packets to wish you a prosperous, abundant, and happy year ahead. Send it to your loved one, too, to spread the good cheer. We wish you all a Happy Lunar New Year!