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Chinese New Year 2021: the best and most unique yu shengs to toss 

Whether you’re into the classics or the novel, toss your way into the Lunar New Year with our top pick of yusheng.

It isn’t exactly Chinese New Year until you’ve partaken in one too many lo heis, which translate from Cantonese to “tossing up fortune”. After all, yu sheng is a quintessential dish when it comes to celebrating the conviviality of reunions and the New Year, with no better way to get all of your well-wishes out (and receive plenty in return) as ingredients are added while reciting their corresponding phrases.

That said, yu sheng has changed with the times. Certain ingredients, like plum sauce, crackers or sesame oil are mainstays to the festive platter – not the least for their auspicious meanings. Other ingredients, like salmon sashimi that have replaced the now less-popular wolf herring, are modern twists that prove age-old recipes never, ever have to be boring. In recent years, some unusual standouts include different proteins – think uni, pufferfish or parma ham – or forgoing meat altogether.

Here’s our pick of the best yu sheng to toss for a bountiful, abundant New Year.

  • Syun - Syun Style Special Yu Sheng


    Syun is headed by Kobe-based celebrity chef Hal Yamashita, whose accolades include the World Best Chef Award in 2010 at the World Gourmet Summit. His take on yu sheng, like most of his cuisine, is Japanese nouvelle - a concept he developed with influence from Kobe’s culinary ideology. The approach emphasises simple, delicate cooking techniques which allow the natural beauty of fine ingredients to shine - ingredients, in this case, like air-flown Kagoshima Wagyu, sesame ponzu and the requisite fresh veggies for a Lunar New Year celebration inspired by Japanese customs.

    Available for dine-in only from January 18 to February 26.

    #02-135 & 135A, Resorts World Sentosa Crockfords Tower, 26 Sentosa Gateway. Tel: 6577-6688.

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