Live the night on one of the biggest celebration in the world where relatives and friends reunite over timeless spreads of traditional cuisine and carousing on Chinese New Year at these oriental dwellings in town.
Splashes of red decorations and wall hangings are what you can expect to greet you in most Chinese household during the festive month. Yet, some gatherings are held away from home to be free from the busy kitchen preparations and the tricky taboo that restricts house cleaning on the celebratory days.
In a house where no cleaning is allowed after hosting a party only leaves the group to assemble elsewhere festive. So take your drinks and holiday episode to the east where tradition is upheld from the mixing of classic and contemporary Chinese culture in food, ambience and drinks that fit an absolute Chinese New Year celebration.
Night of festal frolic – Suzie Wong
Step into Suzie Wong and find yourself in the milieu of the old prosperous Shanghai. There’s nothing more seductive than a fictional reality of classic glamour from the background and cheongsam-clad hosts with strings of extravagant performances. While birdcage light fixtures make the inner scene sultry, the masculine lounge outside let you sink in their Cheshire tufted seats and take unassuming sips of beer from a Chinese teacup.
Best for friends or business gathering with grandeur and partying with cabaret shows.
More on drinks from dine, relish wanton noodles or steamy shumai at the noodles place at Suzie Wong for a post-drink session. The vintage Hong Kong themed stall is a notable entrance point to the exclusive club of Suzie Wong.
• Liquor to try
Smoked Old Fashioned (Single malt whiskey, orange zest and bitters)
Wisma Lim Foo Yong, Jalan Tengah, Kuala Lumpur
+6017 226 6480
Chinese philosophy of culinary – Yellow Pot
Well-located at Six Senses Duxton, Yellow Pot strikes the scene in Singapore with its bold accents of black, gold and yellow–turning old-age traditional recipe trendy again within the old Chinese shophouse facade. Dining in the restaurant may satiate your mood and appetency in the nicely decorated crossover of Chinese designs and 18th century English indentures, selected from British designer Anouska Hempel’s personal collection. Under the large golden fan, Chinese screens and abundance of yellow pots, the dining enclave takes pride in a sustainably driven time-tested recipes, headed by Chef Sebastian Goh, to present a classic and innovative authentic Chinese cuisine that are organic and free of unhealthy additives.
Family dining and large groups for healthy and hearty meal in luxe surroundings.
Seafood and meat dishes at Yellow Pot are portioned for sharing. Crispy Sichuan Chicken, Wok-Seared Organic Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin and Sesame-coated Braised Duck Spring Roll are some of the authentic flavours to complement an oriental dining experience.
• Liquor to try
Escape to Kaifeng (Tanqueray London dry gin infused with house-made chrysanthemum cordial)
88 Duxton Road, Singapore
+65 6914 1420
Back to the 80s – Fu Luck Bar
Propped above a Chinese roof with hanging red lanterns, the glowing signage of Fu Luck make heads turn to the vintage dining scene. The recurring picture of the most iconic red rooster from classic Chinese tableware–colourfully parroted on the ceiling and tables–is a friendly reminder that dredge up the good old days. Upon entering the restaurant, an instant throwback to the 80s is only possible when most of its furnishings and decorations are reconstructed, custom-made and handcrafted to match the originals. Equally tasteful is their series of cocktails that uses tropical flavours to make one feel like home.
Channeling nostalgia over dinner with company in oriental antiquity.
Comfort food is served in oriental tapas concept for sharing. The freshest dimsum take shapes in steamed or crispy deep-fried served with Chinese-inspired salads and ‘baowich sliders’, a merge of mantou bao and sandwich.
• Liquor to try
Ice Kacang Cocktails–Full of Luck (Bacardi Carta Blanca, mango syrup, lime juice, mint leaves and jelly)
Fu Luck Bar
TREC KL, 438 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
+603 2110 6938
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Chynna wows the palate with contemporary Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine and an interactive dimsum kitchen. Closely resembling an old palace’s abode, another sight to catch is their dexterous tea-master that pours a specially brewed 8-Treasure Welcome Tea through a metre-long spout from his kettle.
Text by Jessy Wong