According to tales and legends, the beginning of Lunar New Year started with the battle against a mythical beast called Nian, who had the body of a bull and the head of a lion. It was said to be a ferocious creature that lived in the mountains and hunted for a living. Towards the end of Winter when there was nothing to eat, Nian would come on the first day of New Year to the villages to ravage the livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. In a desperate attempt to protect themselves, the villagers would display an abundance of food in front of their doors at the beginning of each year. It was believed that after Nian ate the food they prepared and was suitably satiated, it would not attack any more people.
Till today, Lunar New Year has always been synonymous with food. It is a time of feasting and celebrating; of heartfelt reunions and new beginnings.
The Year of the Boar symbolises bountiful opportunities, good health, prosperity and abundance of happiness. From 18 January to 19 February 2019, Swissôtel Merchant Court Hotel, Singapore’s Ellenborough Market Café presents guests with their Spring Prosperity Buffets and auspicious takeaway treats specially crafted by the award-winning culinary team.
Prosperity buffet at Ellenborough Market Café
Start the Year of the Boar on an auspicious note with exquisite culinary treasures and perennial Peranakan favourites.
Tempt your palate with Seafood on Ice, Barbecued Pork, Drunken Chicken, Sushi, Sashimi and more. Relish the comforting flavours of the nourishing Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Cordycep Flower and Sliced Abalone or Mushroom Soup.
Toss to good health, prosperity and happiness with the DIY Yu Sheng and feast your eyes as the chef prepares hand-pulled noodles (la mian) à la minute at the live noodle station.
For the main course, be captivated by the flavoursome Braised Dried Oyster with Black Moss in Tianjin Cabbage, Steamed Garoupa “Teochew Style”, Roast Chicken, Duck and Pork Belly, Ayam Buah Keluak, Nyonya Chap Chye, Babi Pongteh and more.
For a sweet finale, indulge in a delightful medley of delectable Peranakan treats and festive desserts such as Orange Pound Cake, Steamed Nian Gao with Grated Coconut and Nyonya Kueh. Remember to save space for the pinnacle of the night, the signature Durian Pengat.
The common superstition is that the more you eat during the Lunar New Year celebrations, the wealthier you will become. This is good enough an excuse to indulge in the sublime selections at Ellenborough Market Café. The team has managed to create a repertoire of ambrosial dishes that delight and tantalise, making this a feast fit for royalty.
For enquiries and orders, please call 6239 1847/1848 or email [email protected]