Si Chuan Dou Hua at Top of UOB is the fine dining version of their more modest sister at Beach Road. Besides a great view, they offer one of best Sichuan Cantonese fine dining.
And every Chinese New Year, a table here is hard to get because of the proximity to the heart of Singapore financial district. You cannot miss it, it is one of the three tallest buildings in Singapore – UOB Plaza – as height restriction means that this is as high as you get.
Everything must be auspicious
The cornerstone of a successful CNY dinner is not the food – it may be good, but more importantly it must be auspicious sounding.
1/8 風生水起 （撈起）Wind beneath my wings (Lohei)
First off, the lohei course. This was invented in Singapore and spread across the Chinese speaking word because it is auspicious. “Lo Hei” is Cantonese, where 捞 “lo” (literally mixing) means “tossing up good fortune”, refers to the ritual adopted in Singapore of tossing the yusheng and saying of auspicious phrases before eating it. It is popularly believed that the higher the toss, the better your prospects and fortune in the year ahead.
2/8 大展鴻圖（海中寶）Great Success
清宮海中寶 Double-boiled Deluxe Seafood Soup with Pork Ribs
3/8 團團圓圓（六小圍碟）Happy Reunion
六小圍碟 Combination of Six Delicacies
蒜泥白肉 sliced pork in garlic and chilli sauce, 香味杏鮑菇 sesame abalone mushroom, 日本八爪魚 baby Japanese octopus, 熗黃瓜條 marinated chilled cucumber with dried chilli, 辣味海蜇 seasoned jellyfish, 大蝦沙拉 prawn salad.
4/8 嘻嘻哈哈（蝦球）Full of Laughter
日式沙汁蝦球 Deep-fried Prawns in Wasabi
「蝦」 “prawn” and 「哈」 “laughter” sounded the same in Cantonese.
5/8 金玉滿堂（烤鴨）Prosperity all around
北京烤鴨 Roasted Beijing Duck
6/8 吉祥如意（蘆筍）Luck and Felicity
金巢夏果蘆筍炒帶子 Stir-fried Scallops with Asparagus and Macadamia Nuts in Golden Basket
7/8 一團和氣（臘肉飯）Harmonious Gathering
臘味炒飯 Fried Rice with Waxed Meat
8/8 步步高昇（年糕）Rising above
葉兒粑 glutinous rice roll with red bean wrapped in banana leaf
A sweet dessert, 甜葉兒粑 Sweet leaf mochi is a glutinous rice ball that this is sweet, quite chewy and not recommended to be eaten in a rush.
Si Chuan Dou Hua – Top of UOB Plaza
80 Raffles Place #60-01, UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624
Tel: 6535 6006
Date Visited : Feb 2016