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CNY Reunion Dinner 2024: 12 Set Menus Under $60/pax

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We feel it too—that impending anxiety of what’s to come at a Chinese New Year (CNY) reunion dinner. Relatives will be relatives, and it isn’t Chinese New Year if you don’t get bombarded with the traditional invasive interrogations on your career, love life, and more.

Even if you haven’t gotten a partner yet or your kids’ end-of-year results were less than stellar, we’d like to think that there are still things to look forward to with this CNY.

For instance, what if we told you that you could enjoy your CNY reunion dinner at a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant for under $45++ per pax? In this inflationary climate where we’re still reeling from a newly implemented GST hike, we call this a win.

If you’re not skipping the yearly festivities to catch Reunion Dinner the movie instead, here are our picks for the most affordable Chinese restaurant set meals this CNY. From zi char restaurants to vegetarian eateries, we’ve got you covered.

 

Paradise Classic ($41.60++/pax)

Locations: Jewel Changi Airport, Marina Bay Link Mall, Resorts World Sentosa, Suntec City Mall

Paradise Group has a host of different restaurant concepts, each offering their own unique CNY reunion dinner set menu. Most don’t come cheap, with many of their CNY set meals easily costing over $100++/pax.

The most affordable set menu we found were at Paradise Classic. Among their set menus, the more affordable ones generally aren’t available on the eve of Chinese New Year—so they’re not an option if your family staunchly wants to have reunion dinner then.

Among the Paradise Classic menus available on the eve of Chinese New Year, the most affordable is the Harmony set menu (page 5). It’ll cost you $648++ and feeds 8 to 10 diners. Assuming you’re all light eaters and come in a group of ten, that’s $64.80++/pax. Here’s the menu:

  • Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng
  • Double-boiled Fish Maw and Matsutake Mushroon in Kampong Chicken Soup
  • Black Truffle Kampong Chicken
  • Steamed Dragon Grouper with Superior Soya Sauce
  • Stir-fried Scallop and Asparagus with Homemade Sauce
  • Crisp-fried Salted Egg Yolk Crystal Prawn
  • Supreme Seafood Fried Rice topped with Ebiko
  • Chilled Mango Sago

If your family is willing to have reunion dinner a day or two off the mark, you can get the even more affordable Fortune set menu (page 4), priced at $52.80++/pax ($528++ for 8-10 pax).

Still want a taste of paradise without incurring the biggest restaurant bill of the year? Pick up Paradise Classic’s 5-course Prosperity set menu (scroll to the last page). A takeaway-only option, this set menu is suitable for a party of 5 and costs $208—that’s $41.60++ per pax.

 

Kok Sen Restaurant ($43.80++/pax)

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(From left to right) Crispy Roasted Chicken, Claypot Yong Tau Foo,Sweet & Sour Pork Chop. Images: Kok Sen Restaurant

Location: 4 Keong Saik Road

A CNY set menu for under $45 per pax at a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant? Yes, you heard right. We’re starting off this list with the most affordable restaurant for CNY we never thought we’d find—Kok Sen Restaurant

A family-run operation, Kok Sen Restaurant is currently helmed by the third generation of the Wong family. This Cantonese-style zi char restaurant is a hot favourite among Singaporeans, with queues expected all day every day.

It’s also a regular feature in the annual Singapore Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand award—proof that good food doesn’t need to come with a hefty price tag.

For CNY 2024, Kok Sen Restaurant has two CNY set menus available from 9 to 24 Feb 2024. Set A is the more affordable option, priced at $438++ for a party of 8-10 pax:

  • Prosperity Lo Hei
  • Deep Fried Red Grouper Fish
  • Crispy Roasted Chicken
  • Luo Han Vegetables
  • Stir-friend Spring Onion Prawn
  • Sweet & Sour Pork Chop
  • Braised Tofu with Mushroom
  • Stir-Fried Noodle
  • Dessert: Yam paste

Set B is priced at $699++ for 8-10 pax and comes with extra dishes like shark’s fin and sea cucumber.

 

Ban Heng ($46.80+/pax)

Locations: Boon Keng, Orchid Country Club

A crowd favourite for their economical Teochew-style buffets, Ban Heng also has a reasonably priced CNY reunion dinner set menu at their Boon Keng outlet.

Boasting Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Scallop and Crabmeat and Steamed Live Seabass, Menu A is their most affordable set menu at $468+ for 10 pax ($46.80+/pax). Prices are subject to GST, but there’s no service charge!

Despite being the lowest cost, Menu A still looks sumptuous:

  • Good Luck & Prosperity Yu Sheng
  • Shark’s Fin Soup with Shredded Dried Scallops and Crabmeat
  • Steamed Live Seabass in Hong Kong Style
  • Braised Chicken with Chinese Herbs
  • Stewed “Tien-Tsin” Cabbage with Mushrooms and topped with “Fat-Choy”
  • Poached Live Prawns in Superior Stock with Chinese Wine
  • Braised Ee-Fu Noodles with Chives & Bean Sprouts
  • Chilled Longans and Pineapples

This year at Ban Heng, reunion dinner isn’t just about the food. Book a table at the Boon Keng outlet’s Alfresco Reunion Dinner Hall for 9 Feb 2024 to enjoy a Dragon & Lion Dance show (6.30pm, 9.00pm) while you eat. On top of that, you’ll get 10% off your total bill. Feast your eyes on that!

Don’t care for any lion dance entertainment? If good food at reasonable prices is all you ask for, consider ordering home delivery from Ban Heng instead. Starting at $51.80++/pax (10 pax), their home delivery menus are just as affordable as their dine-in menus. And unlike their 10-pax dine-in menus, Ban Heng’s home delivery sets also have options for 5-pax groups.

 

Xi Yan ($52.80++/pax)

Locations: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #03-12/13; 2 Paya Lebar Road, #01-06/07/08,  PLQ Parkside (below Park Place Residences)

Xi Yan originally started out as a private dining restaurant on Craig Road. It’s since expanded, and now helms 2 casual dining restaurants: Xi Yan @ Shaw Centre, and the newly opened Zing by Xi Yan @ PLQ Parkside. 

If you’re feeling fancy, they also have a modern dining and bar concept at Maxwell (but its prices are way out of the scope of this article!).

One good thing about Xi Yan is that their CNY set menus start at a minimum of 4 pax, and can be easily adjusted to accommodate additional diners at the same rate. So if you’re having reunion dinner as a small family or have an odd number in your party, this is a good option.

The cheapest set menu is the Happiness 6 Course Set, which is available at both the Shaw Centre and PLQ outlets. At $52.80++/pax (minimum 4 pax), here’s what you’ll get:

  • Xi Yan Signature Salmon Prosperity Yu Sheng
  • Stir Fried King Prawns in Spicy Basil Wine with Korean Glass Noodles
  • Roast Salted Chicken
  • Sake Dongpo Pork Belly with Mei Cai
  • XO Fried Rice
  • Handmade Nian Gao

All of the CNY 2024 sets come with their mouthwatering Xi Yan Signature Prosperity Yu Sheng, which features a generous mountain of raw salmon, tuna, swordfish, salmon roe, and over 10 types fresh greens.

 

Dian Xiao Er ($52.80++/pax)

Locations: Jurong Point, JEM, Lot One, Hillion Mall, VivoCity, Marina Square, Northpoint City, Junction 8, Nex, Waterway Point, Bedok Mall, Tampines 1, Causeway Point, Jewel Changi Airport, City Square Mall, Downtown East

Walk into any 2 malls in Singapore and we bet at least 1 of them will have a Dian Xiao Er outlet. You’re bound to have heard of this affordable Chinese restaurant, but what you may not know is that Dian Xiao Er has some really value for money CNY set menus as well.

All their CNY set menus include their Signature Herbal Roast Duck and Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng. They’re also all served with steamed white rice.

The affordable CNY 2024 set at Dian Xiao Er is the 8-course Celebration Set:

  • Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng
  • Signature Herbal Roast Duck
  • Stewed Chinese Cabbage with Mushroom and Soy Knots
  • Prosperity Pineapple Pork Ribs
  • Fish Maw Thick Soup with Seafood, Conpoy, and Mini Abalone
  • Golden Zesty Deshelled Prawns
  • Steamed Fish Slices in Soy Sauce
  • Braised Fish Maw with Fish Roe Fortune Bag

Starting at $528++/10 pax ($52.80++/pax), this 8-course set menu will cost you up to just under $60++/pax for a party of 6.

 

White Restaurant—The Original Sembawang White Beehoon

Locations: Sembawang (22 Jalan Tampang), Jewel Changi Airport, IMM, Suntec City, Sun Plaza, Waterway Point, Vivo City, Tampines Mall

White Restaurant takes its name from its signature dish—white beehoon. Don’t scoff at this humble dish—I’ve dined at White Restaurant multiple times and their white beehoon continues to astonish me. Theirs are the best white beehoon I’ve ever had in my life. Silky smooth, they’re coated in a savoury, eggy gravy that’s flavourful without being overbearing. Each sumptuous bite is punctuated with fresh prawn, sotong, and veggies. Top all that with a squeeze of juicy, zesty lime, and you will ascend to a white beehoon gastronomic heaven.

Though famous for their white beehooon, White Restaurant actually cooks up a storm of other zichar dishes just as well. I’ve enjoyed their salted egg sotong and homemade tofu on many an occasion, and have full faith that their festive menus this CNY are not going to disappoint. Especially since this year, all set menus come with their signature white beehoon or a premium razor clam and scallop version of it!

This CNY 2024, their festive menus are priced affordably from just $49.50++/per pax. That’s for their 4-pax Auspicious Set ($198++)—which unfortunately isn’t available on CNY Eve.

The most affordable menu that’s available on CNY Eve is the Blessings Set ($228++ for 4 pax, $57++/pax). Here’s what it includes

  • Dragon Fortune Abalone Prosperity Toss
  • Double-Boiled Chicken Sou with Cordyceps Flower
  • Steamed Halibut Fillet with Ginger Sauce
  • Fatt Choy Shajing Oyster with Mushrooms and Broccoli
  • Razor Clams and Scallop White Beehoon (Yes! You don’t want to miss this!)
  • Peach Gum Cheng Tng

White Restaurant also has CNY menus for 6 pax and 8 pax.

Here’s a pro tip to save more money at White Restaurant: Have a reunion lunch or an early reunion dinner to get 20% off on CNY Eve! This applies to parties that dine from 12pm to 1.30pm or 4.15pm to 5.45pm.

 

Chin Lee Restaurant ($58.80++/pax)

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Image: Chin Lee

Location: Blk 115 Bedok North Road, #01-285; 33 Canberra Plaza #02-01~03

If your family is all Teochew nang and won’t accept any other aberrations variations of Chinese cuisine, reunion dinner is going to be a challenge. Teochew restaurants don’t really come cheap.

Not only is Chin Lee restaurant one of the most well-known Teochew restaurants in Singapore, it’s also one of the most affordable.

Tucked away on the ground floor of an HDB block, this Bedok eatery’s delicious, no-fuss Teochew fare has won the hearts of Singaporeans from East to West. Buoyed by the support of its loyal customers, Chin Lee has also opened a second outlet at Canberra Plaza.

Their CNY set meals at their Canberra outlet start from $58.80++/pax for 10 pax or $61++/pax for 6 pax. These are for dining in only.

 

Liang Kee Teochew Restaurant ($58.80++/pax)

Location: 556 Macpherson Road, Singapore 368231

Another popular spot for Teochew fare is casual dining concept Liang Kee Teochew Restaurant. This restaurant was started by Teochew immigrant Ng Bak Liang, a vegetable seller who pivoted to become a chef and restaurant owner in 1974. Originally located along Tew Chew (Teochew) Street near the historic Ellenborough Market, Liang Kee has now found its home at Tai Seng.

Liang Kee has 3 CNY set menus for you to choose from:

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Image: Liang Kee

All 3 sets can feed anywhere between 4 to 10 people, and all serve a maximum of 9 courses. However, you only get the full 9-course experience if you order the 8-10 pax set. Parties of 4 or 5 only get menu items 1-7, and parties of 6 or 7 only get items 1-8.

The most affordable CNY set menu from Liang Kee is the Hundred of Fortune one. With a group of 8-10 pax, here’s what you’ll get for $588++:

  • Liang Kee Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng
  • Sea Cucumber Fish Maw Thick Soup
  • Steamed Pomfret / Marble Goby
  • Teochew Braised Duck
  • Teochew Braised Fa Cai Cabbage
  • Braised Fried E-Fu Noodle
  • Yam Paste With Pumpkin & Gingko Nuts
  • Teochew Cold Sweet Prawns
  • Creamy Salted Egg Pork

 

Pu Tien ($59.80++/pax)

Locations: Kitchener Road, VivoCity, Marina Square, Tampines Mall, Jurong Point, Parkway Parade, Holland Village, NEX, Resorts World Sentosa, Raffles City, ION Orchard, Northpoint, SingPost Centre, Jewel Changi Airport, Great World, Marina Bay Sands, Westgate, Causeway Point, Waterway Point

Michelin-starred casual dining Chinese restaurant Pu Tien doesn’t need any introduction. And with more and more outlets popping up in shopping malls across the island, dining at Pu Tien has become as convenient as it is delicious. 

For CNY, you have 2 set menus to choose from: The more affordable Prosperity Set Meal, and the fancier Fortune Set Meal.

The Prosperity Set Meal will cost you $59.80++/pax ($598++/10 pax) if you dine in a group of ten, and up to $64++/pax ($128++/2 pax) if you’re dining as a couple. So the more the merrier!

Here’s the sample Prosperity set menu for 10 pax:

  • Prosperity Yusheng (Abalone)
  • Claypot Braised Sea Cucumber with Chestnut
  • Scallop and Broccoli in XO Sauce
  • Yellow Croaker in Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Prawn with Angelica Herb
  • Deep-fried Chicken with Garlic
  • Stir-fried yam
  • Cordycep Flower with Fish Maw and Crab Meat Soup
  • Longevity Noodles
  • Sow Fungus and Longan Soup with Festive Red Rice Cake

Do note that smaller groups get fewer items and/or substituted dishes, so it’s best to go in a group of 10 if you can. It’s cheaper per pax and you get the best dishes!

 

Mouth Restaurant ($59.80+/pax)

Location: 38 Maxwell Rd, #01-01/02 Airview Building

Mouth Restaurant is a popular spot in Maxwell that boasts handmade Hong Kong-style dim sum, Peking duck, and classic Cantonese dishes.You’ll see some of these signature dishes in its 2024 CNY reunion dinner menu.

What’s unique about Mouth Restaurant is that they cater to halal and vegetarian diets as well. So if you have a multi-racial, multi-religious family, Mouth Restaurant is definitely worth checking out.    

They’re always fully booked on the eve of CNY way ahead of time, and 2024 is no exception. At the time of writing, all 9 Feb 2024 slots have been snapped up! However, if your family is alright with having reunion dinner on another day or just want to eat there some time this festive season, their CNY menus are available every day of CNY too.

At $59.80+/pax for 10 pax, Set C is their most affordable CNY menu. There’s also no 10% service charge, so you only have to add the 9% GST surcharge to your total bill. Here’s what you can expect from Set C:

  • Prosperity Duo Fish Yu-Sheng
  • Mouth’s Dim Sum Combination
  • Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Mixed Sea Treasures
  • Deep Fried Soon Hock with Blended Light Soya
  • Braised Abalone with Mushroom and Vegetable
  • Cantonese Soya Sauce Organic Chicken
  • Sauteed Glutinous Rice with Preserved Meat
  • Glutinous Rice Ball with Red Bean Soup

 

Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant ($53.80++/pax)

Location: 282A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058831

“Meatless does not mean tasteless,” affirms Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant. With a 4.5 star rating on Google based on over 400 reviews, they seem to be holding up to their promise.

For Chinese New Year 2024, Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant has 3 CNY set menus. These range from a sumptuous 6-course set for 3-4 pax ($228++, or $57++/pax) to a 9-course feast for 8-10 pax ($538++, or $53.80++/pax).

All set menus are below $60/pax, but you’ll get to enjoy a larger variety of dishes if you go in a bigger group. If you ask me, that makes their most value for money set menu the 8-10 pax one. At $538++, it’ll set you back by just over $50 per pax if you dine as a party of 10. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Double Happiness Yu Sheng
  • Prosperity Vegetarian Sharks’ Fin with Bamboo Pith and Fatt Choy
  • Fortune Yam Ring
  • Golden Thai Style Sour and Spicy Vegetarian Fish
  • Ginseng Herbal Vegetarian Chicken
  • Vegetarian Abalone with Mushroom and Seasonal Greens
  • Signature Pumpkin Vegetarian Prawn
  • Shiitake Mushroom and Edamame Rice with Vegetarian Ham and White Truffle Oil
  • Red Bean with Sweet Lotus Seeds

If you intend to dine in, do note that there’s a $100 deposit for all reservations made during the CNY period. Your table will only be held for a 10-minute grace period.

 

Ling Zhi Vegetarian ($56.30++/pax)

Location: Liat Towers #05-01, 541 Orchard Road

Don’t worry about missing out if you go vegetarian for your reunion dinner—Ling Zhi Vegetarian puts its own spin on classic Chinese dishes and doesn’t skimp on premium ingredients. Truffle mushroom bisque, any one?

Per pax, their most affordable CNY set menu isSet Menu C. Priced at $338++ for 6 pax, it works out to around $56.30++/pax. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Prosperity Vegetarian ‘Yu Sheng’
  • Braised Vegetarian Shark’s Fin in Winter Melon Soup
  • Stir-fried Asparagus and Maitake Mushroom
  • Sweet and Sour Monkey Head Mushroom
  • Bag of Treasures
  • Assorted Vegetables served in Yam Ring
  • ‘Zha Jiang’ Spinach Noodles
  • Chilled Peach Gum and Gum Tragacanth served with Pan-fried ‘Nian Gao’

Not a party of 6? You can consider Ling Zhi Vegetarian’s CNY Set Menu A. Featuring Braised Wild Bamboo Pith in Collagen Soup and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and Mushroom Ball with Truffle Sauce, this set dinner is priced at $58++/pax with no minimum pax restrictions.

 

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Vanessa Nah is a personal finance content writer who pens articles on the ins and outs of personal loans, the T&Cs of credit cards, and the ups and downs of alternative investments. She’s a researcher at heart and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to breaking down complex finance concepts and making them easy to understand for the everyday Singaporean. When Vanessa’s not debunking finance myths, you’ll find her attending dance classes, fingerpicking a guitar, or (most impawtently) fulfilling her life mission to make her one-eyed cat the most spoiled and loved kitty in the world.






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