Sure-Fire Ways to Spice Up Your Chinese New Year Blues

Peranakan Super Sedap High Tea set at Singapore Orchard Road. Seen here is the full table set up consisting of Kueh Pie Tee, Durian Pangyat, ngor hiang, popiah.

If you’re reading this on Chinese New Year, it either means your CNY gathering is bored af, or that you are alone this CNY. No worries, because this post will keep you occupied for like 5 minutes!

Back in the 1990s, if you die on the road during CNY Day 1, your body will most likely be found only on Day 3. Literally all shops were closed during the first 2 days of CNY and families lived close to one another, so there was no one walking on the streets (trust me, I did that on CNY Day 1 in 1998). Work-life balance was so good, it was OK not to get in touch with your colleagues or boss during CNY.

Not today.

Even NTUC is open on CNY! Here are some of the food places opened during the first 2 days of CNY weekend that you can kill time with.

Liao Fan Hawker Chan, michelin star restaurant of Singapore, with an outlet beside Tai Seng MRT station. Seen here are 2 plates of the Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles, with green vegetables.

Liao Fan Hawker Chan Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles

This Michelin-star eating place is always teeming with people. Given that most of its clientele is busy with CNY visits, the crowd should ease a bit on the CNY weekend.

Even better, try the outlet at Tai Seng station on Circle Line. As I had mentioned earlier, the standard is no different!

18 Tai Seng St
6386 2000

Colonial Club, now open at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 (level 4). Seen here is a food platter, consisting of Kueh Pie Tee, Popiah and Satay.
This food platter consist of Kueh Pie Tee, Popiah and Satay, Fried Chicken Wing and this Fried Fish Beancurd thing-y (I had eaten it when I was young, but I don’t know the name and I don’t really fancy it).

Colonial Club

Another place that will be open 24/7 throughout the CNY holiday will be Changi Airport. Here at Colonial Club, it’s easy to have a taste of local cuisine at one location. From Kueh Pie Tee to Yong Tau Foo, there’s plenty of comfort food to make one feel like huat!

And there’s the whole airport for you to walk off that heavy meal!

AOne dishes, Honey Glazed Chicken. Chicken chunks coated with batter is deep fried before being coated with a layer of thick, gooey honey sauce. AOne has a new outlet in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, at level 3.


In case satay and popiah isn’t your cup of tea, Changi Airport Terminal 3 also has AOne Claypot House that serves up yummy Chinese food. Most likely you can lou hei (by yourself) too!

My favourite is Honey Glazed Chicken, though the cooking is so good, everyone will have their personal favourite.

Piping hot Fish and Chips at The Mad Sailor in Haji Lane Singapore. seen here served with iceberg lettuce, tartar sauce and in a sustainable, environmentally friendly paper plate.

The Mad Sailors

Serving up fragrant Fish and Chips in Haji Lane, it’s a respite from all the dong dong chiang that has lasted the whole month and will last for another 2 weeks.

I can’t guarantee that they don’t play CNY songs in their restaurant, though!

24 Haji Lane
Singapore 189217
8768 0465

elemen 元素 Vegetarian restaurant in Millenia Walk, Singapore. Seen here dragon roll with fried tofu and teddy bear.

elemen 元素

This is a great choice for vegetarians and if you are feeling greasy from all the office year-end-CNY gatherings, the light and healthy fusion items will definitely be pleasing for the palate!

I particularly liked their plating, which made it feel like we’re eating a fancy meal, but with Chinese vegetarian food.

9 Raffles Blvd
#01-75A/76 Millenia Walk
Singapore 039596
6238 0511

GoroGoro Steamboat And Korean Buffet - the mascot on the surface of the induction cooker is darn cute!

GoroGoro Steamboat and Korean Buffet

The weather forecast said it will be raining throughout the CNY weekend, so a piping hot meal will warm your tummy up to your lonely-stricken heart. There’s a whole variety of hotpot ingredients to choose from. And if you’re not a fan of having everything-boiled, they also serve up tasty fried food a la Korean style.

In fact, go for the Fried Chicken Wings before you stuff yourself silly!

218 Orchard Road
Singapore 238851

Take the lift inside Crate&Barrel

Tiger Sugar bubble tea drink and logo at Chinatown Point, Singapore.

Tiger Sugar

No one can resist a cup of bubble tea, not even when Tiger Sugar! It’s the best comfort food one deserves, before meals, after meals, without meals. The outlet at Chinatown Point basment will be open and is still free from long queues!

Peranakan Super Sedap High Tea set at Singapore Orchard Road. Seen here is the full table set up consisting of Kueh Pie Tee, Durian Pangyat, ngor hiang, popiah.

The Peranakan at Orchard Hotel

A meal here will cost a bit more, but your tummy will forgive you. Nothing speaks more local than a hearty meal of authentic Peranakan high tea!

However, this one will require one of your kakis to accompany you, since it is really impossible to finish off the whole platter alone. Of course, there’s also the chance to shop at Orchard Road after high tea with your kaki!

442 Orchard Road
Level 2 Claymore Connect
Singapore 238879
6262 4428

Beach Road Kitchen at JW Marriot off Singapre's CBD. Dinner buffet served here with spread of seafood and delicacies. Seen here is the a plate of deshelled prawns.

Beach Road Kitchen by JW Marriott

I didn’t give the service a high score then, but sometimes, buffet wins. Buffet places is where you get to enjoy some warmth from a crowd, we must admit. Their staff was also friendly and well trained, which means a lot for us lonely folks during CNY!

Again, a good after-meal activity can involve a walk around Padang, before popping over to Fullerton Bay Hotel for an evening high tea.

30 Beach Rd, Singapore 189763
6818 1913

Lobster Tart with Caviar from the Sundown Soiree high tea buffet at The Landing point, located in Fullerton Bay Hotel off Marina Bay in Singapore.

The Landing Point

Again, I didn’t give Landing Point a good review, this place offers a superb evening view of the Marina Bay when you have Sundown Soiree with your lonely kakis. It’ll be a great place to take and post insta-worthy photos, making it seem like you are rocking a life when others are stuck with answering stupid questions from their relatives!

No other reason! Sometimes, we just need such superficial purposes to spice up our boring CNY lives!

80 Collyer Quay, 049326
6597 5277

I hope these recommendations can help you pull through your lonely CNY. No fear! You should be meeting many like minded people at these places!

Till then, stay hungry!


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