Auspicious Street Food: 9 Courses In A Go.

By Victoria Lim - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016

Been there, done that and sad if you are giving McDonald, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut’s delivery a ring, during the lull Chinese New Year period where almost all of your favourite makan places are closed. This is the downside of Chinese New Year. It’s an oxymoron- living in a food mad city in the most popular festival and not able to get your favourite, let alone auspicious, bites for the season.


Fret not, all your good-luck chickens, prawns, vegetables, mushrooms, oysters, fish, noodles, rice, pork etc.. are available on those crucial first two to three days at  Makansutra Gluttons Bay. The hawkers are opened all through the holidays and are sacrificing (okay, advancing or postponing) their reunion meals. So, if you need your nine-course meal of comfortingly auspicious heritage street dishes by the stunning Marina Bay… here are the nine excuses being offered.


1/ Chicken 

Chicken symbolises prosperity and togetherness of the family – way back in those days, it was a ritual for family to sit and consume chicken meat together, because it was expensive. Go for Alhambra Padang’s chicken satay, it’s not too filling – you will have enough stomach space for more dishes.

Chicken satay from Alhambra Padang Satay


2/ Fish 

The word ‘fish’ has the same pronunciation as the word surplus or smooth, in Chinese. It represents an increase in prosperity. Tangle your taste buds with the spicy BBQ sambal stingray from Redhill Rong Guang B.B.Q Seafood or Thai style lemongrass fish from Kin Aroy Thai stall.

BBQ sambal stingray from Redhill Rong Guang B.B. Q Seafood


3/ Green Vegetables 

To ensure close family ties, eat your green vegetables from Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee. The Chinese word for vegetable (choi) sounds like the word for fortune.

Mixed vegetables with seafood from Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee


4/ Noodles 

The longer your noodles, the longer your life, according to several old folk’s beliefs. Go for Hong Street Old Chun Kee’s Xing-Zhou Beehoon, a plate of stir-fried vermicelli with bean sprouts, fish slices, squids, prawns and of course the addition of curry powder.

Xing-Zhou beehoon from Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee


5/ Oyster 

Oysters represent good fortune and good, positiveness in life and business, due to its enunciation that sounds similar to good things in Mandarin. Get happy with the crispy oyster omelet from Soon Lee Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee.

Crispy or luak from Soon Lee Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee


6/ Pork 

Pork symbolises strength and wealth and having arrived – back in the olden days, if your family is rich, or when pay day arrives, there will be pork on the dining table. Spice up your dinner with Kin Aroy Thai’s larp moo yang, pork salad.

Pork salad from Kin Aroy Thai[/caption]

7/ Prawns

The pronunciation of prawns in Cantonese has a similar sound to laughter. It goes ‘hei hei hei’. It signifies that people will have a time filled with laughter and joy together.  Eat Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee’s salted egg prawns that are a hit with the little munchkins.

Salted egg prawns from Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee


8/ Fruit Juice  

Sweets in so many ways represent a smooth sailing in life. Sugared fruits are supposed to sweeten one’s upcoming year. Have a cool glass of sugar cane with a squeeze of lemon at The Gluttons Bar

Sugar cane juice with lemon from The Gluttons Bar


9/ Banana Kaya Fondue

The year of the monkey, what better way to appease that smart spirit than to please it with bananas.. with a sweet touch no less. The banana tempura dipped in kaya is one of the best kept secrets at Makansutra Gluttons Bay.

Banana kaya fondue from The Sweet Spot


May the Year of the Monkey swing into your life and bring you sweet blessings of joy, fortune and longevity.


Makansutra Gluttons Bay 

8 Raffles Ave #01-15

Chinese New Year Operating Hours 

7-8 February, 5pm-3am

9 February, 4pm-1am

10 February, 4pm-2am


Normal Operating Hours

Monday – Thursday 5pm-2am

Friday – Saturday 5pm-3am

Sunday 4pm-1am