Indulge in Delicious and Healthy Chinese New Year dishes at Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Prosperity Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng

This coming Chinese New Year (CNY), you can look forward to celebrate this joyous festive season with a healthier alternative with Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant. The famed vegetarian restaurant at Quality Hotel has a specially created line-up of exquisite CNY Set Menus, as well as prosperous Pen Cai and Yu Sheng for a sumptuous festive feast!

We highlight some of the delicious CNY dishes offered by Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant as follows: 

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Chinese New Year

Prosperity Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng (8-10pax $48)

During the media tasting, we were told that the Lotus Vegetarian Prosperity Yu Sheng has over 30 ingredients consisting of premium vegetarian salmon and fish slices made from konnyaku, as well as vegetarian ba kwa, lotus root slices, julienned apple and more. This Yu Sheng is colourful, pleasing and absolutely tasty!

The Prosperity Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng and Prosperity Vegetarian Abalone starts from S$28++ and S$38++ for 2 – 4 pax respectively.

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Lotus Classic Combination

This is a delightful platter consisting of seaweed rolls, lotus ball, braised oyster mushroom, fried lion mane’s mushroom and crunchy, fresh vegetables. 

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Chinese New Year Double boiled soup

Double boiled ‘Tian Ma’ soup

This is a nourishing soup that has been brewed for 8 hours with 10 herbs and consisting of ingredients like Dang Gui, Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms and Tian Ma which is well-known to help calm and nourish the liver and reduces wind. The soup is so good that we finished every drop of it.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Chinese New Year Golden Bowl of Fortune Pen Cai

Golden Bowl of Fortune ‘Pen Cai’ (8pax $148)

One of the must-have dishes during CNY has to be Pen Cai as this is an auspicious and luxurious one-pot meal that is usually filled with premium ingredients like abalone, chicken, roast pork, sea cucumber, prawns, scallops, fish maw, variety of stewed vegetable and many more.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Chinese New Year Golden Bowl of Fortune

This deluxe Pen Cai consists of more than 22 wholesome ingredients with various textures and flavours to carefully resemble the taste of abalone, meat, sharkfins, scallops, etc. All the ingredients have been prepared lovingly with many different cooking processes! This is one healthy and mouth-watering pen cai that the whole family will enjoy! 

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Chinese New Year Homemade Traditional Fish

Homemade Traditional Fish with Fruit Salad

This is an interesting dish that is made to look like an actual fish. The fish is made from soya and soya beans is good for health as it has high protein content, vitamins, minerals and insoluble fibre. This dish is made even more tasty and appetizing with the sweet and sour sauce drizzled over the fish. 

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant Chinese New Year Pumpkin Balls

Pumpkin Balls with Lily Flowers and Greens

This is a pleasing dish with round pumpkin balls that look like golden balls. Upon biting into this round pumpkin balls, it is so chewy and feel just like eating tang yuan that is stuffed with fragrant mixed mushroom fillings.

Additional Information: 

Mark an auspicious beginning to the year with a family reunion at Lotus Kitchen. Choose from the beautiful set menus, which cater to 4 to 10 persons. Every year, Lotus restaurants puts great efforts into creating brand-new set menus to welcome the brand-new year. Diners may enjoy healthy specially-curated creations, such as:

Homemade Veg Fish with Fruit Salad – One of the most important dishes of the CNY dinner, as the auspicious fish symbolises a year of abundance (年年有余This Lotus Vegetarian exclusive was the result of conquering the culinary challenge to create a delicious vegetarian fish without eggs. The healthy creation is served with a homemade sweet and sour sauce for an added zest to the dish.

Longevity Noodles – Silky smooth mian xian specially imported from Taiwan, with premium top-grade black sesame oil vegetarian chicken and sauce. An accompanying herbal soup is fragrant with a mixture of Chinese herbs, as well as the health-promoting ginger.

Pumpkin Balls with Lily Flowers & Greens Homemade fresh pumpkin balls are filled with mixed mushrooms, and paired with healthy black fungus. Prized mountain lily flowers grown in the mountainous areas of Taiwan adds a finishing touch to the dish.

The CNY menu will be available both outlets Lotus Vegetarian & Lotus Kitchen:
Lotus Vegetarian Quality Hotel – 9 February to 2 March 2018
Lotus Kitchen Chinatown Point- 14 February to 2 March 2018
The restaurants will be open all days during CNY and the CNY items are also available for takeaways.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Quality Hotel Marlow ( 2nd Level), 201 Balestier Road
Singapore 329926

LUNCH from 11:30am to 2:30pm
DINNER from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Reservation Hotline: 65 6254 0090

To find out more, please visit:

Lotus Kitchen
133 New Bridge Road, #01-01/02 Chinatown Point,
Singapore 059413

LUNCH from 11:30am to 2:30pm
DINNER from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Contact: +65 6538 1068 (Reservation Not Available) 

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The Daily Escape and Exclusive Interview with Natalie Dau, Founder and CEO

Natalie Dau

This coming Chinese New Year, many of us will be indulging with lots of feasting and enjoying the delicacies. It’s time to think of how we can stay healthy, keep fit and not gain weight during this merry festive season. 

Natalie Dau, 45, is a fitness celebrity, who is the founder and CEO of The Daily Escape. She has lived in Asia for 15 years and The Daily Escape was launched with the aim to motivate and empower people to improve their daily lives through small, positive changes. Delivering personalised and localised information and tools centred on the mind, body and soul from fitness and nutrition to leisure and travel in Asia, it is also a daily go to for inspiration.

Natalie Dau is a prime example and role model of practicing what she preaches. As an athlete, trainer, brand ambassador, fitness influencer, writer, speaker, entrepreneur and mother, she manages to juggle all her respective roles in career, sports and family effectively.

She has recently launched The 40’s Project for people 40 and above which she identifies with being in the same category and also tailors workouts for corporate clients including hotel properties where their gyms are under utilised. 
Her focus is on Asia where she spent the last 15 years, 14 of which were in Singapore. The information and tools offer a 360 approach and is backed by her personal experience and expertise. She has worked with sports scientists for some of the programmes which have also been tried and tested.

Natalie Dau The Daily Escape

Natalie has developed customised programmes and localised content for all levels from people new to fitness, all the way to athletes taking it to the next level. Her programmes are suited for homemakers to travelling mums. Our Parenting World (OPW) team is honoured to be able to interview Natalie Dau (ND) to find out more. 

1) Please share with us more about your background and what made you decide to set up The Daily Escape?

ND: I realised there was a huge gap in the Asian market to help people make healthy daily changes to their lives. So I followed my passion for health and fitness and gave up my 20 year corporate career as it was time to use my skills in other, more beneficial ways.

2) What’s unique about The Daily Escape and what are some of the programmes that you would like to highlight especially those that will benefit anyone with busy schedules.

ND: The Daily Escape is where you can visit to get all the information you need on health and fitness – delivered in many different forms.  We focus on bite-sized pieces of information whether it is an article, a how-to video or a podcast – it’s all about just dedicating 10 minutes a day for yourself to feel better. 

Everyone leads such busy lives that information has to be efficient, as does workout programmes to make people ‘stick’ to them. The ones I have developed are about having the flexibility to do them anytime and anywhere.

3) What are some of the challenges you faced to become who you are today?

ND: I am no different from anyone else, everyone has their ups and downs, but what sets people apart is how they deal with challenges.  I have had health issues over the last 10 years, but I don’t use it as an excuse to not do anything, rather I find a way to manage it and adapt.  There is always someone worse off, so I am thankful for everyday and live in the present.

4) What’s your advice for those who have not taken their fitness seriously but would like to start now and especially for those who are over 40?

ND: You need to get moving now!  The older you get, the harder it is.  I always say just start moving… find something you enjoy, build on it and then challenge yourself.  You don’t need to try and run a marathon in the first month, but you should find some sort of fitness activity that you can do several times a week.  With my “40’s Project” programme, it’s about doing something active every day, but at a level you can manage.

5) Do you have any advices and tips for anyone who would like to stay young, feel fabulous, to be more healthy and energetic?

ND: I find like-minded people helps keep you motivated and young.  Join a group, meet new people and don’t be scared to get out of your comfort zone – this is key.  I have trained so many people who have turned their lives around through discovering fitness and are now life-long friends.  Whether your thing is Spartan Races, running, tennis, hiking, going to the gym or zumba, there are always others with the same interest.

6) What’s your advice on how an individual can keep fit and healthy on a regular basis?

ND: Consistency is key.  There is nothing worse than starting out exercising and eating well for 5 days straight, then you are too sore to do anything and before you know it it’s been a week and you have done nothing and are back to a bad diet.  A little bit of soreness is good, but not so much that it stops you from functioning normally. Planning is important – know what your week looks like in advance so you have time to set aside for exercise and think about what you are going to eat.

The Daily Escape Natalie Dau

Natalie and her daughter, Lilliana

7) You are an inspiration to many! Please share with us how do you manage to juggle with so many roles and what inspired you to achieve your goals?

ND: For me, it’s discipline and planning. I am always up early in the morning to get an exercise session in (before everyone wakes up) and then I make it a priority to try and do something else later in the day. I am at an age where I am happy to give up other things to spend my time to be fit and healthy, so it’s about deciding what your priorities are.  My goal is to be the best possible version of myself and I try to instil that in my daughter. So whatever it is I am doing I make sure I enjoy the process. I am always learning and pushing harder.  And age should never be an excuse either. At almost 46 years old I am always trying new things out of my comfort zone and I encourage my daughter to do so as well.

8) Diet plays an important role in the fitness level of an individual. What are your views on this statement?

ND: I think diet is about 80% of what health and fitness is about – the saying “you can’t out exercise a bad diet” is so true. With my programmes I focus on trying not to change everything in your life in one day, it’s the small wins.  As it’s about making it your lifestyle – it’s a long term approach to food, not a 14 day diet approach.

9) It is common for many to have ambitious fitness goals at the start of the year which remains as a new goal in the following years to come. How can a procrastinator be motivated to persevere through their goals?

ND: Don’t set unrealistic goals first and foremost! This is why most people don’t achieve them as they are just too big.  Set small ones – even down to daily ones if need be – and before you know it you have reached a bigger one.  Everyone wants to feel like they are winning, so this is a sure-fire way to succeed.

10) What’s your advice on parenting in this digital age?

ND: My mantra is always to lead by example – so it is super important to be a role model for your children to encourage them to lead a healthy life and this starts with the parent doing so.  I encourage my daughter to do all sorts of sports (she does athletics, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, basketball, swimming, parkour) to explore and have fun. Also we have educated her on how to eat healthy, so she can make better food choices.

11) What’s your next plan/project?

ND: 2018 is going to be a fantastic year, I am super excited for what is lined up ahead.  I am continuing my sponsorship with Reebok, doing a lot more collaboration with amazing brands and government organisations.  I am training for the CrossFit Open again, and getting completely out of my comfort zone by changing up my training and focusing on track athletics this year for the Masters.

Natalie Dau and Family

Natalie and her family at Ground Zero Run

12) Lastly, do you have anything that you would like to add on and share with our readers on The Daily Escape and your upcoming programmes?

ND: To date I have launched 3 programmes – a completely personalised one, a 7 day kick starter and The 40’s Project – aimed at anyone 40 years and above.  In the pipeline are a few programmes –  Abs and Arms, Travel-Fit, RunFit and a general fitness one. So it is a super busy time!  I would love readers to get moving and try the 7 day challenge programme – this may be the motivation needed to get one started, and the first 30 people can have free access by using the code TDEPR18 when signing up at

Thank you Natalie Dau for taking our interview!

To find out more about Natalie Dau, The Daily Escape and its programmes, please visit, don’t forget to use the code TDEPR18 to sign up for the 7 day challenge programme for free for the 1st 30 people. Hurry, don’t miss it!

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