Slideshow: Pok Pok and Xi'an Famous Foods Ring in the Lunar New Year

The menu
The menu
Happy New Year!
Tiger beer
Tiger beer
Singapore's finest. Replenished regularly, along with the prosecco.
Hot rice wine
Hot rice wine
Prosecco started the night, followed by a pot of hot rice wine for the table. It was sweet, kind of like mulled wine, but more intense and far less fruity.
Chinese dumplings
Chinese dumplings
The dumpling on the left has lamb; the dumpling on the right has spinach, egg and mung bean vermicelli. They're both sitting in a spicy and sour soy dressing.
Lamb dumpling
Lamb dumpling
The lamb in this was surprisingly mild, playing second fiddle to the strong spices.
Vegetable dumpling
Vegetable dumpling
For a vegetable dumpling, this was actually very hearty (it's a well-stuffed dumpling.) The spinach was fairly mild, but it held its own against the sharp, sweet spice of the dressing.
Muu Sam Chan Pha Lo
Muu Sam Chan Pha Lo
"Pork belly stewed in herbal broth with five-spice, rock candy, pandan leaf and soy, served on stewed pickled mustard greens with steamed buns."
Stewed pork belly
Stewed pork belly
Steamed buns and green sour tomatillo sauce
Steamed buns and green sour tomatillo sauce
Mount Qi Pork Longevity Noodles
Mount Qi Pork Longevity Noodles
Easily the most intense dish of the night, with a strong Sichuan spice that just wouldn't die down.
Chili oil
Chili oil
It pooled in abundant quantities in the bottom of the bowl.
Longevity noodle
Longevity noodle
Chinese tradition says that long noodles are the key to a long life, and accordingly, this dish seemed to have just one very, very long noodle. Judging by the photo, longevity can be a perplexing concept.
Deep fried tang yuan
Deep fried tang yuan
Frying the tang yuan made for something like a gooey sesame ball served at dim sum, but with even more exciting fillings.
Birthday tang yuan
Birthday tang yuan
Now that's good hosting.
Red envelope
Red envelope
A traditional gift given to celebrate holidays and special occasions, a nice finishing touch for the evening. They're usually filled with money...