Feast To Prosperity: 8 CNY Menus To Celebrate The Year Of The Dog
Lunar new year is all about getting together with friends and family for some much needed catching up over festive puddings and feasting. From traditional "Poon Choi" to Instaworthy dim sum and prosperity toss, here's a list of some top Lunar New Year menus for you to ring in the new year with a blast:
1/8 Yan Toh Heen
For those looking to have a traditional Chinese New Year’s feast, look no further. Yan Toh Heen will be offering a five-course “Fat Choy” menu featuring barbecued suckling pig, golden sun-dried oyster, and crispy lobster with spicy salt as well as “Buddha Jumping Over the Wall”, a Chinese dish that includes boiled abalone, fish maw, and sea cucumber in soup.
On February 17, a special eight-course dinner will be served with special dishes such as wok-fried lobster with water chestnuts and fungus, braised whole 28-head abalone and more.
The five-course “Fat Choy” menu (HK$1,888 per person) will be available until March 4, 2018 while the Chinese New Year eight-course dinner menu (HK$2,988 per person) will be available on February 17, 2018 only.
Yan Toh Heen, Lower level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2313 2323; hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
2/8 San Xi Lou
Can’t decide between Cantonese or Sichuan cuisine for your Chinese New Year feast? Why not have both? San Xi Lou is celebrating this New Year with both styles of banquet on offer, as well as traditional “poon choi” (big bowl) feasts that come in a non-spicy nam yue (fermented beancurd) version and spicy Sichuan mala (numbing and spicy) option.
Their spicy “Fiery Set” dinner menu will feature eight appetisers as well as traditional Sichuan hot and sour soup with seafood, along with seafood dishes such as stewed Mandarin fish, stir-fried mud crab and Mapo tofu with lobster. The Cantonese style “Golden Set” banquet will serve traditional specialties such as stir-fried red and white sea cucumber meat, braised abalone with goose web, and the signature roasted chicken. For a taste of both menus, the “Prosperous Set” will combine specialties of the two classic cuisines, and include a Peking goose served in two different styles.
The “Fiery Set” (HK$8,880 for 12 persons), “Golden Set” (HK$16,800 per 12 persons), “Properous Set” (HK$6,880 for 12 persons), and the traditional poon choi (HK$2,480) are available at Coda Plaza on Garden Road and its newly opened Times Square outlet in Causeway Bay until March 2, 2018. Both Sichuan and Cantonese banquets and poon choi should be ordered at least two days in advance.
San Xi Lou, 7/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2838 8811; topstandard.com.hk
3/8 Hoi King Heen
This year, Hoi King Heen welcomes the New Year with a host of traditional Chinese New Year specialties. As fish is a symbol of abundance for the upcoming year, and so the dinner will start with a fish course of wok-fried mandarin fish fillet. Going along with the theme of traditional Chinese New Year symbols, stewed dried oyster with shrimp paste and pork will also be served (dried oyster symbolises fortune and business success). Executive Chinese chef Leung Fai-hung has also created a dish of shredded shrimp and abalone with assorted vegetables in lo hei style, as a symbol of prosperity.
The Chinese New Year delights will be available from now until February 28, 2018.
Hoi King Heen, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong; +852 2731 2882; hongkong.intercontinental.com
4/8 Yum Cha
With their oozing custard buns taking the Internet by storm, Yum Cha has been known for Instagram-friendly dim sum. For this Chinese New Year, Yum Cha is launching a selection of festive dim sum. Created by their executive chef Winson Yip, red bean paste buns are designed to resemble the “God of Wealth”; fried dumplings with pork filling are styled after a traditional Chinese gold ingot; and their mandarin buns are bite-sized lookalikes of the iconic lucky fruit.
For seafood lovers, Yum Cha’s new location in Causeway Bay will also be serving an exclusive side-menu of 20 Hong Kong typhoon shelter and fisherman’s favourites highlighting typhoon shelter-style fried whole crab with dried chilli garlic flakes and a Yum Cha CWB seafood platter featuring a selection of fresh seafood caught daily.
Yum Cha, 2/F, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2323 1288; yumchahk.com
5/8 Ming Court
New Year’s Day is never complete without a dim sum feast in the morning with the family. Ming Court has you covered by rolling out festive dim sum specials such as lobster and scallop dumpling with Yunnan black truffle, and assorted mushroom buns.
Festive menus are also available featuring Lunar New Year delights such as whole abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, shiitake mushroom, dried oysters, conpoy, and lettuce all in a clay pot symbolising a year of prosperity ahead.
The festive menus (from HK$9,388) will be available for lunch and dinner while the Lunar New Year dim sum will be available for lunch only from February 15 to March 2, 2018. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.
Ming Court, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong; +852 3552 3028; cordishotels.com
6/8 Shang Palace
To make sure everybody rings in the New Year the right way, Shang Palace is offering an 11-course set menu featuring chilled fresh sliced salmon with pomelo, Chinese pickles and young ginger; braised bird’s nest and assorted seafood soup with coral crab; crispy chicken served with lemon juice and spicy salt, and other festive classics.
For those who would like an upgraded menu, Shang Palace has also rolled out another set menu with ingredients such as lobster and abalone added to the menu. You can also toss for bountiful fortunes with Shang Palace’s lobster or salmon lo hei salad and enjoy some lucky dim sum with family and friends.
The Spring dinner menus (HK$10,388 and $13,888 for 10 people respectively) and lucky dim sum will be available from now until March 2, 2018.
Shang Palace, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong; +852 2733 8754; shangri-la.com
7/8 Ho Lee Fook
For something a little different to all the traditional festive delights, try a place where new twists are added to the classics. This February, Ho Lee Fook is presenting their version of the classic Lunar New Year lo hei, the Yee Sang platter, which will give you a refreshing start to the new year. Made with a sweet-and-sour yuzu and plum dressing drizzled on top of hamachi sashimi and colourful vegetables as well as sesame seeds, peanuts, and crispy wonton skins, this eye-catching Singaporean dish is fun to eat; as the restaurant says, “the higher you toss, the greater your luck will be in the coming year.”
The Yee Sang platter (HK$338) is available throughout February 2018.
Ho Lee Fook, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2810 0860; holeefook.com.hk
8/8 Sha Tin 18
Symbolising plentiful wealth and treasure, Sha Tin 18 will be serving dishes such as braised sliced abalone, sea cucumber, dried oyster, Chinese mushrooms, and pork tendon to be enjoyed together with family and friends this Lunar New Year. Seafood lovers should not miss the wok-fried lobster, kale, water chestnut and fungus as the liveliness of lobsters symbolises life and good luck. Other auspicious dishes include braised bird’s nest soup and crab roe, and braised dried oyster and sea moss.
Sha Tin 18, 4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong; +852 3723 1234; hongkongshatin.regency.hyatt.com