Flower markets, red pockets, festive puddings or quality family time… There is so much to love about Chinese New Year. We’ve rounded up our favourite CNY menus and the puddings that have us drooling (why we can’t just eat them throughout the year?). Last but not least, the Crave team wishes you a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Rooster!
Text by Iris Wong
CNY Menus We Love
Dragon Noodles Academy
G/F Man Yee Arcade, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Tel: 2561 6688
The newly opened Dragon Noodles Academy will be ringing in the Lunar New Year with a selection of auspicious dim sum and dishes. Not to be missed are the lobster & salmon prosperity toss ($488, serves four to six people), also known as lo hei, a traditional belief where the higher you toss the ingredients, the better the growth in your fortune for the upcoming year; the steamed jumbo abalone bun ($99), which contains eight special ingredients including a 16 catty abalone, dried scallops, mushrooms, quail egg, and more. The Chinese New Year delicacies are available daily for lunch and dinner from Jan 14 to Feb 12, 2017.
3/F Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2802 8888
From now until Feb 11, 2017, gather your friends and family for an exquisite eight-course Poon Choi Set Menu, available for both lunch and dinner. Priced at $998 per person with a minimum of four persons per booking, the set menu includes delicacies such as bird’s nest soup braised with crab meat, a deluxe poon choi pot with whole abalone, dried scallop, fish maw and more, as well as sautéed fillet of garoupa with steamed egg white and scallion.
Ho Lee Fook
G/F & L/G 1 Elgin Street, SoHo
Tel: 2810 0860
The tongue-in-cheek Chinese kitchen is hosting a Year of the Rooster banquet menu this CNY, featuring crowd-favourites and chef Jowett Yu’s take on traditional festive dishes. Ideal for groups of five or more, the banquet ($458 per person) consists of must-have dishes such as the yee sang platter with hamachi sashimi, beetroot cucumber and more drizzled with yuzu and plum dressing, the famous Mom’s Mostly Cabbage, A Little Bit of Pork Dumplings, as well as crispy skin chicken stuffed with Taiwanese-style sticky rice. The meal will end on a sweet note with housemade matcha brownie truffles and fortune cookies. Menu available from Jan 27 to 30. Reservations essential.
28/F One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3428 8342
Give the gift of good fortune to those less fortunate this CNY. From now until Feb 15, Hutong has partnered up with charity organisation OneSky for a Wishing Tree, where diners are encouraged to place a golden wish card in the tree. At the end of CNY, three of those wish cards will be chosen where each diner will become a sponsor for an orphan child in China for one year under the OneSky “Sponsor a Child” programme, funded by Hutong. While you’re there, try the traditional lo hei salad ($888) with salmon and hamachi fillets, or opt for the extra decadent deluxe version ($1,288) featuring delicacies such as fresh abalone and Canadian lobster.
Puddings We Crave
Above & Beyond x G.O.D CNY Puddings
We’re suckers for great packaging, but what’s inside this beautifully designed box by G.O.D certainly did not disappoint. Award-winning chef Paul Tsui from Above & Beyond at Hotel ICON has created a selection of traditional puddings this CNY, including the brown sugar pudding with coconut milk, turnip cake with Yunnan ham and conpoy, and the taro cake with preserved meat and conpoy. Each gift box ($388) also comes with either his secret XO sauce or homemade coconut cream (depending on the pudding), as well as a set of 10 lai see packets adorned with the same G.O.D design. To purchase, call 3400 1368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong CNY Pudding Gift Set
This year, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has put together an assorted pudding gift set featuring both the coconut rice pudding and the turnip pudding by executive Chinese chef Li Shu-tim. The former is made from refined black sugar cane, while the latter contains a mouthwatering combination of premium dried shrimp, cured meat and Chinese sausage. The set is $488 each but you can get the puddings individually for $260 each. Order yours online here. For more details, call 2584 7722.
Little Bao CNY Beetroot Turnip Cake
Welcome the good luck with this CNY beetroot turnip cake ($178) from Little Bao! Packed with anti-oxidant properties from the beetroot, the turnip cake also looks prosperously delicious with Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, dried shiitake and more. With no additives and preservatives, the turnip cake can last up to four days in the fridge and three months in the freezer. Order yours online now at little-bao.com.
The Peninsula Hong Kong Lunar New Year Puddings
Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a great selection of four traditional puddings to choose from. Priced at $288 each, the puddings all come in elegant packaging with flavours including taro, water chestnut, turnip and the signature Spring Moon New Year Pudding. Order yours from now until Jan 27 by calling 2696 6760.