Jan 12, 2012|
We know—you’re barely out of holiday mode and already we’re trying to get you to celebrate something else. Life is hard for us Hongkongers, huh. Welcome the Year of the Dragon in style by putting on a scrumptious feast full of auspicious offerings to enjoy with family and friends. Here are some great deals going ‘round:
“Kung Hei Fat Choy” (or “May you prosper” in Cantonese) is what everyone wants to hear during the New Year, and Yan Toh Heen is right on the money with a “Fat Choy” menu from January 21 to February 6 at the auspicious price of $1,188 per person. With traditional delicacies like suckling pig, whole abalone and sea moss (also known as “fat choy,” natch) alongside other top-notch dishes like wok-seared sea bass and wagyu beef, dinner is sure to be a hit with the whole family. For a one-of-a-kind feast, Yan Toh Heen will also be offering a special New Year’s menu for one night only, on January 24. Presented by chef Lau Yiu-fai, the dinner will include spicy-salt lobster, wok-seared oyster and stewed cabbage with Yunnan ham at the price of $1,788 per person.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2313-2323.
Gold Coast Hotel’s Yue restaurant will be offering a scrumptious menu of healthy and tasty dishes—including a special new year heritage bowl with prawns, scallops and vegetables—at $6,288 for 12 people, or $3,288 for six people, so remember to gather a big group to enjoy all the dishes. There’ll also be a lobster “lo hei” salad available at $468—for those not in the know, “lo hei” roughly means “to toss up” in Cantonese, and the act of mixing up ingredients also symbolizes aspiring for better and brighter things for everyone.
Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Rd., Gold Coast, 2452-8888.
This versatile restaurant at L’Hotel Island South will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a two-month-long buffet special of traditional goodies at only $288 per person on weekdays and $308 per person on weekends and public holidays, from now until the end of February. The ever-popular “Buddha jumps over the wall,” complete with slow-stewed abalone, fish maw and jinhua ham will be served alongside marinated coral whelk and abalone in X.O. sauce. Delicate water chestnut, osmanthus and mango sago puddings will also promise a sweet start to the new year.
L’Hotel Island South, 55 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 3968-8833.
According to tradition, it’s important to have a big family dinner with certain special symbolic dishes to begin the year. So Chef Li Shu-tim at the Grand Hyatt’s elegant Chinese restaurant has cooked up a festive menu with celebratory dishes whose Chinese names represent luck and fortune. Starting on January 22, order up some vegetable and fungi casserole with bean curd sauce (joy and happiness), deep-fried rice paper rolls with snails and meat in a mild curry sauce (triumph) and scallops and pea shoots with abalone sauce in a stone bowl (happiness).
7/F-8/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-7722.
This gourmet Cantonese joint, which was recently awarded one star in the Michelin Guide’s 2012 edition, is offering special set menus for Chinese New Year dinners (ranging from $4,988 for four people to about $10,000 for 12 people for the most elaborate multicourse feast). Notable dishes include traditional (and expensive) delicacies such as bird’s nest, abalone, roasted duck, and lobster with black truffle sauce—all of which signify good luck and wealth.
Shop 3101, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., 2393-3933.
At this traditional Cantonese restaurant, gird your stomach for an elaborate banquet-style meal—what better way to ring in the Year of the Dragon? Festive dishes include roasted crispy chicken, steamed garoupa, braised noodles with dried flounder, and stewed conpoy with vegetable marrow. Prices start at $5,880 (and top out at $8,380) for these 12-course feasts, which feed 12 and also include a complimentary bottle of red wine and three hours of free-flow orange juice, soda and beer. From now until February 28.
Holiday Inn Golden Mile, 50 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-1006.
Here’s another way to indulge in a cozy homestyle meal during the cooler months—sip on some hot herbal soup, newly created by the Royal Garden’s Chinese restaurant, Dong Lai Shun. Available until mid-January, the varieties of soup cater to the different sexes: while the ox-tail and deer sinew broth is meant for men (it strengthens the joints), the wild turtle and fish maw soup is geared toward female needs (it revitalizes the skin). Less exotic soup options include mutton brisket and fresh yam, fish head and Chinese herbs as well as shellfish and miso.
Basement 2, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733-2020.