From afternoon teas and lunch sets to full tasting menus and take-away options, there are still plenty of possibilities to celebrate Chinese New Year with your loved ones. Restrictions sure won’t be raining on this Lunar New Year’s parade.
ISLAND SHANGRI-LA “BEE A TIGER” AFTERNOON TEA
Between 17 January and 28 February, Island Shangri-La will be teaming up with French luxury beauty brand Guerlain to present a glorious afternoon tea inspired by Guerlain’s limited edition Chinese New Year products to celebrate Chinese New Year. Presented in a beautiful red floral container, the afternoon tea highlights Guerlain’s house emblem—bees— as well as the Lunar New Year’s red colour and floral design through sweet and savoury bites such as crunchy raspberry ganache lipstick and honey-cured gravlax salmon with brioche.
HO LEE FOOK
Ho Lee Fook couldn't have updated its interiors to reflect the upcoming festive season any better. An ode to our beloved city, the restaurant's true Hong Kong spirit shines through the decor and the food, as can be seen from the delectable Lunar New Year feast masterfully created by newly appointed Head Chef ArChan Chan. Specials range from honey-glazed and charcoal-grilled Kurobuta char siu, roast goose with plum sauce and crispy skin three yellow chicken with sand ginger and spring onion sauce to lo hei lo mein—caviar, salmon roe, prawn roe, scallops with carrot and spinach noodles. Though one thing we are especially excited about are the mahjong tile-like almond biscuits.
MAN WAH AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL
Known for its delectable Cantonese cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurant Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental will be serving an array of dim sum and Chinese New Year delicacies, from braised spotted grouper fillet with sun-dried shrimp to Stir-fried Prawn with Supreme Broth. But the real star of the show will be the special limited-edition Aged Tangerine Peel Turnip Cake created by Chef Wong and cultural icon Theresa Yiu, also known as Dashijie.
WOOBAR’S FUR-ROAR-CIOUS BITES AFTERNOON TEA
From now until February 28, indulge in WOOBAR’s afternoon tea set, an homage to the city’s East meets West culture, with delicious and instagram-worthy treats such as Lobster with orange caviar tart, mango pomelo sago and Raspberry cheesecake with bird’s nest served on bamboo steamers.
THE LEGACY HOUSE AT ROSEWOOD HONG KONG
Chef Li’s masterfully crafted Chinese New Year lunch, available from Feb 1 to February 10, exudes nothing but finesse with a tantalising array of Cantonese delights, such as steamed pork, fish and lobster dumplings, wok-fried seafood and egg, or the succulent braised fish maw soup. The real highlight might just be Chef Li hammering through the flour crust to unveil the Fu Gui chicken wrapped in lotus leaves, though the delectable CNY pudding and sweetened black glutinous rice with taro and coconut milk can’t be too far behind.
Mott 32 has the perfect setting for Chinese New Year festivities, welcoming families and friends from February 1 to February 15 into the luxurious space to honour traditions and special ingredients used at that time of the year. The whole lobster salad with abalone and homemade sauce is a spin-off of the lo hei dish, while the minced prawn, fish maw, pigeon eggs is a nod to the grand Manchu-Han imperial feast from the Qing dynasty. And a Lunar New Year feast would not be complete without chicken, so expect braised chicken with chestnuts and aged huadiao on the menu alongside a more modern take—braised duck with taro and plum sauce.
YAT TUNG HEEN AT THE EATON HOTEL
From Feb 1 to Feb 15, one-Michelin-star restaurant at Eaton Hotel serves up a Lunar New Year feast representing surplus, wealth and abundance, with steamed fresh leopard coral garoupa, braised whole abalone, sautéed tiger prawns with water chestnuts and broccoli, and marinated king razor clam with shredded chicken on the special menu. Staying in? Order a pot of deluxe abalone poon choi to share with the entire family.
A range of Lunar New Year menus curated by new Executive Chef Yip Kar On is available at Duddells from January 24 to February 15. Lunch goers can enjoy an array of dim sum including shrimp dumplings with mullet roe and crispy lava sesame ball, while a la carte items such as double-boiled chicken soup and sauteed lobster are available all day round. If a tasting menu is more of your liking, choose from the six- or eight-course options, with highlights such as braised pork knuckles, braised whole 25-heads Yoshihama abalone and sweetened double-boiled imperial bird’s nest. Staying at home? Choose from Duddell’s two Chinese New Year poon choi options.
SPRING MOON AT THE PENINSULA
This New Year, Spring Moon at the Peninsula is offering three separate dining menus: “Fortune”, “Wealth” and “Longevity” from January 17 to February 15 for groups of six or more. Lunar New Year delicacies include double-boiled sea conch soup, crispy chicken with sesame, stewed shrimp roe noodles with shrimp maw and steamed spotted garoupa. If the whole family prefers to dine in at home, the hotel is offering the traditional poon choi served in a STAUB pot and lo hei.
BIBI & BABA
Looking for a traditional Chinese New Year feast but with an international twist? From now until February 15, Bibi & Baba will be offering its own version of lo hei and a Chinese New Year set menu reflecting the restaurant's Singaporean and Malaysian identity. Expect a blend of raw salmon, pickled leek, dry winter melon, cucumber, papaya, pomelo and more in the prosperity toss, which is also included in the CNY set menu (for six people minimum with 24-hour pre-order) along with Bakwan Kepiting, a a traditional Nyonya dish of abalone, crab meat, bamboo shoot, and minced pork ball in a rich prawn and pork broth; dry laksa and an assortment of auspicious desserts.