From roasted meats and seafood to tantalising desserts and cocktails, there is an abundance of food you can enjoy to welcome in the new year on the Chinese zodiac
With Lunar New Year kicking in this week, it is time to mark your calendars for festive treats. In celebration of a new decade and the Year of the Rat, check out these special menus at 10 fine-dining restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau.
Destination: Hong Kong
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Indulge in Chinese culinary culture by tasting lo hei salad with lobster, salmon and sweet plum sauce,steamed Hokkaido scallops with chilli andblack garlic and Hutong's signature aromatic Peking duck. The meal ends with a warm sensation of dumplings " sesame tang yuan served in ginger soup.
Date: January 10 to February 9
Price: HK$1,098 per person
If you are in the mood for contemporary and sustainable dining, John Anthony is the perfect choice. John Anthony has curated a stylish set dinner menu exhibiting 11 Cantonese favourites, such as dim sum, roasted meats and seafood for the festival. The highlights include steamed prawn dumplings with Korea yuzu, rose tea smoked crispy free-range yellow chicken and plum mousse, cherry glazed plums and cookie crumble.
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Date: January 20 to February 8
Price: HK$688 per person (minimum four people)
The Salted Pig
Even though the Year of the Pig has ended, you can still relish a family feast at Salted Pig with its sizzling and suckling variety of the six-course dinner menu serving a "hei hei" piggy snack platter, honey mustard pork cheek salad, fat choi seafood risotto, crispy "bok bok chui" pork knuckle and lucky golden whole suckling pig. A dessert platter will be served at the end of the night.
Date: January 20 to February 2
Price: HK$300 per head (minimum 6 people)
Enjoy China's diverse cuisines, from Canton and Sichuan in the south to Beijing in the north. Mott 32 offers lots of variety on its Lunar New Year Menu, including braised sea cucumber, steamed fillet of leopard coral grouper, stir fried Australian Wagyu M9+ sirloin and crabmeat E-fu noodle.
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Date: January 25 to February 20
Price: HK$1,680 braised sea cucumber; HK$1,680 steamed fillet of leopard coral grouper; HK$488 for stir-fried Australian Wagyu M9+ sirloin; HK$288 crabmeat, E-fu noodle.
One Harbour Road, Grand Hyatt
One Harbour Road presents two festive lunar menus to indulge in.
The spring lunch and dinner menus both comprise seven courses and the highlights include the shredded Australian abalone with caramelised walnuts, deep-fried mud carp dumplings in preserved clam sauce and marinated pig's feet preserved in soy sauce.
Date: January 9 to 22
Price: HK$298 per head for lunch set and HK$580 per head for dinner set (minimum 8 people)
Pak Loh Chiu Chow
If you are looking for a traditional Chiuchow culinary experience, check out Pak Loh Chiu Chow's choice of three 10-course set menus for tables of six to 12 guests, packed with spectacular flavours and spices. The focal dishes include the chef's signature pan-fried sliced pomfret in soy sauce along, soyed goose meat platter and stewed abalone and goose webs in oyster sauce.
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Date: January 2 to February 9
Price: From HK$3,280 to HK$6,680 (for six people); from HK$6,480 to HK$12,880 (for 12 guests)
Lai Heen, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau
To dine in style, executive chef Jackie Ho has created an enticing six-course lunch menu and eight courses for dinner.
For lunch, try the deep-fried codfish fillet with crispy garlic, which symbolises abundance in traditional Chinese culture. As eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture, the eight-course dinner might bring you good fortune. Packed with flavour, try the special sliced pork and hairy mousse accompanied by air-dried oyster, for an auspicious kick.
Date: January 24 to February 2
Price: Lunar New Year lunch HK$688; Lunar New Year dinner HK$2,388
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, JW Marriot Hotel
Try the auspicious four-course set menus at Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, with the Lunar New Year specials: New Zealand king abalone salad, braised pork knuckle with pork tongue, baked Boston lobster in "Kam Heong style" and baked crab claw with caviar.
Date: January 21 to February 8
Price: HK$3,580 (for six people) and HK$8,629 (for 12)
Dynasty 8 Conrad Macao
If you are planning an extravagant gathering Dynasty 8 has you covered. Its Lunar New Year set menus comprise three remarkable nine-courses for lunch and dinner. Start light by having bites from the starter combination platter of foie gras, sea whelk and braised goose. Enjoy the variety of main dishes, from double-boiled soup and wok-fried orzo pasta with preserved Chinese sausage, to seafood dishes. End the meal with small bites of the savoury Chinese petit fours.
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Date: January 25 to February 2
Price: From HK$9,600 (for eight guests or more); from HK$2,900 (for four to six); f rom HK$1,444 (for two to three)
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