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Lunar New Year 2020: The best Chinese New Year menus in Hong Kong

By Ching Yuen 21 January 2020

Gong Hei Fat Choy! Chinese New Year (CNY), or otherwise known as Lunar New Year (LNY), is just around the corner and we are all ready to celebrate. Some people like to stay home and cook up a massive meal, but sometimes it is nice to dine out and enjoy the atmosphere and crowds. Given that most people celebrate the first four days of the festival, that means four possible lunches and dinners to plan! We've put together a list of possible places to have your LNY meal and save yourself a lot of hassle. From authentic Chinese dishes to alternative options, feel free to take your pick!

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Lou Hei from Rùn at The St Regis Hong Kong

Rùn

Rùn, the newly awarded one Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant helmed by chef Hung Chi-Kwong in The St Regis Hong Kong will delight guests with a Lunar New Year Specialties Menu, boasting dishes that represent good fortune and prosperity, an abundance of wealth, and a healthy and more fulfilled year. Starting with the Lo Hei ($688) made with roasted crispy suckling pig and assorted vegetables, this signature dish—also known as a prosperity toss—is perfect for large gatherings. The motion of tossing or mixing up the dish symbolises good fortune, and the higher you toss the ingredients the more your fortune. Each speciality dish will have their own meanings, so you get your pick of what sort of fortune you're in the market for!

Rùn, The St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6808

Chinese New Year dishes at Ying Jee Club

Ying Jee Club

As LNY calls for the gathering of family, friends and loved ones, Ying Jee Club is offering an exclusive eight-course set menu for groups of 10 guests. Priced at $12,888 for the table, the show-stopping menu includes Cantonese crowd-pleasers like Marinated Sliced Abalone with Jelly Fish, Bird’s Nest Broth with Fish Maw, Conpoy and Chicken and Crispy Salted Chicken. For smaller parties, Ying Jee Club has an equally tempting eight-course menu to satisfy gourmands with a delicious variety of moreish Cantonese recipes. Priced at $2,288 per person, the menu’s standout dishes include Stir-fried Lobster with Shallot and Scallion, Steamed Tiger Garoupa with Bean Curd and Scallion and Double Boiled Imperial Bird’s Nest with Coconut Juice.

Ying Jee Club, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central | (+852) 2801 6882

Steamed egg white with crab and tiger prawn at Ming Court

Ming Court

Cordis Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Ming Court and renowned French crystal brand Lalique are debuting a year-long collaboration entitled Nature Sauvage—Asia's first-ever—presenting a theme room and menu inspired by nature, available from January 13, 2020. Ming Court's largest private dining room has been redesigned wholly using Lalique glassware, such as the chandelier, the tableware and wine glasses. As befits such a magnificent setting, executive chef Li Yuet Faat has created a sumptuous 11-course seasonal menu presenting the peak of nature’s bounty throughout the year, with aesthetics dishes to match the exquisite glassware. This dinner with four pairing wines is priced at $2,888 per person, available for booking with six or 12 guests.

Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok | (+852) 3552 3028

Gong Pao shrimp at Shu K

Shu K

One of the newest additions to K11 MUSEA in Tsim Sha Tsui, Shu K & K Bar offer guests a sumptuous new space to gather and explore a tantalising world of flavour. Given that different provinces in China would have different ways of celebrating Chinese New Year, why not give Sichuan flavour a go? They are offering three banquet menus (starting from $7,880 for 10 people) for CNY and their dishes marry the scorch and fire of Sichuan cuisine with inspirations drawn from the spice road. We know their Kung Pao prawn is definitely going to spice up your day!

Shu K, 4/F, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2545 3288

Double Happiness dumplings at Hutong

Hutong

If you're looking to enjoy CNY from sky-high, Hutong offers a nine-dish celebratory menu for $1,098 per person which features Lo Hei Salad with Lobster, Salmon and Sweet Plum Sauce, Steamed Hokkaido Scallops with Chilli and Black Garlic and Hutong’s signature Aromatic Peking Duck. For dessert, enjoy the special “Double Happiness” Dumplings: black sesame tang yuan glutinous rice balls served in warm ginger soup to wish you good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. They're just so cute!

Hutong, 28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3428 8342

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Chinese New Year dishes at Man Ho

Man Ho Chinese Restaurant

Man Ho will be serving an impeccable selection of creations just for the Lunar New Year celebrations, be it family reunions or business gatherings. Highlights from their signature set menu ($1,480 per person) include Steamed Egg with Flathead Lobster, Dried Fish Roe and Saffron and the Signature Roasted Crispy Suckling Pig Sandwich. Auspicious specialities are not to be missed for blessings of good luck, such as the Pan-fried Dried Oysters with Osmanthus Honey Sauce (representing good wealth and fortune), the succulent Macau Sole Fillet with Citrus Sauce (representing abundance) and the majestic Braised Sliced Abalone with Dried Garoupa Skin (representing auspiciousness).

Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel, 1 Sky City East, Chek Lap Kok | (+852) 3969 2888

Chinese New Year dishes at Legacy House

The Legacy House

Rosewood is inviting guests to share their meaningful moments with friends and family over The Legacy House’s pristine six-course Chinese New Year Lunch menu ($880) and eight-course gourmet dinner menu ($2,280), made with the finest, meticulously prepared seasonal ingredients. Highlights include the Deep-Fried Beef Cubes with Salty Egg, Double-Boiled Fish Maw with Matsutake Mushroom and Bamboo Pith and the succulent Wok-Fried Lobster with Dried Chili, Garlic and Spring Onion—we're drooling already!

The Legacy House, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732

Braised abalone at Ah Yung Kitchen

Ah Yung Kitchen

Enjoy a decadent feast at Ah Yung Kitchen with creations such as Braised Yoshihama Abalone and Goose Web with Lettuce, Steamed Spotted Garoupa and Deep-fried Crispy Chicken and Stir-fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Preserved Meat, alongside homemade sweet and savoury Chinese New Year Pudding and Water Chestnut Pudding, which imply “reaching new heights”. Their feast menus start from $6,600 for six people and $12,800 for twelve people, so if you're planning a late get-together you better call the restaurant fast!

Ah Yung Kitchen, L'hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View, 18 King's Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3553 2633

Spanish Carabinero prawn at Hue Dining

Hue Dining

Located at the Hong Kong Museum of Art on the edge of Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, the newly opened modern Australian restaurant Hue will offer unmissable views of the Lunar New Year light show, ensuring a spectacular start to the Year of the Rat. The restaurant’s five-course festive banquet-inspired dinner menu is available on Sunday, 26 January and is priced at $980 per person, perfect for couples and small families!

Hue Dining, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3500 5888

Chinese New Year dishes at PIIN

PIIN Wine Restaurant

PIIN Wine Restaurant may seem like an unlikely choice for a Chinese dinner, but they will serve an exclusive CNY set menu priced at $888 per person, with each dish specially curated to bring prosperity and good fortune to diners. Each of the six courses are named for the value or virtue they bring, with appetisers like Prosperity and Good Fortune—braised dried oysters with sea moss—followed by mains like Golden Harvest—fried rice with conpoy wrapped in lotus leaf. Other dishes include Fortune Shines Down, which showcases a delicious crispy deboned chicken and Embrace Felicity & Longevity, a generous serving of mushrooms with vegetables.

PIIN Wine Restaurant, 2/F, The Steps, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 2832 7123

Grilled eel at Tominokoji Yamagishi

Tominokojo Yamagishi

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across the Asia Pacific, so how about getting some Japanese for one of your New Year meals? K11 MUSEA brought over Japanese Michelin starred restaurant Tominokojo Yamagishi, specifying in the tradition of Kyoto cuisine and the spirit of hospitality of tea ceremony meals. Kaiseki restaurants tend to only open for dinner, but Tominokojo Yamagishi decided to launch a special New Year Five-Course Lunch Menu ($850) with dishes that reflect the change of the four seasons. With only 15 seats in the restaurant, it's definitely ideal if you're looking for some peace and quiet along with warm hospitality and good food!

Tominokojo Yamagishi, Shop 506, 5/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2686 1866

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Dessert dish at Café Gray Deluxe

Café Gray Deluxe

Café Gray Deluxe is offering an exclusive dinner priced at $980 per person on the second day of the Lunar New Year, starting the evening with the Kumquat Marinated Kingfish with Cucumber and Rice Crackers, and Crab Bisque with Water Chestnut-Crabmeat Salad and Saffron Aïoli, followed by a main course of Wagyu Beef Cheek with Dong Gwai Bouillon, Lotus Seeds and Wolfberries, a succulent creation that meticulously blends distinctive Chinese ingredients. Lastly, a White Chocolate Chantilly with Coconut Dacquoise and Mandarin dessert that looks like a swimming goldfish will be served, as well as locally inspired Petits Fours and Café Gray’s much-loved Chocolates, which really is the perfect wrap to the evening.

Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 3968 1106

Claypot rice at Chôm Chôm

Chôm Chôm

If you already know you will be having several Chinese dinners, how about going for Vietnamese to shake things up? Back by popular demand, Chôm Chôm's Têt special, Thit Kho Tau ($168), features sliced pork belly marinated and braised with young coconut juice, and served with a soft boiled egg, rice and pickles. Thit Kho Tau is a classic example of Vietnamese home-cooking at its best, with simple ingredients coming together to make something rich and celebratory. This special is available for a limited time only (from January 25 to 28), so head on over to the stoop and experience the Thit Kho Tau, along with two other limited-time offerings: a Seafood Vietnamese Soup ($158) made with prawn, lobster and melon, and Oxtail in a brown butter nuoc cham with morning glory ($158).

Chôm Chôm, 58 Peel Street, Central | (+852) 2810 0850

Lo Hei at Ho Lee Fook

Ho Lee Fook

Ho Lee Fook will once again usher in new beginnings with the Yee Sang Platter ($358), a colourful, Singaporean dish made with a sweet and sour yuzu and plum dressing drizzled on top of Hamachi sashimi and a confetti of green daikon, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, green shallots, coriander, sesame seeds, peanuts and crispy wonton skins. Large groups looking for a feast can choose from one or two generous banquet menus: Golden Dragon ($538) or Double Happiness ($678). In case you need another reason to add on a plate of Mom’s Mostly Cabbage, A Little Bit of Pork Dumplings ($108), did you know it is traditional to eat dumplings over Lunar New Year as they symbolise wealth?

Ho Lee Fook, Basement, 3–5 Elgin Street, Central | (+852) 2810 0860

Festive menu at Drunken Pot

Drunken Pot

Instead of banquet dinners for LNY, how about some hotpot instead? Drunken Pot is launching a CNY-exclusive hotpot, Flowers on Fish Maw & Chicken with Chinese Medicine Pot ($268), for loyal fans to enjoy. This brew of fish maw and chicken with Chinese medicine has been specially composed to maximise good fortune—from fish-shaped squid paste to symbolise more earnings than spending, to lotus, chicken, mushroom and Jinhua ham that is nourishing for your body and health. A delightful surprise will also be presented upon serving: when the hot broth is poured into the pot, mini-Tientsin pakchoi shaped like flowers will miraculously blossom, representing blooming prosperity.

Drunken Pot, multiple locations across Hong Kong

Salted egg yolk mahjong tier-ed cake at YUMCHA

YUM CHA

YUM CHA welcomes family reunions and LNY celebrations with a series of limited edition, photogenic dishes, and dim sum delicacies. The new menu features fun interpretations of Chinese New Year favourites, all created to bring luck and good fortune to the table. Our favourite is the Deep-Fried Sticky Dumplings with Minced Pork & Shrimp ($38): these glutinous rice balls are served in the shape of Chinese ingots, or “gold sycees”. Once used as currency in Imperial China, these ingots are powerful symbols of wealth. The crispy exterior of the dumplings contrast tastefully with the soft and savoury inside filling—and it doesn't hurt that they're so cute!

YUM CHA, multiple locations across Hong Kong

Sugarfina

For those who are not looking to dine out over the holidays, how about getting a Sugarfina® Mandarin Candy Bento Box™ ($888) to satisfy all the sweet-toothed within the family? The creatively stylish outer design was inspired by traditional snack boxes that traditionally house pastries, adorned in red and gold foil with 3D paper mandarins on top. Inside are eight candy cubes™, each containing one type of candy with a matching sticker of different colours and Chinese New Year greeting. Designed to be upcycled as a storage container, the Mandarin Candy Bento Box will continue to bring value long after the festivities conclude.

Sugarfina, multiple locations across Hong Kong

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Ching Yuen

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Having lived in Hong Kong, Beijing, and London sure is a fun fact whenever people try to guess Ching’s accent. She loves switching between all these language channels and her ‘mother tongue’ is just determined by how many drinks she’s had for the night! She loves movies, travelling, and exploring cities, from hidden alleys to gourmet dining, so feel free to hit her up if you need any suggestions for dinner!

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