Chinese New Year is just around the corner, beginning on 31 January 2014, and Hong Kong is the place to get into the spirit of this age-old celebration. We’ve thrown a few ideas out there for getting involved, from filling yourself with auspicious food and gawping at the fireworks with a glass of bubbly in hand, to giving your home a few red and gold touches. Enjoy!
Chinese New Year Dim Sum bash
If free-flow dim sum and wine sounds like your kind of thing, join Eddie McDougall and The Flying Winemaker team for a ‘boozy Dim Sum party’ on Sunday 19 January 2014 from 3-5pm. The dress code is local chic and the tickets are $320 per person.
G/F, 1 Ngan Mok Street, Tin Hau
Watch the Chinese New Year fireworks in style
Fancy a bird’s eye view of the fireworks over Victoria Harbour on 1 February? Book a table at Mandarin Oriental’s Michelin-starred restaurant Pierre or traditional Cantonese hotspot Man Wah, both way up high on the 25th floor, and tuck into eight-course celebratory menus. Otherwise, sip on a glass of bubbly at M Bar, with a view of the fireworks show thrown in for free.
5 Connaught Road, Central
Opulent home accessories from Tequila Kola
As Chinese New Year is typically a time of renewal and spring cleaning, restyle your home with a few auspicious red and gold home accessories. Splash out on Tequila Kola’s opulent Ashley chaise longue in red paprika microvelvet (HK$11,900) or scatter some golden glamour with cushions from their Mustard Mania collection (HK$320 each).
1/F, Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau
Traditional Cantonese cuisine at One Harbour Road
You’ll feel like you’re in a high society, 1930s-era Chinese mansion at One Harbour Road on the 7th and 8th floors of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Executive chef Li Shu Tim has prepared a special lunch and dinner menu, featuring the likes of Salmon Sashimi Salad with Hamachi and Salmon Roe, and Steamed Fresh Garoupa with Gin Seng, Red Dates and Chrysanthemum. Available from 25 January to 10 February, the 6-course set menu is HK$1,088 + 10% per person.
1 Harbour Road
Thoughtfulness need not see you trawling around the shops. Hop online and order one of Gift Hampers’ 20 Chinese New Year baskets, with prices ranging from $399 to $3,388. We’re secretly hoping to find their Golden Hamper on our doorstep. Kee Wah Bakery butter eggrolls, puddings and handmade candies would go down a treat, as would the Morish almonds, Belgian pralines and French truffles. And that’s not all you’ll find inside the gift box…
Gorgeous cushions from TREE
Nod to the Lunar New Year with TREE’s majestic horse-print cushions. Printed using eco-friendly, water-based inks, they’ll bring a subtle touch of the Orient to your home.
Hampers from Oliver’s The Delicatessen
We wouldn’t turn up our noses at a hamper from Oliver’s The Delicatessen, we’ll tell you that much. Especially not their top-of-the range deluxe number (HK$3688) crammed with Perrier Jouet Brut champagne, Lavazza Quality Oro Ground Coffee and Bagottes Dark and Milk Crepes Assortment Gift Box. Available until 27 January, there are smaller hampers too, which would certainly make for happy family, friends and colleagues. The Delightful Hamper is $568 and full of fruity goodness, with oranges, red apples, dried cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, and much more.
201-205, 2/F Prince’s Building, 10 Charter Road, Central
Gift sets from GREAT The Food Hall
Give your family and friends a healthy start to the New Year with a sweet Japanese fruit set (priced from HK$288 to HK$498). GREAT’s Printed Kinsei Apple and Mutsu Apple box serves up rosy red Mutsu apples and golden Kinsei apples, each with a little message printed on top.
Basement, Two Pacific Place, Queensway
Duddell’s Limited-Edition Chinese New Year Cake Boxes
Duddell’s is giving CNY an artsy edge, collaborating with Hong Kong artist Stanley Wong, aka anothermountainman, to offer limited-edition gifts and treats. From 13 to 31 January 2014, Duddell’s Michelin starred Executive Chef Siu Hin-Chi’s traditional New Year Cake (HK$260) and Turnip Cake (HK$310) will be presented in these special edition tins, which incorporate artwork by celebrated Chinese artist Hang Zhiying, and show children happily celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Mandarin cocktails at Common Room
Sip on a Mandarin Stud ($115) at Lan Kwai Fong’s newest gastrobar, Common Room. Think yummy Vodka Mandarin, Lemon Juice, Raspberry Muddle and a raw egg. We reckon you’ll definitely order more than one!
8-12 Wo On Lane, Wo Building, Central District
Pick up a few puddings (and red packets) from Hullett House
A Chinese New Year feast wouldn’t be complete without delectable puddings, and we’re loving the sound of Hullett House’s collection. Specially concocted by signature Cantonese Restaurant Loong Toh Yuen, you can snap up two all-time favourite flavours, the traditional Chinese New Year Pudding (HK$138) and Cantonese Turnip Cake (HK$138), along with a one-of-a-kind pudding, Green Tea and Red Date Pudding with Flaxseed (HK$168). What’s more, buy two or more boxes of puddings, and you’ll get this fab’ drawstring purse in peony floral print as well as celebratory red packets gratis (while stocks last, of course).
1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon