Chinese New Year is just around the corner (Kung Hei Fat Choy!). Begin the Year of the Tiger the right way by sharing a CNY meal or menu to welcome the new lunar year together. Yes, this will be another year of disrupted Chinese New Year restaurant dining (and, as always, be sure to check the most up-to-date details on restrictions and openings); but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some superb food. Here’s how!
Famous roasted goose and more
Iconic Cantonese restaurant Yung Kee has two Chinese New Year takeaway menus available for family dining, from now until 3 February. The sets are priced at $3,880 and $2,880 each for six people; they include plenty of classics, from Yung Kee’s Signature Roasted Goose, to Sauteed Garoupa Fillet with Black Bean, Pan-fried Oysters with Black Pepper, Sauteed Broccoli with Mushroom in Oyster Sauce, and Fried Sticky Rice with Home-made Signature Cured Meat.
32-40 Wellington Street, Central
2522 1624 | yungkee.com.hk
A spicy start to the year!
Chilli Fagara is welcoming the Year of the Tiger with a lavish Sichuan spread highlighting its signature Ma La Tang flavours. These are based on the Chinese concepts of numbing (ma), burning (la) and neutral (tang). Available until 15 February, there’s a new menu featuring the likes of Stir-fried Premium Mud Crab with chilli and Sichuan peppercorn, golden crispy Tea Fragrant Chicken, and vegetarian Taro Bird Nest with Water Bamboo and Wild Mushrooms.
You’ll also find premium hand-curated CNY gift hampers to impress any foodie friend or family member. They feature traditional ingredients for cooking at home, artisanal teas and tea cups, dining vouchers for Chilli Fagara and more. (Small and Premium Hampers, $698 and $1,388 respectively.)
7 Old Bailey Street, Central
2796 6866 | chillifagara.com | IG @chilli.fagara
Time to feed the tiger?
At Cruise, a special CNY “Feed The Tiger” dining menu is available from 31 January to 3 February. Priced from $594 per person, the modern Asian menu includes some enticing dishes; we love the sound of the giant tiger prawns with wok-fried mushrooms, asparagus, kimchi and shiso; and also the M4 wagyu sirloin, served with tamarind, pomelo, green tomato (and crispy crackling!). Finish with a coconut panna cotta with kaffir lime and mango compote!
The restaurant’s rooftop vantage point with views over Victoria Harbour makes for a lovely Chinese New Year bonus. The menu is for a minimum of two diners and includes a bottle of sparkling wine.
23/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, 1 North Point Estate Lane
3896 9898 | IG @cruisehk | Book online here
Nom noms at Jom
Modern Singaporean restaurant Jom has crafted some special CNY menus as its way of greeting the Year of the Tiger. There’s a six-course option aimed at three to four diners ($888) and an eight-course option for six to eight ($1,388). Highlights include a Yu Sheng Platter (for the traditional tossing in the air with chopsticks) that comes piled high with salmon sashimi, mixed vegetables, golden crackers and plum sauce. Signature specials that follow include Mee Siam – vemicelli noodles with fresh prawns – and a CNY exclusive, Ayam Masak Merah (red-cooked chicken) and Salted Egg Prawns, with a rich golden colour to signify wealth and prosperity.
Jom will also be spreading seasonal joy by giving out red packets with dining coupons and other goodies.
7 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai
6426 3084 | eatjom.com
Classics and clay pots
Popular one-Michelin-star Chinese restaurant Yat Tung Heen is a great choice for a Lunar New Year celebration, with chef-curated specials available from 1 to 15 February, and takeaway unti 13 February. (Orders over $1,000 attract a 15 percent discount.)
There’s a set menu that takes the fuss out of choosing; it’s $3,388 for four people, with a feast of seafood dishes, Chinese classics and more. Or, stick with à la carte and opt for festive highlights such as the Steamed Fresh Leopard Coral Garoupa (HK$1,680); this is an iconic dish that symbolises wealth and abundance. Yat Tung Heen’s newest seasonal dim sum selection is also a must try (from $68 for three pieces). And a range of delish-sounding clay-pot dishes are available for takeaway too.
Level B2, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon
2710 1093 | yattungheen.com
Lobster lo hei!
Menus at Mott 32 are known for their premium ingredients, time-honoured techniques and a modern approach; all three of those aspects are in play this Chinese New Year, with specially-crafted dishes to honour the celebration in style. Even the traditional “Lo Hei” dish is given a tweak here, featuring the likes of lobster and abalone that you toss as high as you can to gain more luck for 2022. More seafood features on the menu, too – for example in the Deep Fried Giant Prawns; as does traditional poultry, in the form of Braised Duck with Taro and Plum Sauce. The Tri-Coloured Fried Rice featuring auspicious colours is lots of fun too. The menu is available from 1 to 15 February, with last orders at 5pm.
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road, Central
mott32.com | IG: @mott32hk
Cantonese with a unique touch
Another of Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurants, Duddell’s is offering a wide range of new menus for Chinese New Year, including limited-edition CNY puddings, gift sets and hampers, as well as Chinese New Year dim sum specials, set menus and takeaway options. Until 30 January, traditional sweet and savoury snacks can be ordered online; they come packaged in limited-edition boxes crafted by the team at G.O.D.
Among the special menus available for dining are two tasting feasts; there’s a six-course option ($1,088 per person) and an eight-course option ($1,888), all featuring the best of Duddell’s authentic flavours and presentations. Eating at home? Order one of the restaurant’s annual Poon Choi feasts (here).
Level 3, 1 Duddell Street, Central
2525 9191 | duddells.co
Seafood treats and tasty meats
At funky Chinese restaurant Ho Lee Fook, you have the option of enjoying a CNY menu in the restaurant or the comfort of home. The takeaway version costs $1,888 for four people, and starts with a range of moreish snacks – we’re eyeing off the Spicy Wagyu Short Rib San Choi Bao in particular! A variety of roast meat dishes follows, including Kurobuta Char Siu (honey-glazed and charcoal-grilled), Crispy Skin Three Yellow Chicken (half), and Roast Goose (quarter) with plum sauce. You also get a “prosperity toss” Lo Hei Lo Mein featuring caviar, golden scallop and more, plus sides and Ho Lee Fook’s Almond Mahjong Biscuits to finish.
The dine-in version (from $888 each) features several of those highlights while adding the likes of Steamed Live Razor Clams served with fried aged garlic and premium soy sauce, and Australian Lobster with Cheesy Sauce, Seaweed Butter and E-Fu Noodles. Finish in style with the Chinese New Year Sticky Rice Cake Waffle with Coconut Sorbet.
3-5 Elgin Street, Soho
2810 0860 | holeefook.com.hk
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