Chinese New Year is a welcome celebration for us after the inevitable New Year’s comedown – just over two weeks of feasting coupled with fireworks, flowers, red envelopes and general merriment. In 2018, CNY begins on Friday, 16 February. Here’s our carefully curated list of what’s taken our fancy this Lunar New Year:
The BonBonist’s Auspicious Treasure Trove
Instead of the ubiquitous nian ago (sticky rice pudding), we’d much rather gift (and receive) stylish confectionist The BonBonist’s East-meets-West Auspicious Treasure Trove ($628), beautifully packaged to the max. It showcases a selection of eight bonbons – including four CNY-inspired sweets (think mandarin and chocolate) – and comes with a cool tote bag and lai see packets.
Shop 200E, 2/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3488 6163
Bed-and-breakfast getaway at The Langham
If you’re thinking of a staycation this CNY, The Langham’s Celebrate Chinese New Year room package sounds like a good ‘un. The $2,400 price tag includes one night in a recently refurbished Deluxe City View Room (complete with faux fireplace!), a lavish buffet breakfast for two at The Food Gallery and $200 hotel dining credits. You could turn your stay into a full-on blowout by making a booking at the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred T’ang Court for a seasonal feast prepared by Chef Kwong Wai Keung.
8 Peking Road, TST, 2378 9988, email@example.com
CNY hampers that celebrate local farming
HK’s first online farmers’ market, Jou Sun, has collaborated with local historic farming co-op Yi O on Lantau Island to produce a selection of hampers for eco-conscious gift-giving. They include several packets of locally made secret-recipe vegetarian sauces as well as Yi O’s fragrant rice. Hamper prices range from $243–283. Click here to order.
15 days of auspicious dining at Mott 32
Glam Chinese restaurant Mott 32 always comes to mind for special occasions, and Chef Lee Man Sing’s CNY menu (individual dishes are priced at $198–688), available for 15 days for lunch and dinner from 16 February, with the dishes symbolising wealth and prosperity, couldn’t be more impressive in both ingredients – including Atlantic lobster, king prawns, free-range chicken and Ibérico pork ribs – and presentation. It’s a splurge that’ll be worth it.
Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4–4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 2885 8688
Contemporary dim sum brunch at Fang Fang
Head to Fang Fang on Saturday, 17 February for their special CNY Prosperity Brunch ($398; +$150 for free-flow Moët), showcasing Chef Kent Lee’s new dim sum dishes as well as his take on the traditional lucky Cantonese raw-fish salad, lo hei, made with Norwegian salmon. If you’ll be sleeping in, you could instead opt for the restaurant’s CNY dinner menu ($888) for a bang-up spread of dim sum, pork ribs in red wine, Chilean sea bass with forest honey and more.
8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2983 9083
Maggie & Rose’s CNY BBQ
Private family members’ club Maggie & Rose is opening up its beachfront doors – and awesome rooftop – to non-members on Saturday, 24 February from 7–9:30pm for a family-friendly BBQ grilling up the likes of roast duck bao, HK-style braised pork belly with tomato sauce, sautéed shrimp with broccoli, red bean soup and mango pudding. Prices start from $480 for adults and $230 for kids aged 2–10. For reservations and more info, phone 2638 7191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2638 7191
The Whole Hog with Chef Nate Green
We heart Rhoda’s chef Nate Green, who is passionately committed to sourcing meat from happy animals and using every inch of them. The chef is going off-piste this CNY with this all-you-can-eat Whole Hog feast from 12pm on Saturday, 17 February ($320), which features a whole roasted Wicks Manor Farm pig, along with a bunch of uniquely tempting fixin’s – we really like the sound of the charred creamed corn with harissa, kimchi coleslaw and long bean salad with miso mushrooms – a selection of sauces and dressings and ginger biscuit trifle for dessert. Two-hour free-flow packages can be added for an additional $238–298. Book in advance here.
G/F, Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West. Shek Tong Tsui, 2177 5050
So we know that fireworks are all the rage come CNY, with restaurants-with-a-view doing all they can to promote their Lunar New Year specials. But for an alternative view of the fireworks on Saturday the 17th (head’s up: they kick off at 8pm), we suggest hopping aboard red-sailed junk aqua luna or blue-and-white dragon-bedecked aqua luna II to be right in the midst of all the action. The $1,188 price tag ($788 for kids) includes drinks and canapés. Visit this website for more information.
Piña colada shortcakes that do good
CNY sweets are often too heavy and rich for our tastes, so that’s why home-grown brand Moreish’s buttery yet light pineapple- and coconut-flavoured shortcakes have taken our fancy. The CNY gift box ($138) would make for a tasty and affordable treat. Even better, the shortcakes are made in partnership with Gingko House, which offers employment opportunities to senior citizens. Order online.
Chinese afternoon tea at Kerry Hotel
Hung Hom’s newly opened Kerry Hotel is a showstopper, notable for its F&B elements. Lobby Lounge’s limited-time Chinese afternoon tea set, available until 4 March 2018 ($468 for 2), presents hand-picked teas from Taiwan’s Riyang Teayard. Accompanying the cha are sweet and savoury tea-inspired delights including foie gras torchon with oolong tea, caramel and black tea opera cake and chestnut délice with roasted oolong tea. Click here to book.
1/F, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, 2252 5237
Canelés with a Chinese twist
Canelés, oh how we love you. We can never resist these bite-sized confections from Bordeaux, with their crisp, caramelised outer shell contrasting with the custardy, rum-scented core, and we think Le Canelé d’Or bakes up the most authentic canelés in HK. For CNY, they’re adding some extra somethings to their original flavours in the form of mandarin and black sesame maple. Gift boxes range from $30 for one medium-sized canéle to $208 for nine medium-sized canelés plus a bottle of sweet wine Château de Bastard from Bordeaux. Check out the Good Fortune collection here.
Feel-good feasting at Hotel ICON
We’ve always enjoyed our visits to TST East’s tucked-away gem Hotel ICON, and even more so now that they’ve implemented technology to convert food waste into water (which is then used to irrigate their beautiful indoor vertical garden)! For Chinese New Year, chow down on Cantonese restaurant Above & Beyond’s special dishes like Marinated Shredded Crispy Skin Chicken with Pomelo ($368) and Wok-fried Prawns with Shrimp Roe and Lotus Root ($368) (available until 5 March 2018) for a meal that’s kind to your taste-buds and the environment.
28/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, 3400 1318
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