How and where to enjoy family reunion dinners this year.
With the kids being off school and home learning, treat the family to a feast! Whether you enjoy festive rituals such as the “Lo Hei” or Prosperity Toss salad (toss it up for good luck!) or prefer a modern take on these delicacies, there is sure to be something for you. You could head out for a socially-distanced meal at a restaurant or get a “Poon Choi”(a festive, communal dish) takeaway or delivery that you can share with your family overseas via Zoom! We’ve picked some of the many great options available that will please even the fussiest of eaters (don’t forget that there is plenty to please those with a sweet tooth as well!). Here’s your ultimate CNY dining guide.
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
CNY Dining: Restaurant Offerings And Festive Menus
Traditional CNY Menus
Crystal Lotus, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Crystal Lotus will be serving up the Prosperity Year dinner set menu, with dishes such as suckling pig and wok-fried prawns. More Chinese New Year-themed dishes will also be available at the restaurants at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Explorers Lodge. You can also order a “Poon Choi” takeaway and get two sets of complimentary 15th-anniversary chopsticks.
Give the kids a taste of tradition this year at Hutong with a 10-dish CNY feast. Start the celebrations off with Lo Hei featuring Yellowfin tuna and Hokkaido scallops. Make sure you shout and toss the salad as high as you can to attract good fortune – the kids are sure to love the spectacle! The Chinese New Year lunch is available from Monday, 8 to Monday, 15 February. Hutong is also offering a seafood Poon Choi for 6 to 8 people, for those who would rather dine at home.
KITCHEN, W Hotel
This Chinese New Year, KITCHEN will serve its popular buffet with CNY highlights. The Instagram-worthy live station will feature the vibrant Lo Hei salad toss and a mini Poon Choi to bring in wealth and abundance to diners.
CNY Feasts With A Difference
Chinese New Year meets Spanish tapas at La Rambla. The CNY brunch menu (available on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 February only) is called “La Subasta del Buey” or “the auction of the ox” in Spanish. Naturally, there’s a strong focus on beef dishes such as the tenderloin sando, beef skewer, wagyu beef cheek paella and more, followed by seafood specialities and unlimited Spanish dessert. If you would prefer to order at home, you can via Alfred’s delivery platform for 2 to 8 people (from Monday, 1 to Tuesday, 16 February).
Zuma is offering its signature Japanese izakaya twist on Chinese New Year dining. You can expect roasted lobster with garlic, shiso and ponzu (to symbolise life and good luck), Chilean sea bass with green chilli ginger dressing (to bring you abundance) and more unique dishes. Your children can also enjoy Zuma’s popular weekend brunch, which has many kid-friendly options.
This seafood specialist is offering a Good Luck CNY feast to ring in good luck, wealth and prosperity with a wide menu of auspicious dishes. Expect a whole Maine lobster (a nod to the Chinese tradition of consuming a whole fish), shrimp and crab linguine and more. Kids will love the Nutella puff dessert. The festive menu is available from Wednesday, 10 to Wednesday, 17 February for dine-in and takeaway.
CNY Dining: Takeaways, Deliveries And Hampers
Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s is offering two CNY delivery sets, a Poon Choi set and more, available on Jia Everywhere. The CNY sets include traditional favourites such as deep-fried Alaska king crab puff in lobster broth and fried glutinous rice with Chinese preserved meat. You can also order traditional CNY cakes that come in special edition boxes designed by G.O.D. (Goods of Desire).
This is for all the crab-loving families. Order artistically-presented designer Poon Choi with signature hairy crab in a new twist on this timeless tradition. All orders have to be placed at least five working days ahead, with deliveries for the day scheduled between 3pm and 6pm.
Hotpot restaurant, The Drunken Pot is offering a takeaway Poon Choi this year. Three variations of the festive tradition are available, perfect for family stay-at-home gatherings of 6 to 12 people. These can be picked up from the restaurants in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui or you can opt for delivery (all orders need to be placed a day in advance). All Poon Chois can be reheated over any open fire or induction cooker, or a convenient complimentary gas cooker can be rented, subject to a deposit paid. The restaurant also has a hearty version of Hong Kong-style Chinese braised lamb stew, a popular Cantonese winter-warmer dish.
The Drunken Pot, Shop 1, 2/F, Observatory Road 8, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2321 9038
Dynasty, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong
Enjoy the Poon Choi specially crafted by Dynasty culinary team for takeaway only. This 4-person set comprises traditional nourishing and auspicious ingredients, such as whole fish maw, abalone, dried scallop, sea moss, “fortune” turnip and more with complimentary chinaware.
Dynasty – Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.marriott.com
CNY Dining: Puddings And Chocolates
Traditional CNY Puddings
China Tang is offering two hearty puddings this year. The traditional CNY turnip pudding is made with fresh radish, layered with Chinese sausage, shrimp paste, dried tiger shrimps, homemade shrimp roe and Sakura shrimp. For those who prefer a sweet pudding, there is a healthy brown sugar rice pudding.
Featuring the finest natural ingredients from Taiwan, this restaurant has been making traditional CNY pudding for four years now. The sweet pudding with Taiwan dried longan & brown sugar, and the savoury turnip option are both extremely popular.
KiKi Noodle Bar, various locations across Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/kikinoodlebarhk
This is a traditional rice cake, but reinvented. The red date and mandarin glutinous pound cake comes in a beautiful box and has a unique, moist and gooey texture.
當文歷餅店 by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2613 8618
Chocolates & Candies
Lady M has come up with a beautiful, limited-edition candy gift set with individually packaged gummies and chocolates, each one picked to bring in good fortune in the Year of the Ox. These include tangerine-flavoured and ox-shaped strawberry gummies, hazelnuts dipped in chocolates and more. The gift sets are available at select Lady M boutiques across the city.
Charbonnel et Walker presents special Chinese New Year truffles in a handcrafted red and gold box. Other than the popular dark chocolates, pistachio truffles are also available. In Chinese culture, pistachios are symbolic of happiness, making these a great gifting choice for CNY. These limited-edition goodies are available online and at the brand new pop-up in Central.
Charbonnel et Walker, 1/F, Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong, www.charbonnel.com.hk
Paul Lafayet is offering a three-tier Golden Ox Gift Box for CNY, designed by talented French illustrator Emilie Sarnel. The first tier combines a base of chocolate cookie topped with macaron, the second layer consists of Napolitains, hazelnut milk pralines and pistachio & almond nougat. The third tier is a special fine bone porcelain dish, with artwork of a gilded cow with a flowery meadow.