The best family-style spreads and traditional feasts for the Lunar New Year!
Chinese New Year is early this year, so take advantage of the kids being off school and use the festivities as an excuse to gather the family together and head out! We’ve got you covered when hunger strikes – whether you’re looking for a family-style feast, seasonal spread or more traditional eats. Here’s our roundup of the best places to dine with your nearest and dearest this CNY.
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For sustainable, modern Cantonese food, John Anthony is the place to go. This Chinese New Year, it is bringing you a special set menu during lunch and dinner. Enjoy Steamed Prawn Dumplings with Kora Yuzu which are shaped like miniature tangerines (the symbol for good fortune) or the Steamed Beetroot Rice Roll, Crispy Prawn and Crab Meat which takes its inspiration from Chinese firecrackers. You and your kids won’t be leaving hungry!
When: Monday, 20 January to Saturday, 8 February, 2020
Where: Shop B01-B10, Basement One, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Set menu – $688 per person (plus 10% service charge, minimum four people booking)
Contact: 2898 3788, [email protected], www.johnanthony.hk
Treat your family to a Chinese New Year to remember at one Michelin-starred Duddell’s. This authentic Cantonese restaurant is pulling out all the stops by serving two special set menus to ring in the Year of the Rat. There will also be a range of Chinese New Year à la carte specials, dim sum selections and puddings.
Which family doesn’t need some wealth and prosperity? “The Year of Wealth” menu features a medley of Duddell’s popular dishes such as sautéed prawn, asparagus, Duddell’s signature XO sauce, crispy suckling pig and more; while “The Year of Prosperity” offers the ultimate experience of premium Cantonese ingredients, including double-boiled whole papaya, chicken and fish maw soup, hearty stuffed pigeon with foie gras, and Imperial Bird’s Nest with almond cream and sesame dumplings. Guests will also be able to order two classic Chinese New Year Puddings to take away, including a traditional sweet pudding with coconut milk ($298 per box) or the traditional savoury turnip pudding with Chinese cured sausages, conpoy and fried shrimps ($348 per box).
When: Chinese New Year Puddings available from now until the end of January; Chinese New Year Set Menus available from Friday, 13 January to Wednesday, 8 February, 2020
Where: Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Chinese New Year Puddings: $298 or $348; “The Year of Wealth” Menu: $1,088 per person; “The Year of Prosperity” Menu: $1,688 per person
Contact: 2525 9191, www.duddells.co
Indulge in the classic Cantonese Chinese New Year family dish – Poon Choi, otherwise known as “big bowl feast”. As the name suggests, it is a giant bowl full of all sorts of delicacies including dried oysters, conpoy, fish maw, fresh shrimp, roast goose, pork belly and more. If there was ever a place to try out a Poon Choi, Michelin-starred Yat Tung Heen is it! If you’d prefer a variety of dishes for the table, there is also a selection of set Spring Dinner menus (from $9,888 for a group of 12).
When: Saturday, 18 to Friday, 31 January, 2020
Where: Level B2, Eaton Hotel, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Traditional Poon Choi – $1,488 (for six people) or $2,800 (for 12 people); Deluxe Abalone Poon Choi – $1,980 (for six people) or $3,800 (for 12 people)
Contact: 2710 1093, [email protected], www.yattungheen.com
Bestowed with two Michelin stars, the Ying Jee Club is offering (for a limited time only) a Chinese New Year menu that is sure to impress. Guests can feast on classic items given a contemporary twist (think a taro puff with scallop and caviar, shaped as a lucky gold ingot). CNY is a time for the family to come together, so an eight-course sharing menu can be prepared for a table of 10 people ($12,888 plus service charge). Don’t worry, there’s a set menu available for smaller groups too!
When: CNY Set Menus – Wednesday, 15 January to Saturday, 8 February 2020; CNY Dim Sum and A La Carte – Saturday, 25 to Friday, 31 January 2020
Where: Ying Jee Club, 107-108 Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Eight-course set menu -$12,888 (plus 10% service charge) for a group of 10; smaller parties $2,288 per person (plus 10% service charge)
Contact: 2801 6882, www.yingjeeclub.hk
It wouldn’t be dim sum without some seasonal festive dishes. Welcome the year of the rat at Dim Sum Library, featuring dishes like ox tongue and tomato broth deep-fried dumplings, taking the form of three “Fortune Orbs”, and “Ingot Treasure” Kumquat rice cakes, which are neatly presented in little yellow bao. The kids are sure to love the festive presentation.
When: Saturday, 18 January to Saturday, 8 February, 2020
Where: 124, 1/F, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Various prices; Fortune Orbs – $108; Ingot Treasure – $58
With another Michelin Star to add to its accolades, Ming Court is a safe bet for families seeking a quality, high-end Chinese New Year feast. There are dim sum specials like Baked Whole Abalone and Diced Chicken Crisp Puff Pastry ($68 per piece) and Pan-Fried Yunnan Black Truffle and Assorted Mushroom Bun ($88 for three pieces) which are sure to please. If you feel like really indulging, splurge on the Whole Abalone with Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Shiitake Mushroom, Dried Oyster, Conpoy and Lettuce Braised in Clay Pot ($1,088). Don’t worry, there are also the more wallet-friendly Baked Stuffed Sea Whelk with Parmesan Cheese in Portuguese Sauce ($188) or the Stir-Fried Fish Maw and Shrimp ($508), which should not be missed.
When: Friday, 24 January to Sunday, 2 February, 2020
Where: Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Price varies depending on the dish
Contact: 3552 3028, [email protected], www.cordishotels.com
YUM CHA has long been a favourite family dim sum restaurant with its cute and colourful creations. And this CNY, it’s launched a selection of dishes to bring health, wealth and prosperity to diners across Hong Kong. Kids are sure to love the fun interpretations of Chinese New Year favourites including deep-fried sticky dumplings with minced pork and shrimp ($38 for three), assorted mushrooms, shrimp roe and sea cucumber dumplings ($48 for three) and salted egg yolk layered cake ($38 for three). Diners can also choose from two lo hei Prosperity Toss dishes, perfect to share with friends and family. Symbolising the blessing of good fortune in the upcoming year, opt for either the mini smoked salmon prosperity toss ($168) or the mini prosperity toss with chicken ($168), and top your whole feast off with a sharing plate of steamed Sabah grouper with fried rice in soup ($218).
Enjoy one (or more!) of the auspicious dishes crafted by Executive Chinese Chef, Johnny Chan at Sing Yin. As with all Chinese New Year dishes, these are steeped in tradition and well wishes. We look forward to trying the Sautéed Scallops with Cordyceps Flower and Elm Fungus, Braised Whole South African Abalone with Sea Moss, Dried Oyster and Seasonal Vegetable, and Sautéed Prawns and Crispy Prawns with Vegetable. Grab the family to enjoy this hearty meal!
When: Saturday, 25 January to Saturday, 8 February, 2020
Where: Sing Yin, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Festive dishes range from $118 to $668 per serve; Set menus range from $498 per person for lunch and up to $8,000 for a table of eight at dinner
Contact: 3717 2848, [email protected], www.marriott.com
Looking for an elegant restaurant to have a celebratory CNY meal before flying out for the holidays? The Terrace is located at the Airport World Trade Centre (attached to Terminal 2) and boasts expansive views over the airport and Lantau Island. The 10-course Spring Celebration menu is designed especially for groups wishing to experience a Cantonese culinary journey.
Where: 7/F, Airport World Trade Centre, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Terminal 2 Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island
How much: Five people – $3,580; 10 people – $6,888 (includes 10 courses and two hours free-flow beer, orange juice and soft drinks)
Contact: 3153 2331, [email protected]k.com, www.wtchkia.com/the-terrace
Chinese Regional Cuisine
Bring the family together for a fiery meal at Chilli Fagara with ingredients that promote prosperity and good fortune. All the dishes have been thoughtfully put together to celebrate the holiday with tradition in mind. Expect classics like a whole fish, in this case, it’s a Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish (with head and tail intact to get the year off to a good start and avoid bad luck!) or if power and prestige are more your thing, order the Mini Lion’s Head (with Chinese meatballs and greens as a mane).
When: Saturday, 18 to Friday, 31 January, 2020
Where: G/F, 7 Old Bailey Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Various prices depending on dishes ordered
Contact: 2796 6866, [email protected], www.chillifagara.com
Mott 32 is preparing some standout dishes this Chinese New Year using auspicious ingredients for the season (sea cucumber, abalone and coral garoupa fish to name a few) to bring diners abundance and luck for the year of the rat. Treat yourself to Whole Atlantic Lobster Salad with Australian Abalone and Homemade Sauce ($1,088) or Stir-Fried Australian Wagyu M9+ Sirloin with Black Beans Sauce, Chilli ($488). Enjoy these dishes alongside its Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing-style favourites like Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck and Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork Glazed With Yellow Mountain Honey. It will be a meal to remember!
When: Saturday, 25 January to Sunday, 9 February, 2020
Where: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Price varies depending on the dish
Contact: 2898 3788, [email protected], www.mott32.com
We know the family will love ushering in new beginnings with the Yee Sang Platter ($358) at Ho Lee Fook. This colourful, Singaporean dish is made with a sweet and sour yuzu and plum dressing drizzled on top of Hamachi sashimi and shredded veggies topped with sesame seeds, peanuts and crispy wonton skins. Mix your own at the table while belting out blessings and well wishes for the New Year. The higher you toss, the greater your luck! Taking the extended family and friends along? Groups can choose from two banquet menus; the Golden Dragon or the Double Happiness.
When: Friday, 24 to Friday, 31 January, 2020
Where: 3-5 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong
How much: Yee Sang Platter – $358; Golden Dragon menu – $538 per person (plus 10% service charge); Double Happiness menu – $678 per person (plus 10% service charge)
Contact: 2810 0860, [email protected], www.holeefook.com.hk
The restaurants of Tai Kwun have quickly become family favourites. Presenting a special eight-dish menu, including the signature Chrysanthemum “Thousand Cut” Silken Tofu in Chicken Soup, The Chinese Library’s Chinese New Year is not to be missed. Symbolising longevity to wish good health for the new year ahead, standout creations also include Wagyu beef rib with dill butter toast, and the limited-edition fresh abalone, chopped chilli peppers and scallions, topped with clove fish to usher in an abundance of wealth.
When: Available from Friday, 10 January to Sunday, 9 February, 2020
Where: Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,088 per person
Contact: 2848 3088, www.chineselibrary.com.hk
Hutong always knows how to entertain the kids and on weekends and public holidays this month, the family-friendly Feng Wei Brunch will be full of festivities, including calligraphy, a Dragon and Lion Dance Puppet Show and getting the kids to shape their own sweet, fried “Yau Gok” dumplings. Top it off by hanging a wish on Hutong’s wishing tree and you are assured of a great day out.
Otherwise, head out for dinner to enjoy a nine-dish celebratory menu. The Lo Hei Salad with lobster, salmon and sweet plum sauce is sure to bring good fortune, while other highlights include steamed Hokkaido scallops with chilli and black garlic, and Hutong’s signature aromatic Peking duck. For dessert, enjoy special “Double Happiness” dumplings served in warm ginger soup.
Plus, on Sunday 26, January, guests will be able to enjoy panoramic views overlooking Hong Kong harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui while feasting on a 12-dish special menu. Dishes include spotted grouper in spicy black bean sauce, black truffle chicken with Yunnan mushrooms, and the Chinese New Year special “Double Happiness” Dumplings.
When: Chinese New Year Nine-Dish Menu available from Friday, 10 January to Sunday, 9 February; Feng Wei Brunch on weekends and public holidays; Fireworks 12-Dish Menu on Sunday 26, January, 2020
Where: 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Chinese New Year Nine-Dish Menu: $1,098 per person; Fireworks 12-Dish Menu: $1,288 per person; Feng Wei Brunch: $468 per person (plus additional $200 per person for three-hours free-flow Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin NV; $350 per person for free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut NV; or $480 per person for free-flow Ruinart rosé NV)
Contact: 3428 8342, www.hutong.com.hk
Chinese New Year is a time for the family to come together and Old Bailey is honouring this tradition by serving a family-style menu that pays tribute to age-old culinary traditions. Home to modern Jiangnan cuisine, Executive Chef Wong Kwan Man has created a menu full symbolic festive foods, including dumplings, fish and rice cakes — which are all commonly interpreted to bring wealth, fortune, good health and longevity. Highlights include the Family Pot (a sharing-style pot of Shanghainese delicacies in a nourishing pork and chicken soup) and Mandarin fish with a traditional sweet and sour sauce, braised pigs trotters and savoury Shanghainese Ningbo rice cakes.
When: Available from Friday, 20 January to Thursday, 9 February, 2020
Where: 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Old Bailey Chinese New Year Celebration Menu: $2,588 for four; $3,888 for six; $7,688 for 12; extra $600 per extra head
Contact: 2877 8711, www.oldbailey.hk
The whole family is sure to love a feast at the Salted Pig for a western take on Chinese New Year dishes. The (affordable) set menu the “Hei Hei” snack platter (with yuzu chicken wings, crispy pork skin crackers, battered shrimp and piggy riblets), “Fat Choi” seafood risotto, crispy “Bok Bok Chui” pork knuckle and “Lucky” golden whole suckling pig and more! With five family-friendly locations across Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories (as well as offering delivery options) your festive meal couldn’t be easier.
Ovolo Hotels — Te Quiero Mucho Central and Southside, VEDA and Komune
Guests at any of the Ovolo Hotels’ restaurants this year will receive a lucky red packet! Good fortunes await as your packets are filled with special offers. You might find “a white wine in your near future,” or perhaps it’ll be a cocktail, cake or another special CNY surprise.
When: Vouchers handed out Saturday, 25 to Tuesday, 28 January and can be redeemed anytime before Tuesday, 31 March, 2020
Where: Various locations
How much: Regular menu available
Contact: Komune – www.komune.com.hk; VEDA – www.veda.com.hk; TQM Central – www.mojonomad.com/central/te-quiero-mucho; TQM Southside – www.ovolohotels.com.hk/ovolosouthside/tqm/
The Chinese aren’t the only ones celebrating the new lunar year, it is also time for the Vietnamese to come together for Têt! Chôm Chôm is bringing back its crowd-pleasing Thit Kho Tau — sliced pork belly marinated and braised with young coconut juice, and served with a soft boiled egg, rice and pickles. This is Vietnamese home-cooking at its best, using simple ingredients that come together to make something rich and celebratory. It’s being served up for a limited time only with a Seafood Vietnamese Soup and Oxtail in a brown butter nuoc cham with morning glory.
When: Saturday, 25 to Tuesday, 28 January, 2020
Where: 58-60 Peel Street, Soho, Hong Kong
How much: Thit Kho Tau – $168; Seafood Vietnamese Soup – $158; Oxtail – $158
Contact: 2810 0850, [email protected], www.chomchom.com.hk
Middle Eastern favourite BEDU is drawing local inspiration this long weekend as it brings you a long lunch brunch menu. Enjoy specials representing the Chinese New Year wishes; Wealth, Prosperity, Good Fortune, Growth and Succession. Think steamed prawn dumplings with jasmine tea and orange blossom broth (wealth and good luck), alongside whole steamed fish with shredded garlic, ginger and chilli salad, zhoug and sesame oil (to bring prosperity) and Luo Buo Gao skewers with chargrilled turnip cake, black garlic and pickled chilli (for good fortune).
When: Saturday, 25 to Tuesday, 28 January, 2020
Where: 40 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Various prices depending on dishes ordered
Contact: 2320 4450, [email protected], www.bedurestaurant.com
Which family doesn’t love a good buffet? KITCHEN is drawing on the expert skills of the chefs at Sing Yin to bring several auspicious dishes to its famous dinner buffet. You can try out the Braised sea cucumber with pak choy and abalone sauce, Dried oyster with sea moss and Steamed fresh abalone with tangerine peel (which symbolises wishes for luck, wealth and prosperity in the new year) or the mouth-watering”‘Lo Hei” salad (tossing up good fortune). Does your family need an abundance of wealth and long life? Try out the delicious Drunken chicken roll with goji berries and spring onion, Golden prawns in salted egg yolk and Double-boiled chicken soup with fish maw. Not so into Chinese cuisine? Even the fussiest little mouths to feed will find something at the live carving station, chilled fresh seafood bar, or (if all else fails) the festive sweet treats. This is a great all-round crowd-pleaser.
When: Friday, 24 to Wednesday, 29 January, 2020
Where: W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: 24, 25 and 26 January – adults $738, kids (4 to 11) – $448; 26 January – adults $678, kids (4 to 11) $408
Not many would want to pass up dinner with a spectacular view! Leave the kids at home and head over to Tsim Sha Tsui for a date night. Wooloomooloo Prime has put together a special 5-course menu for the evening featuring Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio, Duck Liver Parfait and Roasted Tomato & Capsicum Velouté to start, followed by a surf or turf choice of Wooloomooloo’s signature Grilled Australian 200-day Grain-fed Sirloin or Olive Oil Poached John Dory Fillets. Top it all off with an Australian-style Hazelnut Pavlova (it is also Australia Day after all!).
Feature image courtesy of Dim Sum Library, image 1 courtesy of John Anthony, image 2 courtesy of Yat Tung Heen, image 3 courtesy of Dim Sum Library, image 4 courtesy of Ming Court, image 5 courtesy of YUM CHA, image 6 courtesy of Sing Yin Cantonese Cuisine, image 7 courtesy of Mott 32, image 8 courtesy of Hutong, image 9 courtesy of The Salted Pig, image 10 courtesy of Chôm Chôm, image 11 courtesy of KITCHEN.