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’re making sure we have 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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Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a decadent feast at Michelin-starred Duddell’s. Choose from two limited edition Chinese New Year menus, featuring signature favourites such as roasted suckling pig, crispy salted chicken, and stuffed crab shell with fresh crab meat and onion. Although the restaurant doesn’t have a kids menu, you can always order items a la carte for smaller appetites (congee starts from $25 per portion, while the sweetcorn broth is $180). Feeling festive? Gift wishes of health and prosperity with a sweet New Year cake ($288) or a savoury turnip cake ($338), designed in collaboration with Goods of Desire and featuring hand-drawn traditional patterns.
When: Friday, 1 February to Thursday, 14 February; Cakes are available to order online from now until Sunday, 3 February
Where: Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices start at $12,388 for six people – book a reservation here
Contact: 2525 9191, [email protected]
For a refined traditional choice, Hoi King Heen is unveiling a new winter menu in celebration of the festive season. Executive Chef Leung Fai Hung will be adding six auspicious Chinese New Year dishes, including wok-fried sliced abalone and shrimps with fine vermicelli (vermicelli symbolises happiness and longevity) and an extravagant braised pomelo peel topped with half-dried oyster, rolled with broccoli leaf in abalone sauce. There are also five sweet and savoury traditional homemade puddings available for purchase, with creations such as a hazelnut chrysanthemum pudding and an egg custard glutinous pearl pudding.
When: Monday, 21 January to Tuesday, 19 February; Chinese New Year puddings are available to order and pick-up from now until Monday, 4 February.
Where: Hoi King Heen, Basement Two, Intercontinental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
How much: Special dishes range from $268 to $888; Puddings range from $227.80 to $288 per box – purchase them here.
Contact: 2731 2883, [email protected]
If you’re looking for a modern take on a Chinese family spread, Madame Ching has a Year of the Pig set menu designed for sharing on the table. It features dishes such as mapo “tofu” and pork wonton for starters, and a suckling pig and steamed butter fish for mains. Finish your feast off with a coffee ice cream!
Mott 32’s festive Chinese New Year Menu promises to be a delicious way to kickstart your year! It features luxurious dishes such as a traditional “lo-hei style” whole Atlantic lobster salad and Australian abalone with Mott 32’s homemade sauce ($888), pan-fried spring onion cakes with egg and sesame ($168), and braised sea cucumber with lotus seed, lily, dried shrimp, pearl barley, Yunnan ham and mushroom ($1680).
When: Tuesday, 5 February to Tuesday, 19 February
Where: Mott 32, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Chinese New Year dishes range from $168 to $1680
Contact: 2885 8688, [email protected]
Casual Cantonese restaurant Meen & Rice will be offering several special Chinese New Year dishes “designed for luck”, including a whole suckling pig ($888, two days pre-order required) and crispy fried oysters ($198). Bookings and pre-order for specials can be made via phone.
When: Friday, 1 February to Monday, 11 February; The restaurant will close at 4:30pm on Monday, 4 February
Where: Meen & Rice, The Pulse, Shop 113, Level 1, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Chinese New Year dishes range from $198 to $888
Contact: 2566 8886
Three Michelin-starred T’ang Court is offering an exquisite selection of festive recipes, including a braised dried abalone with fish maw and a double-boiled fish maw soup with conpoy and sea whelk. If you want to celebrate the traditional way, enjoy dim sum offerings such as the golden-fried minced Yunnan ham and egg fritters, and baked pastries filled with bird’s nest and mixed seafood. T’ang Court will also be bringing back its homemade puddings, featuring a classic New Year pudding ($198), conpoy and shrimp filled taro pudding ($218), and a sweet turnip pudding ($218).
When: Tuesday, 5 February to Monday, 11 February; Dim sum served during lunch period only, 12pm to 3pm on weekdays and 11am to 3pm on weekends; Puddings are available to order now and pick-up until Sunday, 3 February, between 11am to 9pm at T’ang Court first floor reception
Where: T’ang Court, The Langham Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: General menu ranges from $12o to $1500 per dish; Puddings range from $198 to $218 – you can order here.
Contact: 2132 7898, [email protected]
Yum Cha is always a hit with the kids and its locations in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok make it a convenient choice for a delicious Chinese New Year! Featuring creative twists on traditional delicacies, its specially crafted dishes include a smoked salmon prosperity toss presented in a piglet shape ($388), braised mochi kinchaku ($128), and slowly braised pork knuckle with black moss and vegetable in oyster sauce ($288). Dim Sum Chef Yip will also showcase four new playful dim sum offerings, with eats such as Chinese ham and minced pork puffs ($48), goldfish shrimp dumplings ($88), BBQ piggy buns ($48) and deep-fried sticky dumplings with minced pork and shrimps ($48).
When: Available from now and throughout Chinese New Year
Where: Yum Cha, various locations across Hong Kong
How much: Chinese New Year dishes range from $48 to $388; Chinese New Year dim sum offerings range from $38 to $88
Contact: Phone numbers and emails vary by branch
To ring in the new lunar new year, award-winning Cantonese restaurant Yan Toh Heen has prepared not one, but two festive menus! The five-course “Fat Choy” Menu is made up of traditional delicacies, and features eats such as barbecued suckling pig, and “Buddha Jumping Over the Wall”, a double boiled abalone with fish maw, sea cucumber, mushrooms, black chicken and sea moss in soup. Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai has also prepared an eight-course set dinner for fireworks night, including dishes such as double-boiled sea cucumber with fish maw, and braised whole abalone in oyster jus. Finish off with a sweetened red bean cream with glutinous rice dumplings.
When: Fat Choy Menu available from Tuesday, 5 February to Sunday, 3 March (except for Fireworks Night on Wednesday, 6 February); special Fireworks Dinner available on Wednesday, 6 February
Where: Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Fat Choy Menu $1,888 per person; Fireworks Dinner $2,988 per person
Contact: 2313 2323, make a reservation here.
Head to one of our favourite Thai restaurants in the city, Chachawan, for three days of happy hour over the holidays. Alongside cocktails and great beer, dig into the special Chinese New Year dish Poo Zap, with stir-fried crab with chilli, pepper, salt, lemongrass, galangal and garlic.
When: Tuesday, 5 February to Thursday, 7 February
Where: Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $488
Contact: 2549 0020
Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong has created three mandarin-like desserts filled with citrus-scented mousse specially for Chinese New Year. The traditional “Fruit of Fortune” life-like delights will be presented with its own miniature wishing tree! If you’re feeling festive, you can hang your own wishes, written on red lai-see, on Hutong’s own mandarin-laden wishing tree located in the restaurant. And if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the fireworks this year, Hutong has a great view of the Victoria Harbour where, alongside the celebrations, you can enjoy an 11-dish banquet.
When: Fruit of Fortune dessert available from Monday, 21 January to Tuesday, 19 February; Chinese New Year 11-dish menu available on Wednesday, 6 February
Where: Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Fruit of Fortune dessert available for $138; 11-dish menu priced at $1,688 for adults or $688 for children between 5 and 11 years old
Contact: 3428 8342
Potato Head’s Kaum is absolutely stunning and the perfect place to celebrate the Lunar New Year. This festive season feast on a special whole suckling pig menu, ideal to share with a table of eight or more. If that doesn’t appeal to the younger members of your party, they can order off the regular kids menu and choose from items such as chicken satay and mini cheeseburgers (all priced at $80). Bookings can be made either online or via phone.
When: Friday, 1 February to Thursday, 14 February
Where: Kaum, Potato Head Hong Kong, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: $600 per person, minimum of eight people
Contact: 2858 6066
Michelin-starred Rech by Alain Ducasse is celebrating Chinese New Year with a five-course dinner, exclusively available on Fireworks Night. Executive Chef Stéphane Gortina has prepared an extensive menu featuring a seafood platter to share with langoustine, pink shrimp, fine de claire n°2, creuse spéciale n°2, hard clams and whelks, a cookpot of black quinoa, shellfish and crustaceans, amongst others. Finish off with a special tangerine dessert, created by Pastry Chef Thomas Moulin. Check out the entire menu here. With its harbourside views, Rech is also a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the fireworks this year.
When: Wednesday, 6 February
Where: Rech, Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $1,988 per adult, $1,388 for children aged 3 to 11 years
Contact: 2313 2323, make a reservation here.
Head Chef Antoni Roig has designed a pork-based menu for Chinese New Year at The Optimist, featuring a jamon 100% Iberico de bellota, broken eggs “huevos rotos”, seafood charcoal baked rice, and (of course) a suckling pig. And to satisfy those sweet cravings, it’s strawberry cheesecake for dessert. There is a separate menu for kids, which includes a choice of fried calamari, sticky pork ribs, chicken fingers or mini cheeseburgers, plus dessert!
When: Monday, 4 February to Friday, 8 February
Where: The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $480 per adult, $98 for children’s menu
Contact: 2433 3324, [email protected]
Ring in the holidays by heading to Tai Kwun for an authentic Jiangnan meal! Choose from two limited-edition Chinese New Year menus featuring exquisite dishes such as crispy duck, red braised pig trotter, and wok-fried chilli chicken. Bookings can be made via phone.
When: Friday, 1 February to Thursday, 14 February
Where: Prices start at $3,888 for six people
How much: Old Bailey, 2/F JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2877 8711, [email protected], [email protected]