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If you’re anything like us, you love the joyful vibes of feasting and celebrating, but the thought of having to prepare, cook, feed, and clean up after a party stresses you out to no end. Should this be the case, take the headache out of your Lunar New Year plans by simply dining out or getting your festive meal delivered at home. Here are the best of Chinese New Year menus this season—may your Year of the Ox be auspicious!
Michelin-starred Ming Court at the Cordis has designed a range of luxurious Cantonese dishes to celebrate the beginning of another year. From 12 to 21 February, find dim sum specials and new year dishes such as stir-fried New Caledonia blue prawn & salted egg yolk ($398) and the braised leopard coral garoupa with Yunnan ham, shiitake, turnip, asparagus & fish consommé ($588). For sharing between a bigger group, there’s no better than the Ming Court festive casserole ($1,328) which features prized ingredients like whole abalone, sea cucumber, dried oysters, Okinawa mozawa seaweed, and goose web.
Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3552 3028
There’s no better place for spice lovers to hit up than Chilli Fagara this festive season, where there will be a Sichuanese spread of dishes available until 18 February. Dishes of note include the Boston red lobster ($268) with its auspicious red hue, as well as the golden sea bream ($198), in which crispy parcels of fish are topped with smoked Sichuan eagle tea leaves. Chilli Fagara’s range of mala numbing chilli sauces are a must-have accompaniment to elevate your Chinese New Year experience!
Chilli Fagara, 7 Old Bailey Street, Central | (+852) 2796 6866
Visit K11 Musea for a crab-ulously indulgent Lunar New Year feast with hairy crab roe at Sexy Crab. The golden hairy crab roe big bowl feast with fish maw & lobster paste ($2,588) feeds six to eight people, while the Japanese Hokkaido hairy crab big bowl feast with fish maw & lobster paste ($3,888) is a feast for up to 12 people. Both these decadent poon choi dishes feature crab meat, crab roe, and crab oil from handpicked hairy crabs, along with South African fish maw, shrimp head sauce, and a jar of delectable homemade fresh lobster sauce. All orders need to be placed at least five working days ahead of time, with deliveries available until 18 February.
Sexy Crab, Shop 401A, 4/F, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6655 7629
Michelin-starred Spring Moon at The Peninsula is offering three special set menus until 26 February, featuring an array of traditional Chinese favourites—the Fortune menu ($2,388) is for two diners, the Wealth menu ($8,480) for approximately four, and the Longevity menu ($10,680) for parties of six or more. There are also dishes available for dining at home, including poon choi (starting from $1,988), lo hei ($880), and braised Chinese cabbage rolls with abalone, fish maw & king crab legs ($1,280). This is Lunar New Year dining at its fanciest.
Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2696 6760
Treat yourself to a 10-dish feast with a side of impeccable harbour views at Hutong. Available from 8 to 15 February, the Chinese New Year lunch ($850 per person) includes lo hei with yellowfin tuna & Hokkaido scallops, crispy deboned lamb ribs, and black truffle chicken served with Yunnan ham fried rice. If you’d prefer to dine in the safety of your own home, Hutong also has you sorted with their seafood poon choi in spicy & sour broth ($1,688) which serves up to six people. If that’s not enough, you can also choose to preorder their honey-glazed beef rib char siu with black pepper ($488) or the aforementioned lo hei ($888) as a standalone dish.
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3428 8342
As ever, Dim Sum Library has some innovative Chinese dishes that are both interesting and delicious. Start off your Lunar New Year meal with the limited-edition fortune orbs ($108), which are deep-fried dumplings with a tender black pepper ox tongue stuffing (how on-brand for the Year of the Ox). The deluxe poon choi (starting from $1,688) features layers of abalone, fish maw, king prawns, and other ingredients, making for the perfect main dish. Round off the meal with ingot treasures ($58)—little buns shaped like gold ingots and filled with a delicious mix of peanut, sesame, and shredded coconut.
Madame Fù is launching eight Lunar New Year specials on their à la carte menu throughout the month of February. We are partial to the goldfish dumplings ($108), consisting of two delicate dumplings shaped like multi-coloured fish, as well as the braised beef shin tower ($188), but the star of the show here is undoubtedly the whole steamed garoupa with ginger & wood ear mushrooms ($1,288). The fish is filleted for ease of consumption, but artfully rearranged with the head and tail intact—a must-have centrepiece that symbolises riches and abundance.
Madame Fù, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2114 2118
The team at Rosewood Hong Kong’s The Legacy House have created elaborate celebratory menus for Lunar New Year. Mouthwatering dishes include roasted goose liver with pork belly & mushroom, and the nostalgic braised pomelo pith and sea cucumbers in abalone sauce, both available as part of the lunch set ($880 per person) or dinner set ($2,280 per person). Additionally, the restaurant is also catering for dining at home, with a sumptuous prosperity poon choi ($7,888) that includes lobster, six-head abalone, premium oyster stuffed with Kagoshima Kurobuta pork, and other such delights. Home diners can also try the fu gui chicken ($1,388), which has a filling made of crab meat, conpoy, mushrooms, and more.
The Legacy House, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732
One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt has created a menu for Lunar New Year available from 8 to 21 February, with each dish named after a Chinese saying to wish luck and prosperity. Stand-outs from the menu include crispy Patagonian toothfish with cordyceps flowers ($168), roasted whole baby duck ($348), and pan-fried scallops filled with shrimp mousse ($408). The restaurant is also launching takeaway poon choi (starting from $2,088), which includes premium ingredients such as whole South African abalones, sea cucumbers, oysters, and blue prawns. Orders for self-collection can enjoy a 15 percent discount!
One Harbour Road, 7/F & 8/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7733
Everyone’s favourite healthy eating restaurant and mart are offering a range of auspicious plant-based dishes for dine-in or catering this Lunar New Year. Traditional dim sum-type dishes are recreated in the Beyond Beef fortune rolls ($188) and barbecue OmniPork puffs ($138), while Unlimeat, a Korean plant-based beef substitute, features in the crispy sesame Unlimeat with rice or udon ($350). Exclusive to catering service is their Prosperity Toss ($128), a lo hei dish which includes Just Egg, available until 26 February. A 15 percent early-bird discount is applicable on catering orders until 5 February.
Kind Kitchen & Green Common, locations across Hong Kong | (+852) 2263 3153
Fine jewellery brand Qeelin brings a rather different type of Lunar New Year meal to The Ritz-Carlton with the Qeelin “Red is for Romance” afternoon tea (starting from $418). Five savoury and five sweet dishes are served in an exclusive gourd-shaped tea set stand, including delights such as marinated abalone & mushroom tartlet, braised pork rib & cheese crepe roll with plum gelée, and orange & ginger choux. Enjoy this tea set for two and receive a Qeelin gift redemption card as well!
Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2270
The three Michelin-starred T’ang Court in The Langham, Hong Kong is sure to hit the spot with their luxury traditional Cantonese cuisine. Stand-outs from their Lunar New Year menu include the braised Alaskan crab meat & bamboo fungus rolls filled with bird’s nest in pumpkin soup with crab roe topping and scrambled egg white, fresh milk with sliced fresh lobster & Yunnan ham. There are also speciality dim sum dishes like the steamed semi-dried oyster with shrimp paste, sea moss with abalone sauce, and fish maw & black mushroom dumplings. This menu will be available from 12 to 18 February, with dim sum served only over lunch, and takeaway at a nifty 20 percent discount. For larger parties, there is also the deluxe abalone poon choi ($2,888) served in a traditional claypot filled with whole ten-head abalone, dried oysters, bêche-de-mer, marinated chicken, pork belly, and much more!
T’ang Court, 1/F & 2/F, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132 789
Summer Palace at the Island Shangri-La is unveiling their first-ever Michelin-starred poon choi dishes this year. The Summer Palace prosperity poon choi ($4,388) features whole three-head abalone, pan-fried stuffed fish, Souya scallops, and more, suitable for six people, while the extravagant Summer Palace prestige fortune poon choi ($6,888) also serves six, but includes the best seasonal ingredients such as whole 27-head Yoshihama abalone, Kansai sea cucumber, baked live prawns, and much more. Each poon choi will also come with a complimentary pair of Lunar New Year puddings shaped like fish.
Summer Palace, 5/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central | (+852) 2820 8551
Hotel Icon’s Cantonese restaurant Above & Beyond are complementing Lunar New Year gatherings with a range of festive dishes. Their Chinese New Year takeaway poon choi (starting from $1,488) is made with seasonal ingredients like six-head abalone, goose palm in abalone sauce, Shajing dried oysters, and poached chicken. This dish requires ordering at least three days in advance, and is available until 16 February. Other specialities and dim sum include crispy spring roll stuffed with dried oyster or dried blackmoss and pea sprouts. Alternatively, celebrate the Year of the Ox with the hotel’s Beef-ed up Wagyu brunch ($760 per person), available for the entire month of February—highlights include the Wagyu beef slices shabu-shabu and grilled peppered Wagyu beef submarine sandwich.
Above & Beyond, 28/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 3400 1318
One of our favourite Spanish dining spots, La Rambla are not exactly switching gears to Chinese cuisine, but are rather paying homage to the upcoming Year of the Ox. Their limited-time Chinese New Year brunch menu ($780 per person) has a strong focus on beef dishes, so expect delights such as the Spanish tenderloin sando, Spanish beef skewer, and Wagyu cheek paella. This set also features an unlimited selection of tapas and a seasonal paella. While this brunch is also available on 13 and 14 February, there are also takeaway sets to be had until 16 February, including some of La Rambla’s signature dishes.
La Rambla by Catalunya, Shop 3071–73, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 2661 1161